Jul 13, 2009, 4:40 AM
Summer time is here and we all know what that means, clear skies in the morning, afternoon thunderstorms and red hot action offshore. Other than our typical South Florida weather, July has offered nothing but comfortable seas and overall great fishing. The Bonito and Kingfish are solid and quantity seems to be no problem. Itís been constant action for the Lady Pamela II, resulting in about 10-15 Kings and Bonitos per trip, ranging anywhere from 8-35 lbs. Trolling the reef in July is almost like a guarantee for a great time; run into a school of Bonito, Kingfish, Mahi or Blackfin Tuna and your chances of losing count on your catch is likely.
Fort Lauderdale Fishing Report - July 2009
Not only will you be putting fresh fish in the box for dinner, the occasional summertime Sailfish might just creep up on your bait and start jumping within feet of the boat. Hooking up with the Atlantic Sailfish during the month of July is pretty rare Ė these pelagics donít usually donít hang around the Fort Lauderdale area this late in the season. However, Sailfish are still being spotted offshore and there have been some takers.
Fort Lauderdale houses several shipwrecks and reefs anywhere from 200 ft to 350 ft of water. With the summer heat moving in, the reef and wreck fish just canít get enough of it. Amberjacks, Game Sharks and Groupers are just waiting for you to drop bait on their front door. A 40 lb Amberjack on the line will show you whoís boss, can you imagine what itís like to hook up with a 10 ft Game Shark? The Lady Pamela II has been very successful catching big fish on the wrecks lately.
July has cooperated quite nicely with calm seas for our Nighttime Swordfishing trips. Not only have the seas been comfortable to pull all nighters, the bite has been better than weíve seen it in a long time. Daytime Swordfishing is a big hit these days as well. Back to back bites with big fish makes for a great day offshore.
Move inshore and the inlet is holding heavy with large Barracudas ready to eat. Cudas arenít the only species lingering inshore, large Tarpon in the 80 Ė 150 lb range are being caught almost every evening. Donít let the afternoon thunderstorms scare you away from nighttime Tarpon fishing. By 6:00 pm, clear skies roll in and the bite begins. The Lady Pamela II has caught several Tarpon this month. Some big, some small. Some jump, some play it lazy. However, donít let the lazy Tarpon fool you in the beginning, a burst of energy will show once you think youíve won without breaking a sweat and these fish will have you doing circles in the Intracoastal.
If you have a dolphin dinner in mind, nowís the time to head offshore to the grass lines along the surface. The Mahi action has been instant and consistent. Our anglers are all smiles when we clean there fish back at Lauderdale Marina, filling enough zip lock bags to feed a village.
Staying at a hotel and donít have a place to whip up a blackened Dolphin sandwich? No worries. Lauderdale Marinaís 15th Street Fisheries Restaurant has it covered. They encourage you to let them cook your catch and enjoy your meal at their dockside terrace where you can watch mega yachts stroll by and cruise ships depart after a fun day of fishing.
Get your fishing trip dates locked in now with the Lady Pamela II. Consider this, load up on Mahi, Kingfish and Blackfin Tuna in the afternoon then head inshore when the sun sets to reel in a 100 lb Tarpon. And if youíre really feeing adventurous, hit the wrecks during the day for reef donkeyís then venture offshore at night in search of the Broadbill Swordfish. Our Bahamas Charter is a biggie during the summer months, too. A dayís catch in the Bahamas right now consists of a cooler full of Yellow Eye Snapper and a big Blue Marlin to tell your buddies about. The Lady Pamela II offers so many great fishing trips and different excursions. Browse through our website, www.ladypamela2.com , to see what interests you.
Sea ya on the water and until AugustÖ
Tight Lines Everyone!
Captain David Ide
(This post was edited by captdavid on Jul 13, 2009, 3:01 PM)