Fort Lauderdale Fishing Report – July 19th, 2011

July 21, 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.

Tight Lines!

Captain David Ide

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TESTIMONIALS

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!