Sailfish Bite off Fort LauderdalePosted on: February 13, 2009
Getting it done in the sun with Lady Pamela 2
My buddy, Bob, and I had to go to Miami on Thursday for a meeting and we were scheduled to fly out Friday at 7:30 am. Well with a little creative airline management we postponed out flight and booked a short trip with David Ide aboard the Lady Pamela 2, a beautiful Hatteras 41.
We could only afford a quick trip so we could catch our plane. David and Paul were up to the challenge. With flyingfish busting out of the water everywhere I knew we were in the right spot, but things started slowly.
Having never used a kite before it was an interesting educational expereince. It takes a bit of work, but it isn’t rocket science and we got the hang of it quickly. After a while couple bluerunners ate the deep baits. One ‘runner even ate a pilchard from the kite, which I hear is very unusual. They went into the live well for later. Then I pulled in a very small grouper.
We bridled up the smallest ‘runner and put him out on the longest kite. After 20 minutes the water exploded around that bait. The runner came back in cut as clean as a ginzu knife… must have been a Kingfish.
We didn’t have all day so we didn’t load up on bait before we left. Probably a bad call on my part. So after the assorted bluerunners and trigger fish ate all of our bait we started to troll.
With 20 minutes left in the trip it was “Left rigger!!! There’s two!!! I got mine. I got mine as well” that rang out from the pro crew. Eventually I lost my sail. But my buddy Bob landed his first ever sailfish and his first ever fish over 30 pounds. This sail was pretty large for the area. It was about 6 and a half feet and I am guessing about 50 pounds. Bob was thrilled.
A double header with no time remaining was a great way to end a trip that was too short. But I’ll be back since the new boss is in Miami…. I am starting to like staff meetings!
Tight Lines Mike!
Captain David Ide