Lito Sheppard of the Philidelphia Eagles fishingaboard the Lady Pamela II in Ft Lauderdale, Florida

June 5, 2009

Lito Sheppard of the Philiadelphia Eagles, Chris Baker of the New York Jets and thier buddy Jack from Excel Auto came fishing aboard the Lady Pamela II this morning in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They were all in the mood for fresh fish for dinner, so we headed out the Intracoastal with live bait in the well, ready to catch enough for left overs. Conditions were in our favor for kite fishing today. We headed about a mile offshore, popped the kites on the edge in 120 ft of water with a rippin north current and a steady east wind. Within 40 minutes we hooked a nice size Atlantic Sailfish, had to be about 4 1/2 ft. Lito called first dibs. He hopped in the fighting chair, fought him for about 15 minutes, then pulled the hook.

Wreck fishing was next on the list, but we need live bonitos first. After slamming those, we started hitting every wreck up and down the coast. The 5th wreck we stopped at, we got a bite. Chris Baker was up, but within minutes our second fish of the day pulled the hook. We made a pit stop at the Lighthouse ledge before heading back towards Lauderdale, and good thing we did. It didn’t take us long at the ledge. Baker was hooked within minutes and fought this giant Barracuda for a half an hour.

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!