Daytime Swordfishing / Sailfishing Lady Pamela 2

March 24, 2015

March 19‑20, 2015

 

JJ and I had a daytime swordfishing trip today (the 19th) aboard the Lady Pamela II. We made our first drop 20 miles offshore Ft. Lauderdale in 1800 feet of water. We had no bites on drops one and two, but finally hooked up on the third drop. It took about 30 minutes to get the fish to the surface, and then it came right up out of the water for some great jump shots. This was a nice 125 pound swordfish that we put into the boat to finish up an awesome day.

Great Daytime swordfish picture 1 for 2 this day

Great Daytime swordfish picture 1 for 2 this day

 

March 20,

The official first day of spring found the Lady Pamela II offshore Ft. Lauderdale in flat calm water and very little wind. Our target today was sailfish and we usually use live goggleye baits and kites as our go to angling gear for these billfish. However, with no breeze we couldn’t fly the kites so we slow trolled a spread of live baits in about 180 feet of water. In the first 10 minutes of fishing we hooked into a sailfish doubleheader, with catches and releases on both fish. About 45 minutes later we had another sailfish doubleheader. This time we only caught and released one out of two fish. Overall though, not too bad, three for four on sailfish during a four hour charter.

 

we caught 3 for 4 today

we caught 3 for 4 today

 

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing

954-761-8045

WWw.ladypamela2@bellsouth.net

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!