YELLOWTAIL SNAPPER - Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters


April 6, 2017

APRIL 6, 17

It has been a busy several weeks of fishing here in south Florida and I have been remiss in publishing the Lady Pamela sportfishing’s fish-of-the-week. I am excited to talk today about one of the most well-known fish around, the yellowtail snapper. Here in south Florida, the yellowtail snapper (Ocyurus chrysurus) is the premier species of fish to put on one’s plate. My mouth waters at the thought of a nice fillet sautéed in a little butter and garlic. Yellowtail fillets are light and flaky, and melt in your mouth.

Now, to get those fillets is not such an easy task. Yellowtail tend to be wary, skittish fish, but we know how to get them to overcome their wariness. We use a nice mix of chum to attract and hold large numbers of fish back behind the Lady Pamela II driftboats. When they get to feeding, the fishing can be nonstop, but it can quickly end if predators like sharks or barracudas show up. The minimum size limit for yellowtail in Florida is 12”, with most of the fish that we catch in the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood area running from 12”-16”. We do get our fair share of flag yellowtail as well. “Flag” yellowtails fish run from 18”-20” in length and can weigh 3 lbs. or more, and they can  put up a pretty good fight!

The Lady Pamela driftboats operate both day and night trips that are reasonably priced, so there are plenty of opportunities to reel in your dinner. Give us a call and let’s go fishing!

Tight Lines

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing



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!