Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker James Harrison Fishing aboard the Lady Pamela II in Ft Lauderdale, Florida

January 28, 2010

January 27th, 2010

Fort Lauderdale is brining in the New Year with several exciting events. The Super Bowl is back to South Florida for a record breaking 10th time and the Pro Bowl is honoring all star players somewhere other than Hawaii for the first time since 1979, Fort Lauderdale, Florida!

With that said, there are A list players and many devoted fans in Fort Lauderdale for the two biggest games of the year. James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers joined Captain Paul and me aboard the Lady Pamela II for a deep sea fishing adventure with his friends and family before the big game this Sunday.

James wanted to battle with something as big as him so we picked up the necessities (live goggle eyes) and headed offshore. Once we reached our destination, our spread consisted of 4 live goggle eyes dancing on the surface and 2 big shark baits below. We waited patiently for 45 minutes before the right short got a hit. Captain Paul set the hook and we were ready. James jumped into our ultimate fighting chair and the battle began off the transom. Our first Sailfish of the day totally impressed our anglers; both the fight and the missing bill.

James’ brother fought Sailfish #2 and once he got the fish to the boat it decided it wasn’t finished. James’ brother did a pass off to Dad, who decided to fight the Sailfish standing up rather than over the water. Job well done, we went 2 for 2 with two very nice fish. Our last stop of the day was at a shipwreck for James’ nephew. Our first bait on the bottom intrigued an Amberjack within minutes. Sea ya on the water…


Tight Lines & Goodluck on Sunday at the Pro Bowl!

Captain David Ide

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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!