Fort Lauderdale Sport Fishing with Andy and Russell aboard the Lady Pamela IV
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!
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.
Captain David Ide