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Tuna Are Here, Great Eating Fish!

Monday, March 24th, 2014

David from Georgia fished with us on the Lady Pamela II the last three days. On the first day we got a big hammerhead shark and a bunch of blackfin tunas. On day 2 we got a nice sailfish, another bunch of blackfin tunas, and some dolphin. Today, on David’s last day of fishing, we had a real bonanza with three big wahoo up to 30 pounds, a 25 pound dolphin, a 15 pound dolphin, and eight blackfin tunas up to 10 pounds.

The Big Lady Pamela II was also out today, landing a sailfish, a bunch of blackfins, a couple of small dolphin, and they even landed some tilefish off some deep drops.

Ft Lauderdale Blackfin Tunas

Ft Lauderdale SAILFISH

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

March FIshing Is here

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

March 14, 2014

 

Keith and his family came out for a second trip this week with Lady Pamela II sportfishing. The first trip so-so with a few Spanish mackerel brought in. The second trip, with Captain Darren and mate Dave, was a stellar outing as they got a bunch of big mahi-mahi and a monster hammerhead shark. Keith has been out with us for four years in a row and caught some pretty cool fish but not anything like this monster T-head. Good trip Keith, see you next year!

 

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Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

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March Fishing Fort Lauderdale

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

March 5‑9, 2014

 

This past week the fishing has been great all over south Florida. I fished a tournament based in Key Largo, and fished anywhere from Key Largo all the way north to Miami. We caught a bunch of big mahi-mahi up to about 25 pounds, a few wahoo and four nice sailfish.

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In Fort Lauderdale, the Lady Pamela II charterboats have been catching dusky sharks and a few hammerheads. There are plenty of blackfin tunas around, as well as king mackerel. Bottomfishing for vermilion snappers and gray tilefish has been exceptionally productive.

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Some of my fishing buddies have been catching wahoo over 60 lbs north of here and these fish are reportedly moving south. A cold snap expected this weekend should drive these fish into our area and throw both the sailfish and wahoo bite into high gear.

 

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

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Tuna fishing Fort Lauderdale

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

February 28, 2014

 

The Lady Pamela II fleet has two all-day charts today. I ran the 55 footer and Capt. Justin ran the 45 footer. My charter was a mixed of fishing as got a couple tilefish on some deep drops, and pulled in couple of bonitos on the troll. We saw a couple of sailfish but could not draw any bites. We also had a big shark bite on one of the surface baits but he bit clean through the monofilament leader of the sailfish rig and swam off.

 

Capt. Justin’s charter caught some blackfin tunas up to 13 pounds, as well as a few bonitos. Some of his charter party got a little sick so they ended up coming in early.

 

I am excited about March fishing off Fort Lauderdale as my review of last year’s trips shows that big sharks and loads of blackfin tunas and bonitos should be around. The weather will be the tricky part with fishing in March as the seas may be somewhat unpredictable. Whatever the weather though, the LPII fleet is always ready to go! Give us a call.

 

 

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

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February Shark Fishing Fort Lauderdale

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

February 27, 2014

 

Fishing has been on the slow the past week due to a combination of weather, moon, and tides. This morning we had some excitement as our charter hooked up a pretty frisky hammerhead shark. This fish went about two hundred pounds and gave our angler every bit of 200lbs worth of fight!

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Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

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Sharks and Sailfish Off Fort Lauderdale

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

February 18, 2014

 

Jacob from Texas joined us this morning in hopes of catching a big fish. By big fish, I mean a shark. It was a long six hour trip that only produced one bite, but that’s all we needed. Jacob got to lock horns with a monster greater hammerhead shark. It took Jacob fifty minutes to get the fish, estimated at 400 pounds., to the boat.

 

John from Boston and his two sons joined us for a 2-6 pm trip. John has a 38 foot Wesmac sportfishing boat up in Boston that he uses for tuna fishing. He had heard about the Lady Pamela II through a friend, so he decided to give us a try. The LP II crew showed John a stellar afternoon of fishing. We started out my catching a hammerhead shark. Then we hooked into a six foot tiger shark. This rare shark was our second one this week! The tiger shark battle was out in 500 feet of water, and while the fight was on we still had kites flying and baits in the water. Darned if we didn’t have two sailfish hit those baits! We got both the shark and the sailfish doubleheader to round out a marvelous trip.

 

 

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

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Shark Fishing Ft Lauderdale

Monday, February 17th, 2014

February 14, 2014

 

On Valentine’s Day today we took out Mr. Dunn, who fishes with us multiple times a year. We were set up for an eight hour fishing trip but Mr. Dunn couldn’t make it to the boat until11:30 am so we left the dock quite late. Luckily we had a 3 knot north current so we rolled up to the north offshore of Pompano pretty quick. We trolled around and caught a few bonitos, a kingfish and a couple of blackfin tunas. We had live baits on board so we moved out to a wreck in deeper water looking to catch a couple of big amberjacks. While we were reeling in one of the big AJs an even bigger fish grabbed it and the fight was on, and with only a monofilament leader!. It was an hour and a half battle before we caught sight of the 400 lb bull shark that had consumed the 30 lb AJ. This was a massive fish and a catch that made for one killer of a day on the water.

 

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

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Great February Fishing ft Lauderdale

Friday, February 14th, 2014

February 8, 2014

 

Captain JJ and I had an absolutely stellar fishing day aboard our brand-new Lady Pamela II sportfishing boat, a 55 foot Lemay. Surprisingly, the trip started out very slow. It was a six hour charter and we saw a few sailfish jumping around in the morning and we tried to get in front of them with live dates, without success. We then put the kites up in the air and had a few bites but again had no hookups. All of our action began in the last hour of the trip. First, David from Texas caught and released a huge hammerhead shark. Right after that a 40 pound mahi-mahi ate the right long kite and took off. We fought this fish for half an hour and right when we got it to the back of the boat it fell off. I grabbed a spinning rod and threw another live bait out there hoping it would bite again. Five minutes later the fish chased the goggleeye bait right to the boat and ate it at the transom. As soon as we set the hook the line broke and the fish went jumping away. I grabbed another spinner and cast another live bait about one hundred feet behind the boat. l couldn’t believe it but this same fish ate the third bait! Capt. JJ quickly backed the boat up and I gaffed it and threw it in the box. What a catch! Fifteen minutes after boating this big mahi the bottom bait took a hit. It was a six-foot tiger shark that gave our anglers one final test but they got it to the boat for pictures and a release. The Lady Pamela II boats have caught a few tigers but it’s a relatively rare shark to catch in Fort Lauderdale. This is first tiger shark I have personally been a part of catching and was a great highlight to an awesome fishing day.

40 Lb mahi Mahi ate three times we got him

40 Lb mahi Mahi ate three times we got him

My FIrst Tiger Shark Off fort Lauderdale

My FIrst Tiger Shark Off fort Lauderdale

P.S the weather here the past four days has been 80-85 degrees so hurry up and come fishing in south florida.

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

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Lady Pamela 2 2013 Recap

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Lady Pamela II Sportfishing January 2014

All of us at Lady Pamela II sportfishing wish a Happy New Year 2014 to all of our angling friends and fans! For those of you who are not familiar with us, Lady Pamela II sportfishing is one of the oldest and most reputable charter fleets in Fort Lauderdale. As owner and captain, I am a third generation fisherman from Ft Lauderdale, who grew up fishing South Florida’s famous waters. At 26 years of age I am the youngest charter and tournament fishing captain in the area. Despite my age, I have extensive tournament and sportfishing fishing experience and am in demand as either a captain or mate on tournament boats.

I have assembled the Lady Pamela deep-sea sportfishing fleet to undertake every type of deep-sea fishing in the south Florida area and can accommodate anywhere from 6 to 24 anglers on my boats. The Lady Pamela II is a custom built 41 foot Hatteras sportfisherman that is rigged and ready for trolling, kite fishing, or bottom fishing. Lady Pamela II is the fastest charter boat in town, and we consistently outfish the competition, especially here in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Florida.

Lady Pamlea 2

Lady Pamela III is a 37’ Flybridge Sportfish, custom built by Stapleton Boat Works. It is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed and inspected fishing vessel with a maximum capacity of 24 passengers. It is the only sportfish/drift vessel operating in south Florida. The LP III is recognized for its spacious cockpit and fishing area. The bridge is loaded with top of the line electronics for superior safety.

USCG 24 people boat

Lady Pamela IV is the pride of the fleet. She is a custom built 46’ Hatteras sportfisherman with an elegantly appointed interior featuring comfortable furnishings and rich woodwork. Despite her elegance she is a fishing machine that is professionally rigged for high speed trolling, kite fishing, or electric reel fishing.

46 hatteras

Lady Pamela IV is a 48’ Lemay Sportfish, the newest addition to the fleet. This is a 100% beautifully restored custom wooden-hulled vessel. She is ideally designed for overnight swordfish trips, where smooth running and comfort are a premium. Like a home away from home. She has a monstrous cockpit that is outfitted with four fighting chairs.

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My captains, mates, and I love to fish and are ready to help you land that trophy catch. In 2013, we logged over 5,000 hours of fishing time, catching snappers, groupers, kingfish, wahoo, sailfish, sharks, and marlin. You name the fish, and I think we caught it last year! My team is also very involved in fishery conservation efforts, as we tagged and released over 100 each of billfish (sailfish and marlin) and sharks. If you happen to be in the Fort Lauderdale/South Florida area and feel like fishing we’ll do our best to give the experience of a lifetime. Give us a call.

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

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January Fishing Fort Lauderdale

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

January 19‑21, 2014

Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters

The Lady Pamela II set out for some sharkfishing and bottom fishing in the afternoon of January 19th. Catching a shark was the first order of business and our anglers muscled up a beefy 8 1/2 foot bull shark. Moving on to bottom fishing we caught a few grey tilefish, some vermillion snappers and even snagged a small kingfish that nailed one of the baits on its way to the bottom.

Big Game Shark FIshing

Sharkfishing was the deep-sea fishing order of business on January 20th during a four hour afternoon charter on the LP II. Our customers from New York wanted to try to catch some big game sharks, so after catching some fresh bonitos we brought out the 130 pound tackle went out to 350 feet of water off of Fort Lauderdale in search of a toothy predator. Baits were set on the bottom, at mid-depth, and at the surface. After about an hour and a half of patient waiting the reel with the bait on the bottom started to click. It was a slow just like in the Jaws movie, then it took off. We had hooked into a monster shark that took nearly an hour to get to the boat. The brute finally surfaced about 50 feet behind the boat. A huge dorsal fin popped up first, telling us it was a big hammerhead shark. Great fight and great catch guys!

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On January 21, Mrs. Chang from New York City came out fishing with us with her 10-year-old son on a four hour private charter. They were real troopers as it was a little bouncy outside the inlet. We kitefished for sailfish using live goggleyes. Fishing was slow but we tagged and released one nice Atlantic sailfish before we had to come in. We kept a few lines in the water on the way in and were able to add to the catch with a couple of Spanish mackerel right in the inlet!

Fort Lauderdale Sailfishing

The Fishing has been quite good as well as you all know not every day is red hot but this time  of year if you want to catch a billfish its a great time.

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

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fort Lauderdale drift fishing report

Friday, January 17th, 2014

January 11, 2014

The Saturday night anchor snapper trip aboard the Lady Pamela III driftboat was a big hit this past weekend. Captain Adam really put the boat on the fish, with our anglers landing 128 keeper fish. The majority of these fish were yellowtail snappers running 2 to 4 pounds. They also landed a fair number of mangrove snappers and a few muttons as well. Overall, our nighttime anchor trips have been phenomenal this month.

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

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Fort Lauderdale Fishing charters

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

January 6, 2014

The Lady Pamela II had two charters today. Our anglers got a sailfish in the morning along with a couple of mahi-mahi. In the afternoon a couple blackfin tunas were caught on the troll using bonito strips on spoons. The kingfish bite has tapered a little, but the sailfishing using live baits on kites has been steady.

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

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FIshing Has Been Great Come Fish Fort Lauderdale

Monday, January 6th, 2014

January 2, 2014

Lauderdale Fishing

The past few days the Lady Pamela sportfishing boats had a few four hour charters offshore of Ft. Lauderdale. There have been a few blackfin tuna around and we’ve been bringing in some king mackerel and dolphin. Yesterday afternoon there were a few sailfish around, and the Lady Pamela II hooked up two hammerhead sharks. Now that was a pretty awesome doubleheader!

On New Year’s Day the fishing was a little slow in the morning but a cold front came through and the fishing really picked up. There were a few sailfish caught, and one of the Lady Pamela fleet caught and released a blue marlin. Happy New Year everyone!

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

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Sailfish Tournament Palm Beach

Friday, December 20th, 2013

December 14, 2013

Palm Beach Fishing

This last weekend some of the Lady Pamela II sportfishing crew fished the “Operation Sailfish” billfish tournament out of West Palm Beach, Florida. The mission of the $500,000 tournament was to capture and release as many sailfish as possible over the course of two days of high stakes tournament fishing. A portion of the proceeds from Operation Sailfish was devoted to Operation Homefront, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency financial aid and other assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors.

The LP II crew ran the Irish Twin, a 52 foot Viking sportfisher for four days, consisting of two days of pre-fishing as well as the two days of the tournament. Pre-fishing is critical in these high stakes tournaments as it gives competitors important information on where the fish are biting and what they are eating. The pre-fishing paid off, as Captain David was able to put the boat on the fish. Andrew Kennedy, the master angler aboard the boat, earned the top male angler award with eight sailfish releases. In addition to seventeen total sailfish caught by the Irish Twin team, a 25 lb kingfish and some dolphin were also landed.

A big congratulation goes out to Andrew Kennedy and the Irish Twin fishing team!

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

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Great Fishing Now in Fort Lauderdale

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

December 6, 2013

We had a great group of guys from Kentucky with us today that were hoping to catch some dolphin and sailfish. We bought two dozen goggleyes on the way out in the morning for the all-day charter. There was some green water and a nice knot and a half north current right out front of Port Everglades, so we set up there in about 150 feet of water. The sailfish bite was on and we went one for two on the sails right away. Unfortunately one of the guests got seasick so we ran back in to drop him off at the dock. It was nearly noon by this time so we ran the Lady Pamela II offshore and found three nice mahi-mahi and a big African pompano.

Sailfish Fty Lauderdale  With Capt Darin

To round out the day, we set the kites back out in 200 feet of water looking for more sailfish. The lively goggleyes we had left were just ticket, as our anglers hooked up and landed another three sails. Mahi-mahi, African pompano and four of five sailfish sure made for an exciting full day charter.

African Pompano

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

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