December 1-4 Lady Pamela 2

December 5, 2011

December 1, 2, 3, 4, 2011


During the first four days of December, the northeast to east winds were just relentless. They were blowing about 10‑20 knots the first two days and 20‑35 knots the second two days. The good news though is that the mahi-mahi fishing has been the best I have ever seen. We have been averaging 5 fish every trip up to 30 lbs., with most of them gaffers. All of these fish have been on the reef, in 200 feet or less, and kitefishing with live baits has been the most productive. Also, the trolling for kingfish on the reef has been great, with some smoker kings up to 35 lbs.


On December the 3rd trip, I was running the boat both in the morning and the afternoon. On the morning trip, Dr. Sun and his family from California came out deep sea fishing. We loaded up on the mahi-mahi and even had shots at a couple of sailfish. At 3-4 ft though, the seas were a little bumpy for the anglers, so we called it quits early. On the afternoon trip, a local angler Earl, and friends came out with me. They were comfortable in the 6-8 ft seas, and the fish were tearing up live goggleyes on the kite. We were catching mahi-mahi one after the other in 140 feet of water. While watching the action from the tower, I spotted a sailfish on the right long line, and after a quick yell down to mate Joe, he had the fish hooked up for Earl. This was a tough fish that Earl fought for 40 minutes in the 8 foot seas. It was a battle, and everyone in the cockpit was soaking wet before he finally landed the monster sailfish. It was great! Earl has been fishing and hunting everywhere in the world and he said he will never forget that fight!


On the December 4th trips the hot fishing continued as we caught more mahi-mahi and two wahoo while trolling. We also landed a black grouper and a few amberjacks on the shipwrecks in 180 -240 feet of water.




The great fishing continues as evidenced by the catches brought in on the drift boat. Every day we have been catching a few mahi-mahi, lots of yellowtail snappers, and a few mutton snappers. We are even landing a few king mackerel on deep jigs rigged with ballyhoo.


 Black Grouper

Tight Lines,

Capt David Ide

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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!