Great February Fishing ft Lauderdale

February 14, 2014

February 8, 2014


Captain JJ and I had an absolutely stellar fishing day aboard our brand-new Lady Pamela II sportfishing boat, a 55 foot Lemay. Surprisingly, the trip started out very slow. It was a six hour charter and we saw a few sailfish jumping around in the morning and we tried to get in front of them with live dates, without success. We then put the kites up in the air and had a few bites but again had no hookups. All of our action began in the last hour of the trip. First, David from Texas caught and released a huge hammerhead shark. Right after that a 40 pound mahi-mahi ate the right long kite and took off. We fought this fish for half an hour and right when we got it to the back of the boat it fell off. I grabbed a spinning rod and threw another live bait out there hoping it would bite again. Five minutes later the fish chased the goggleeye bait right to the boat and ate it at the transom. As soon as we set the hook the line broke and the fish went jumping away. I grabbed another spinner and cast another live bait about one hundred feet behind the boat. l couldn’t believe it but this same fish ate the third bait! Capt. JJ quickly backed the boat up and I gaffed it and threw it in the box. What a catch! Fifteen minutes after boating this big mahi the bottom bait took a hit. It was a six-foot tiger shark that gave our anglers one final test but they got it to the boat for pictures and a release. The Lady Pamela II boats have caught a few tigers but it’s a relatively rare shark to catch in Fort Lauderdale. This is first tiger shark I have personally been a part of catching and was a great highlight to an awesome fishing day.

40 Lb mahi Mahi ate three times we got him

40 Lb mahi Mahi ate three times we got him

My FIrst Tiger Shark Off fort Lauderdale

My FIrst Tiger Shark Off fort Lauderdale

P.S the weather here the past four days has been 80-85 degrees so hurry up and come fishing in south florida.

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing



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!