Fishing ReportsSoutheast

Fort Lauderdale

A friend of mine from Round-Up Country Western dance club, Mark Lashua, and his brother, Mike, along with friends, Alex and Chris, all from Fort Lauderdale 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 north, northeast at 11 mph with seas running 3-4 ft. and blue skies this afternoon. The goal of this trip was to find a large Shark for Mark to do battle with.


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Photo: Capt. Zsak

Fifteen minutes after leaving the dock, we were in 120 ft. of water by the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale. We started off trolling with two plainers down, one with a 3 ½ blue reflector drone spoon and the other with a double hook Bonito strip with a pink and blue sea witch in front. For surface baits we went with two Bonito strips and two Ballyhoos. Everybody took turns catching fish (Tunas and Bonitos) before heading out to the Shark grounds which are located in 375 ft. of water off of Fort Lauderdale. In the past three charters we have caught three Sharks in this area – hoping for number four. We put out Shark baits – one surface, one mid-range and one bottom – and one kite with two live Goggle Eyes. After a twenty-five minute wait, the bell went off and the fight began!!!! The surface bait screamed line off of the 80 International Pen Reel – Mark’s request was being answered. He jumped into the fighting chair, strapped in to do battle. With a tug of war going on for fifty minutes, finally he was rewarded with a Hammerhead Shark in the 250 lb. class. Mark, our mate, grabbed the leader for picture taking and the Shark was released to fight again.

With a sore arm from his battle, Mark and the rest of the 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: