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SwordFishing Fort Lauderdale

August 31, 2012

August 30, 2012

The great south Florida weather has returned and the boats in the Lady Pamela fleet were busy today. The Lady Pamela II sportfishing boat fished close to shore and caught some skipjack tunas and kingfish trolling the reef. The Lady Pamela IV fished further offshore and caught a nice hammerhead shark and a silky shark. Not bad fishing for a couple of four hour trips.

The Lady Pamela V had a daytime swordfish trip with Graham Johnston (Johnno), his son Alex, Captain Rob and me. Johnno, is president of the Cairns (Australia) Game Fishing Club ( HYPERLINK “http://www.cairnsgfc.com/” http://www.cairnsgfc.com/ ), and also owns and operates the Cock & Bull Hotel and Tavern ( HYPERLINK “http://www.cocknbull.net.au/” http://www.cocknbull.net.au/) dubbed the “best watering hole in the south Pacific”. Johnno also a member of the Cairns Professional Game Fishing Association and he runs exclusive 4-8 day charters to the Great Barrier Reef aboard his sportfishermen “Broadbill” ( HYPERLINK “mailto:johnno@iig.com.au” johnno@iig.com.au ). If you are interested in landing a grander Black Marlin he is your go to guy in Cairns.

While Johnno is a well-known and accomplished sportsman, having hunted and fished throughout the world, 20-year old son Alex is no stranger to accomplishment himself. He holds over 15 fishing world junior records, including junior world records for tiger shark (1068 lb) and Black Marlin (1091 lb). These guys are perhaps the most accomplished anglers we’ve ever had on the Lady Pamela and we were determined to get them hooked up to a swordfish during their trip to Ft. Lauderdale. We had them out on three prior trips without a bite, and today the pressure was on to put a fish in the boat.

Lady Pamela 2

Lady Pamela 2

We left the dock around 8:00 am and 30 minutes later we were well offshore making our first drop. We soaked the first baits for nearly two hours without a bite, so we picked up and ran further south to make another drop. Still no bites, so we again ran south and made a third drop in 1850 feet of water. This was the sweet spot and we hooked a monster that we hoped would stay on. Thirty minutes later the fish was in the boat; a beautiful 300 lb broadbill swordfish! Look for upcoming video of the action to be posted on our Youtube channel, Lady Pamela II charter fishing.

The best of luck to Johnno and Alex, as they are heading to Canada’s Prince Edward Island to fish for giant Bluefin tuna. Alex is hoping to add another “grander” fish to his already impressive résumé.

daytime Swordfish

300 lb Lady Pamela 2

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!