Fishing Fort Lauderdale Lady Pamela 2 Aug 17 – 18

August 22, 2011

August 17, 2011


Today was one spectacular day of shark fishing. Harlan and his family joined us on the Lady Pamela II for a day of deep sea fishing. We started the trip out trolling two planer boards and four surface baits that skip across the surface. Nice fresh bonito strips on all the rigs. We caught a few king mackerel and a nice blackfin tuna and a Spanish mackerel. The last hour of the trip we moved out to 350 feet of water for some shark fishing. Down went four fresh whole bonitos on 130 Penn Internationals loaded with 150 lb braided line. We left two baits on top, one in the middle, and a bottom bait. Right before we were going to reel up, the middle bait balloon got heavy, and I gunned the boat ahead to set the hook. Harlan got in the fighting chair for what turned into 30 minute battle. I sensed when we hooked the fish that it was a true monster as it took ½ spool of line on the 130 on the first run! When the leader finally got to the boat, I saw my first small eye thresher shark in Florida. It was the first one I had ever caught and only the 5th one I had ever heard of being caught in south Florida. These fish are normally caught in the Maryland, New York, New Jersey area. Great catch Harlan!

 Threasher shark


August 18, 2011


This afternoon the Lady Pamela II went out trolling with Robert and his family from New Jersey. On the first pass in 100 feet of water we had a triple-header of bonitos, and everybody landed their fish. We got the baits back out as fast as we could and then caught four kingfish over the next 30 min. With plenty of time left, we went out a little deeper, from 250 out to 450 feet. We worked the baits back and forth between the depths and caught a 15 lb wahoo, a 30 lb wahoo, and a 20 lb barracuda. Trolling in the afternoons sure has been producing the some nice wahoos! Come join us!



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Capt 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!