October 2008Posted on: February 12, 2009
October has been good to us so far. Loads of mahi-mahi are being caught along with the occasional daytime Swordfish. King Mackerel, Wahoo and Blackfin Tuna are showing up in good numbers here in Fort Lauderdale, too. A few Sailfish have been spotted. Our sailfish season this year was a little off, they didn’t leave until way late and are starting to show up again. Hey, we’re not complaining. September and October marks the start of Sailfish season because the baitfish pods are heading down from the North, and they tend to follow.
Tyler Stock and his gang from Indiana joined the Lady Pamela II crew for some South Florida Deep Sea fun. We headed out Port Everglades with rods in the water. Kings were hooked left and right. The Spanish Mackerels and Bonitos were around, too. After we reached out limit on those guys, we headed to a wreck and made a drop. We were succsessful, a small Amberjack ate the bait.
Kingfish are everywhere lately and we sure do catch our limit almost every trip. 8 – 10 lb’ers are common along with the occasional 15 – 20 lb’er. There are some nice ones being caught. Blackfin Tuna’s have been small, little footballs, but every once and a while we catch some anywhere from 6 – 9 lb.
The Mahi – Mahi bite has been red hot offshore. Board’s and different types of debris drifting is a good sign. Baitfish hang around debris. Baitfish = Bigger fish. Anywhere from 500 – 800 ft of water is where we’ve been catching a majority of our dolphin. Fresh strips along with a milar skirt is the trick. Mahi – Mahi aren’t the only fish that hang around debris. Last week a buddy of mine, just fun fishing offshore, found a school of Wahoo underneath a board. He caught 10 nice ones all weighing in around 12 lbs.
Last week the Lady Pamela II went Daytime Swordfishing two days in a row. We fished 6-7 hours each time and not one bite. I got a few reports from friends of mine that went and it was fairly slow for them as well. There was one Sword caught during the day last week weighing in around 200 lbs.
Captain David Ide