Sweet SummerTime Fishing

August 9, 2017

The south Florida summer dolphin are here, but catching them has been hit-or-miss for Lady Pamela sportfishing. When we find them though the catches have been really good. Sharks continue to thrill, right in line with Shark Week on TV. We have caught some lemons and a few smaller hammerheads, but also some bull sharks. I am making the bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas) the Lady Pamela II sportfishing’s fish-of-the week both because we are catching them, but also because they were in the news last week. It seems a swimmer at Haulover Beach, just south of the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood area, was bitten by what was reported to be 4-5-foot bull shark. What is most noteworthy is that the attack took place off the “clothing optional” part of the beach. Need I say more? Apparently, the male swimmer was only bitten on the legs, with other exposed “appendages” spared. That being said, the swimmer was lucky, as bull sharks can be quite aggressive, and are considered by many to be the most dangerous of all sharks to humans. There is no doubt they are aggressive, because when they attack one of our baits, they go full tilt. We rarely lose a hookup on bull sharks because they so viciously attack the bait. Some of the bulls around here can go nearly 500 lbs.

Hammer Head on the Leader

We caught this barracuda on a ship wreck he ate 5 baits before we finally got him hooked

We caught this amberjack dropping 400 feet down using a live bait

In other action, we are catching some big barracudas and amberjacks on the shipwrecks. On the driftboat Lois Ann, the mangrove and yellowtail snapper fishing has been phenomenal. The nighttime drift trips have been popular because it is not quite so hot out.

yellowtail snapper fishing

Tight Lines

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing




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!