Charter Fishing Fort Lauderdale LP 2

September 2, 2011

 August 30- 31, 2011


Chief, Bobby, Bob, and Diego joined Darin and I on the Lady Pamela I for a night of swordfishing. We left at 6:00 p.m. with a dozen live blue runners in the live well, and Darin rigging seven nice squids on the way to the fishing grounds. The wind was blowing 5- 10 knots out of the southeast, and we were on the dark side of the moon, so I was expecting the fish to snap. At 7:45 pm we set two live baits and two squids from 400 to 1000feet for our first two hour drift. With no action, I had decided to make a move back 5 miles to the south when our long bait, the 1000 foot one, got a bite. Diego was first up so he got to fight the fish. It was a short battle as the swordfish was a youngster, only about 35 lbs. We got a quick picture and released it fast. We put the baits back out, after making our 5 mile run back to the south, and it wasn’t 10 minutes before we had another bite. This was a nice sword bite on a live blue runner under the light, about 150 feet below the boat. This was one angry swordfish that jumped straight off the bow and fell off. Not much we could do with that one! Darin grabbed a new leader and re-rigged with a live blue runner as fast as he could; dropping the rig back down, hoping for another quick swordfish bite. It wasn’t long after that we had a huge bite. We thought we had a several hundred pound fish on, and we did. The crew battled what turned out to be a 200 lb. hammerhead shark! The crew was tired after the long shark battle, so shortly thereafter we threw in the towel and headed back to the dock. I have to say my theory on fishing tonight was right on, the fish were biting and at least we caught one!


September 1, 2011


This morning, we went fishing here in Ft. Lauderdale with regular customer Kent and some of his college roommates from Nashville Tennessee. We ran out in the Lady Pamela IV and put the bait out as fast as we could, trolling from 120 feet out to 600 feet using fresh mullet strips. We were using two baits on planer boards that dive deep up to 60 feet, and four surface baits skipping across the top of the water. The first fish landed in the boat was a nice 25 lbs. bull kingfish, and then the Atlantic bonitos and barracuda started snapping. We caught eight of them before a 25 lb. wahoo ate the bait on left long planer and Kent reeled him in. Captain Pauli decided to mix it up and swing out deep for mahi mahi. It was a little while before we had another bite but when we did it was worth it. A 15 lb blackfin tuna hit the right short planer on a pink and white sea witch skirt.


I want to let you another thing that’s happening with Ft. Lauderdale fishing right now. As we speak, the mullet run on our coast has started and it is crazy! The mullet run is the annual migration of these baitfish as they swim south along the coast down our way as the water cools in the northeast. There are clouds of these baitfish swimming around Ft. Lauderdale and the snook, tarpon, barracuda, and jack crevalles are gorging themselves. The inshore fishing for these species is some of the best anywhere when the mullet are running. Just today, as the Lady Pamela III was returning from a charter, the whole of Port Everglades was teeming with mullet. Mate Adam quickly netted several dozen, rigged up and trolled a few, and within ten minutes had a customer hooked up on a jumpy 70 lb tarpon. What a way to finish a charter! Come join us!


Tight Lines,

Capt David Ide


954 761 8045


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!