Capt David Ide Lady Pamela 2 - Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters

Capt David Ide Lady Pamela 2

October 24, 2011

October 21, 2011

 

Today was a lot of fun. This morning’s trip I had a great group of guys, the Lambert brothers from New Jersey. Fishing was a little slow in the morning. We kite fished for sailfish for three hours with live goggleye’s and never saw a fish in the kite. So, the last hour we went trolling for kingfish and they were biting pretty good off the planers, rigged with fresh bonito strips and sea witch feathers.

 

On the afternoon charter Thad, Woolley, Cody, and Bret joined us. They were all from Texas and you could tell they were going to be a lot of fun. We purchased live bait on the way out to try some more kite fishing, even though the morning bite was slow. We had a cold front that had pushed through today, and it was 64 degrees with the wind blowing out of the north around 15- 20 knots. A cold front like this gets the sailfish up and moving from the north to the south, and I was sure we were going to see some fish. We spent the first ten minutes kite fishing, in 110 feet of water, and Woolley instantly caught a 15 lb kingfish. We put the kite back out for another 25 min with no action. I saw a current edge offshore of us in 650 feet of water so I ran out there with the kites up. There were 6-8 foot seas outside and two out of the six customers were getting sick. So, after 25 minutes I decided to reel them up. As we were reeling the baits up a nice little school of 10 lb mahi-mahi swam up and we caught two of them, then we ran back to calm water.

 

A good friend of mind Ray Ray called me on the phone and said when he was running back from Palm Beach he had seen a few schools of mullet swimming south, one in 110 feet of water and one in 250 feet. He said he might have seen some sailfish on them. I immediately reeled in the kites and ran north. We got 4 miles up the line and from the tuna tower I saw the huge school of mullet in 100 feet water. I yelled to my mate Paul to get some spinners ready to cast as soon as I pulled up to the bait ball. There were at least six sails there, maybe 8, and a nice sailfish grabbed the first bait Paul pitched. We caught the fish in five minutes, ran back to the school, and one of our guests pitched another bait. He hooked a sailfish on his own, but broke it off. We saw one more fish that we pitched several times to, but it just would not eat. Overall, it was a great trip, and to see all those sailfish on top was a sight.

 

Tight Lines,

 

Captain David Ide

 

954 761 8045

 

www.ladypamela2.com

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TESTIMONIALS

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!