December 2008Posted on: February 12, 2009
Lady Pamela II Fishing Report – 1st week of December
John Mannino and his four children came down from Long Island, New York to head out on the Lady Pamela II with Captain Paul and I in search of “strictly swordfish and dolphin – NO sailfish!” Will do, John. We got a hold of live pilchards and headed offshore trolling for some mahi – mahi. We slipped a wahoo bait down there just for fun. All of a sudden a quadruple header was on. Nice size dolphin, 10 – 12 lb’ers. Captain Paul and I started throwing live pilchards everywhere, and it was working. We had 4 fish on at all times. We caught every fish in the school, 13 dolphin hit the deck, most of them up to 18 lbs. Trolling gear was back in and ready to go – 30 minutes went by of fishing and not catching. After all that mahi – mahi action, they were getting antsy. John and the kids wanted to switch it up a little and see what was up with the swordfish bite. As we were getting ready to make the run to fertile grounds, the wahoo bait started screamin’! John’s son jumped in the fighting chair, Captain Paul was leadering him up, I grabbed the gaff and could’ve sworn it was at least a 100 lb wahoo! Captain Paul said “no way, a sailfish!” John’s son fought his first sailfish ever, a nice one too, an 82 incher. Fishing was going great at this point, everybody was having a good time, but to put the icing on the cake, we needed a swordfish. When we got to our destination, we made our first daytime drop of the day with two squids, a 100 ft leader and a shiny, serrated 11/0 hook. We were ready. After 30 minutes of just waiting and wishing, John was hooked with his first daytime sword. John landed a 54″ Swordfish offshore fishing in Fort Lauderdale. Awesome day, great catch!
Captain David Ide