Fishing the Fort Lauderdale Intercoastal

February 10, 2016

2016-01-11 17.29.21-2Here at Lady Pamela Sportfishing, we offer all sorts of fishing trips to suite our clients and put them on the hottest bite possible when it is convenient for them.

While the offshore fishing is certainly our speciality, we do morning and evening trips right here in our backcountry waters of the intercoastal. Our clients are pleasantly surprised at what can be caught right here in the busy canals of Fort Lauderdale and the sights to be seen.

Our intercoastal trips primarily target Tarpon, which are some of the most amazing game fish in the world. The strikes are very intense and the battles came sometimes go on for over an hour even on the most stout tackle.

The intercoastal offers a wide array of baitfish for these monster predators along with warm waters, which is why the fishing can be red hot.

While fishing for these awesome fish, seeing sights such as porpoises, manatees, ospreys, are just some of the mother nature you will soon appreciate. The manatees look for warmer waters here in our winter and it is not uncommon to find a pack of 20 of them soaking in an “intercoastal spa”.  We try not to spook them on our fishing trips, as we don’t want them to leave their peaceful warm waters in search of new ones.

Enjoy the sight of an osprey as it crashes the water and pulls a fish right out with it’s amazing talons. These are truly some of the coolest birds in town, not to out do the pelican. While our population of pelicans is vast, they can be seen a lot of times right here at our dock waiting for scraps or baitfish that we are throwing back.  The pelicans are pretty incredible to watch dive straight down and pull fish out of the iStock_000005357184_Largewater. They primary are looking for giant schools of baitfish so they catch more than one fish for their efforts, however they are also known to hover of giant schools of mullet and pick out one big bait fish at a time.

While most of clients love the relaxing joy ride of our intercoastal trips, it is not just the fishing and wildlife to keep you entertained. You will see houses and properties of celebrities and athletes (they fish with us too!) whom have made Fort Lauderdale and Miami their home on the water.  Being able to get right up and into the properties for a close look by water is pretty surreal to see the amazing architecture of these homes. No one home is alike and there is a lot of personality with each passing home you will see.

2016-01-10 07.52.48Now back to the fishing…

Captain David has been fishing the river and intercoastal waters of Fort Lauderdale before grade school. Growing up in Florida he knows all the hot spots and has been putting his clients on big tarpon for years right here in the intercoastal waters.  His clients don’t have to worry about getting sea sick and when it is blowing offshore, the intercoastal waters are always calm and protected.

Some of the best time to catch trophy tarpon here in our intercoastal is in the fall and winter. In the fall we get a huge migration of mullet (baitfish) which bring a down a ton of tarpon on their back.  Once the migration passes, we usually head a little South to find the majority of the fish and then when the cold fronts start coming in, we will fish the bays with shrimp and live bait.

Our summers aren’t to out done as well, however the fish are a bit smaller, but the snook are spawning and we target them on light tackle off our beaches and under the lights of the homes nearby. It is a pretty exciting time to get multiple snook.

Tarpon aren’t the only fish we catch here in the Intercoastal.  We also get some monster jacks, barracua, snook, ladyfish, snapper, grouper and sharks.

If you have never fished the inshore waters of Fort Lauderdale, then give us a call. It is something I recommend all our clients to experience. The peaceful evenings and great action all packed in a a short 4 hour trip is a great way to wind down your day.


Captain David



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!