University of Wisconsin Football Players Catch Hammerhead Shark

January 1, 2018

What a year of fishing we had in 2017!  Today is the first day of 2018 and we are extremely excited to get things underway including our prized sailfish season.  I would like to thank all our wonderful customers for choosing us last year and making us one of the top sportfishing fleets in the country not just Florida.  We have a lot of memories and look forward to creating new ones this year with new and repeat customers.

This past week we had the University of Wisconsin football team come aboard before their big bowl game with the University of Miami.  We knew these guys were strong so it was time to put them to the test and there is no better test than a 450 pound hammerhead shark!

As we got setup, I could tell that by the conditions we were going to get our fish, it was just a matter of when.  The current was streaming at about 2 knots which is very good for shark fishing.  This helps us get the scent out as well as funnel fish into our spread.  It wasn’t long before the clicker started to scream.  The close group of teammates did an amazing job putting the heat on this beautiful fish. It was an up and down battle, but eventually we got the fish to the boat for a tag and release.  Tagging sharks helps us to preserve not only the species, but all our oceans.  Sharks play an important role to conservation.

University of Wisconsin football team

It was all high fives and smile as we quickly got the fish back into the water and saw her swim away healthy.  The next time this fish is caught, the data will provide our research groups with information on migrations, size and a various other helpful behaviors of this great hammerhead shark.

As we look forward, I expect the fishing to be nothing short of fantastic this week.  We have north winds and another cold front that should push down even more fish into our area.  Now is the time to get your trip in where you can expect a range of catches including mahi, kingfish, sharks, sailfish, wahoo and even a chance at a white marlin!

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!