DriftFishing ANd Sportfishing Ft Lauderdale

November 13, 2012

November 10, 2012

Ft Lauderdale Driftfishing

The last few months the snapper trips have been unbelievable and tonight’s trip was no exception. Captain Adam was at the helm for the Saturday night snapper trip. We left the dock around 7 p.m. for the four hour charter with six anglers, including Roscoe and Pat. I have to tell you, these six anglers went to town on the snappers. We anchored the Lady Pamela III between 50 and 80 feet water and once a little chum was in the water the yellowtail and mangrove snapper bite went crazy! The red hot action yielded 120 snappers for what was a great nighttime fishing trip. Our anglers all got their limits on snapper, with many more being released.

Night Time Snapper Trip

Sportfishing / Charter fishing ft lauderdale

November 12, 2012

Today Mike and I had a four hour trip with Steve from the Florida Keys. He fished Fort Lauderdale on another charter boat last year and did not catch much, so we were hoping to change that for him. We started the morning trolling between 100 and 750 feet of water, and in about 450 feet of water we hooked a nice sized sailfish. It was only a two minute fight though, as he threw the hook.

Steve"s First sailfish

We kept on trolling for another two and half hours catching three nice mahi-mahi and two Atlantic bonitos. Toward the end of the tip we trolled on in to 160 feet of water and switched to kite fishing with live baits hoping for a sailfish or a shark. Ten minutes before we were going to reel in the baits I saw a sailfish swim up to the left short kite bait. Mike quickly hooked the sailfish and Steve jumped into the fighting chair for the highlight catch of the day. This fish jumped all over the place right next to the boat, but didn’t make any big runs. He sure put on a spectacular display; just the thing to show Steve what Fort Lauderdale fishing is really like!

Steves Sailfish

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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!