Fishing report from 6/13- 6/15

Fort Lauderdale Fishing on Happy Day Today with Capt. Zsak

The weather this week in Fort Lauderdale for fishing has been controlled by a high pressure system sitting over us for the past eight days, with blue skies and variable winds out of the east, northeast in the 5-15 mph range. Fort Lauderdale and South Florida are in a drought condition, with no rain in sight and humidity very low.

Cassie and her husband Troy Simpso from Massachusetts chartered the Happy Day Today to do some fishing in Fort Lauderdale. We left the dock at 7am and saw the orange/yellow sun rise over the horizon. Our target for today was fish - any kind of fish. Troy is an avid fisherman, doing Marlin fishing in Hawaii and the Caribbean, and knew his way around different fishing techniques. We started off fishing in Fort Lauderdale at the sea buoy that sits in 120 ft. of water with four surface baits consisting of Jap feathers, Bonita strips with sea witches and Ballyhoos and our two reliable deep lines with plainers. We started off with a #3 blue reflector drome spoon on the long plainer and a Bonita strip with a pink sea witch in front. I noticed there was very little current at the sea buoy, even with the deep blue purple water pushed all the way in, so as a rule of thumb, when there is little to no current, fish over your favorite wrecks.

I headed to the north of Fort Lauderdale to an artificial wreck that sits in 143 ft. of water, which is a 97’ tug boat that was sunk in 1987. As we proceeded to our destination, we caught some Bonitas, 5-10 lbs range, which made for a nice work out for Cassie. We approached the artificial wreck and slowed the boat down to let the plainers sit down even deeper – our target was King fish. The first plainer went off – a nice 8 lb. King fish was caught and put in the boat. We kept circling the wreck and caught more King fish – finally the right one came along. The long plainer rod bent over and the line exited the reel at a fast pace. We were hooked up to a 24 lb. King fish. Cassie retrieved the line bringing the King fish closer and closer to the boat and Mitch, our mate, gaffed it and brought it into the boat.

From there I headed to another artificial wreck in Fort Lauderdale the sits in 235 ft. of water. Our surface bait came out of the outrigger, and I looked back and saw a few Mahi Mahi’s attacking the baits. Two of the fish were caught on surface baits and one was caught on the plainer. We trolled back to the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale, hooking up with a couple of Black Fin Tunas and more Bonitas.

It was time to start heading back from our deep sea fishing in Fort Lauderdale FL to the dock at Bahia Mar. This ends another successful and adventurous deep sea fishing charter on the Happy Day Today with Captain Zsak.

For a successful and adventurous Fort Lauderdale fishing on the Happy Day Today, contact Captain Zsak. - 954-439-8106 –

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