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Fishing in Fort Lauderdale

Postby topshotfishing » Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:31 pm

Aaron Felchtam and his team mates on the Hungarian Water Polo Champions chartered the “Happy Day Today” for an afternoon charter to catch some deep sea sport fish like Mahi, Mackerel, Sailfish and wreck fish offshore of Fort Lauderdale FL. Within 20 minutes from the dock at Bahia Mar which is the main charter dock.
Considering we had a nice catch in the morning charter from wreck fishing, we decided to head back to the same fishing grounds/wrecks which range from the depth of 120 ft. of water to 300+ feet of water.
We put two planners down which are set anywhere from 40 to 60’ below the charter boat, a 3” drone spoon on one plainer and on the other a pink and blue sea witch in front of a double hook Bonito strip and four surface baits – two swimming Ballyhoos and two Bonito strips with sea witches in front and a quarter ounce yellow and green jap feather far down the center. King Fish were still biting, most of them being caught on both planners, so I worked the artificial wreck area in Fort Lauderdale FL in pursuit of more King Fish. We picked away at more Kings, Bonita and some mixed in with Barracudas. All of a sudden our plainer rod with our 3” drone spoon got hit hard and the rod bent over with the line peeling off the reel at a fast speed. We watched the rod tip bounce up and down on the initial run, the spool melt down to ¾ to a half spool which was a good indicator that a Wahoo was on the end of the line. Felix, one of the water polo champions and an excellent angler to add caught this nice one within a 15 minute battle. Mitch our first mate leaned over and with a precision shot with the gaff, the Wahoo weighing 27 lbs was in the boat. Wahoos’ are noted to be the fastest swimming fish in the ocean, clocked at 64 mph, besides being one of the best eating fish. Tuna fish are excellent, Snapper and Mahi are also some palegic species we catch offshore of Fort Lauderdale Florida.
The trip was winding down towards the end and only had about a half hour and we started to troll back to the sea buoy off of Fort Lauderdale FL. Nice surprise to catch a couple of Mahi Mahi’s . Just as it was time to bring all of the fishing baits into the boat, our plainer rod with a Bonito strip started screamed line out again. To our surprise, at the end of the line it was a nice 5 ft. Reef Shark, which we released after picture taking.
With a good catch of fish on board the charter boat “Happy Day Today” also the Topshotfishing team, it was time to start heading to Bahia Mar. This ends another successful and adventurous deep sea fishing charter. If interested in a fishing charter aboard the charter boat “Happy Day Today” Topshotfishing team, please contact Captain Tom Zsak at (954) 439-8106 or check out our website at
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