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South Florida Sailfish Showdown



Feb 3, 2009, 4:37 AM

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January 15th, 2009

This morning we had a group of three from Russia visiting Ft Lauderdale, Florida. They had never been deep sea sportfishing, let alone been in the Atlantic Ocean. We headed out Shallow Harbor bright and early at 7 AM with live goggle eyes in the well. Once we hit open waters and ran 6 miles north, we popped the kites in 200 ft of water. Our first catch of the day was a 5 lb mahi - mahi (good eats). Shortly after, the right short started walking off, I put it in free spool and there she was, the "ballerina of the sea." We watched this 90" Atlantic Sailfish jump all over the ocean for 30 minutes, it was amazing. The kites went back out immediately with live gogg's dangling on the surface and within 15 minutes we hooked another sailfish. This one was a tad bit smaller, but still put up one hell of a fight. Awesome day for their first saltwater sportfishing experience offshore Ft Lauderdale!

The Lady Pamela II headed back to the dock and did a turn around with 3 on a shared charter. We were on a roll today and we weren't stopping. Goggle eyes were sold out on the water, so pilchards it was for the LP II! Within 20 minutes of fishing at the local buoy, we landed another sailfish. This one was a beauty and 84" long.

Awesome day out there on the water!

Tight Lines
Captain David Ide

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