Fort Lauderdale Daytime Swordfish Fishing, the bite is on!

November 6, 2010

November 1st, 2010

Hooking up with broadbill Swordfish up to 600 lb’s is common just 15 miles off the coast of Fort Lauderdale. All you need is an electric Penn 130 reel, 80 lb power pro with 10 lb’s of lead and 1,700 ft of water and you are likely to get a bite. Today was one of the best daytime Sword fishing bites I have ever had fishing in Fort Lauderdale. Robby and I left the dock at 6:30 AM and ran for an hour and a half before we reached our destination. Seas were a steady 2-4 ft and conditions were perfect. At 8:45 AM, we put the boat into the current and made our first drop. Our bait made it to the bottom in 10 minutes and within the first hour, we were hooked. The fish fell off within minutes, and although the bite didn’t last long, we knew the fish were out there. We quickly relocated a few miles south and made our second drop of the day around 10 AM. 11AM, fish on. After a 45 minute fight, we boated our first Swordfish weighing in around 150 lb’s. As I cleaned the fish, Robby relocated the boat more to the south. After we set up at our new location, I pitch baited a 40lb Mahi – Mahi, lost it, but caught his brother, a 25 lb Bull Dolphin. After our Dolphin catch, we hooked up with our second Swordfish, a hefty 200 lb’er. One last move to the south hooked us up with our 3rd fish of the day, a 325 lb’er that fought for over an hour and a half. Around 4 PM, we called it a day and headed back to the dock.

The Lady Pamela III is Fort Lauderdale’s ONLY Sport fishing Boat that can accommodate more than 6 people for Sword fishing and Sport fishing Charters.

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!