Lady Pamela 2 Fishing Report Oct 15, 2011

October 18, 2011

Sailfish with Mates Will and Paul Lady Pamela 2

October 15, 2011

This morning was a cool morning as I took my cousin Candace, and her boyfriend Vince out on a shared charter with George, from Washington, D.C. The pressure was on, because Vince had never caught a sailfish, and it was his dream to catch one. Plus, my other cousin Steve had told Vince that if he didn’t catch a fish with David that he (Vince) was bad luck! We bought a half dozen goggleyes on the way out of the inlet with a plan to go right to kite fishing. The seas were running 5-6 feet, and the wind was blowing 20-25 knots out of the northeast. I wanted to run north and get in front of all the other charter boats. That way, if the fish were tailing down sea, I would be the first boat in line for a bite. We were on the way up north, in 130 feet of water, with about a mile to my start point, when I heard on the radio that a boat in front of me had just missed a sailfish. I stopped the boat short, and popped the kites up fast, right in line with the boat that had missed the sailfish. Ten minutes later I told mate Paul, here he comes on the left short line! Sure enough, Paul fed the bait to the sailfish, set the hook, and it started jumping all over the ocean. Vince jumped into the fighting chair, and after a 25 minute battle we got the leader and Vince’s dream had come true. Sorry Steve, no bad luck for Vince! Then, no sooner had we put the kites back up that we hooked a double-header of blackfin tuna. Candace caught one and George caught the other one, each about 12 lbs. There was fishing success had by all, so with the choppy seas building, everyone agreed to head to the dock an hour early. That was a treat for Paul and I, as we were able to get a rare lunch in between trips!

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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!