Fort Lauderdale Shark Fishing Report

May 17, 2012

May 11


This morning Darin and I had a full charter, with six people on board the Lady Pamela II. As soon as we got out of Port Everglades inlet we started trolling with strip baits, both on the surface and with planer boards. The kingfish and bonito were really biting well so everybody on the boat was able to catch a fish before we went to sharkfishing.


We moved the boat out in 400 feet of water and put out nice fresh bonito for bait. In less than an hour, angler Thomas was sitting in the fighting chair doing battle with a brute. We knew he had a big fish, but we had no clue as to what species. After a 45 minute tug-of-war we finally caught sight of a beefy 7 foot tiger shark. It was a cool sight, as that’s the first tiger shark that I had ever caught. Thomas got the fish to the boat, we got a tag in it, took some photos, and off he went.



May 12

Today we participated in the Saltwater Shootout tournament right here in Pompano Beach, Florida. We ran six miles south and fished 18 lines all day long, live baiting with sardines, goggleyes and threadfin herrings. We caught lots of kingfish (25), one blackfin tuna, and a mahi-mahi. We ended up with 120 lbs of fish, but didn’t win any money. It sure was a fun day though!

The Lady Pamela IV fished two half day charters in Fort Lauderdale, an 8 am-12pm trip, and a 1pm-5pm trip. We landed three sailfish in the morning trip using live baits while kite fishing. On the afternoon charter we already knew that kite fishing was productive so we went straight back to the kites. Afternoon sailfishing can be somewhat hit or miss, but we hit it big this afternoon as we caught two sailfish and a huge blackfin tuna. Great job guys.



954 761 8045



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!