BlueFin Tuna Fishing

October 6, 2012

Bluefin Tuna Fishing

from sept 22- sept 29

What does the Lady Pamela II crew do on vacation? Fishing! What else! A few of us from the Lady Pamela II went to Nova Scotia for six days of giant bluefin tuna fishing the last week of September. We had Captain Steve and mate Mark on the boat called the Brian’s Last and we had the best time. On the day of fishing there our good friend Mike Q landed one nice fish around 900 lb. Darin was the first angler up on the second day and he caught one around 800 lb. My dad Peter, “the old man”, also got in on the action and reeled in about a 750 lb fish.


The tuna were everywhere feeding on herring on the third day. The commercial herring boats had moved in and we were hand feeding 1000 lb bluefin tuna right from the boat! We logged more than 8 hours of GoPro of underwater movie footage that is unbelievable. Both Jeff and Mike each caught fish, with Jeff’s weighing in at 900 lb. During the next two days we did more of the same, handfeeding the fish in the morning, then trying to hook up in the afternoon. I got to land one at 906 lbs on the fifth day. It sure rounded out the trip of a lifetime with my dad!

On our last day of fishing we made Mark the mate fight one of the fish we hooked up. This fish turned out to be an 1100 lb monster of a fish. It is something that not many people could even imagine.

Bluefin Tuna

Our Charter

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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!