Kids Gone Fishing and Catch Grouper Aboard Drift Boat - Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters

Kids Gone Fishing and Catch Grouper Aboard Drift Boat

July 16, 2017

Check out these grouper caught by our Junior Anglers yesterday!  Way to go guys!  Taking kids of all ages and introducing them to fishing is one of our top passions.  No matter the age or experience level, we have something for each and everyone of them and all our charters are extremely child friendly.

Kids Gone FishingWhat makes our charter kid-friendly

  • Each boat has a captain and a mate to keep the cockpit clean of tackle, help with the reeling, baiting and explanation of the fishing.
  • Answer all questions their inquisitive minds may have.
  • Keep them involved as much as we can so they don’t get bored.
  • Teach them safety when handing the fishing rods, tackle and their catch.

Don’t forget about our kids fishing birthday parties as well.

The drift boat has been seeing some great snapper and grouper on the backside of the recent full moon we have.  The grouper have been caught on dead pilchards and ballyhoo.  The 5 hour anchor and chum trips have been seeing some great fish including muttons, yellowtails, porgys, big grunts and triggers.

The sportfishing boats have been seeing awesome amounts of kingfish, bonita, and small tuna over the reef. Trolling bonita strips has been best.  There has also been sailfish on the deeper side.

Further offshore the Mahi fishing is still extremely strong!  The strongest July in a long time! As I write this report some of the boats are reporting a migration of bigger fish today with some bulls going around 30-40 pounds.  Big difference from last couple weeks as all we were finding was the schoolies and peanut sized fish.

Frigate birds flying low have been the best chance to find the bigger fish and there is still no shortage of smaller fish around.

I’m still considering the all day mahi trip on the Lois Ann this Thursday if we get enough reservations in advance.  The price will be $125/person for 8 hours.  If you are interested, please call me now so I can get a head count 954-761-8045.  Otherwise we will be doing our drift trips as normal.


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!