Aug 11 and 12 Fort Lauderdale sportfishing and driftfishing Lady Pamela 2

August 17, 2011

August 11, 2011

Today was the big corporate charter that we have every year with a local insurance company here in sunny Fort Lauderdale.  We had 10 boats booked from 8-2 p.m. It was like our own mini-tournament! My buddy David, the event organizer,  fished on the Lady Pamela IV with mate Pauli and I.  I should note that at the dinner party the night before, David stood up and said if no one catches a fish he would pay $400.00, at  which time he turned around to me a said he would be talking it from my end!  I was praying that everybody was catching fish, and they were. Most of the boats started trolling right off the bat, with the bonitas and king mackerals demolishing the baits. On the Lady Pamela IV we trolled the entire morning trip on the reef, then went Mahi Mahi hunting out in 800 feet of water. We had a sailfish on the right long rigger bait for a few shots and then he swam to the center rigger bait and Pauli missed him. Oh well, that’s fishing! On the Lady Pamela, Darrin took his party shark fishing after after wearing them out on kingfish and bonitas. They waited  for 45 minutes before hooking and releasing a 7 foot hammerhead shark.  Another one of the boats caught a beautiful trophy sailfish. The pictures we got should be in a magazine.  Long story short, all ten boats each caught 10 fish plus. The fish are biting: don’t miss out on some Fort Lauderdale fishing!



August 12, 2011

The Lady Pamela III,  Fort Lauderdale nicest drift fishing boat, had 14 people on board the 7-11 p.m. trip. On these night trips we anchor up and chum for snappers,  groupers,  kingfish, and what ever else bites.  This night, the weather conditions where perfect and the fish where biting!  We ended up catching 69 keeper snapper, mostly  the best eating yellowtails and mangroves.  Most  amazing was that one person even reeled in a 3lb. spiny lobster! Lke I said, everything was biting that night! Hook em’ up!      

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!