Fort Lauderdale Fishing – 2 Sailfish & Hammerhead Shark

October 29, 2010

Fort Lauderdale Fishing

October 27th, 2010

Around 1PM, the Lady Pamela II and III set sail out of Fort Lauderdale. Aboard the Lady Pamela II, we had a boat show repeat client interested in hooking up with a Hammerhead Shark. Shark fishing takes place in the spring here in Fort Lauderdale but you never know what you’re going to catch while deep sea fishing in South Florida. We trolled the reef in search of Mahi Mahi and King Mackerel for 2 hours without a bite. We decided it was time to move on and try our luck with a bloody King Mackerel while the Lady Pamela III was live bait kite fishing on an edge north of Port Everglades in 460 ft of water. Adam hooked a Sailfish and a 7lb Mahi aboard the Lady Pamela III just before we got the bite. I floored the boat ahead as Patrick jumped into the fighting chair. After a tough 30 minute battle, Patrick got a good look at his Hammerhead Shark he always wanted to catch while fishing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I called Adam shortly after our catch and release and he had not only 1 but 2 Sailfish behind the boat, both over 5 ft in length.

Great fishing in Fort Lauderdale.

Pictures to come.

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!