Wahoos, Mahi Mahi, Big Game Sharks Lady Pamela 2

February 3, 2013

Fort Lauderdale Fishing , Ft lauderdale deep sea Fishing

February 1, 2013

Captain Darin and I were out today on the Lady Pamela II with guests David, Anthony, and John from New Jersey. This was a great group of guys that were hoping for some big shark fishing action. We positioned the boat in about 350 feet of water in an area that we pretty frequently catch sharks. We made several drifts with the north running current and only had one hit, but no fish. Finally, there was a huge hit and the rod just about bent in half. This was a big fish and we were not sure what it was. Twenty minutes later a sandbar shark weighing close to 200 lbs. came struggling up behind the boat. Sandbar sharks migrate south from as far north as Cape Cod and this is the first one we’ve caught so far this winter. After some pictures of the catch and high-fives all around, the fish was released to fight another day.

February 2, 2013

The Lady Pamela II sportfishing boat was out on a full 8 hour charter today, which gave our anglers the opportunity to fish both on the troll and on the bottom for a variety of different species. We trolled back and forth along the third reef edge, zig-zagging in and out from 90 to 200 feet of water. Our go to baits today were fresh bonito strips rigged behind sea witch feathers. We ran these baits both at the surface and down to about 60 feet behind planer boards. The fish definitely liked our bait choices as our anglers landed 8 mahi-mahi, a kingfish, and 2 blackfin tunas. The trolling highlight though was the 2 wahoos that smashed the surface baits. The singing of the reels made by these rocketing fish sure woke up the crew!

This excellent fishing trip was not over yet though, as we moved inshore for a little bottom fishing. We drifted into a red hot fishing spot; red because it was full of red snappers. When the lines came in for the last time, the fish cooler was brimming with 15 good-sized reds, all over 20”. This was just another great Ft. Lauderdale fishing day!

Sandbar Shark

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!