Lady Pamela 2 Jan 21,2012 Sharks Are Here

January 25, 2012

January 21, 2012

 

Today, Pauli and I took Phil, from Birmingham Alabama, his daughter, and two coworkers for an afternoon charter. We headed out Port Everglades hoping to catch anything that would bite.Phil, with three girls on board, just wanted to get some fish. Fishing on the troll was slow so wedropped a few bottom rigs to get some action while waiting for the big ones to bite. We pulled in a few vermillion snappers, a rabbit fish, some gray trigger fish and a small African pompano.Just enough to keep everyone busy. While we were messing around with the bottom fish, Pauli noticed that our bottom bait for sharks was up on top. He said David, that is not right! Then all of a sudden the rod bent over and the battle was on! All three girls took a turn fighting a huge hammerhead shark. Even Phil had to take a turn at the rod. We finally got the shark to the boatand tagged it for scientific research purposes. Hammerhead sharks are now protected in statewaters so we then let him free. Way to go team Alabama!

Phil That Caught The Hammer-Head

African Pampano

Tight Lines

Capt David Ide

954 761 8045

www.ladypamela2@bellsouth.net

TESTIMONIALS

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!