Jan 1 Fishing Fort Lauderdale - Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters

Jan 1 Fishing Fort Lauderdale

January 4, 2013

January 1, 2013

All of us at Lady Pamela II sportfishing wish a Happy New Year to all of our angling friends and fans! We had three boats out today, and I (Captain David) was at the helm of the Lady Pamela II this afternoon. The kites were flying today, and a huge sailfish crashed one of the goggleyes hanging from the kite. It was a tricky operation to keep the stern of boat toward the fish, but good communication between me, the mate and angler resulted in some great photos and a nice catch and release of a trophy-sized fish.

The Lady Pamela III went bottom fishing in the morning and got into a ton of grey triggerfish. These are some of the finest eating fish around, but they are often tossed back by anglers because their tough skins makes them hard to fillet. A school of Almaco jacks showed up partway through triggerfish bonanza and surprised our anglers. These fish are similar to the greater amberjack but only get to about 50 lbs. Nonetheless, they put up a great fight and they are very good to eat, especially grilled or broiled.

Sailfish Capt David Ide

Sailfish were the target for the LP III’s afternoon trip, and they ended up two for three on sails.

Monster Baracuda

The Lady Pamela IV also got into the sails on a morning trip, finally catching one fish after a few knockdowns and a thrown hook. The LP IV targeted tarpon in the afternoon, fishing live finger mullet off the bottom in Intracoastal Waterway. Our anglers had three false starts with big catfish, but after that practice with the rod, they finally hooked up a tarpon. This fish hit the bait hard, quickly pulling line, and then rushing the surface for a big tailwalking jump. Our angler sure had a lot of fun with that fish!

Tight Lines,

Capt 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!