Great Hot Weather In Sunny South Florida

December 19, 2011

 December 9 and 10, 2011


The wreck fishing has started to pick up over  the last few days as the water temperature has cooled to below 78 F. We have been using live bonitos, otherwise known as “bullets”, as our primary baits for deep-dropping on the wrecks. It is no doubt one of the best types of live bait for wreck fishing. We have been seeing cobia, wahoo, amberjacks, black grouper, gag grouper, and a few big Warsaw grouper. We have even seen a few goliath groupers as well. The wrecks that we are fishing are found anywhere from 110 feet to 360 feet of water. There are over 300 shipwrecks offshore from Miami to Palm Beach, and as the Lady Pamela II fleet is centrally situated in Ft. Lauderdale, all of these wrecks are within fishing range for us.

 Sailfish Jumping

Traditional trolling using fresh strip of squid, bonito, and or mullet, fished behind a combination of planer boards and surface baits continues to be productive. We are landing plenty of mahi-mahi, wahoo, sailfish, and kingfish. We are also seeing a few blackfin tuna in the mix, particularly as we troll offshore of the deeper reefs.


Kite fishing


The past few days were a little slow for kite fishing because of the full moon. Even so, we still caught two sailfish out of three of our boats. A dry cold front is expected the next day or two, and that, coupled with the back side of the moon phase, should really kick off the sailfish bite. Live goggleyes suspended on 30 lb Sufix™ fluorocarbon leader is our go to bait for the sailfish action. It is always exciting to see these billfish crashing the surface after these baits! Come see for yourself!


Pauly Holding a Sailfish

Tight Lines,


Captain David Ide


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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!