Fort Lauderdale Fishing Report – July 19th, 2011
July 19, 2011
Today we had Dino from Ft. Myers, Harold from Kentucky and Tim from Connecticut. We stared a few minutes late getting off the dock but that didn’t stop the Lady Pamela 4 from catching fish. Every morning when the Bonitas are around we cut fresh trolling bait, which is key this time of year. We trolled for the first two hours of the trip catching a few King Mackerels and some Bonitas. The trolling wasn’t red hot so I decided to try shark fishing in 350 feet of water right off the coast of Fort Lauderdale Beach. Leo rigged three big Bonitas with two 11/0 hooks in each bait and the three 130 lb. rods. He sent one down 350 feet, the second 150 feet down and one on the surface. There was 2.5 knots of north current and it looked pretty good for getting a bite so we waited it out. After 50 min went by, I was talking to Leo on the bridge of the boat when the 150 foot bait started bouncing. Leo stared reeling and I gunned the boat ahead to set the hook. At the same exact time, there was a hammer head on top chasing the top bait, it was chaos, but very exciting. Leo dropped back the bait and hooked the fish, we now had a double header with two giant hammer head sharks. Tim fought one, Harold fought the other and they ended the day with a great catch and an awesome story for their friends.
Captain David Ide