Bahamas Fishing Report

July 12, 2012

July 6, 2012


The fourth of July has been explosive, as we had a great Bimini, Bahamas charter with Dirk, and friends Kirk, Kelly, Mike, Stacy and Jackie. Dirk flew straight in from Washington, D.C., using his diplomatic credentials to hold the plane so he could make the flight. Once they landed in Fort Lauderdale, he got a cab straight to the boat, and we were off to Bimini for some yellowfin tuna fishing.

Tuna Fishing in the Bahamas

Tuna Fishing in the Bahamas

Tuna fishing in the Bahamas

Sushi for dinner?

Before the trip I had loaded the boat with live pilchards and plenty of frozen chum, so we were ready to go. Our target fishing area was the deep canyons south of Lucaya, Grand Bahama. It’s about a 50 mile one-way run, but it was only about a 1.5 hour trip in the 36’ Invincible, powered with triple Mercury Verado outboards.

Fun day fishing in the bahamas!

Fun day fishing in the Bahamas!

Within 15 minutes of getting into the canyon we found birds crashing bait and started chumming with dead sardines. The yellowfins were all over the dead sardine chum and wasted no time attacking the live pilchards we had put out on flat lines. We were using Shimano Tiagra 50’s loaded with 80lb Sufix line. The first fish was Dirk’s, and a 60 lb’er inhaled his bait and took off in a flash. This fish was feisty, and even Dirk, at 6’-5” and 300+ lbs was impressed with the battle. We got the fish into the boat and it was back to the tuna school for more action. The group landed two more fish, one at 60 lbs, and a monster 110 lb’er that Kirk landed. It was awesome fishing, and the fresh tuna sashimi, and grilled tuna were absolutely spectacular. Even better, we have three more days of fishing!


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!