Game Sharks Lingering offshore Ft. Lauderdale, FloridaPosted on: June 17, 2009
We started out our morning trip with Chuck and his son Charles from New Orleans. Chuck made it very clear his son’s dream was to land a big game fish and some eating fish to follow, so the Lady Pamela II left Lauderdale Marina on a mission. We hit open water in 5 minutes and trolling gear was in the water. Chuck and Charles reeled in so many Kingfish and Bonito they lost count. The last two fish they reeled in on the troll were great eating fish, two nice size Blackfin Tuna. We loaded our box with our limit in no time at all. In came all the trolling gear and out went a few rigged baits to drop on the bottom. When we hit the wreck, two big Bonito went down deep and a live herring dangled from the kite. The Kingfish were harassing our kite bait; we couldn’t get away from them to save our lives. It didn’t take long before the rod tip started screamin’, the line was rippin’ off the reel. Charles bolted into the fighting chair with no hesitation. I got him situated and strapped in and then the battle began. It was like tug of war for a good 45 minutes before Charles landed his dream big game fish, a Sandbar Shark. These Game Sharks are federally protected so we took some pictures, gave a few high fives and he swam away pooped. Chuck and Charles had a great day on the water and got exactly what they wanted.
Captain David Ide