March 19, 2013

March 17, 2013

Warren and his family joined Justin and I on the Lady Pamela II today for a beautiful Sunday fishing trip. During the 6 hour charter we trolled the reef edge with baits rigged on both planers and on the surface. Our first catch was a 40 lb Almaco jack that put up a pretty good fight. These fish, that can get over 100 lbs., and look somewhat similar to amberjacks, but have a deeper body. We see them off Ft. Lauderdale infrequently as they generally occur further offshore from the reef areas that we troll. Warren and his crew also boated a 30 lb kingfish and a 10 lb blackfin tuna during the trip. We also had a 10 lb black grouper shot from the bottom to grab one of the trolled baits, which was a big surprise. This was a keeper-sized black but unfortunately we had to let it because the season is currently closed for this species. Nice to have you aboard Warren!


Black grouper


March 16, 2013

Today Captain Darin and I were out together on the Lady Pamela II, the first really good weather day we’ve had this week. We were zig-zagging off the outer reef edge trolling out to about 250 feet of water then back in again. We boated a nice 30 lb wahoo, and a few mahi-mahi up to 12 lbs. The trolling action eventually seemed to slack off so we moved into deeper water to try for tilefish. Our anglers had boated a couple of fat tiles weighing 5 lbs. when all of a sudden a huge school of mahi-mahi swam up to the boat!

It was a re-rigging frenzy as we hustled to get baits in the water. These fish were all over ten lbs. and try as we might, we could not get these fish to eat. Cut baits, ballyhoo, feathers, jigs, everything in the tackle box, but nothing we threw could get them to bite. We already had a nice box of fish, but a couple of those ten pounders would have been a welcome addition. It is not often when you have to leave the fish looking!


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!