Fanntastic Fishing

Barrier Island

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Four-hour excursion takes participants 2 miles offshore to fish for tuna, snapper, grouper, and king mackerel among natural reefs

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$22 for a Four-Hour Drift-Fishing Excursion ($45 Value)

Over the course of each drift-fishing excursion, passengers scour for fish such as bonito, tuna, snapper, grouper, king mackerel, and mahi-mahi while up to 2 miles out from Fort Lauderdale Beach. Species' migration patterns change seasonally, allowing visitors to try for a new catch at different times of year. The captain may pass on his own fishing expertise during the trip and equips each passenger with tackle, bait, and coolers. Trips depart at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Lady Pamela II Sportfishing Charters

At the age of 5, Captain David Ide had already navigated the back canals of South Florida in his own 8-foot motored dinghy. Over the years, the sea tugged at him even more; he amassed fishing knowledge by talking to locals on the docks during his family's annual trips to the Bahamas, and at the age of 15 he began working on the fuel docks at Lauderdale Marina. The following year, he was asked to compete in his first professional fishing tournament. Though he sometimes still competes, Captain David spends most of his time aboard the US Coast Guard-licensed _Lady Pamela II_—leading drift-fishing trips around South Florida's natural reefs and shipwrecks,

The 41-foot custom-built and tournament-ready Hatteras boasts a 15-foot beam, air-conditioned bridge, and refrigerators, as well as ample electronics for detecting fish and any ghost ships before they rise from the ocean. At this vessel's helm, Captain David pilots passengers armed with rods, tackle, and various types of bait out to distances of 2, 10, or up to 20 miles from shore on extended daytime and nighttime trips. Groups may hunt in search of small targets such as tuna, snapper, grouper, and mahi-mahi, or larger quarry such as broadbill swordfish and hammerhead or bull sharks.

Fanntastic Fishing

Fanntastic Fishing's Captain Steve Souther steers his newly-renovated custom-built Hatteras through the waters of Fort Lauderdale, and even miles out from shore, he and his passengers find what they're looking for: fish. Transporting anglers from across the country out across the gentle waves, Captain Souther aids his guests in their quest to snag marine life both big and small, from tuna, snapper, grouper, and mahi-mahi to large swimmers such as swordfish, sailfish, and sharks.

Customer Reviews

We had a great time! The employees were very friendly and helpful and made it a truly memorable experience. Even when the seas got a little rough, they were knowledgeable to get us back safely while keeping the whole thing pleasant and fun. They even cut up our caught fish for us to take home, that was food for 2 days! Would definitely do it again.
Lauren B. · June 14, 2013
Great experience.
Beniamin P. · January 8, 2013
Friendly and helpful. This is how charter boats should operate. I'd recommend them to everyone!
Gordon W. · January 7, 2013

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