Southeast Florida Deep Sea Fishing for Sailfish (April 1)
Fishing Fort Lauderdale with Topshotfishing and Capt. Zsak: Kelly and Marc Ricketts along with their two children and Kelly’s mother and father all from Iowa chartered the Topshotfishing team to do some deep sea big game sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Winds were out of the east at 10-15 mph, seas running 3-4 ft., temperatures in the mid 80’s with blue skies. Today was a very special day for Kelly – this charter with the Topshotfishing team was her 40th birthday gift. Kelly’s request was to catch a very large fish, if possible fishing for Sailfish.
With Captain Richard Budalich at the helm, we stopped to purchase a dozen live Goggle Eyes from T&T Bait located in the inlet in Fort Lauderdale to prepare for our fishing for sailfish. Fifteen minutes later lines were in 120 ft. of water at the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore. As we trolled the reefs with two plainers down and four surface baits, the two young anglers brought in the first two fish – a Kingfish and a Bonito. From there, the Ricketts family rotated bringing in a total of three Kingfish, two Bonitos and two Black Fin Tunas.
As a color change appeared in 180 ft. of water south of Fort Lauderdale, it was time to do live bait kite fishing for sailfish. We put out two live Goggle Eyes from each kite and one from the rigger. The family was enjoying themselves talking about their vacation in Fort Lauderdale when a black shadow appeared on the right short kite bait. The dorsal fin and bill came out of the water as the Sailfish attacked the live Goggle Eye. Hooked up!!!! Fishing for Sailfish is on!!! Our birthday girl jumped into the fighting chair to bring home her birthday gift. After a twenty-five minute battle, Dave, our mate, wired the Sailfish and brought him to the side of the boat. Pictures were taken and the Sailfish was released to fight again.
With a smile from ear to ear from the birthday girl and congratulations from her family, it was time to head back to the dock. The anglers retired into the a/c salon for the trip back to the Bahia Mar Dock, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316.
If you are looking to go fishing for sailfish with a successful and adventurous Florida deep sea big game fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale, for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper contact Captain Zsak.