FISHING FORT LAUDERDALE

January 30, 2012

 

On January 25th, we had a full day 10 hour charter with Sean and a group of visitors from Kentucky. Fishing was a little

 

slow, and all Sean’s group wanted to catch was a sailfish, so we trolled for 5 hours in the morning hoping to get a bite. We picked up a few kingfish and a blackfin tuna, but no sailsAfter 5 hours of trolling we ended up way down south towards north Miami. I knew of a wreck in the area so we dropped a live bonito on the wreck, with no success,and then made a few more drops with different baits before getting a bite. Once we got that bite, it was a huge greater amberjack that put up an awesome fight. We finally got him to the boat, got some great pictures, and let him go. There was still time to get the sailfish that the group wanted,so we ran a little north and put the kiteup. We set up right in the Port Everglades tidal out flow off Dania Beach, in 110 feet of water, using live goggleyes for bait. Sure enough, before the end of the trip we went one for two on sailfish!

 

January 26, 27

 

On January 26th and 27th the wind was out of the southwest which generally makes fishing slow, but we still managed to catch fish for everyone that came fishing. We caught some bonitoson every trip, along with some king mackerel, and few 5 lb blackfin tunas. On the 26th we also landed a mah-mahi and an amberjack. A nice barracuda was caught on the 27th.

 

January 28

 

The wind finally switched around to the north, and that has kicked up the bite. Today we caught a lot of bonitos, a nice barracuda and some king mackerel. We didn’t sailfish today, but the word is that a few boats fishing morning charters had a few bites. That is a very good sign after having that southwest wind the past few days. As always, we’ll keep you posted on the Fort Lauderdale fishing action!

 


Baracuda with Tom

January 28

 

The wind finally switched around to the north, and that has kicked up the bite. Today we caught a lot of bonitos, a nice barracuda and some king mackerel. We didn’t sailfish today, but the word is that a few boats fishing morning charters had a few bites. That is a very good sign after having that southwest wind the past few days. As always, we’ll keep you posted on the Fort Lauderdale fishing action!

 Ryan and his AmberJack

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Capt David Ide
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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!