Another Blue Marlin This Week And Monster Mako Sharks

February 27, 2013

February 24, 2013

George from Detroit had a 4-hour fishing charter on the Lady Pamela II that he will not soon forget. Captain David was running the boat, and he found a nice blue edge with a north running current in about 280 feet of water. He set out the kites for some billfishing in water that looked real fishy. With winds coming from the south at about 15 knots, it was an ideal situation to keep the baits, in this case goggleyes, right on the edge of the current. Captain David’s careful positioning paid off as about a 200 lb. blue marlin hammered one of the goggleyes. The billfish gave George a good fight with some great jumps and tail-walking. This was a pretty exciting catch as this is the second blue marlin that Lady Pamela II sportfishing has brought to the boat in past two weeks!

Mako Shark

There was more fishing to be had today though, as a rod and reel baited with a kingfish head, hanging about 150 feet below the boat, started singing. It was back into the fighting chair for George as he battled what turned out to be a 200 lb. Mako shark, the fastest of all sharks. This fish zipped line off the reel then surfaced and made some great jumps. Despite all the excitement George was able to keep the fish hooked up and get it to the boat. Way to go!

February 22, 2013

Captain David took a group of guys out fishing on the Lady Pamela II and found the smoker kingfish today. The group caught 5 monster kingfish weighing up to 35 lbs. There was more fun to be had though as they also reeled in a 200 lb sandbar shark, a mahi-mahi, and a nice blackfin tuna.

Monster kingfish

February 23, 2013

The Lady Pamela III had a big group of people out for Tim’s’ son’s birthday on Saturday. This is the boat of choice for larger groups, as it is the only sportfishing charterboat in Ft. Lauderdale that is Coast Guard approved to take out more than six customers. It is a great option for events such as bachelor parties, birthday parties, or reunions as up to 20 passengers can be together on one boat.

David With A Sailfish

Captain David did his best to make everyone fish happy, trolling the reef edge for toothy predators. The birthday goers succeeded in catching a few mahi-mahi, a couple of kingfish, and even hooked up a sailfish. There was no doubt that a good time was had by all.

Tight Lines,

Capt David Ide

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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!