Shipwreck Fishing in Ft Lauderdale, Florida! - Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters

Shipwreck Fishing in Ft Lauderdale, Florida!

March 23, 2010

March 19th, 2010

Fishing in Fort Lauderdale is a creative way to socialize with clients, guests and employees in a stress free environment. Today, Ray & Larry brought a few business clients aboard the Lady Pamela for an all day fishing charter and had a great time. For the first few hours of fishing, the Mahi – Mahi were busting bait on the troll left and right. We caught 20 Dolphin fish, all too short to keep. After we had to leave the Mahi alone, we headed to a shipwreck to see who was home. Wreck fishing was red hot; we went 3 for 4 on the Amberjack bite and fought a 50lb Warsaw Grouper out of the wreck. Now Ray had dinner covered. We moved in to shallower water and our first drop produced a nice size Cobia. Wreck fishing made up for all those short Mahi!

An Amberjack's dark stripe extends from nose to in front of dorsal fin and "lights up" when fish is in feeding mode.

Amberjacks are aggressive predator fish that prowl the water column near obstructions from the surface to the bottom.

Warsaw groupers are classified as deep-water groupers since they inhabit reefs on the continental shelf break in waters 180 to 1700 feet deep.

Warsaw Grouper's are found in Belize, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States.

Cobia make seasonal migrations along the coasts in search of water in their preferred temperature range. Wintering in the Gulf of Mexico, they migrate north as far as Maryland in the Summer, passing through Florida in March.

Enjoy your dinner!

Tight Lines!

Captain David Ide




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!