David Ide

With Summer just around the corner, the Lady Pamela Sportfishing Fleet continues its hot streak! The Spring action continues to be off the charts and multiple species remain on the bite: Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Wahoo, Kingfish, Tunas, Amberjacks, Barrcuda, Sharks and a host of Snapper and Grouper species!

NOW is the time to book your saltwater fishing adventure before the rest of our May and June fill up!


Big Mahi Mahi are still on the prowl from 200 feet of water all the way out to 2,000 feet of water and beyond. We’ve had great success catching Mahi Mahi up to 30 and 40 pounds on both live bait in close and trolling bonito strips and rigged ballyhoo out beyond the reef. As we get closer to summer, the big Mahi will give way to more “schoolies.”


As they did in April, Sailfish continue to frolic off of Fort Lauderdale and pounce on our live baits either slow-trolled or underneath our kites. Sailfish have been steadily found in between 90 feet and 180 feet of water.


Blackfin Tunas and Bonitos have been competing with the Sailfish to wallop our goggle-eye kite baits and slow-trolled pilchards with ferocious bites! The Blackfins are still large, in the 15-25 pound range and the Bonitos are nearly as large.


King Mackerel (‘Kingfish”) have been terrorizing the reefs -and our baits –  up on the reef. Like Sailfish and Tunas, Kingfish absolutely love to crush a live bait suspended beneath our kites. Kingfish have teeth that are more like surgical scalpels and they fight hard, which is why we call them “smokers” – they will smoke your drag on scorching runs once they’re hooked. We have to fish wire leaders to make sure we don’t miss these acrobatic bites.

When they’re not crushing our live baits under the kite or slow-trolled, Kingfish have also been responding to our strip baits trolled below the surface on planers along with as Islanders with ballyhoo in both the blue/white and red/black color combinations. We’ve been finding the Kingfish in between 70 and 150 feet of water.


When our clients are sore from catching Mahi Mahi or big Tunas, we’ll finish the trip by targeting big sharks such as Hammerheads and Blacktips.

The best shark baits continue to be either a live Bonito or dead Bonito or Kingfish dropped down in 300 feet of water.


On the Lois Ann, our daily trips – 3 each day – are producing Kingfish, Tuna, Bonito, Triggerfish and a host of Snapper and Grouper. Our nighttime trips have been producing huge numbers of Yellowtail Snappers. Book a trip NOW to get in on this amazing action after the sun goes down. 

For only $45, come on aboard and gain access to some of the hardest-fighting and tastiest fish that swim. We’re the best fishing value in all of South Florida! Remember all ages and experience levels are always welcome.  We have a captain and mate on board to help you at all times.  We also have one of the cleanest vessels in the southeastern US and we have a fully-stocked galley to keep you hydrated and well-fed!

That’s the report for now.  Come join us to get in on the rest of this amazing Spring action! Do you have a large group that wants to go fishing? No problem. We are the only boat in the area that can take more than 6 people on one single boat, so please give us a call as soon as you know your dates.

Tight Lines,
Captain David

Fish Species: Mahi, sailfish, tuna, sharks, swordfish
Bait Used: Bonita Strips, Live Goggle Eyes, Pilchards, Mullet
Tackle Used: Medium
Method Used: Trolling, Kite Fishing, Deep Dropping
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Wind Direction: East
Wind Speed: 5 to 15 mph
Mahi Mahi
Mahi Mahi

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David Ide

About The Author: Captain David Ide

Company: Lady Pamela Sportfishing

Area Reporting: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Bio: My name is Captain David and I run the largest fishing fleet of professional sportfishing captains in the state. I always say we have the best crew in the industry because of our hard work ethic and passion for fishing including conservation of our oceans. Join me or one of our crew as we chase trophy Mahi, Sailfish, Tuna, Sharks, Wahoo and much more!

(954) 761-8045
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