Tournament Fishing

November 16, 2017

It has already been one year since I kicked off the Lady Pamela II sportfishing’s, fish of the week series, and my kickoff species was the venerable Atlantic sailfish (Istiophorus albicans), the most popular of the billfishes found in our waters. Coincidentally, one year later, here we are, and Lady Pamela II sportfishing participated in the Dust’em Off Sailfish Warmup Tournament this past weekend! The Warmup is a fun low-cost practice tournament for the many anglers that compete in the wintertime South Florida sailfishing tournaments. Anglers can fish anywhere from Miami to Palm Beach but we stayed out front of the Fort Lauderdale/ Hollywood area, just a couple of miles south of the Port Everglades outflow. There were numerous ballyhoo and other bait schools, with birds crashing the baits everywhere, and a nice south current running. Ideal fishing conditions.

We caught a number of mahi-mahi around the bait schools in the morning, and caught our first sailfish around 9:50 a.m. He was a little guy, but he still counted in our fish total. We hooked up our second sail around 10:50 a.m. but he fought us for over an hour before we got an official catch and release. That was tough because we lost about an hour of additional fishing time. We kept baits in the water the whole day and the Lady Pamela crew fished really hard. It was a fun tournament, and we ended up with two sails, 10 mahi-mahi, and some other bites, including kingfish and blackfin tuna. Congratulations to the Double Diamond on winning first place with seven sailfish, fishing out in front of Pompano Beach!

This rest of the Lady Pamela sportfishing fleet saw the same kind of action we experienced this weekend, and I expect the sailfish action in particular to be pretty consistent over the next few weeks. Give us a call and let’s go fishing!

Lindsey & Lauren waiting on that kite bite working the baits perfectly.

Tight Lines,
Capt. 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!