Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak


Bobby and Kaitlen Barnes chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team for a private deep sea charter boat sport fishing trip in Fort Lauderdale, FL


Fifteen to twenty minutes after leaving the dock, lines were in 120 ft. of water at the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore.   If you venture off another ¼ of a mile, you would find yourself in 500 ft. of water, which we exclusively have here in Fort Lauderdale, due to Fort Lauderdale’s extreme drop off.   The further north you go, the further the drop off swings off shore. 


We started the morning trolling to the south, and we caught a few Bonitas.   Once we found the blue water with bait fish in 150 feet of water, we decided to live bait kite fish with 2 kites and sent out the first kite with two live Goggle Eyes.  The second kite had a dead bait and a live bait.  As soon as we got the baits in position, a Hammerhead Shark started eating the dead bait.  We set the hook and had him on for a minute, and then the hook pulled out of his mouth.  We reset the baits, and the Shark showed up again, circling around the baits.  After a good show with his dorsal out of the water thrashing on the water, he finally tried us again, but this time the hook was set deep in his mouth and we had him on.  The Shark gave a good fight, and after some time of fighting him, the angler got the Hammerhead Shark up along side the boat for a photo and got released. 


We set back up with the same spread of baits.  I looked out to the long bait and saw a dorsal fin and yelled down to the mate to get ready.   It was a Sailfish, and he ate the Goggle Eye bait – hooked up!  The Sailfish’s first run was heading towards the beach.  He made some good jumps in the air pulling off lots of drag.  After a good fight, we got him to the boat and released the Sailfish to fight another day. 


It was now time to head back to the dock.   The happy anglers retired into the a/c salon watching the plasma TV and enjoying the relaxing trip back to the dock at Bahia Bar Yachting Center, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316. 


For a successful and adventurous deep sea fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale FL for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper, contact Captain Zsak. - 954-309-7457 or email us at   Website: 




Fish Species: Sailfish Shark
Bait Used:
Tackle Used:
Method Used:
Water Depth:
Water Temperature:
Wind Direction:
Wind Speed:

Do you want to leave a comment? Login or register now to leave a comment.

No comments so far

About The Author: Captain Tom Zsak

Company: Happy Day Today

Area Reporting: Fort LauderdaleFl.

Bio: owner Capt Tom Zsak, Happy Day Today Charter boat in Fort Lauderdale Fl.started in 1980 caption for 35 years

Click Here For Past Fishing Reports by Captain Tom Zsak