Shark Fishing Fort Lauderdale

July 12, 2012

July 1, 2012


The really nice south Florida weather returned today, and some good fishing was on the agenda. Two of the Lady Pamela sportfishing trips started out by trolling the deep reef. Both boats were busy as the kingfish and bonitos were snapping up every bait that could be tossed.


The wreckfishing has been pretty slow the last few weeks, so another of the Lady Pamela fleet went to shark fishing in 350 feet of water. Plenty of fresh bonito was available for bait, and the sharks were ready to eat. Our anglers boated a nice bull shark, a sandbar shark and a great gray hammerhead shark.


July 2, 2012


Today, it was great to have Dan and Dan (father and son) back for some fishing with Mike and I. I hadn’t seen either of them for two years. They used to fish with us quite a lot, but we hadn’t seen them for two years. Young Dan got the wanderlust and moved away to Hawaii for surfing. We got to catch up on a lot of stuff on the way out.


Young Dan has always been a very lucky guy and it showed again today. We went straight to shark fishing and the baits weren’t out 5 minutes before top bait got a hit. Thirty minutes later Dan brought a huge hammerhead shark, well over six feet, to the boat. After tagging the monster hammerhead, Mike got three more baits out and then we waited. We finally got a bite and big Dan got into the fighting chair. It was a big bull shark and big Dan taught this monster a lesson! Thanks guys for coming out, it was great fun catching up on all your latest news.

Tight Lines,

Capt David Ide

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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!