Grant's Deep Sea Fishing Trip in Ft Lauderdale, Florida

April 19, 2010

April 17th, 2010

We had a great time fishing with you guys this weekend. When will you post the pictures of that huge hammerhead and the amberjack? Can’t wait to come back

-Grant

Grant in the ultimate fighting chair aboard the Lady Pamela II

This is an OFFSHORE species associated with rocky reefs, debris, and wrecks, typically in 60 - 240 feet of water that are not often caught nearshore in East Florida.

The silky shark, so named because of its "smooth" hide.

The silky shark is a common tropical-subtropical, epipelagic species that occurs in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. In the western Atlantic, it ranges from Massachusetts to Brazil

Grant caught a Hammerhead Shark to top off his fishing trip!

When vacationing in Ft Lauderdale, sportfishing is a must as we are one of the top deep sea fishing destinations in the world. Today, Cliff, Linda and their son Grant joined the Lady Pamela II from up state New York. Once we left Lauderdale Marina, we headed straight to wreck fishing and on the third wreck, we got a nice bite. After a 15 minute fight, Grant landed his first fish of the day, a Greater Amberjack that was amber in color (hence the name). After a few pictures, Captain Paul decided it was time to set up the kites and set out the big baits below. Eric and I suspended 4 live goggle eyes on the surface and 3 juicy shark baits in the water and we waited. Within 30 minutes, a Silky Shark swam into our spread behind the boat, I pitched him a spinner and he was hooked. Grant, our 11-year-old angler, got back into the chair for round two and won the fight. Captain Paul came down from the bridge and together, we expertly pulled the Silky Shark into the cockpit for a few pictures. After we released the Silky back into the blue, I noticed a big Hammerhead making its way towards our bait. As soon as he ate, Paul set the hook with the boat and the reel started smokin’. Grant kicked butt through the hour-long fight with a Shark twice his size!

Grant, you rock!

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!