Ft. Lauderdale Fishing with Captain David Ide
name is Captain David Ide. I am a third generation fisherman
here in Ft Lauderdale, who grew up fishing South Florida's
famous waters. I’ve been fishing my whole life, from
the back canals of Fort Lauderdale to the Islands of the Bahamas.
My mates and I have fished many prestigious Billfish tournaments
held all over the world, including the Bahamas
, Bermuda, Mexico, the Virgin Islands, Madeira, and Africa.
Growing up on the New River in Fort Lauderdale, I’ve
always had an interest in boating and fishing. I had my first
boat at 5 years old, an 8 ft dingy with an electric trolling
motor. My boundaries were my canal. At 8 years old I purchased
my very own 9 ft Boston Whaler. I could go on about all the
boats I’ve owned over the years, but you can already
see the direction I was headed.
Since the early 1980’s, my family has spent every summer
traveling throughout the Islands of the Bahamas. I was hooked
at a young age. My curiosity kept me asking questions of everyone
I met on the docks. What kind of tackle, bait, and techniques
did these great fishermen use? Because of my young age, they
would give me pointers and teach me their methods. It was
the love of fishing that introduced me to many anglers throughout
the Islands. This opened up many opportunities to fish with
other professionals all over the world and learn from the
At 15 years old, I worked at the Lauderdale Marina fuel docks
after school and over the weekends. It was there that I met
many other fishermen who invited me to fish on their boats.
I was young and eager and happy to go along. The following
year, I worked at a tournament tackle shop and was asked to
fish the Bahamas Billfish Championship. I am still involved
in tournament fishing as my time allows.
I now run the Lady Pamela II, which has been a well known
charter boat in South Florida since 1975. My crew and I take
pride in catching our customers’ fish and letting them
experience the thrill of a lifetime while fishing in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida. It is my goal to continue on the tradition
of families fishing for generations to come.
Captain David Ide
“Fishing is a chance to wash one’s soul with pure air.
It brings meekness and inspiration, reduces egotism,
soothes our troubles and shames our wickedness.”
President Herbert Hoover
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