fort lauderdale deep sea fishing is great

October 29, 2011

October 26, 2011


Today was a great day in the morning. We had a three boat charter in the morning, we me running our 36 foot Invincible (Open Fisherman). After a quick stop on the way out to purchase a couple dozen live goggleyes, we headed six miles north of Port Everglades to 110 – 185 feet of water. There was a strong south current with a northeast wind of 20- 25 knots. It looked as good as it could get in Ft. Lauderdale for sailfish and mahi-mahi. It took 15 minutes for me two get two kites in the air and a few flat lines in the water.  Twenty minutes went by and I yelled there’s a sailfish on the right long bait! I fed the fish and it came up jumping. David, one of my anglers, took the rod and began his 25 minute battle with the sailfish. Once we got it to the boat we tagged the fish and released it. For the next two hours we had four more bites; three mahi-mahi an one oceanic bonito. It was a lot of fun and it is always nice to fish with a fun group of people.

Sailfishing on A 36 invencible


Oct 25, 2011


AM Trip


Well on the morning of the 25th we had four on a split. Two guys from Pennsylvania and a husband and wife from Wisconsin. They did not want to buy live baits so we got it done the old fashion way, trolling using fresh mullet strips with down planers and four surface baits. The kingfish were plentiful on the troll and we caught 5 kingfish, a few bonito and one mahi-mahi. We caught our last fish of the day as we were trolling south back to our home port. A sailfish bit a blue and white sea witch on the left rigger and promptly dumped a half spool of line off a Shimano TLD30. I was telling everybody in the cockpit to reel every thing up so we could chase the fish. Once everything was cleared, I backed down on the fish and we caught it in 20 minutes. Mike was happy because he said he could not reel any more! We got the sailfish into the boat, got some fantastic pictures, then tagged and released the fish in front of Fort Lauderdale.

 fort lauderdale sailfish trolling

PM Trip


On the afternoon trip, we were fishing right off the beach in Fort Lauderdale in 110 feet of water. We put up two kites with five lines in the water. Randy and his family have been deepsea fishing on almost every vacation since they are from Kentucky and there is not much deepsea fishing there. Our first few bites were kingfish and they chopped our baits in half. Then we sat there for two hours with no bites. I picked up, ran 6 miles to the north, and put the same spread back out. It took 30 minutes but we caught a few mahi –mahi. Thirty minutes after that we got the bite from the fish we wanted, a sailfish. Randy’s son jump into the fighting chair and began fighting the biggest fish he had ever caught in his life. It did not take very long because the fish did a lot of jumping around and wore it self out. We tagged the sailfish and turned him free to fight another day. We caught the fish in 150 feet of water using live bait. There is no doubt that live bait is the key to success this time of year. I cannot say it enough, this October has been some of the best fishing in Fort Lauderdale that I have ever seen.

 Fort lauderdale sailfishing caught on a kite with live bait

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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!