7 Sailfish In A 3/4 Day Trip - Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters

7 Sailfish In A 3/4 Day Trip

February 17, 2017

This past week the fishing with Lady Pamela II sportfishing has been quite good. Ron and Paul from New York had a memorable trip this past Friday morning. They decided to buy a dozen goggle eyes to try to catch up sailfish on the kites but the winds were too calm to start so we tried we tried bottom fishing. The snappers were not cooperating very well as we caught a few, but it was a lot of work. Finally, up went the kites up and in the first five minutes we caught a real nice 14 lb. mahi-mahi. Right after resetting the baits we catch a doubleheader sailfish! After releasing both fish, we put the kites back up and we caught another double! Just awesome fishing. Towards the end of the six-hour trip we hooked up a triple out of a quad sailfish bite! Our mate Adam Mate had to reel in one of the fishing because we only had two anglers. On Saturday, fishing offshore Fort Lauderdale totally changed as we caught only king mackerel and a nice African pompano.

Ron and Paul with a fanntasic trip

Ron’s first African and my First legal one.

Caught this guy on the kite using live bait

All the driftboat trips on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights limited out on vermilion snappers, as well landing lane snappers, mangroves and a few yellowtails. A few bluefish, grunts, and triggerfish were in the mix as well. The daytime trips have been producing king mackerel as well as some monster triggerfish.

Our drift boat goes every night of the week from 7:30-12:30 anchors and chums

Lady Pamela sportfishing also had two back-to-back swordfish trips; one nighttime trip and one daytime trip. We didn’t get any bites on either trip under a full moon, which is surprising, but it can be hit or miss. We have a couple daytime swordfish trips this week and we hope bite picks up on the backside of the moon. I’ll keep you posted!

The daytime sword fishing should be great the next three to four week with the wind and the weather.

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!