Fishing South Florida

November 21, 2011

Nov 16, 2011


This afternoon we went fishing with Kirk and his two sons, whom I had met on the dock the day before. They had told me they wanted to go fishing and I recommended an afternoon trip, as catches had been better later in the day. Kirk went with my judgment. The afternoon weather was calm on the way out, though we had to work our way through a pile of boats competing in the Sailfish Cup Tournament out of Miami Beach. Apparently fishing was slow in Miami and the word had gotten out that the fish were in Ft. Lauderdale. I think just about all the boats in the tournament had run up here to fish!


Regardless, we moved offshore, found an edge in 400 to 550 feet of water, and spent the afternoon right there, rolling in fish. There were plenty of mahi-mahi and little blackfin tunas working north and south along this edge. It was green water, with a little north current and we were trolling a few deep lines right on the edge. In addition to the mahi and tunas, we caught a nice 35 lb wahoo on a pink and white sea witch. Then, about three-quarters of the way through the charter, we hooked a huge sailfish while trolling. This was a tough fish that we fought for nearly an hour. Everybody was on the VHF radio calling to see if we had a blue marlin on, but we didn’t, we just had a huge sailfish that took a lot longer than usual to land. But we caught the big sailfish, and Kirk and his family were ecstatic to get this monster fish to the boat. They were used to fishing in lakes in Canada, catching 3to 4 lb fish, so this was really the experience of a lifetime. Good job Kirk! Can’t wait to take you guys fishing again!



Tight Lines,


Capt David Ide


954 761 8045


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!