NFL Players Get A Surprise Shark Catch

March 24, 2017

As a charter captain, we love taking people fishing daily and putting them on trophy catches. It can be extra special when we big strong guys from the NFL that want to to put their strength to the test and go one on one with some of the strongest fish in the sea, Mako Sharks.

The group of 3 from various different NFL teams including Trent Brown, a lineman for the San Francisco 49ers had made last minute plans with us to go fishing. As one of the largest charter fishing fleets in South Florida, we welcome walk up customers as well as last minute bookings, however it is always best to book in advance if you want to secure your boat.

On this day, we just happened to have a group cancel, so I told the guys we could do the last minute trip.  They showed up at the dock shortly after and we set sail from our marina in Hollywood.  With out short ride to the ocean, we were fishing in a matter of minutes.

 

With a medium wind and good current I had a feeling the fishing was going to be really good. There have been a lot of tuna, sailfish and some mahi around.  With all these fish in the area, you can bank that the sharks are lingering below and looking for easy prey.

We proceeded to catch small tuna and kingfish, but it wasn’t the trophy catches that the guys had set their sight on earlier in the day.  I decided to change things up and get back into the tower and look for signs of sharks.  With bait being pushed up on an edge, I knew there had to be some sharks cruising the current looking for small tuna and such to feed one.

Within minutes, I spotted the mako and had my mate toss out a bait.  The mako did a quick turn on the bait and drag started to scream off the reel. Fish on!!!

The guys took turns fighting this fish.  Remember these makos have an extremely healthy diet of swordfish and tuna, so they are absolutely all muscle and reeling one in shows you the strength that they fish possess.  Absolutely insanely powerful fish!

After about an hour, we decided to bring the fish in the boat as the meat quality is absolutely superb.  The entire fish is eaten including the delicious steaks and the head/fins are made into soup. 

Each player also decided to have us mount the fish for their ‘man cave’ back in their homes.

9 times out of 10 we will tag and release these sharks as well as all other sharks we catch.  I am one of the top tagging captains in the Southeast.  However if the customers want to eat the fish and it is within regulations, we will comply.

Back at the dock, the word spread quick and Channel 7 news picked up on the story.  Later that night, the catch was featured on the 10:00 news.

Great job to our clients as well as my mate.  Catching these great fish is ALWAYS a team effort.

If you would like to go shark fishing, we offer shark specific fishing charters and now is a great time to book your trip.  We have a variety of sharks in town right now including threshers, black tips, bulls, hammerheads, makos and a few others.  We recommend all shark trips to be full day charters, as it gives us more time to try different tactics.

That’s the report for now.

Tight Lines,

Captain David

 

TESTIMONIALS

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!