Fort Lauderdale Fishing Report March 2011

March 5, 2011

March 1st, 2011

Chris and his buddies joined the Lady Pamela II for a full day of fishing offshore Fort Lauderdale. It was flat calm offshore; with a SE wind blowing 5-10 mph. We left the dock at 8 AM with trolling gear in the water. For the first 6 hours of the fishing trip, we caught fish non-stop; Mahi-Mahi, Kingfish, Bonito, Blackfin Tuna. We ended the day with two nice size Barracudas caught at one of the many shipwrecks here in Fort Lauderdale.

March 2nd, 2011

Greg, Jeff, Amanda and two other friends joined the Lady Pamela IV for a fishing trip today. We left the dock at 8:10 AM and headed across the Intracoastal to pick up live goggle eyes. Once we had our bait covered, we were on our way and I headed south out of Port Everglades. It was blowing out of the NW. We flew the kites in 90 ft of water with 2 knot north current with bright blue water. Just as we were getting the second kite out, there were two Sailfish already in our spread. Captain Paul hooked the Sailfish that ate that short bait and handed it off to Greg and then began to work the second Sailfish. It didn’t take long for Captain Paul to hook the second Sailfish and hand it to Jeff. Jeff’s fish didn’t cooperate and fell off while Greg’s fish put up a battle. I was backing down in 8 ft swells for 20 minutes before we got Greg’s fish to the boat. After Greg’s catch, they called it a day and we were back at the dock by 9:30AM.  

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!