Fresh Blackfin Tuna, Tag & Release make for a great day in Fort Lauderdale!

April 12, 2010

April 11th, 2010

This morning, Sean joined Rusty, our new mate, Mike and I aboard the Lady Pamela II for a 4-hour fishing charter. We headed out the inlet and live bait was the first thing on our to do list. The buoy right out front provided us with Rainbow Runners, Blue Runners and Speedos for later use. After we loaded up our live well, I ran the Lady Pamela II to 300 ft of water where the out going current and the Gulfstream meet. Mike and Rusty suspended two SFE fishing kites rigged with four live goggle eyes and dropped down three big Kingfish heads on the 130 Internationals. We drifted for only 10 minutes before I yelled, “Shark on the long kite!”  Sean fought the 5 ft Hammerhead Shark for 20 minutes before we got him in the boat for a few pictures. Shortly after, we expertly tagged and released him for a future fight and began to troll west. Two Blackfin Tuna ate and Sean reeled in two King Mackerel to top off the day. All three of us had a great time fishing with Sean today; he has a great story to go home with, a sore arm and pictures to prove it.

Tag & Release Hammerhead Shark

Rusty, Sean, Captain David aboard the Lady Pamela II

Tight Lines!

Captain David Ide

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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!