Miami Dolphin's Offensive Lineman lands 40lb Amberjack, Ft Lauderdale Wreck Fishing
Joe Berger, A.K.A., the Miami Dolphin’s Offensive Lineman, came fishing aboard the Lady Pamela II this afternoon with his two high school buddies from Michigan. They were all down to earth guys that just wanted to catch some fish in South Florida. We started off the afternoon catching live Bonitos for later use on the shipwrecks. However, our plan fell through. We couldn’t catch a Bonito to save our life, they were M.I.A. Right when that went south, I marked a big fish on the bottom. Captain Paul dropped a speedo with a circle hook and a 3 lb lead on the bottom and we crossed our fingers. BAM! A big fish hit the bait and the action lasted for about a minute before we lost him. Captain Paul got creative and dropped a live blue runner down this time and we were hooked. Joe jumped in the fighting chair and was ready. He went to war with an 80 Shimano and 200 lb test line. Joe was getting worked within the first 15 minutes of the fight. He pulled through with a 40lb Amberjack. We got some great pictures and watched him swim away. Trolling gear was in the water, but the fish werent’t. We caught 2 King Mackerel on the troll, it was very, very quiet. If you read our report from the day before, we fought a monster Thresher Shark for over an hour. Once Joe and his buddies saw how tough a 40 lb Amberjack fought, they wanted a taste of something bigger. We popped the kites with a dead bait, a live bait and two dead baits on the bottom. We sat back for an hour without a bite. Captain Paul started to pull the baits and when he was reeling in bait number two a GIANT Mako followed it up to the transom, but never ate. If only it was hungry! It was a bummer, but Joe and his buddies got a good look at a Mako aboard the Lady Pamela II.
Captain David Ide