Fort Lauderdale Swordfish Fishing Report

April 22, 2010

April 20th, 2010

Swordfishing in Fort Lauderdale

Lately, the wind has been blowing out of the west in Fort Lauderdale; inshore seas are beautiful, where it looks good enough to head into the horizon, but as you head further east into the Gulfstream, the seas are comparable to a washing machine, not a pancake. With that said, Swordfishing conditions have not been very good. However, just hours before the Lady Pamela II was set to sail offshore to Swordfish grounds on Tuesday afternoon, the wind weakened, turned to the east and it made for a very comfortable, successful nighttime Swordfishing charter in Ft Lauderdale.

At 5 PM, the Lady Pamela II left Lauderdale Marina with John from Minnesota. John is an avid big game fisherman and has fished many places most people just dream about. He has caught every Billfish, from Blue Marlin in Hawaii to Sailfish in Mexico, but never a Broadbill Swordfish. If South Florida has one thing to brag about, it is definitely the Swordfish bite and John decided to try his luck about the Lady Pamela II. Captain Paul led the Lady Pamela II 20 miles offshore in 1-2 ft seas with a southeast wind. Once they reached fertile grounds, Mike and Eric displayed four dead squid in the water on single 10.0 hooks. John caught his first Swordfish at sundown on rod a reel (130 International with 200lb test power pro). After a tough 20-minute fight, all the guys wanted more. John and the crew ended their Swordfishing trip with four Broadbill Swordfish in the 100 lb range; biggest fish was 150 lb’s.

Swordfish are OFFSHORE species found worldwide in temperate and tropic waters; known to frequent depths of 400 to 500 fathoms; also has been seen basking at the surface.

Large swordfish are all females, males seldom exceeding 200 pounds.

Broadbill Swordfish reach a maximum size of 177 in. (455 cm) and 1,400 lb (650 kg).

Swordfish rely on their great speed, capable of reaching speeds up to 50 mph (80 km/h), and agility in the water to catch its prey.

BIG squid head found in the Swordfish's stomach

The Swordfish fishing action off Fort Lauderdale is starting to pick up just in time for those calm evenings offshore. A typical night of Swordfishing in Ft Lauderdale produces an average of three to four bites, maybe even more.

Tight Lines!

Captain David Ide

954-761-8045

TESTIMONIALS

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!