Fort Lauderdale Sport Fishing with Andy and Russell aboard the Lady Pamela IV

February 24, 2011

Saturday February 19th, 2011

Andy and Russell are two repeat customers that fish with Captain Paul and I twice a year. Traveling from Kansas, Fort Lauderdale’s 85-degree weather in February is a nice change. At 8 AM we started trolling fresh bonito strips in 90 – 140 ft of water catching King Mackerel and a few Bonito. We made it to the shipwreck at 11:30 and put live bait on a down rigger 50 ft down along with a bait on the surface using a three hook wire line rig. We made several passes by the wreck and caught two Barracuda’s, one around 15 lbs and another in the 20 lb range. Shortly after, we relocated to deeper water with bigger tackle. Around 2:45, a Dusky Shark swam in our spread. The Dusky wasn’t interested in our spread but a Hammerhead Shark was. Out of the blue (literally), a Hammerhead Shark appears on the surface. I go ahead with the boat to hook the Hammerhead but we missed him. Within seconds, the Dusky Shark ate and before we know it, Andy is in the chair fighting a Dusky Shark in Fort Lauderdale. In the mist of the Dusky Shark bite, the Hammerhead is still lingering around the boat. Andy won the fight against the Dusky Shark, we tagged and released and then hooked the Hammerhead Shark. Russel got the Hammerhead to the transom within 30 minutes. We had enough time for another round. Andy hooked up with another Hammerhead Shark to top off the day! We managed to get all of our hooks back and release the fish carefully. Talk about action offshore aboard the Lady Pamela!

Fort Lauderdale Sport Fishing aboard the Lady Pamela II

Fort Lauderdale Sport Fishing aboard the Lady Pamela II

Sunday February 20th, 2011

Andy and Russell came back for day two with hopes of a great bite. Today, they got the chance to fish with Leo (Captain Paul was off), a great fisherman born and raised in South Florida. We left the dock at 7AM and ran two miles north with our trolling spread in the water; four top baits, two planners, one in 40 ft of water and one in 70 ft of water. For the first 3 hours of the fishing trip, Andy and Russell had there hands full, catching fish after fish, not even enough time to spare for a beer. By 11AM, we had 15 Blackfin Tuna, yum! The two hours after that, the bite slowed down and we caught just a few more. Andy had big hopes of hooking up with a Sailfish. So, at 1PM, we began live bait kite fishing. No Sailfish, but the we did manage to get a few Bonito and King Mackerel fish on the kite. Even though we didn’t get a Sailfish, Andy and Russell had two awesome days of fishing in Fort Lauderdale.

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!