The Best Time of the Year to go Fishing!

April 10, 2018

I absolutely love April and May fishing in Fort Lauderdale.  The variety of fish in our area when “spring has sprung” is very exciting!  We have an abundance of bait, birds and game fish all in our area and it is only going to get better.  Sailfish, tuna, wahoo and mahi are just some of the species you have a shot at everyday!

On many days we are going through every bait in the well. The best fishing has been in the dark blue water where we have found current and small weed patches.  There have been a lot of frigate birds and sea gulls giving away the location of the edge as of late.  Trolling or using fishing kites when there has been wind has been most effective.

The wahoo around have been stealing the show.  High speed trolling using bonita or mullet strips has their attention.  We are also getting strikes on our kite baits while fishing for sailfish.  This is why we usually fish wire on our kite baits just in case a big wahoo, kingfish or shark comes along, we are ready.

Check out this beautiful wahoo our client caught.  Just look at those stripes!

Wahoo With Stripes

And another nice wahoo with the wahoo king – Captain Sean!

As the spring transition continues we expect to be catching more and more blackfin tuna, big kingfish, sailfish and bonita.  The bonita have already shown up good which means the blackfins are here as well.  We have had a few, but I’m sure this will pick up any day now and become consistent for the next 6 weeks as they move through.

Blackfin Tuna Fishing

The Lois Ann was a little naughty last week. She had a transmission issue.  Thankfully I have the best team in industry and we had a new transmission in the boat and running in record time.

Ava didn’t seem to mind the new transmission going into the Lois Ann.  Don’t worry Ava, this didn’t come out of your college fund 🙂

Back at Sea, The Lois Ann had some great fishing. The smaller kingfish are in shallow along with plenty of bonita.  Snapper, Triggers and Porgies are all snapping good.  Finding current or some clean water has been key.

Check out this batch of fish we got for the fryer.  Who’s up for some fish tacos?

As spring break comes to an end, we had some great junior anglers on board.  Kids of all ages and experience levels are always welcome. We provide a safe, fun and educational fishing experience for everyone. Our junior anglers did great.  Some reeling in sailfish and others reeling in some real brutes!

Check out this amberjack he reeled up like a champ!

Everyone did great!  I truly look forward to the fishing over the next 8 weeks. I’m going to try to do a better job to get more photos and videos like we did last year as I’m getting a lot of request for that.  Don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel as I will be releasing much of the content there.

Tight Lines
Captain David


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!