Poppa John’s Pizza Family Aboard Lady Pamela II

October 17, 2011

This morning, Pauli and I had Annette, and her son Bo, came fishing with us. We picked up some live goggleyes by Lauderdale Marina, and on the way out we explained all about the type of fishing we had planned. This time of year kite fishing is the most productive type of fishing one can do. It involves flying two specially designed kites from the bridge of the boat, with live baits such as goggleyes, sardines, pilchards or threadfin herrings suspended on release clips beneath the kites. The kites keep the live baits right on the surface, but well away from the drifting boat. Kite fishing in the winter months is highly productive for sailfish, but wahoo, tunas, and mahi-mahi are often caught as well. Anyway, today I wanted to try to hook up 12 year old Bo, who had never been deep sea fishing before, with a sailfish. We popped the kites up right in front of the whistle buoy, in about 110 feet of water. In two hours we caught a kingfish and jumped off one sailfish. Sometimes you just can’t catch everything that bites. Regardless, we put out a fresh set of live baits on the kites and in 30 minutes we hooked another sailfish. This time things went in our favor, even with the sailfish jumping all over the ocean and putting on a good show! It took Bo a good 20 minutes to reel the 6 ½ footer to the boat, where we tagged it and set it free. By the way, I forgot to mention that seas were running about 10 foot that day. Good job Annette and Bo!

Poppa Johns Pizza Family

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!