This morning in South Florida Ft. Lauderdale winds were out of the east at 12 mph - seas were running 3-4 ft., blue indigo waters pushed into the Ft. Lauderdale Beach. The morning fishing trip produced a Mahi Mahi, Sailfish and Shark. What follows is our afternoon fishing charter.
Steve Seifert and family from the beautiful state of Tennessee chartered the Happy Day Today to do some deep sea salt water fishing in Ft. Lauderdale South Florida. The winds subsided and came down to a 5-7 mph in the afternoon. We started off trolling to the south of Ft. Lauderdale to one of my favorite wrecks which sits in 164 ft. of water. As we trolled down to the south using two plainers with a 3 ˝ drome blue reflector spoon on one and a pink and blue sea witch with a Bonita strip on the other.
We hooked up with a couple of King Fish in the 5-8 lb range and then we set up our two kites on top of the wreck. The current was going to the north approximately 3 knots, so I had to set up a little bit south of the wreck. As we approached the wreck, the Sailfish popped up on the right short kite bait and another Sailfish on the left short kite bait. Both Sailfish put on a spectacular show, one jumping to the north and the other jumping to the south, making it a true Chinese fire drill. One Sailfish settled down but the other fish jumped over the line and cut it, leaving us with one Sailfish on. One of Steve’s daughters fought the fish and brought it to the boat. Mitch, our mate, brought the fish into the boat to take pictures and released the fish to swim away.
We went back to the wreck to get set up again with our kite baits. Immediately, to the amazement of Steve and his family, we saw the dorsal fin of a Sailfish swimming around the long right kite bait. The Sailfish attacked the bait, leaping in and out of the water. Steve’s other daughter fought this Sailfish, bringing it to the boat, giving us a two for three on Sailfish.
The wind died down and we had to pull the live Goggle Eyes from the riggers and put our dredge teaser out to attract more fish. Not to long afterwards, a Sailfish fed on the right short bait, behind the dredge teaser, coming out of the water and spitting the bait.
It was time to start heading back to the dock at Bahia Mar, Fort Lauderdale. This ends another successful and adventurous fishing excursion on the Happy Day Today with Captain Zsak.