Fort Lauderdale Fishing Report – Sport Fishing in September 2010

September 14, 2010

Fort Lauderdale Fishing Report – Sport fishing in September 2010

Deep Sea fishing has been phenomenal in South Florida this summer. We’ve had some of the calmest summer days and some great catches to go along.

The Mahi – Mahi bite was off this season but the Blackfin Tuna bite made up for it. This is the best Blackfin Tuna bite we’ve seen in years here in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For the past 6 months, these football shaped fish have been biting anywhere from 200 – 400 ft of water, just 30 – 50 ft below the surface. Blue/white and pink/white seawitches with fresh Bonito/Mullet strips do the trick when looking for 5 – 10 lb Blackfin Tuna offshore Fort Lauderdale. Talk about good eats; Blackfin Tuna is one of the tastiest fish South Florida has to offer.

Who says Sailfish are seasonal in Fort Lauderdale. We’ve caught several Sailfish this summer. As a matter of fact, just last week we caught 2 Sailfish on the troll in 170 ft of water, using Stan Rouer seawitches and fresh bonito strips. Sailfish season is approaching Fort Lauderdale and we can’t wait. With a rippin’ north current and blue water you can’t go wrong with Spindle beaks. The Atlantic Sailfish is by far one of the most sought after game fish in the world and they can be found in plentiful numbers especially right here in South Florida during the winter months. Sailfishing is one of my all time favorites. They are capable of powerful runs, acrobatic jumps and reel blistering dives which may make your arms regret they ever tangled with this great fish.

Wahoo fish have been consistently biting anywhere from 170 – 450 ft of water on a blue edge with a north current. The Wahoo fish we’ve caught while trolling strip baits have weighed in between 20 – 60 lb’s.

Fort Lauderdale Drift Fishing aboard the Lady Pamela III is a terrific way to experience Fort Lauderdale fishing without the cram and jam of an average drift fishing boat. The Lady Pamela III is Fort Lauderdale’s ONLY drift fishing boat with a maximum of 24 passengers, more room for you, more FISH for you! The Lady Pamela III has been fishing an average of 1-2 trips per day with 9-10 anglers onboard. Jiggin’ ballyhoo’s on 40 lb tackle in 100 – 130 ft of water has hooked us up with Yellowtail Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, King Mackerel, Gray Triggerfish, Grunts, Bonito fish and Blackfin Tuna.

The Vermillion Snapper bite comes in at number one. A 3 hook chicken rig with bonito and squid and light north current is key when deep dropping on a shipwreck in 180 ft of water for dinner. The Snappers have weighed in anywhere from 2-3 lb and 14-16 inches in length.

Our Saturday nighttime Swordfish trips have been going out almost every week. We take a minimum of 5 anglers, a maximum of 10 and head 14 miles offshore into the Gulfstream. Last Saturday we had 6 people, which made for a comfortable fishing trip. With a 2-3 ft chop and a 2 ½ knot current, we hooked a Broadbill Swordfish in 1,350 ft of water on 50 lb conventional stand up tackle. After a 40 minute battle, we had a 130 lb’er in the boat.

Daytime Swordfish Fishing is also a fishing excursion we offer at the Lady Pamela fleet. Very different from nighttime Swordfish fishing, we head 19 miles offshore to 1,800 ft of water. An electric reel with whole squid, mackerel or bonito is the key to Daytime Swordfishing in Fort Lauderdale. Bigger fish have been caught during the day this month.

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!