Miami Fishing Charters

November 2, 2011

October 29, 2011

     David, and his friends from Indiana, joined Darin and I on the 8-12 morning trip. The trip was for Bob, who always wanted to catch a nice fish in south Florida waters. We bought a dozen live goggleyes from the Fort Lauderdale Marina on the way out. These live baitfish cost extra (from $60 to $100 per dozen) on top of the charter price, but it is well worth it. There was a strong 2 knot south current that morning and the wind was blowing 15- 20 knots out of the northeast, with seas running 4-6 feet. I was running the boat from the tower hoping to see sailfish tailing down sea but I didn’t see any. However, there was a large container ship anchored in 140 feet of water, and at this time of year, if there is a ship anchored offshore like that, they hold a lot of bait. That means there are fish there. Once we got to the ship, about 20 minutes after we left to the dock, Darin and Dominic put the kites up. As I have said before, kitefishing is the best type of fish to do in the winter time using live baits. So, right off the bat, with our first kite up, with one bait in the water, we jumped off a sailfish. We got the baits back out ASAP and within 20 minutes we hooked a monster sailfish. Our angler fought the fish all the way out to 350 feet of water before we boated it, took some pictures and let the fish go. It sure made the trip for David and Bob! We also caught a few mahi-mahi as a little icing to put on the sailfish cake! As well as a Hammerhead Shark Way to go guys!


Sailfish With Daves Crew

Hammer Head Shark

Tight Lines,


Captain David Ide


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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!