Sailfish, Shark, Tuna, Wahoos Come Fishing

March 1, 2017

March 1

Once again, this weekend we had some exciting fishing about the Lady Pamela II sportfishing boats. On Friday, TJ and I put our anglers on a bunch of blackfin tunas in the morning and we also caught a big bull shark.

On the drift fishing boat, the surprise catch was a sailfish, caught by one of our regulars, Dennis. He fishes with us about three days a week when he is down from New York. We also landed some snappers and a king mackerel.

The 18th was the big day, with a couple of awesome, memorable trips for me. Clayton and his girlfriend from Kentucky were out with us we started out catching blackfin tunas just one after another off Fort Lauderdale. They landed more than 15 fish in a short period so we changed gear and put the kites up to try catch a sailfish. We hooked a hammerhead on the 30-pound sailfish tackle and fought him for quite a while before finally breaking him off. We put heavier tackle back out and got a big bite on top. It was a nearly 6-foot scalloped hammerhead that we caught and released. We put the live baits out again but could not a sailfish bite.

On the afternoon charter, mate Hunter and I decided we were going to start straight out for big game as John from Oregon didn’t care what he caught so long as it was a big fish. We went straight out to 350 feet of water where there was a smoking north current and southeast wind. It took about two hours, but we hooked up a 7 1/2-foot hammerhead shark that we tagged and released. We then moved in to a couple of shipwrecks and had John muscle in a couple of 50 lb plus amberjacks. From thee trolled back in, boating a couple of blackfin tunas and a nice wahoo to finish up a great south Florida fishing day.

Tight Lines

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing



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!