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DECEMBER FORECAST

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Fort Lauderdale Fishing Forecast for December

 

December 1, 2014

 

I am excited that December and cooler weather is finally here so we can get going on the sailfish. This time last year it seemed like we were hooking up at least two sails on every trip. The real challenge is the weather, as the seas will kick up as each new cold front moves through the South Florida area. The good news is that the Lady Pamela II sportfishing boats can easily handle a little bit of choppy water, and it’s the disturbed seas that really get the sailfish hot to bite. Along with sailfish, I expect to see a little bit of everything off of Ft. Lauderdale this month. There should be plenty of kingfish, bonitos, and blackfin tunas around, and the winter wahoo bite should kick off here in the next few weeks.

13 sails ans 1 Blue Marlin

The Lady Pamela III driftfishing boat has been bringing in a mixed bag of snappers along with some nice red and black groupers. Mangrove snappers should be particularly plentiful this month. Our four hour driftfishing trips are only $45 per person and are a great way to get out fishing on a budget.

Holy Fish

Lady Pamela 2

Ft Lauderdale SAILFISH

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

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FIshing fort Lauderdale

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

This week has been very good fishing off Ft. Lauderdale. Capt. Steve and I were out on Tuesday the 18th and caught a big hammerhead shark, a big silky shark, a couple of kingfish and even jumped off a couple of small dolphin. On Wednesday and Thursday we were stuck at dock with bad weather, but by Friday we were able to get back offshore where the Lady Pamela III caught a monster sailfish on the troll. She also got into a bunch of snappers while drifting off the third reef. Today the Lady Pamela III was out again and got another sailfish tag and release. While on the drift, the Lady Pamela III caught a bunch of mutton snappers, a big black grouper and a mixed bag of grunts and triggers.

 

Tight Lines,
Capt. David Ide

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Ed Fishing Off Fort Lauderdale

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

October 21‑23, 2014

 

Tuesday we had a group of Italian race boat engine manufacturers that a buddy of mine brought out on the Lady Pamela II. We went offshore for the six hour charter, trying to catch mahi-mahi. The weather was a little on the rainy side but the group ended up catching ten nice mahi and one kingfish.

 

On October 22, the Lady Pamela II went offshore Fort Lauderdale for some deep bottomfishing. In the early part of the morning we got a bunch of Vermillion snapper and a couple of yelloweye snappers. We trolled back in at the end of the trip and nailed a couple of kingfish and blackfin tunas.

 

We had a great customer of ours, Mike from Michigan out with us on the 23rd. He’s getting married on the 24th so today was his day for fishing! We had a four hour trip in the morning and caught a sandbar shark and nice dusky shark. The dusky shark was about 180 pounds. Mike also got a kingfish and a wahoo. Great time today!

 

 

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

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5400 north ocean drive Hollywood

Florida 33019

 

Great Fishing Off Fort Lauderdale October

Friday, October 24th, 2014

October 8, 2014

 

The Lady Pamela II had a six hour charter today with a group of fishermen from New Jersey. These guys all have their own boats in New Jersey and were ready to catch some meat fish. We went out to 350 feet of water and caught more than a dozen vermillion snappers. We also had surface baits out while fishing on the bottom and caught some nice dolphin and a couple of kingfish to help fill the fish box. We also got a 4 foot tiger shark to round out a pretty good six hours of fishing. The Fort Lauderdale weather’s been beautiful this week and the mullet run has just started. With lots of baitfish coming down the sailfishing should really pick up. Lady Pamela II sportfishing is ready when you are!

 

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

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September 20-23 Lady Pamela 2 Fort Lauderdale Fishing Report

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

September 20-23, 2014

 

The weather has cooled down just a bit which is making the September fishing really pleasant. This past week the Lady Pamela II hooked into a few big game sharks in about 300 ft. of water. One was a nice hammerhead estimated at 350 lbs that was caught and released. Trolling outside the reef is producing bonitos and some kings. On one of our afternoon trips on Sunday we made a few drops on a shipwreck and hooked up a 40 lb. amberjack. There are groupers around these wrecks as well, but no hookups on Sunday.

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We are starting to see a few more sailfish with the cooler weather. The east winds that are predicted over the next 3 or 4 days are perfect for kitefishing in around 200 ft. of water. Live baits hanging below the kites are no doubt the most productive way to put sailfish in the boat.

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The Lady Pamela II driftboat is finding a lot of yellowtail snapper for our bottomfishing anglers, along with grunts and a few grey triggers.

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

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TROLLING SUMMERTIME FISHING

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

August 29, 2014

 

Trolling along the reef picked up this week with a little bit of chop on the water thanks to Hurricane Cristobal. The challenge this week was keeping sargassum off the lines long enough to catch fish. Weed was spread all over the water surface rather than in nice lines. Still, there were plenty of bonitos and a few little tunny mixed in anywhere from 120 to 250 feet. We also hooked up one sail while on the troll. Our angler had just hooked a bonito on the left short rigger when the left long rigger took off. Another angler got to that rod quickly but the fish threw the hook after a couple of nice tail-walks.

All Day Dolphin Trip

Captain Darin was busy kite fishing the past several days and had some nice sailfish hookups as well. He got one sailfish each on three successive charters. One group of anglers also got a spectacular show as a 23 lb wahoo skyrocketed a bait off one of the kites and took off on a blistering run. If this fish had been any bigger he may have spooled the reel!

Night Time Snapper

Bottomfishing was slow early in the week as our anglers were having a tough time keeping baits on the bottom in the choppy seas. However, there were some nice yellowtails and vermilion snappers for those that could keep the baits down. Weather for the next week is forecast to be excellent so there should be plenty of grunts, snappers, and triggerfish to be had.

 

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

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Mate Matts Moster Sailfish and YellowTail Snappers

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

July 20-21, 2014

 

On July 20 the Lady Pamela II had a six-hour charter and we trolled the reef edge off Ft. Lauderdale catching a bunch of bonitos and kingfish. We also landed a few small blackfin tuna; perfect sashimi! Our surprise highlight catch of the day was a nice sailfish that crushed a seawitch feather tipped with a bonito strip on the troll.

 

The Lady Pamela II went out on a four hour charter on July 21st. We again trolled the reef edge, catching more kings and bonitos. Toward the end of the trip we moved just off the reef edge in120 feet of water to try for some sharks. We had no shark bites but we drifted into a bunch big flag yellowtail snapper. It was very unusual, because these fish were off the reef and I did not see any bottom structure on the depth sounder that would attract them. They may have been hanging near a wreck or some small piece of debris just outside of the sweep of the depth sounder. Needless to say, I marked the spot on the chartplotter for later investigation!

YellowTails

YellowTails

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Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

954-761-8045

WWw.ladypamela2@bellsouth.net

Tiger shark caught off fort lauderdale

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

July 18, 2014

 

The Ft. Lauderdale weekend fishing started on Thursday this week, with a great all day trip aboard the Lady Pamela II. I ran the boat today with Dominic as a mate, and we went offshore looking for dolphin and wahoo. We caught one keeper dolphin and threw back a bunch of short ones. We came back in over the reef in the afternoon and caught some nice kingfish and bonitos. During the last hour our anglers wanted to try to catch a big shark. I decided to go shallow today and set baits out in 90 feet of water, just off the reef edge. We had the balloons down and the big bottom baits down for barely 15 minutes before we got a huge bite on an 80 International spooled with 100 lb mono. We fought this unknown monster for an hour before getting it close enough to see that it was a 9 foot, 400 pound tiger shark. I’ve caught four or five other tiger sharks in Fort Lauderdale and they’ve all been about 3 to 4 feet long and about 60 lbs. This thing was just an awesome sea monster. Great catch gang!

moster Tiger sharks

moster Tiger sharks

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

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WWw.ladypamela2@bellsouth.net

Great SummerTime Fishing Fort Lauderdale

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

July 10, 2014

 

Today I took long-time client Bobby and his friends out fishing on the Lady Pamela II for a six-hour trip. I hadn’t seen Bobby in five years so it was a great opportunity to catch up on his activities during the trip. Bobby’s buddies were hot to catch some mahi-mahi so we ran right out to 200 feet of water off Fort Lauderdale and started trolling. Within the first hour we caught a nice 50 pound wahoo that got everybody awake and ready for action. Less than an hour later, in around 800 feet of water, we caught a 25 bull mahi and a 20 pound cow mahi. A short time later we caught another wahoo, weighing in at 25 lbs. Then the action really kicked off as we got into a big bunch of schoolie mahi. The gang caught 20 of these schoolies, of which 5 were the minimum 20 inch fork length legal size. The rest were released to fight another day. We finished up the spectacular fishing day with one more 20 lb wahoo that we caught on the way in.

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Lady Pamela 2

Lady Pamela 2

Bob and his catch

Bob and his catch

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

954-761-8045

WWw.ladypamela2@bellsouth.net

Sailfish Action Fort Lauderdale June Fishing

Friday, June 13th, 2014

June 5, 2014

 

Today we had a 3 pm‑7 pm trip with a great family out of Missouri. Capt. Gino and Capt. Darin took our Midwestern guests out on the 50’ Lemay sportfisherman, the newest addition to the Lady Pamela II sportfishing fleet. Blackfin tunas were the big catch of the day as they were very aggressive in attacking baits trolled along the reef edge off Fort Lauderdale. The group also hooked up a nice sailfish, about 6 feet long, that was tagged and released.

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Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

954-761-8045

WWw.ladypamela2@bellsouth.net

June Fishing Report

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

June 2014

 

The Lady Pamela II’s June sportfishing forecast off Fort Lauderdale is a mixed bag, with a variety of good fishing opportunities. The longer days this month will provide ample time for bottomfishing, with red snapper, yellowtail and triggerfish topping the list. The Warsaw grouper bite should be strong around the wrecks, and redbelly rosefish and tilefish are plentiful on the deep drop. Blackfin tunas and kingfish can still be caught on the reef, though dolphin fishing will be hit or miss depending on water temperature. Best bets for dolphin will on the 8 am – 12 pm morning charters. Just a reminder that Father’s Day is on the 15th. Give us a call and take your dad out fishing!

 

 

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

954-761-8045

WWw.ladypamela2@bellsouth.net

summertime sailfish/ wreckfishing

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

May 30, 2014

 

Lady Pamela II sportfishing had two charters today. I ran our 50 foot Carolina boat on the morning charter off Ft. Lauderdale. We trolled the reef edge with seawitch feathers tipped with bonito strips. We caught a half dozen bonitos and two thirty lb kingfish. We also had about a ten lb mahi-mahi and got it to the back of the boat but we lost it right at the gaff.

Warsaw 80 lb Lady Pamela 2

In the afternoon we took out Nick and his brother for a six-hour bachelor party fishing trip. We rolled around for a couple of hours and only caught one bonito. The trolling was too slow so we switched tactics and put up the kites. The baits weren’t in the water 10 minutes before a monster sailfish slammed into the bait spread. This fish took a bait and proceeded to jump all over the ocean. Nick had the angling honors and jumped into the fighting chair for about a 25 minute battle. Some great pictures were taken and a tag was put in the fish before it was released. We then decided to try to some wreck fishing. We hit a few nearby wrecks and nailed a couple of amberjacks and a 35 pound Warsaw grouper. It’s funny how a slow fishing day turned into a great trip with four different species caught.

 

Lady Pamela 2 Sailfish

Lady Pamela 2 Sailfish Capt David Ide

 

fishing wrecks in the summer is very productive

fishing wrecks in the summer is very productive

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

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WWw.ladypamela2@bellsouth.net

Summer Time Wreck Fishing

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

May 28, 2014

 

We have had east southeast winds of 10 to 15 knots and seas around 2 feet off Ft. Lauderdale this week which is optimal weather for deep-dropping on some of my favorite wrecks. We started today’s trip aboard the Lady Pamela II with some trolling along the reef edge. After only a couple of passes we caught 2 nice kingfish and about a 15 lb blackfin tuna. As I moved the boat out into about 300 feet of water we re-rigged for some deep bottom-fishing. With calm seas it was easy to set up over my favorite wreck, and we boated a 25 lb amberjack on the first drop. A couple of drops later we landed a 30 lb amberjack. Both of these fish hit the baits before they hit the bottom, which was our goal. We finally did get some baits all the way down and they produced a monster Warsaw grouper. This fish was 100lbs of fight that lasted all the way up from 300 feet. What a great trip!

AmberJack With Capt Steve

Lady Pamela 2

Fishing Ship wrecks in fort lauderdale for monster fish

Fishing Ship wrecks in fort lauderdale for monster fish

Fort Lauderdale Finest Charter company

Fort Lauderdale Finest Charter company

 

 

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

954-761-8045

WWw.ladypamela2@bellsouth.net

Shark Fishing Fort Lauderdale

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

May 21, 2014

 

Fishing was great all day today. In the morning the Lady Pamela II caught a sailfish and a bunch of blackfin tuna. On an afternoon/evening trip we boated a few bonitos and hooked into a giant dusky shark. This fish was 7 feet long and weighed well over 250 lbs. The longer daylight hours now and through the summer allow us to fish charters from 4pm to 8pm, or 5pm to 9pm, to get into that late afternoon/evening transitional bite.

 

Lady Pamela 2

Lady Pamela 2

 

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

954-761-8045

WWw.ladypamela2@bellsouth.net

Tarpon Fishing fort lauderdale

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

May 20, 2014

 

Kenny and his wife joined the Lady Pamela II today for a four hour inshore fishing charter. This great couple from Boca Raton went offshore with us last year but got seasick in rough seas so their trip was cut short. This year they wanted to turn their luck around with some inshore action. The goal for today was to catch some big tarpon or snook. Within the first half hour of the charter they hooked a big tarpon, about 130 lbs, and were able to tally a nice catch and release. About an hour later they hooked another big tarpon and were able to bring that one to the boat for another catch and release. In addition to the two big tarpon they caught a 6 ½ foot nurse shark and a couple of feisty jack crevalle. That’s the beauty about Ft. Lauderdale fishing; sometimes the inshore fishing can be as exciting as the offshore fishing!

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Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

954-761-8045

WWw.ladypamela2@bellsouth.net