Fort Lauderdale Wrap Up

August 8, 2012

July 20, 2012

Today Justin and I had another group from Texas come out fishing with us on a shared charter. We trolled and shark fished the whole trip. Trolling was very productive as we wee landing lots of kingfish and bonito. We got one nice bite on a shark but it got hung on a lobster trip and broke the line.

July 23

Captain JJ, and mate Mike, had Chris from Texas this morning on an 8 am 12 pm trip. The trolling was productive as they caught a few Blackfin tunas and some bonito and kingfish.


The boat had a live well full of blue runners and goggleyes so they tried some wreck fishing. Wreck fishing can be very productive using live baits rigged to a circle hook on a 30 foot long leader. A variety of species can be caught, including cobia, Warsaw groupers, black groupers, Almaco jacks, and amberjacks. Today they caught a 100 lb Warsaw grouper and Chris was the happiest person I have ever seen! Congrats Chris!


July 25

Tonight the Lady Pamela III had a 7 pm 11 pm snapper trip. We had 10 anglers on the boat and they were busy. The group landed 30 yellowtail and mangrove snappers.


The daytime driftfishing trips have been great, with both morning and afternoon trips using dead sardines as bait to load up on kingfish and bonito. The afternoon trip even caught a Blackfin tuna and some mutton snappers!


July 27, 2012

Today Captain Darin and mate Mike had one helluva trip on the Lady Pamela IV. There were six anglers together on a split charter, and everybody caught fish. The group landed kingfish, bonito and two Blackfin tunas. After catching all these fish they decided to try some shark fishing out in 350 feet of water. There was plenty of fresh bonito for bait as it was just harvested that morning. Once setting out the three big rods mounted with130 Penn International reels they sat patiently and waited for a bite.

One hour later, the rod bent over and angler Philip jumped into the fighting chair. After a 20 minute battle a huge Mako shark popped up behind the boat! These are one of the fastest sharks that swim in the ocean and it was an awesome sight. These fish are not usually captured around here, but this is the second one we’ve caught this year. They are normally found much further offshore on the east coast, so this has been a real fishing bonanza for a couple of our lucky anglers. Way to go Philip!


July 31, 2012

Today’s afternoon charter was a six hour mahi-mahi trip run by Captain Leo and mate Jake. Arnie, visiting from Canada, just wanted to catch some dinner, and the crew did just that…and them some! They started the trip out by trolling in between 100-300 feet of water. The kingfish and bonito were swarming like bees and our anglers were catching fish as fast as the lines got in the water. The action was nonstop, but getting monotonous for Leo. He had a notion that there was more dramatic action in deeper water so they picked up and ran offshore. Once they got to 700 feet of water they saw something floating, something they will never forget.


Leo motored over to the floating object thinking it might be holding some mahi-mahi underneath it. The object turned out to be none other than a square grouper floating offshore! For the uninitiated, that’s a big square bale of marijuana that Leo dutifully reported to the local authorities. The Lady Pamela crew was obligated to stand by until law enforcement came and picked up the bale, so the fishing was held up for about an hour. Leo was ultimately rewarded for his honest efforts though, as he came upon a huge tree floating in the water that was loaded with fish. The crew boated over 50 mahi-mahi and six wahoo off that tree, keeping only the largest 25 mahi and the wahoos. It was one hell of a day for Arnie and his two kids!

Tight Lines,

Capt David Ide

954 761 8045


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!