Wahoo On Bullets

December 16, 2016

The most common question I get asked daily is “What’s Biting Right Now?”.  Well, now is the time to get your big wahoo in Fort Lauderdale. There is an abundance of bait around including small bonita known to us as “bullets”.  The wahoo love these baits and it doesn’t take long to get the bites especially this time of year.

By trolling 4 bullets each on wire with a trailing hook for insurance, we put 2 flat lines and 2 off the outriggers. We attract many gamefish into our spread including sailfish, king mackerel, mahi and tuna. Yesterday, was no exception. The day started started hazy with a cold front bringing the temperatures into the upper 60s off our beach along with calm seas. I knew my clients were going to have a great day.

When it gets cold down here, it is typically freezing in the rest of the country. This means many of the gamefish such as sailfish have migrated into our waters as they are the warmest and the bait is plentiful in shallow. This makes Fort Lauderdale some of the best fishing in the country.

With 4 baits out, we hear one of the outrigger clips pop and our drag starts screaming!  The bait didn’t stand a chance and our angler jumped onto the rod and the fight was on.

Wahoo are some of the fast fishing in the sea with said speeds of 60mph!  So when they see a beautiful bait fish like the ones we present, they get it on the first try no problem.  With some great angler work and keeping the boat at a slow speed to keep the line tight, we got the great fish on the gaff and in the boat.


The rest of the day was rinse and repeat with a total of 4 wahoo being caught from 30 to 50 pounds along with several kingfish.Wahoo

As mentioned, while fishing using this highly effectively method of matching the hatch to the local baits, we do catch many other fish.  Big King Mackerel love a trolled live bait as well and in the shallows there are many big spanish mackerel right now. There are no fences in the ocean and while you never know what is going to be under your bait, now is an awesome time to book your holiday fishing trip and take advantage of some great fishing.

Back at the dock was all smiles for our clients. Wahoo is some the of the best sashimi.  When prepared right it is also excellent on the grill as well.  Many of our clients like to eat it raw or make a ceviche with it.  No matter how you decide to prepare your fresh catch, we clean and bag it for you. If you are traveling, you can pack it in a styrofoam cooler and it will stay fresh until you get home.

That’s the report for now, we are heading back out there now and looking for a repeat of yesterday.

Tight Lines and Happy Holidays,

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!