Fishing ReportsSoutheast

Fort Lauderdale

Anna and Dan Grinder, along with their children, Courtlan, age 14, and Jackson, age 11, and Anna’s brother, Champ Delashmutt along with his son, Jacob, age 10, chartered the Happy Day Today along with the Topshotfishing team to do some deep sea sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Winds were out of the east at 12 mph, seas running 3-4 ft. with blue skies.


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Photo: Captain Zsak

It is always good to see old customers returning for another fishing charter, especially, when it’s the 4th generation fishing. I remember Anna and Champ going fishing with their father and grandfather aboard the Happy Day Today when they were kids, and now they are parents themselves taking their children fishing.

Fifteen minutes after leaving the dock, lines were in 120 ft. of water at the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale. We put two #8 plainers down, one with a 3 ½ blue reflector drone spoon and the other with a pink and blue sea witch in front of a double hook Bonito. For surface baits we had two Bonito strips with sea witches in front and two Ballyhoos.

While all three children were excited waiting for their first fish, the plainer rod bent over. Cartiam was our first angler as he reeled in a 10 lb. Bonito. From there the action started – Jackson was the next angler on the plainer rod – we decided to leave the plainer rod in the covering board to make it easier for him to reel in. He was rewarded with a Black Fin Tuna. Next up was Jacob and we repeated the process of leaving the rod in the holder – he caught another Bonito. Everybody took their turns including mom and dad and wound up with eight Bonitos, three Tunas and one Kingfish which will be served for dinner that night. I was pleased to have the fourth generation of this family fishing with me, and look forward to seeing them again soon.

All anglers retired into the a/c salon aboard the Happy Day Today for the trip back to the dock at Bahia Mar 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316.

For a successful and adventurous deep sea fishing charter 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: