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



What An Adventure!

I never leave reviews, but we had such a good time, I wanted to share with others. Captain David and his guys are top notch, you can tell as soon as you pull up that you have booked a great trip. We went out with them in April 2015 and we were told this was one of the best months for fishing off South Florida. The captain decided to fly kites (amazing!) to dangle baits so that the fish can’t see the hooks. I have never seen this, but it was amazing to see them do it. Within a few minutes we had a first sailfish on and then another hit. A double header! We landed both fish and the day went on just like that. We were watching the baits dangle on the surface all day.  Other boats in the area were “trolling” and weren’t catching any. David said it was because the water was so clear that it was important to kite fish.  I highly recommend booking them.

Todd Yurke