Ft Lauderdale Fishing

September 13, 2012

September 12, 2012

Today Bill and his family went fishing on the Lady Pamela IV with JJ and me. Every year Bill and his family show up in Ft. Lauderdale for some deep-sea fishing andfun in the sun. This time of year (September) we are mainly trolling the reefs and fishing a little further offshore for sharks. We are pretty consistently catching kingfish, bonitos and blackfin tunas. We even see a few mahi-mahi and wahoo.

Well, we had a better day than most as we started out catching a few kingfish using the planer boards and sea witches with fresh bonito strips. Bill was having a great time, and our fifth fish turned out to be a cobia. This is a great eating fish as well as a good fighter. They generally run around 30lbs, but the state record is over 130 lbs., caught in Destin. I’ll bet that fish put up a monster fight! After putting our cobia in the fish box we caught a few more blackfin tunas to round out the day. It was one of those days where nothing could go wrong.

You all need to follow Bill’s lead and join the Lady Pamela crew for some Ft. Lauderdale fun in the sun. We are the closest boats to the reefs, and only a short two mile run to the Gulf Stream where we catch all of these fish.

September 11, 2012

The fishing action remains busy over the reefs, so we have been focusing our efforts on trolling. The blackfin tunas are still here, and we even caught another sailfish today. This fish was around 6 feet long and it was tagged and released. Though we are fishing over the reefs, we have been catching a few mahi-mahi as we make offshore turns to re-position our trolling lines.

Lady Pamela 2 Sailfish

September 9, 2012

Today, Cliff and his girlfriend fished with us on a morning charter. We had some pretty good fishing with lots of blackfin tunas and kingfish around. It’s too bad we weren’t fishing a kingfish tournament today because our anglers would have caught the winning fish! We ended up catching a 55 lb kingfish that would have beat the recent Southern Kingfish Association’s tournament winning fish by more than 10lbs.!! Way to go Cliff!


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!