Fort Lauderdale Tiger Shark Fishing

October 9, 2012

October 3, 2012

The word for today is spectacular, because that’s how the fishing was. Captain Darin and Captain JJ each had charters today that included some spectacular big game sharkfishing. They started both trips by trolling for food fish and the trolling has been great, knock on wood. Some nice blackfin tunas, kingfish, a few mahi-mahi and some wahoo were landed on both trips today.

After catching enough fish to eat, the crew went sharkfishing. They fished three deeper baits and a live surface bait that got hit by a sailfish as soon as they set up. The sailfish bite was exciting, but after one jump it was off. The crew waited another thirty minutes before the bottom bait, 350 feet down got a hit. Captain JJ gunned the boat ahead and set the hook on what turned out to be another monster tiger shark. I’ve been fishing out here for a long time and only caught one of these sharks and this week we have caught two tigers! These fish are now protected in both state and federal waters, so after some pictures the fish was released.

Tony The Tiger

The action on the afternoon charter was similar to the morning. After catching some food fish they went sharkfishing. This time the bite was on the mid-depth bait, down about 150 feet. Angler Mike and his girlfriend fought this tough shark for over 1 hour. It turned out to be a bigeye thresher shark which was a surprise as these fish normally stay in very deep water during the day. They are some of the hardest fighting fish around because of their long tail that can be almost half their body length. Mike and his girlfriend sure got to experience firsthand how tough these fish are! These fish are also federally protected, so after some great pictures it was released.

Tight Lines,

Capt 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!