Blackfin tunas and kingfish are Biteing
May 8, 2013
The Lady Pamela IV was out this morning trolling the outer reef edge north of Port Everglades Inlet in search of toothy predators. Captain Darin kept the charter busy with bonitos and blackfin tunas crashing seawitch feathers. They also caught a couple of 20 lb kingfish, and then it was time move offshore with fresh bonito as bait for sharks. It took two bait sets in 350 feet of water before the big bite. It turned out to be a 6ft sandbar shark that put up a nice little fight as it was reeled to the boat, photographed, and released. These sharks are easily recognized because they have a tall dorsal fin.
May 9, 2013
The Lady Pamela II got into the bonitos offshore Ft. Lauderdale as well, getting most of the bites north of the inlet. These fish were running 3-5 lbs; not real big but sure fun to catch. The crew took some of the small ones as bait for some sharkfishing. They were the right bait for a 7ft. hammerhead that ate bait set at mid-depth in 350 feet of water.
There was still time left on the charter so the crew popped over to a tilefish spot, boating a half dozen grey tiles in under an hour. Today’s catch turned out to be a nice mix of gamefish and eating fish.
Capt David Ide
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