Fort Lauderdale Fishing – The Start of Sailfish Season in South Florida

October 18, 2010

October 17th, 2010

Today looked like the start of Sailfish season.

In the morning, I had four guests Shaun and his wife from California and Randy and his wife from Quebec.

On the way out the Inlet, we stopped and Shaun and Randy bought as dozen goggle-eyes.

We proceeded out the Inlet to around 100 feet of water and started trolling, looking for Wahoo, Kings and Dolphin. There was a little south current. I trolled in and out from 100 to 200 feet and got two bites. Caught one Kingfish as we got up to the North, I saw that the conditions were almost perfect. North wind 15-20 knots, a nice north swell and they were “TAILING”.

I got our kites up with four goggle-eyes. It did not take long, ten minutes and we had a huge Sail on my left short rigger and another on my long. I missed the one on the long but Shaun was in the chair with the first Sail. Shaun never had caught a big fish in saltwater before and now he had a fish on the end of his line that most people would die for. As Shaun is fighting his fish, I yelled right short. Randy hooks the fish. While I am backing down, Shaun runs up to the bow of the boat with his, so his line does not hit the boat.  We caught Randy’s in 10 minutes and released it.

We then continued for another 60 minutes before getting Shaun’s fish up to the boat. It was an action packed four hours of fishing.

Fort Lauderdale Sailfish Fishing in South Florida

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!