Lauderdale Billfish Tournament 2010

November 27, 2010

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Lady Pamela II crew fishing aboard the My Doris for the Lauderdale Billfish Tournament

Captain Paul, Darin and I fished aboard the My Doris, a 40′ Cabo Express for the Sailfish Cup in Miami as well as the Lauderdale Billfish Tournament. The Lauderdale Billfish Tournament had 47 boats competing from Miami, Broward and Palm Beach. We left Port Everglades at 6:30AM, lines in the water at 7AM. We fished right in front of the steeple with six kite baits I 350 ft of water. Within the first 15 minutes of fishing, Drew hooked Sailfish #1 and fought the fish for 30 minutes before a release was performed. We ran back into 120 ft of water and waited only 20 minutes before we caught Sailfish #2. By 10AM, we were 3 for 4 and made a move north just off of Deerfield pier. We caught a single Sailfish in 120 ft of water and as soon as we got our spread back out, a double header bite gave us a total of 6 Sailfish. We headed south to Hillsboro Inlet and put our spread out in 180 ft of water. No nibbles there, it was time to move again. We continued heading south and stopped over top of a wreck in 130 ft of water. Our spread attracted another double header bite, however both fish managed to release themselves. Not even 5 minutes after we lost 2 Sailfish, a single ate and Pauly caught Sailfish #7 for the My Doris. We eneded up winning second place Inlet.

Lauderdale Billfish Tournament; Lady Pamela II crew aboard the My Doris

Tight Lines!

Captain David Ide



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!