Fort Lauderdale Fishing

June 27, 2012

June 20, 2012

Today Chris, a friend of the family, and eight of his friends were on a Boy Scout retreat with their kids, so four of the fathers and four of the kids decided to come out fishing for an 8 hour charter. The weather in the morning didn’t look the greatest, and a few of my other charters canceled so I was worried that they too would cancel. But they wanted to go, so the Lady Pamela III, with Captain Adam and Mate Joe onboard, had their bumpy day cut out for them.

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They started the first six hours of the day trolling reef edge, catching one kingfish and ten mahi-mahi. That was a pretty good return for the morning. The group then tried some deep bottom fishing, catching a few gray tile fish in 350 feet of water. It had been such a good trip that Adam decided to try to catch Chris and his boys a monster fish.

They put out one of the big tile fish and a nice fresh half kingfish out on 80 lb tackle hoping for a big hookup. Just about an hour later Adam gunned the boat ahead to set the hook on a feisty hammerhead shark. Everybody on the boat had to take a turn at the rod to battle this beast. The kids in particular were crazy with excitement! They finally got the 6-7 foot hammerhead to the boat for some pictures and a release. Kingfish, mahi-mahi, tilefish and hammerheads; not a bad trip after all!

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!