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.

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.

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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What An Adventure!

I never leave reviews, but we had such a good time, I wanted to share with others. Captain David and his guys are top notch, you can tell as soon as you pull up that you have booked a great trip. We went out with them in April 2015 and we were told this was one of the best months for fishing off South Florida. The captain decided to fly kites (amazing!) to dangle baits so that the fish can’t see the hooks. I have never seen this, but it was amazing to see them do it. Within a few minutes we had a first sailfish on and then another hit. A double header! We landed both fish and the day went on just like that. We were watching the baits dangle on the surface all day.  Other boats in the area were “trolling” and weren’t catching any. David said it was because the water was so clear that it was important to kite fish.  I highly recommend booking them.

Todd Yurke