Lady Pamela II lands White Marlin fishing in the Bahamas
February 4th, 2010
On Thursday morning at 6 AM, we left Fort Lauderdale with a boat load of guys for a weekend Bimini fishing trip. Mike, Brian, Alan, Josh and there two buddies had never been to Bimini, let alone fished Bimini, they were about to have the time of their lives. Once we cleared customs, we headed back offshore to fill the cooler with dinner. Captain Paul, aka “Mr. Barracuda”, couldn’t get away from them, it was one after another. At the end of the day, we tried some big bait fishing with big gear hoping for a big bite. Within just one hour of Big Game Shark fishing, we were hooked. A giant Tiger Shark teased us for a little while before it released itself and disappeared. So we tried again and it worked. Round two came quick and Alan landed the first Big Game Shark of the trip, a 5 footer with a serious set of teeth. After our stellar catch, it was time to head back to the island and let the guys experience their first night in the Bahamas; six buddies and lots of booze in Bimini = lots of fun.
Day two approached us pretty quickly but we were anxious for the bite. Fishing was much slower than we like it to be and dinner was not in the box. A few Barracuda ate along with five Amberjacks before we suspended the kites with live Bluerunner. We crossed our fingers for a Billfish or a beefy Wahoo but got another big bite from Game Shark #2. Mike jumped in the chair and made a bet to Captain Paul that if he couldn’t get the fish in the boat, Captain Paul would have to dish up $2,000. If he did, Mike was going to hand it over in one lump sum. They should never underestimate the crew; Captain Paul is a big guy with years of big game fishing experience. Team crew succeeded with a giant Bull Shark!
After a full night of partying on North Bimini, our gang met us at the Blue Water docks for day three of fishing. The seas picked up with 7 ft rollers and I saw sea sickness in their future. Once we pulled off the dock, Mike started to chum behind the boat to attract anything and it wasn’t long before it worked. A White Marlin swam in our spread and all I heard was “FISH ON!” The left flat line was on fire with a nice size White and we were ready to fight. Brian got in the chair and battled with his first and our first White Marlin for 30 minutes before he won. Day three started out with a bang and ended right after. Mike called it a day and we headed back to the dock after our first bite.
Sunday morning we loaded up and were Florida bound, but the excitement didn’t end in Bimini. Just 10 miles west of the Island we got a bite…a big bite. Another White Marlin jumped on our line and we were now 2 for 2 on the Billfish. We fished all the way home to the states without another nibble. Fishing in the Bahamas never lets us down!
Captain David Ide