Fishing Ft Lauderdale

November 1, 2012

October 30, 2012


First and foremost, our thoughts are with all of our fishing friends in Delaware, New Jersey, New York and elsewhere who have been affected by hurricane Sandy. We had high seas from the storm and couldn’t fish, but we had no other effects. That being said, the post-storm fishing the last few days has been very good. The sailfish were biting today up to the north and one of our boats had ten plus shots at sailfish using live googleyes suspended from kites. We are now moving into the prime time of year (November to April) to catch a billfish. If you like to billfish now is a great time to book a trip. We have also been catching plenty of mahi-mahi, kingfish, and wahoo.

If you are interested in game sharks, we love to move out into deep water and hunt for hammerheads, makos, threshers, or bull sharks. There is nothing like a fresh bonito or small kingfish dropped down to 350 feet to raise some exciting shark action.


The Lady Pamela driftfishing boat has also been catching plenty of fish, using fresh ballyhoo during the daytime and squid and fresh kingfish belly at night. The night fishing in particular has been producing lots of yellow tail and mangrove snappers, as well a few nice mutton snappers. During the daytime fishing we have been landing kingfish, snappers, triggerfish, cobia and bonito. There is always something to catch here in south Florida!

Tight Lines,

Capt David Ide


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!