Double Header Sailfish bite aboard the Lady Pamela II offshore Ft Lauderdale - Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters

Double Header Sailfish bite aboard the Lady Pamela II offshore Ft Lauderdale

March 29, 2010

March 28th, 2010

Just the other day, I was reporting how nice the weather has been in South Florida, I guess I spoke too soon. Today, David and his two friends left the dock aboard the Lady Pamela II for an 8-hour fishing charter; it was blowin’ like stink with 8-foot seas and no sun. Before we headed offshore, we stopped at the fuel dock and loaded up on live goggle eyes to suspend from the fishing kites for a Sailfish bite. We hit the road and ran straight to the buoy in search of Blue runners to drop on the shipwreck. The baitfish were not around, kite fishing it was. As soon as we got our kites up, the Mahi – Mahi were bustin’ bait left and right. A majority of the Dolphin fish were too short to keep, except for 2 and the 15 lb’er we missed. It was a good 2 ½ hours before two Sailfish ate at once. David and his buddies were fighting a double header on 20lb tackle, it was incredible to watch. The spindle beaks were jumping over each other, under each other and heading different directions. With one of the Sailfish, we were down to the knot; it was hell in a hand basket, but a good time.

The sail is normally kept folded down and to the side when swimming, but it may be raised when the sailfish feels threatened or excited

Sailfish are highly prized game fish and are known for their incredible jumps

Our gang got the job done, we got a few pictures then went on our way catching live Bonito fish. We stopped by a shipwreck on our way home and ended the day with a few big Amberjack bites on 50lb.

Wreck fishing in Fort Lauderdale can be one of the most productive ways to catch fish

Tight Lines!

Captain David Ide



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!