Fishing Fort Lauderdale December 27 – 28

December 30, 2011

 December 27 and 28, 2011

Pamela Berreth, her husband, and son Hunter spent the last few days with us on the Lady Pamela II fishing boats. The first trip, on December 27th, was a 6 hour charter from 7am1pm. Pamela and her family are farmers from North Dakota and have marlin fished around the world, including places like Hawaii and Cabo San Lucas. Today’s particular trip in Fort Lauderdale was for theirson Hunter. It was a pretty productive day as we caught some kingfish, a few blackfin tuna, lost a huge wahoo and caught a nice size barracuda. We did not run across any billfish though, and that was Hunter’s goal.

 Hunter's Sailfish

Today, the 28th, we again had the pleasure of fishing with the Berreth family. We headed out around 11 am and went right to kite fishing. The past few days of kite fishing had produced a few sailfish and some hammerhead sharks, which is exactly what Hunter wanted to catch. Wetried our hardest to catch one of these gamefish and it was two hours into the trip before wefinally got a sailfish bite. Unfortunately, it was a quick fight as he jumped right off. Not to be deterred, we put out a fresh rack of baits and in no time got another bite. This time Hunterprevailed and he got his first sailfish! Way to go Hunter!

Hunters Sailfish on the Lady Pamela 2

Tight Lines,

Captain 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!