LADY PAMELA 2 Giant Blue Fin Tuna - Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters

LADY PAMELA 2 Giant Blue Fin Tuna

September 17, 2011

September 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 Giant Bluefin Tuna Fishing


Earlier this year my dad told me that his dream was to catch a giant bluefin tuna. So I made the decision to take my dad fishing somewhere different. I phoned a friend that bluefin tuna fishes up in Nova Scotia, Canada, and set up a trip. God knows when I go on vacation I go fishing, shocker right? Well, I got to telling a few friends what I was up to, showed them some previous videos from up there, and soon we had a full boat of four people. My dad and I, Paul that fishes with me, and a customer of mine, Ed from New Jersey, all made the trip. We flew in the same day, got to our awesome house overlooking the bay, and settled in. The next morning we drove 25 minutes to the boat, loaded up, and we were underway and heading out the inlet at 7 a.m. We immediately started catching tinker mackerels, and filled both the live well and our bait box. We ran 2 ½ hours before we found the herring boats. The herring boats are also where the tune are. Well, everybody on our boat wanted to see how the herring boats caught these fish in their gill nets. As all this gawking was going on, I walked to the other side of the boat and started throwing baits over the side of the boat, at these giant bluefin tuna, swirling about underneath the boat; some of them over a thousand lbs. It was something to see. We motored away from the herring boats, put a baits in the water, and it wasn’t long before we were tight as a tiger. Ed jumped into the fighting chair for our first of two fish over one thousand lbs. We ended up fishing a total of four days and caught four giant bluefins. My poor dad was in the fighting chair four different times and never landed a one. We almost got the leader on one of my dad’s fish (about 100 lbs) but it pulled the hook 10 feet from the leader. The old man didn’t get his fish, but he had a helluva time! You’ll never believe it until you see it, but these fish look like small Volkswagen bugs swimming in the water. It was the trip of a lifetime.





Tight Lines,


Captain 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!