Fort Lauderdale Fishing Report

May 12, 2012

May 5, 2012

Today we had Jack, Travis, and Ed, from right here in Fort Lauderdale that wanted to catch some yellowfin tuna. We decided to make the run first thing in the morning so we caught 700 pilchards and loaded up our live wells the night before. We left the dock at 6:00 am and headed 79 miles northeast of Fort Lauderdale. It makes for a long trip, and fuel prices are high, but if you get lucky and find the fish, it is well worth the trip.



Once we got to the tuna grounds we were finding birds crashing bait but we were not catching the tunas. Ed was discouraged, and ready to go home after the first few flocks of birds didn’t produce fish, but I wouldn’t let him. We finally found the fish, and Jack caught a nice mahi-mahi. We started live chumming with the pilchards and all of a sudden there were mahi–mahi everywhere. We caught 7 mahi-mahi right away, and as we were live chumming and chunking, the yellowfins showed up. They too were everywhere around the boat, and JJ and I began casting baits. We hooked four huge yellowfin tunas right away and the battle began. It was all we could do to fight these fish on 50 lb smoke-colored Sufix® fishing line, with InvisiLine 60lb fluorocarbon leaders. The smallest fish was 65 lbs and we boated six nice yellowfins in all. This trip was a lot of work, but it was so much fun! Hurry up and give me a call, we have two more months of tuna fishing.

 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!