Fish Of The Week
January 10, 2017
To start off the new year I want to give those of you who are not familiar with Lady Pamela II, a little background. Lady Pamela II sportfishing is one of the oldest and most reputable charter fleets in Broward County. As owner and captain, I am a third-generation fisherman from Fort Lauderdale who grew up fishing South Florida’s famous waters. I have extensive tournament and sportfishing fishing experience and am in demand as either a captain or mate on tournament boats.
My captains, mates, and I love to fish, and are ready to help you land that trophy catch. Last year we spent thousands of hours fishing, including kitefishing with live bait for sailfish, bottomfishing for snappers and groupers, trolling for kingfish, wahoo, and tuna, or fishing deep for trophy sharks. You name the fish and we have probably caught it! If you happen to be in the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood area and feel like fishing we’ll do our best to give the experience of a lifetime.
So far this year we have seen a fair number of sailfish caught off the kites, with kingfish and a lot a blackfin tunas being caught on the troll using bonito strips on spoons. Blackfin tuna, Lady Pamela II sportfishing’s fish of the week, are found as far north as Massachusetts, but are more abundant from North Carolina south through Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. They are true tunas of the Scombridae family, with the scientific name of Thunnus atlanticus.
Interestingly, much of the recent scientific information on blackfins has been generated right down the road from the Lady Pamela marina, at the fisheries lab of Nova Southeastern University in Dania, Florida. Research papers produced by Nova scientists have contributed much to the scientific and common understanding of blackfin tuna habitat, growth and reproduction.
The blackfin tunas we have been catching this week are running in the 10-20 lb range, which is a great size for nice fresh tuna steaks! The world record for this species is 49 pounds, 6 ounces, and was caught off Marathon, Florida in April 2006. Give us a call at Lady Pamela sportfishing and we’ll go try to break that record for you!
Capt. David Ide
Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing