Fort Lauderdale Swordfish Fishing on Saturday Night

August 15, 2010

August 8th, 2010

Swordfishing Report – Saturday Night Swordfishing Trip aboard the Lady Pamela III

Every Saturday night we run the Drift Fishing – Saturday Night Swordfishing Trip for $200 per person aboard the Lady Pamela III. We like to leave the dock at 6 PM sharp to ensure we are situated by sundown. Tonight, the rain caused us to leave at 7:30, but no biggie. Thanks to the flat calm seas, we ran 38 MPH all the way to Swordfish grounds; it made for a very comfortable ride for Andy, John, Sam and Anna. Once we reached our destination of 20 miles offshore Fort Lauderdale in the Gulfstream, we set up 2 recreational buoys and 5 rods with 130 International reels. Our first drift didn’t produce any bites. The current was rippin’ at 3.8 MPH so we packed up and moved 7 miles to the south. No nibbles there either. At 1 AM we were supposed to head back to the dock but Andy and I wanted to make another drift and try one last time. It was well worth it. At 3 AM we were pulling our gear and our last buoy was tight with a large Swordfish. We told John to put on the gloves; he was hand lining this one to the boat. He laughed. It took Tim 45 minutes to get the Swordfish to the boat. Andy threw the Harpoon and we called it a night. The Swordfish weighed in at 200 lb’s, 115″ overall length, 73″ short.

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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!