Captain David Ide

“Captain David is the most professional, courteous and friendly chater captain in Fort Lauderdale. I have taken my kids as well as collegues out fishing with him each year for the last 5 years. His passion to catch fish as well as show us a good time shows each trip and I will continue to use his company. Don’t settle for less if you are looking to catch a trophy fish in Fort Lauderdale!” – Jason O’Connor


Voted top South Florida Captain by 2011-2016

My name is Captain David Ide. I am a third generation fisherman here in Ft Lauderdale, who grew up fishing South Florida’s famous waters. I’ve been fishing my whole life, from the back canals of Fort Lauderdale to the Islands of the Bahamas. My mates and I have fished many prestigious Billfish tournaments held all over the world, including the Bahamas , Bermuda, Mexico, the Virgin Islands, Madeira, and Africa.

Growing up on the New River in Fort Lauderdale, I’ve always had an interest in boating and fishing. I had my first boat at 5 years old, an 8 ft dingy with an electric trolling motor. My boundaries were my canal. At 8 years old I purchased my very own 9 ft Boston Whaler. I could go on about all the boats I’ve owned over the years, but you can already see the direction I was headed.

Captain David Since the early 1980’s, my family has spent every summer traveling throughout the Islands of the Bahamas. I was hooked at a young age. My curiosity kept me asking questions of everyone I met on the docks. What kind of tackle, bait, and techniques did these great fishermen use? Because of my young age, they would give me pointers and teach me their methods. It was the love of fishing that introduced me to many anglers throughout the Islands. This opened up many opportunities to fish with other professionals all over the world and learn from the best.
At 15 years old, I worked at the Lauderdale Marina fuel docks after school and over the weekends. It was there that I met many other fishermen who invited me to fish on their boats. I was young and eager and happy to go along. The following year, I worked at a tournament tackle shop and was asked to fish the Bahamas Billfish Championship. I am still involved in tournament fishing as my time allows.

I now run the Lady Pamela Sportfishing Fleet, which has been a well known charter boat fleet in South Florida since 1975. My crew and I take pride in catching our customers’ fish and letting them experience the thrill of a lifetime while fishing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It is my goal to continue on the tradition of families fishing for generations to come.

Captain David Ide

“Fishing is a chance to wash one’s soul with pure air.
It brings meekness and inspiration, reduces egotism,
soothes our troubles and shames our wickedness.”
President Herbert Hoover

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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!