Julich tagged & released this 50lb sailfish this afternoon
our last billfish for 2013.
Landers and his 3 sons staying at the new Sandals La Source resort
went fishing this morning and released a sailfish for Andrew on
30lb test. 3 other sailfish were not hooked. Apologies for lack
of decent photo..
Christian and his wife travelling on the WindStar cruise ship
spent the morning fishing and were well rewarded with a 60lb sailfish
tag & release followed by a 45 minute fight with a 112 lb
yellowfin tuna! Some sashimi grade fish went back to the ship
to be enjoyed that evening.
Lagerberg caught this 103 lb yellowfin tuna this afternoon in
20 minutes on 50lb test. We had earlier had a nce sailfish hooked
up for a while before it came off and also caught a small mahi
student Chris Wu & friends went out this morning before heading
home for Christmas break. Conditions were rough with 25kt winds
and 6-8ft seas but Chris was rewarded with this 80 lb yellowfin
tuna which came to the boat in about 5 minutes or so on 80lb test.
Dundas & Jessie Dove caught this 50lb sailfish this morning
which we released to fight again another day. We had another one
hit the bait later on but it did not hook up..
Prentice caught this 26lb wahoo this morning as well as 3 blackfin
tuna and 2 rainbow runners..
Viola caught this estimated 300lb blue marlin today in 20 minutes
on 80lb test tagged & released, after that we had a sailfish
pull down one of the outrigger baits but not get hooked. In the
last 15 minutes of the 5 hour trip we hooked another blue marlin
on the short left lure which ran at least 300 yds of line out
before spittng the hook, Overall very good action on a rainy overcast
& Allison Rollins did a half day this morning under overcast
conditions. We fished porpoise with birds but no signs of yellowfin
tuna around them, coming back up we had a sailfish hit 2 lines
without getting hooked and then half an hour later a white marlin
climbed all over the daisy chain teaser and then switched to the
circle hook ballyhoo bait. Chester got this fish in easily on
50 lb gear and we tagged & released it est 45 lb.
Rankine had a dream come true this morning - although only on
a half day trip we still ventured offshore to try and catch
a billfish. At first no action, no birds or signs of life. We
told Andy that on days like that we just troll the 6500ft contour
and hope to be rudely interrupted! About half an hour later
we were" A large marlin ate the left flat Fox Mad Max 14"
lure. An hour and 5 minutes later on 80lb test we had it on
the leader for tag & release est over 500lb!! see video
had half of our 2013 BMSIBT team onboard today for an early
winter season trip - first up Dr Glen Jacob's struggled with
a very lively 200 lb blue marlin hooked only 5 miles offshore
- 15 minutes later we got it to the boat for a very healthy
tag & release.
thereafter we pulled up lines and motored after a big flock
of birds on porpoise - we eventually caught up only for them
to head west at high speed again. By good fortune there were
a few sailfish in this area and one ate a circle hook rig on
the shotgun - tagged for Joe Van Tonder 10 minutes later - another
sail was missed shortly afterwards then the bite shut down.
Still a good and early start to the winter season
Stokes organised today's trip as aprt of a church group visit
to Grenada. Fishing was slow but near the end of the trip he was
rewarded with this 31 lb wahoo which will be appearing on their
Grenadians down for Spicemas 2013 carnival made a morning trip
today and got this 22 lb barracuda in a mixed bag of barras and
blackfin tunas. Once the pretty mas done then they will be havin
a big family cook up for sure..
last minute booking saw us fishing around loads of porposie in
the afternoon - there must have been some yellowfin in there somewhere
but they eluded our eyes and ignored our baits. Continuing farther
out we saw some birds flying in the distinctive pattern that tells
us there are dorado there...sure enough 2 came into the spread
but only 1 hooked up which Ash bought to the boat - 35lb - nice
fish. Plenty of fish dinners for the rest of their holiday..
Allred from Casper Wyoming caught this 55lb sailfish this morning
- tagged & released. We then found porpoise with birds and
saw some nice yellowfin tuna jumping but could elicit no bites
from them. Oh well there is always next year..
Allred saw 2 tricky sailfish bites in the morning followed by
zero until the last half hour of the trip when we got this 21
lb wahoo and lost a considerably bigger one...
student Emma Thomason organised a fishing trip just before she
left Grenada for the last time - it paid off with this 30 lb dorado
plus we lost another one and had a missed wahoo strike. This fish
was lunch served at victory bar shortly thereafter!
Duffy went offshore this morning - we saw birds on dorado - no
strikes, went out further and saw birds in the distance - chased
them at high trolling speed and eventually caught up - saw yellowfin
tuna jump but then hooked up a nice dorado then another. Tom had
never caught a dorado before so now he can cross that one off
Allred caught a new personal best yellowfin tuna today - 178 lb!
It took him 2 hours on 50 lb test to get it to the boat - one
family are down in Grenada from the UK staying at Coyaba Beach
Resort for a wedding - 5 of them caught enough fish this morning
to feed the other 25!
Godfrey caught this 136 lb yellowfin tuna in 30 minutes on 80
during a half day trip!. We saw plenty more yellowfin jumping
in between porpoise but this was the only bite we managed to get
after fishing the spot for 90 minutes..
- 21st April 2013
Villalobos, Andrew Welham, Nicholas George and myself made the
arduous 13 hour trip up to Barbados for their International Game
Fishing Tournament. We ended up missing a few sailfish, catching
a lot of wahoo and dorado and having a great time!
Moore caught this 97 lb yellowfin tuna almost immediately when
we caught up to some birds and porpoise 12 miles offshore. Fished
the birds for some time after that but never got another tuna
strike...and then everything headed West away from Grenada. Still
not a bad result for a quick tour off Celebrity Summit cruise
Schneider organised this trip, we saw birds working about 12 miles
out - chased them at trolling speed fro a while but were obviously
not going to catch up to them - so pulled up lines and ran full
speed - when we got close slowed down put out lines and quickly
had 2 strikes one of which hooked up. 20 minutes later Alex Bie
(holding fish) gaffed this 136 lb yellowfin tuna for Jamie Sutherland
(blue cap). Fished the birds for a long time after that but never
got another tuna strike...
& James Jacobs, Connor Bystrom, Katie Mattas and Kelliann
Waldron went out today - loads of dolphins but scattered, only
1 yellowfin seen jumping and no strikes so went to the edge and
hooked 2 good wahoo - first one shook the hook but the 2nd gave
James Jacobs a good fight weighing 36lb back at the dock. A blackfin
tuna nad barracuda rounded out the catch.
Smith's group fished around plemty of birds and porpoise at times
we even saw yellowfin tunas jumping but the only strikes we got
were from sailfish and we tagged this one est 50 lb.
student Scott Lutgens has always been dogged by bad luck when
fishing with us before - we finally paid back his persistence
with this 95lb yellowfin tuna today. it only took 10 minutes on
80 lb test.
VG tried his luck at big game fishing today - we saw loads of
birds with porpoise and this time even saw a yellowfin jump amingst
them but then the feeding shutdown abruptly. We did manage to
get this 18 lb dorado though to give John a small taste of what
it's all about..
and Barry Woodbury from Australia visited grenada on Celebrity
cruiseship - they fished amongst hundreds of porpoise but no signs
of tuna - eventually we found brids on dorado and got 3 strikes
but only one stayed on to the boat -a 21lb fish for Barry.
Gallichan and Phil Baker went offshore this morning - conditions
were rough which suits dorado (mahi) well - we hooked 2 - one
got off quickly but Mark got his 18 lb fish into the boat.
Bie and friends made a late start on a very choppy day today -
we surfed down the waves following some birds- at 11 miles we
caught up with them and got a double header of dorado (mahi) -
20 and 29 lb. After that it was a quiet and bumpy trip back up..
Andersen went out today and started well with a nice sailfish
release est 50 lb amongts birds and porpoise. Later on we had
a triple hook up with dorado - one came straight off, boated one
and then the biggest one (of course..) pulled the hook right at
day this morning - nothing but porpoise and whales offshore so came
back up the edge and got this 23 lb wahoo for Mr Barratt plus a
barracuda and blackfin tuna
DeBari made his annual visit to Grenada for the SGU conference and
a days fishing of course! We saw yellowfin tuna with porpoise but
they kept moving away - then we hooked a sailfish but the hook quickly
came out. Later in the afternoon we finally did tag and release
a 50 lb sailfish for Vince. End of day 1 for 6 on sailfish 0 for
1 on (small) dorado.
Hawkins got these 3 dorado today at 27, 30 and 34 lb - we also lost
3 more plus had 4 tuna strikes around sei whales that missed the
bait!. Finally we raised a blue marlin that had a leisurely swipe
at the rigger bait but never ate it. All the action far offshore
Windmill had his work cut out today - we spotted birds on porpoise
about 8 miles offshore - we ended up following them to 18 miles
before we got a chance to get amongst them - the shotgun circle
hook ballyhoo disappeared violently - 25 minutes later on 80 lb
test we boated a 128 lb yellowfin tuna. After reseeting the lines
in 8ft seas we spotted more birds nearby - this time they were just
on tuna! We got 2 strikes and the circle hook on the left rigger
bit - Andy got this 96 lb fish in about 15 minutes on 50 lb. Coming
back up we raised some dorado but they were hook shy.. All in all
good day out.
Windmill caught this 41 lb dorado today after hooking it himself
on a circle hook rig, he later got a smaller one as well.
Cyr joined a shared morning charter today and got the biggest fish
- this cracking 46 lb wahoo. We also caught barracudas and blackfin
Thissen and his fiance staying At Spice Island Beach resort had
no luck for the first 5 hours of their 6 hour trip today - then
they hooked the tuna from hell! 3 hours 20 minutes later this 157
lb yellowfin tuna came to the gaff. Everyone on board has some bruises
and pains after that fish!. In the world of big game fishing you
sometimes have to be careful what you wish for out there...
and friends did a trip today in choppy conditons - they were rewarded
with these brace of dorado 21 & 22 lb.
students today - slow start with plenty of porpoise and birds but
no fish. The third set of birds we chased down we saw 2 tuna jump
- then the birds stopped working - we ended up spending over an
hour in that area hoping something would happen - eventually and
suddenly it did and a rod screamed off then another then the shotgun
as well! I was seriosulyt concerned all 5 rods would go! It took
about an hour for the first tuna to come to the boat - we had the
leader in hand but it broke - the fish was about 100 lb and counted
as a release, 2nd fish was gaffed a while later 110lb > The third
fish meanwhile had almost emptied the reel! We had a lot of backing
up to do and another hour before we boated it - a monster at 180
lb - our 4th biggest ever! Excellent sport.
down the edge today and were rewarded with 2 wahoo of 28 & 34
lb for Vladimir Zorrin from Canada.
action within 8 miles of shore today - several sets of birds - first
yielded one missed strike - did not see what it was, 2nd set of
birds we could see yellowfin tunas feeding right on the surface,
one boiled on the shotgun - missed, same thing with left rigger,
finally right rigger went down and fish was hooked - Niko Eren bought
this one to the boat in about 8 minutes flat on 50 - estimated 80
lb yellowfin tuna - hook pulled out before we could gaff it though.
Chased same birds again and then shotgun balyhoo on circle hook
was inhaled - Isaac fought the fish hard for 1 hour before it came
to gaff - 106 lb. On the way back we raised a sailfish on the teaser
but it wouldn,t swicth to a bait - great fun.
students today - we had to follow birds and spinner dolphins out
to 22 miles before finding a log which yeilded 2 dorado of 20
and 25 lbs. Followed even more dolphins back up towards Grenada
and had 2 sailfish come up - Alex Bie hooked one which Josh Nadolny
fought to the boat - approix 50 lbs tagged and released.
of fresh mahi steaks to go round at end of day..
2013 last day today - we finally scored some points ahving missed
4 sailfish prior - when Connor Bystrom got a white marlin - not
to be outdone Johan Van Tonder got another white marlin about 30
minutes later in almost the same spot..
day for BMSIBT 2013 today - Joe Van tonder caught a 40 lb sailfish
and we missed one other - otherwise we were perstered with hordes
of offshore small bararcudas! Hopefully Joe's success is a good
omen for us!
starts wednesday 23rd.
students today had a good time! First we found birds feeeding over
porpoise 18 miles offshore - then we started seeing yellowfin tunas
jumping whilst feeding - some very large one's chased bait almost
up to the boat - eventually a change of rig got a strike which 15
minutes later was boated - 107 lb - good start. Had to chase the
birds south for another 3 miles before a lure got bit - another
20 minutes later we got a 140 yellowfin into the boat! Coming back
up from there we had 2 sailfish seemingly hooked up only to come
off and several missed strikes from them - good day out!
billfish of 2013 fell to Jan Marc Kiene - a 40 lb sailfish, before
that we lost one and missed another plus we boated a 16 lb dorado