Lady Pamela 2 March 3 Report

March 14, 2013

March 3, 2013

Fort LAuderdale Fishing Charters

Captain JJ and Mike were out on the Lady Pamela IV today, trolling the reef edge using seawitch feathers tipped with bonito strips. The action was pretty constant, with bonitos, blackfin tunas and kingfish slamming everything that they put in the water. With more than a dozen fish in the boat they decided to put the kites out to see if they could raise some sailfish. No sailfish bit, but a smoker 42 lb kingfish demolished one of the baits and gave our anglers a great fight. This was a big fat fish that would have been a big money winner had they been fishing a kingfish tournament.

March 4, 2013

The Lady Pamela III was out driftfishing today and hauled in a mixed bag bottomfish. There were yellowtails, mangrove snappers, grunts, a few grey triggerfish and one gigantic filefish! The filefish was nearly 3 feet long but only about one inch wide! They are commonly found around coral reefs but are rarely caught on hook and line because they have a very small mouth. Filefish do not have any food value so this one was released back into the briny deep.


The Lady Pamela II spent the day sportfishing, trolling the reef edge. There was a strong northwest wind which made the seas pretty choppy further offshore which limted fishing optios. There was plenty of action along the reef though, with three big barracudas hooked up, along with fifteen bonitos up to 10 lbs. All in all it was a pretty productive day, despite the weather. The next few days are looking a little iffy with the weather, but a cold front that’s due to pass through before the weekend should get the fish popping.

Tight Lines,

Capt David Ide

954 761 8045


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!