from some of the BEST PLACES TO FISH !
2010 definitely surprised South Florida with
freezing temperatures and a killer bite offshore. Only the brave, die hards were
on the water in search of the Atlantic Sailfish and it was well worth it with
all the layers. During our unwelcomed, drawn out cold snap, the Sailfish bite
was solid; huge packs of spindle beaks came through with double digit catches
and made dreams come true. Every angler went home ecstatic with extremely sore
arms, but a great story to tell about.
One morning, I remember one of our Canadian anglers say “this guy has on his
survival gear.” As funny as that sounds, he was right. Fort Lauderdale’s
unusually cold winter this year really got these fish feeding and we didn’t let
the weather stop us from heading offshore to find ‘em. Foul weather gear, a pair
of gloves and a beanie made life a lot warmer aboard the Lady Pamela II.
Remember, fishing’s not just a hobby, it’s an adventure.
Check out our new fighting chair!
Mixed in with the Sailfish are Kingfish and other species. The King Mackerel
tend to show interest while live bait kite fishing, eating the goggle eyes that
are suspended and intended for the Sailfish. The shipwrecks are also holding
heavy with big fish that offer a great fight on light tackle; a 30 lb Amberjack
will show you whose boss real quick. The Blackfin Tuna are around and make for a
great fresh fish dinner. Trolling the reef also provides the opportunity to hook
up with a Mahi - Mahi or two. There haven’t been a ton of Dolphin fish offshore,
but that doesn’t mean you won’t run into a school and land enough for left overs.
Along with the passage of fish, another snow bird will be showing up here
shortly, the Game Shark. Shark Fishing season is right around the corner and the
Hammerheads, Threshers and Makos will be more of a possibility as we move into
Spring. South Florida Game Sharks range in size from 7 inches short to 39 feet
long. They put up one helluva fight and it’s extremely rewarding when you win.
The Lady Pamela II crew has developed techniques that make daytime swordfishing
a very successful sport as we’ve been able to catch them with great regularity.
Research has shown that during daylight hours, swordfish hang out around 1,800
to 2,000 feet down looking to gnaw. Fresh squid and petite, whole bonito make
for great bait when luring a beefy Broadbill up to the surface. The Lady Pamela
II landed a 500 lb’er this month and it was one of the greatest fights we’ve
experienced in Fort Lauderdale yet, it was man against fish.
Check out our daily Captain's Log to keep you caught up on what's biting
offshore Fort Lauderdale
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