Fishing in Ft Lauderdale April 2010

April 26, 2010

Ft Lauderdale Spring Fishing Report – April 2010

Fishing in Fort Lauderdale during the month of April is always action packed. The Barracuda are stealth inshore, the shipwrecks are full of fish and the Game Shark bite is solid if bait is presented properly. How could you go wrong?

Florida experienced a record-breaking winter and man, are we glad to welcome the warm weather!  The sunshine is now consistent along with the 80-degree afternoons we missed so much. The seas didn’t necessarily agree with us for the first few weeks in April, but we’ve seen a big change and calmer seas as the days go by. The Atlantic Sailfish stuck around for a majority of April, but the bite has slowed down considerably. We’ll just have to wait until the season kicks off for that satisfying slap out the of rigger.

Atlantic Sailfish; Ft Lauderdale Fishing April 2010

Game Sharks have officially moved on in. February to June is prime time to go big game Shark fishing in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. Hammerhead Sharks, Mako Sharks, Tiger Sharks and Thresher Sharks are just some of the biggest fish caught off the east coast and Fort Lauderdale comes in at #1 for the bite. Head offshore to 300 ft of deep blue water, drop a fresh, bloody Kingfish head on the bottom and your chances of tugging on one of these bad boys is likely. With the Lady Pamela II new and improved suspended fighting chair, you won’t be disappointed during the fight. Just imagine, fighting a fish as big as you within feet from your feet. Once hooked, average encounters last more than an hour, leaving you with a very soar arm after a stellar catch. Game Sharks offer the ultimate offshore challenge. This month, we’ve gotten up close and personal with a handful of Hammerhead Game Sharks; they are by far one of the coolest fish in the ocean.

Game Shark Fishing in Fort Lauderdale April 2010

Giant Hammerhead Shark; Ft Lauderdale Fishing April 2010

The shipwrecks are always active in the springtime. Amberjacks, members of the Jack family, are predominantly found in Florida. Amberjack fish are known to be voracious predators that forge over reefs and wrecks in small groups. AJ’s, sometimes called by locals, are powerful fish and seem to know what to do when you least expect it, like run straight into their favorite territory, a wreck. The Amberjack is no doubt a powerful fish; not so much a fast, long distance runner, but more like a powerful short sprinter who runs straight down before heading into cover; they guarantee a fight.

Wreck Fishing for Amberjack; Fort Lauderdale Fishing April 2010

Surprisingly, the Cobias haven’t been hitting as nicely as we’d like. The wacky weather we’ve dealt with, the fish are dealing with as well. The Lady Pamela II has landed a few nice Cobias this month and hopefully the bite improves. I’ve heard of scattered Cobia schools, but they haven’t moved into Fort Lauderdale as of yet. Talk about good eats, Cobia is one of the tastiest fish in the ocean and we look forward to the bite.

Between 200 ft and 500 ft of water, the Wahoo are feeding on blue spoons with pink/white seawitches and fresh bonito strips. Wahoo fish are best known to sport fishermen for their speed and high-quality flesh. They are handsome looking fish with their razor sharp teeth and are one of Florida’s prize game fish.

Wahoo, Mahi & Bonito fish; Ft Lauderdale Fishing April 2010

The Mahi – Mahi have been hit or miss lately. One day you’re heading back to the dock with a 30 lb’er and a few smaller ones to fill the cooler, the next day there isn’t a Dolphin fish in site. Generally, by the beginning of April, the Mahi have popped in and by the end of April their swimming in herds offshore. We are expecting the bite to pick up any day now. We are all craving fresh Dolphin.

Mahi - Mahi (Dolphin fish); Fort Lauderdale Fishing April 2010

Lately, the wind has been blowing out of the west in Fort Lauderdale. With that said, Swordfishing conditions have been far from perfect. However, on April 20th, the winds were considerate enough to turn around and allow for a comfortable Nighttime Swordfishing charter. The bite was almost instant. As soon as the sun settled and the squid hit the water, the fish turned on. We got our Swordfishing fix with four nice Broadbill’s in the cockpit and we were back at the dock by 1:30 AM; we even got a few hours to sleep before heading out for an 8 AM start. The Swordfish ranged from 100 lb’s to a 150 lb’s. Now that we got a little taste, we will definitely be back offshore for more.

Nighttime Swordfishing; Fort Lauderdale Fishing April 2010

Tight Lines!

Captain 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!