Fort Lauderdale Monster Fishing Report

May 22, 2012

May 19, 2012


Today was a good day as Chris and I had a really fun trip. We had a bachelor party on the boat in the morning charter with Scott and his friends from New York. They were out for a good time so we started out trolling for kingfish, bonito and mahi-mahi. The trolling was quite slow so we went to big game shark fishing, as they wanted a big fish. We sat in 350 feet of water for most of the trip before we finally got a bite. It was a monster bite though, and the bachelor got to fight this brutish game shark. He worked the fish for 30 minutes before he got smooth hammerhead to the boat. It was a great battle, and the New Yorkers really enjoyed the fight.


May 20, 2012


This morning was a private six-hour charter with Lee and his wife Tiffany, and Jay and his wife Brenda. Mike and I left the dock with our charter at 7 a.m. and went out to the whistle buoy trying to catch some live bait. The whistle buoy so-called because it actually whistles, is the main entrance marker to Port Everglades inlet and generally has schools of bait around it.

We succeeded in catching a few live baits, and then went deep, looking for a monster fish. A few hours later Lee hooked up and brought to the boat a nice scalloped hammerhead shark. Lee wanted to get Jay a big game fish so we continued fishing in 350 feet of water with big fresh kingfish and bonito baits. We finally got the bite just before lines in, and Jay got his big game shark too. These folks were a lot of fun talking to as Lee and Tiffany are tournament bass fishermen. We heard all about the tournaments that he and Tiffany fish, and all the places they have travelled to. What an experience!

Tight Lines

Capt David Ide

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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!