Fishing for table fare in Ft Lauderdale, Florida

April 22, 2010

April 21st, 2010

Today we had 4 on a shared fishing charter; Ann from Cape Cod, Jim from Gloucester, Liz from Utah and Jerry from the Midwest. We headed out Port Everglades looking for table fare; King Mackerel, Dolphin fish, Wahoo and/or Cobia. Other than some Kingfish and a few Bonito, the eating fish were MIA, but everyone was able to reel in a fish.

Captain Paul, Liz & a Bonito fish in Ft Lauderdale

After trolling for a bit, Captain Paul and I decided to spice things up and head to a wreck. Our first drop on the wreck got the bite. Jerry reeled the fish half way up before it managed to release itself. We dropped bait number two down and Jerry fought an Almaco Jack to the boat. We were in a good spot so we went for round three. Ann fought a Lesser Amberjack to the transom and said it was a tough fight. After our third bite, we ran to 350 ft of water and got the big rods out. Within minutes of dropping the bait down, we got a bite from a big Game Shark but he pulled the hook immediately.

Almaco Jack aboard the Lady Pamela II

Ann fishing in the fighting chair in Ft Lauderdale

Ann's Lesser Amberjack, wreck fishing in Fort Lauderdale

Looking forward to fishing tomorrow!

Tight Lines!

Captain David Ide

954-761-8045

TESTIMONIALS

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!