Fort Lauderdale Sport Fishing - Sailfish, Kingfish & Trumpetfish! - Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters

Fort Lauderdale Sport Fishing – Sailfish, Kingfish & Trumpetfish!

October 18, 2010

October 16th, 2010

Barry and his family from Fort Lauderdale came with Paul and I aboard the Lady Pamela II.

Paul was running the boat today. We started out the trip catching some live Bonito around the whistle buoy. We only caught one, so we started trolling with three rigger baits and two planers; one down 40 feet and the other around 60 feet. On the planers, we were using pink/white and green Mylar sea witches with fresh mullet strips. It took the first hour before I got a bite and our first fish was a 10 lb. Kingfish. As the trip went on we slowly picked up some fish a King here a few Bonitos, then Paul hooked up with a nice fish on the top bait. A sailfish and it was jumping all over the ocean.

Barry’s’ friend Mike gets to reel in the Sailfish. It was small, around 5 feet or so. A sailfish always makes the trip exciting. Next, we went out to 600 feet looking for Mahi-Mahi. That did not last long when the guys said, let’s go look for more Kings. As we got back in around 100 feet, we got a strike. Barry reels the fish to the boat and it is a five-foot Trumpet fish. It was awesome. I never saw one like this. It was pretty with all sorts of colors, yellow and neon blues. It was the coolest fish We had ever caught It was amazing.

So, for Barry and Mikes trip total we caught 4 Kings, 1 Sailfish, 2 Bonitos and 1 Trumpetfish.

Fort Lauderdale Sport Fishing - Trumpet fish

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!