History

Fishing Runs in the Family

Captain David is a true professional. We booked a drift fishing charter with him and we had a great time. We caught 3 sailfish and lots of tuna. The boat is beautiful and Fort Lauderdale is something you neeed to experience with a friendly captain that has a passion for what he does. David will not let you down! – Thomas Les

The charter boat, Bezo, and their catches depicted on this site are from the late 1920’s and 1930’s. They are all that remain of the many photos taken at the Pier 5 docks in Miami, now known as Bayside. Pier 5, as it was built originally, was destroyed by a hurricane and rebuilt several times before it looks as it does today.

Jesse Conyne, the owner of the Bezo, was my great, great, great Uncle on my mother’s side. Jesse and his wife, Marie, moved to Miami in 1927 from Chicago, Illinois. Jesse had Bezo built in New York and brought it down the Intracoastal Waterway to begin his charter business in Miami, Florida. I am not sure when he died exactly or how long he owned the Bezo, as my grandmother only saved a few dozen pictures. What you see is all that’s left.

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Jesse died before my mother was born in the late 1950’s. My Aunt Marie Conyne lived in their house on 1st Avenue in Downtown Miami until the late 1970’s. Marie would walk my mother to Pier 5 and buy her fresh fish in the early 1960’s. Unfortunately, Marie died while my mother was very young and she did not get to hear any of the great Bezo stories. Jesse and Marie didn’t have any biological children. They had a sort of adopted son Russell, that Jesse took under his wing and taught him the in’s and out’s of charter fishing. He fished with Jesse for many years before he died in a car accident. The stories that I have gathered from family members are that Jesse Conyne fished many important politician and business moguls. In those days, as you can see from the photos, it was a rich mans sport.

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My grandparents David and Lois Ide were avid fisherman while they lived in Rhode Island. They loved the sport and fished tuna tournaments year after year. My father grew up underneath one or another of the many boats they had during the winter months. They moved the whole family to Fort Lauderdale in the dead of winter of 1968.

Growing up on the New River, my father fished billfish tournaments with the late Sol Spiegel when he was a teenager. I was raised on the New River here in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, following my family’s footsteps. Fishing has been my passion and always will be.

So now you know why I love to fish.
It’s in my genes and under my skin.

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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!