Fish Of The Week - Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters

Fish Of The Week

January 13, 2017

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!

These Fish range from 2-15 lbs around fort lauderdale

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing



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!