South Florida Offshore Fishing ReportPosted on: February 13, 2009
Aside from sipping on those tropical frozen drinks at the local beach bars and dancing the night away on the sand, Fort Lauderdale is well known for something else – world class sportfishing. Gino and his brother flew south from Michigan to escape the cold weather and get a taste of the nightlife South Florida is famous for. Gino visits Ft Lauderdale once a year and makes it a point to get out there and go fishing at least once during his vacation. We headed out Shallow Harbor with our gang aboard the Lady Pamela II in search of sailfish and mahi – mahi. Fishing was extrememly slow, but the LP II always pulls through to find the fish – they can’t hide from us! After an hour and a half, we had a well full of live bait and headed straight to a ship wreck. The first drop of the day was a no go, not even a nibble. Plan B – we dropped a different bait down, let it sit and this time it wasn’t just a bite, we had a monster on. The rod started screamin’, that fish was pulling some serious line off the reel. Gino and his brother went to war with a huge amberjack. Everybody was ready for round two now! Conditions were changing in our favor, so we popped the kites and hoped for the bite. Not even 10 minutes passed before we got our bite. A huge sailfish started flopping right behind the boat. It was a 45 minute battle before we got the sailfish to give in. Gino and his brother were stoked!
Captain David Ide