Miami Dolphin's Offensive Lineman lands 40lb Amberjack, Ft Lauderdale Wreck Fishing

July 17, 2009

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.

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!