Spring Break Sailfish Bite – Ft Lauderdale FishingPosted on: March 13, 2009
On Saturday morning, Mike and his good friend came fishing aboard the Lady Pamela II here in Fort Lauderdale. They came all the way down from Quebec to South Florida in hopes of catching a big game fish while deep sea fishing in Ft Lauderdale. We headed out Shallow Harbor making our way through Millionaires Row, showing them the mansions and mega yachts sunny South Florida is famous for.
Kite fishing was first on the list once we hit open water. We picked a good spot right off Marriott Harbor Beach towers just north of Port Everglades. We popped the kites with live goggs dancing on the surface and a fresh bloody carcass hanging out on the bottom. There was a rippin north current drifting us at 2 mph. Within 10 minutes of having our spread out, a Silky Shark swam up interested. He ate the bait immediately and went for a run. Mike jumped in the fighting chair ready to reel this bad boy in. After a 20 minute battle on light tackle, Mike won with the fish behind the boat.
After Mike took a breather and a few pictures, we put another bait down on the bottom and crossed our fingers for another instant bite. Not even 20 minutes after we released the Silky, two Atlantic Sailfish swam into our spread and ate the goggle eyes dangling from the kites. One pulled the hook, but we still had a shot at the other one. Mike’s buddy fought his first Sailfish all the way to the transom, we released him and he swam away in good shape. That 5 1/2 footer was one hell of a jumper and put on a great show for our guys.
Ft. Lauderdale houses several artificial wrecks up and down the coast. These shipwrecks house several different types of fish. Dropping a bloody kingfish head on their front door step is usually a win win situation if anybody’s home. We relocated to a wreck in 300 ft of blue water with a live blue runner on 200 lb test line. It didn’t take long before the rod was a bender and started screaming. We hooked a BIG Amberjack and Mike soon figured out how hard these game fish fight while offshore fishing in Fort Lauderdale. Our anglers went home happy campers with sore arms. Another great day aboard the Lady Pamela II!
Captain David Ide