2 Giant Barracuda to end the day; Fishing in Ft. Lauderdale

March 29, 2010

March 26th, 2010

This afternoon, Mario and his family from Canada set sail aboard the Lady Pamela II with Captain Paul and me. As soon as Mario stepped into the cockpit, he informed Captain Paul not to waste his time with little fish, only the big boys. I rigged up shark baits and we ran straight to 350 ft of water right out front. We felt very confident in the spot we chose but we weren’t getting any action. We sat in the same spot for 3 ½ hours, swapping out our bait every 30 minutes just to make sure everything was perfect, which it was on our end, the fish just weren’t feeding. We didn’t give up after our 3 hrs in 350, we ran to a shipwreck to see if anybody was home. As soon as we dropped bait on the wreck, Mario’s 8th grade son sat in the chair over the water waiting for the bite. Wreck fishing was day and night compared to Shark fishing. We left the wreck with two nice size fish that Mario’s son’s caught, an Amberjack and an Almaco Jack. Before we headed home, we made a pit stop at a shallower shipwreck with live Bonito as our bait. We caught two monster Barracuda, fishing turned out to be fantastic!

The barracuda is a ray-finned fish known for its large size and fearsome appearance

Barracuda are known for their gnarley set of teeth

Tight Lines!

Captain David Ide

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TESTIMONIALS

Rough seas yield sailfish bonanza!

My wife and I arrived late on November 19th, as our taxi driver took us on a unscheduled (you know what I mean) tour. Captain David calmly assured me that we would still make out fine, and in fact the rough seas that day were actually a good sign and improved our chances of a sailfish strike. We stopped to pick up some of the best bait available which they call google-eyes (small extra cost, highly recommended). They fish sailfish with kites in south Florida if weather permits. I’ve fished with a kites before, but not in the same manner as the crew of the Lady Pamela II. This windy day they flew two kites with multiple baits on each. It was truly a sight to see and they explained everything as they were going, so it was very interesting and educational too. It wasn’t long before one of the orange floats was zig-zagging across the water and the mate grabbed the rod and free spooled for a few moments before gradually pushing the drag up to strike. Just as he did this, the orange ball seemingly flew horizontally across the top of the water at an amazing speed (I swear as fast as a car) for about 100 yards…the sail was hooked and the rush was exhilarating! I took the rod and began fighting the fish just as I heard the captain and mate discussing that this was a very large sailfish…smiles were all around the boat. The fish put on an incredible fight lasting about 25 minutes and did a few amazing jumps, dancing across the top of the water for 20 feet at a time. We eventually brought the fish to the boat and it was an impressive 7 feet, 3 inches long! (I’m on the left in the picture)There were high fives all around. I’m having it replica-mounted, and it will be a long overdue addition to my present collection. A few moments later we were on another large sail which my wife fought for 20 minutes (we have some incredible footage of jumps on my GoPro) and got just outside the reach of the leader when it unfortunately pulled the circle hook. She was tired and a bit sore after, so when a third sailfish was hooked, I fought this one all the way to the leader too! Later in that day we hit a school of Mahi-Mahi which devoured all the baits in the water in seconds…another rush and it also provided some supper as well. Lady Pamela II was one of the most comfortable boats I’ve fished on, and definitely was family friendly with a clean and spacious restroom as well. David and his crew were professional and courteous and I would have no hesitation recommending them for a family outing, or to experienced deep sea fishermen like us. The trip was a magical memory that we will never forget. Thanks David!