morning we raised 2 sails but could not make either of them
afternoon we ventured further out and were rewarded with this
sailfish which we tagged and released for Matthew Welch.
day today - only raised 2 sails fortunately the first one was
a hot fish which we tagged and released for Will Driscoll, after
that we only caught barracudas - most of which we released.
year old Charlie Hardman caught this 45lb sailfish today which
we tagged and released, a short while later his big sister Stevie
played another sail almost to the boat before the hook tragically
pulled out... whilst we were hooking Stevies fish their dad
Steve missed another sailfish which was chasing the bait that
he was trying to get out of the way!
26 December 2007
children on board this morning - caught a blackfin tuna but
could not raise a fish inshore after that...reports of fish
being lost further out so for the afternnon trip headed out
into the choppy seas and quickly raised 2 sails, tagging 1 of
50lbs for Will Reilly. Missed another sail strike a while later
(we were seeing loads of them under birds in the area) and finally
had a wahoo explode behind a short line but fail to connect.
24 December 2007
Herzog caught this lovely patterned wahoo in the first minute
of this mornings trip - unfortunately we had to wait 3 hours
for the next bite which was a sailfish which missed the hook...
would like to wish all our customers a Merry Christmas and
a prosperous New year.
23 December 2007
anglers from the Royal Caribbean cruise ship had an action
packed day today - we raised no less than ten billfish , hooked
3 and tagged and released a sailfish for Alan Davies and a
white marlin (first of the season) for Ray Boyce. Several
of the billfish were just grabbing and releasing the baits
instead of eating them which made life difficult.
distractions included spinner and spotted dolphins (saw a
big yellowfin tuna inbetween them) and a group of 3 sperm
whales which we encountered twice during the day.
we could not hook a blue marlin to complete a grand slam.....
16 December 2007
SGU students celebrated completing their finals by going fishing
today and were rewarded with 2 blackfin tunas and this wahoo.
We ventured 14 miles offshore in choppy seas to catch up with
a large pod of spinner dolphins. The wahoo was caught in the
same area and minutes later we also raised a blue marlin which
failed to eat the lure..
11 December 2007
saw lots of action although we only tagged and released 1 sailfish
for Benjamin Ball. We started with a brief sailfish hook up
(the fish shot out of the water and threw the hook), after a
long slow period we hooked a blue marlin which raced to the
horizon, crashed along the surface and spat the hook. Later
returened to that spot and missed a sailfish strike, at same
time saw a lot of bait so continued circling and had a double
header of sail - releasing 1 and losing the other. Near the
end of the trip a large marlin crashe the shotgun lure - there
was a tremendous pull on the rod then only a slight pressure
- winding in we found a remora fish from the side of the marlin
on our hook!! If only the remora had held on tighter we might
have caught the marlin!!
10 December 2007
Pygott (and daughter Naomi) caught this 264 lb blue marlin today
after an agonising 2+ hours on the rod. We had the fish within
50yds of the boat at one stage and could see that it was tail
wrapped. The fish ran off again, dived deep and eventually stopped
fighting and died. It took more than an hour to plane the fish
back up to the surface. We never like to see a marlin die and
would much rather have tagged and released it but every now
and then this kind of thing will happen..
6 December 2007
Knowles ventured down the edge on a half day today, we were
catching plenty of barracudas and blackfin tunas but no wahoo
which was what he really wanted to catch.
you can see we were able to remedy that situation right at
the end of the trip with a double header of which we got the
15lb wahoo shown.
1 December 2007
customer (& friend) Dr Glen Jacobs made a brief return visit
to Grenada and managed to squeeze in a half day trip on a flat
calm day. He was rewarded with this fine 250+lb blue marlin
which was hooked at the 4th attempt! The fish gave a spirited
fight and was tagged & released full of beans. Hopefully
Peter Slinger (mutual friend) has better pictures than mine.
Customer Andrew Wilson was unlucky to lose a wahoo at the back
of the boat earlier in the trip.
18 November 2007
wahoo again today - 2 boated and 2 lost plus a missed strike,
extras were blackfin tunas and barracudas.
were on island for Graham (on the right) wedding at the Calabash
hotel - good build up!
17 November 2007
Village 2 cruise ship passengers had wet & windy weather
today but the fish were biting! The morning trip saw at least
7 wahoo strikes - 1 lost quickly another at the back of the
boat and a third landed at 29lbs. We also fought an unseen
fish for 20 minutes before the hook pulled - possibly a shark?
afternoon was slightly less wet and we hooked 2 wahoo from
about 5 strikes and boated one at 22lb (bottom pic).
16 November 2007
Duthie released this fine 55lb sailfish today while fishing
along the edge, fellow angler Brian caught a 14lb wahoo, several
blackfins and 2 barracudas were also caught
15 November 2007
Crawford and Mark Thorne picked a horrible rainy morning to
go fishing today. However when the first rod went off before
the 2nd was in the water we knew it might not be so bad after
all!. Ended up catching 7 blackfin tunas, a small dorado (released)
and these wahoo of 33 and 23 lbs.We also lost 2 other wahoo
which came adrift...
8 November 2007
Ewens caught 2 barracuas, 3 blackfin tunas and a small dorado
(tagged and released) on this slow day where we only had 2 tentative
bites from sailfish in the deep water.
26 October 2007
Parry (CEO Liverpool FC) and sons had a slow morning's fishing
in choppy conditions before the monotony was relieved by a
triple header of dorado - one each no less!
a recent trip with students we caught 7 dorado of which 2
were tagged and released.
18 October 2007
vet students went out today. We missed 1 sailfish bite in the
morning then watched some dolphins on the bow before heading
to the shoals where we caught 4 barracudas and a nice 22lb wahoo
for Peter (pic).
17 October 2007
we caught this 24lb skipjack tuna plus a barracuda for Jeremy
Bass & friends.
trip saw only a small dorado for richard price which we tagged
and released as part of a scientific study of their migration
waiting for the main run of fish to arrive, water still greenish
29 September 2007
organised a group of med & vet students from SGU for this
half day trip. Nice weather, slightly choppy seas but fish
were not really biting. We caught 3 barracudas, missed 2 more
and also lost a wahoo right at the end of the trip. Girls
shown administrering kiss of life to the barracudas (or are
they trying to play a tune on them?)
trip this week to the same area saw barracuda, blackfin tuna,
little tunny plus a sailfish hooked and then lost after about
3 spectacular jumps across a very calm ocean that day.
22 September 2007
vets students enjoyed watching hundreds of spotted and spinner
dolphins today and then later caught 2 barracudas and this
Ashley Edge landed this fine 30lb wahoo.
was slow on a very calm day but patience is often rewarded
as was the case today....
27 August 2007
calm today and slow bite but we still managed this 17lb wahoo,
king mackerel and blackfin tuna for La Luna clients Keith
& Andrea McArt and Craig Barfield.
trips since last report have mostly yielded barracudas and
still green with Orinoco flow.
16 August 2007
John Joseph from Houston took part some of his Grenadian uncles
and friends fishing and whilst they did not catch any monsters
they enjoyed catching barracudas, spanish mackerel, horse eye
jack and even a foulhooked garfish!
2 August 2007
few trips to the reef have produced the usual barracudas and
blackfin tuna as well as rainbow runner. Today did a full day
offshore and were rewarded with this nice sailfish which gave
Pips McKaig a good fight for ten minutes before being released,
We had another sailfish bite later and also a missed wahoo strike.
Very calm seas recently and dolphins & pilot whales seen.
21 July 2007
saw 2 nice 23lb wahoo for youngsters Arthur and Theo Bryan -
they also caught 7 barracuda and a hefty blackfin tuna. In the
afternoon we caught 8 more barracuda and missed 1 wahoo for
the Jones and Green familys who are down here for Beaconsfield
school cricket tour.
3 July 2007
missing a few recently we finally tagged a sailfish for Suzie
Maxwell-Alywin one of 3 glamorous Virgin Atlantic stewardesses
we had on board today (thanks Peter!).
We also caught 3 barracudas and missed as many more.
24 June 2007
we caught this 14lb barracuda for Mike and Jocelyn (SGU students),
generally the fishing has been slow of late with mostly barracudas
and small tunas being caught although have had some bites from
wahoo and even a sailfish. Hopefully things will improve again
19 June 2007
heard that the 50lb sailfish we tagged and released for Rick
Smolander on 3rd January (see bottom of page) was recaught on
30th May off Key West - Florida!! Gary Chotiner fishing on the
charter boat "Mean Green" with Capt. Jake Perry made
the catch (pic left).This is the first re-capture of a fish
we have tagged that we are aware of and it had travelled an
incredible 1600 miles +!
6 June 2007
clients today - 4 female 2 male - so no surprise that the
biggest fish - this lovely 34lb wahoo was caught by the lady
in the pic. And the winner of the most sea sick competition
was ..... a man!
shown in the pic is the dozen barracuda that we also caught
- the smaller ones were released to fight another day...
24 May 2007
dorado today (sounds familiar?) the only bite of a slow day
although the boredom was slightly relived by the antics of 2
schools of spinner dolphins.
21 May 2007
dorado today - more were around but were not in a biting mood!
20 May 2007
Whisker and Clifford Shute had fun today catching 3 dorado,
a blackfin tuna and a barracuda. We also missed a sailfish
2 trips have seen marlin hooked and lost after 9- minutes
and another one whcih missed the bait on the strike....
13 May 2007
Barrow family & friend including newly weds caught 2 dorado
(mahi mahi) today plus a little tunny.
One of these fish was going on their hotel barbeque tonight
8 May 2007
Gumm caught these 2 dorado of 25 and 20lbs from 3 hooked -
of course the big one (easily 35lbs+) came off right behind
also missed 1 sailfish and caught a small blackfin tuna
5 May 2007
client Sergei (right) caught this 18lb wahoo and his friend
caught 2 barracudas and a blackfin tuna.
25 April 2007
client Cato Stonex caught 2 dorado including this 26lb bull
today - we caught them by following a weedline offshore as
far as 21 miles - we missed several other dorado strikes but
the fish were not biting confidently for the most part...seas
were choppy at times
we managed to break the line on a nice blue marlin of around
23 April 2007
Hardman achieved a dream today by catching a lovely blue marlin
around 200lb, we never managed to tag it but had it boatside
before the leader broke when the fish jumped on it! The excellent
picture taken by Stevie (left) is only a copy - waiting to
receive the original download from the camera.
that daughter Stevie caught a barracuda and 9 year old Charlie
caught a 17lb wahoo. All in all a good days fishing.
21 April 2007
customer Martin St Quinton's guests from Hummingbird Villa
watched young Harry score his first big game fish today -
a 145 lb yellowfin tuna!
always these fish are seriously hard work and took over an
hour to boat. A trip to remember for all concerned..
19 April 2007
Knowles and Adam Michell nearly had a very good day today
- Adam was up first on a blue marlin which ran and jumped
all over the place before spitting the hook. Stuart was next
tagging a small blue of around 50lb after a short sharp fight.
that we raised about 6 sailfish and managed to hook one -
only for the hook to snap!!
17 April 2007
Dewsburys group of Aussies celebrated their cricket victory
yesterday by tagging a 50lb sailfish for Jason Neave and missing
at least 4 others. ...
15 April 2007
Clarke's group of Aussie cricket fans went out today and scored
a 60lb sailfish tag and release for Adam Dinsdale. After that
we missed 2 other sails and spent a lot of time trying to
catch elusive skipjack tunas... On the mammal side we saw
porpoises, pilot whales and 7 sperm whales.
Australia have a good match against Sri Lanka tomorrow here
in sunny Grenada.
9 April 2007
Carli's group of SGU students endured 4 hours of choppy seas
with nothing happening until we found birds working over dorado
and caught 3 including this bull of 35lbs. After that we circled
around and hooked a blue marlin only for it to throw the hook
after 1 minute. Later on we repeated that feat a 2nd time and
then missed a sailfish bite... Fish are still around.
7 April 2007
from the Ocean Village cruise ship scored big this morning
when John Hamilton tagged a nice little blue marlin of around
120 lb. They also saw dolphins and 3 sperm whales.
afternoon trip was not rewarding however with only a small
skipjack tuna and no whales or dolphins seen! Such are the
vagaries of marine life!!
6 April 2007
Yeh organised a group of SGU students this afternoon who were
rewarded with these 2 fine dorado to 27lbs. This mornings trip
with Amy Kwan's group yielded a barracuda and 2 missed strikes
after seas sickness drove us inside to find sheltered waters...
30 March 2007
Handel achieved an ambition today when he caught a 200lb blue
marlin. This was in the first part of the trip - the rest
of it was spent working between flocks of birds over skipjacks,
sailfish and bigeye tunas. All we managed to entice to bite
was a small skipjack tuna!
any day when you catch a marlin is a good day!
FOR YEAR TO DATE:
28 March 2007
& Sharon Herrick had a slow trip to start with watching
dolphins and a whale blowing in the distance. Later however
we found a hotspot around the end of a longline where we started
with a quadruple hook up - 3 dorado and a wahoo! Further passes
netted 4 more dorado before it was time to head back in - we
lost another dorado during that journey! Good fun...
27 March 2007
Handel had furious action this morning catching no less than
13 dorado along a weedline where we found a piece of old cargo
net. We caught 10 from 3 passses to start with and then decided
to leave that area only to get another triple header!
is a boat record number of dorado for us in one day!
that we lost a nice wahoo on the shotgun then went around
and hooked a sailfish for 1 jump then he was gone...
24 March 2007
Fryer organised 5 SGU students (4 girls 1 guy) for a trip
today and they had some action - they hooked 3 dorado to 26lbs
and landed the 2 you see here (top).
Adrienne Madison recovered quickly from a bout of "mal
de mer" to fight a 50lb white marlin which we tagged
and released for her (bottom pic).
not a bad result on a windy day with choppy seas.
21 March 2007
Hutchinson tagged a nice sailfish today and backed it up with
a dorado.We also raised 2 other billfish .
was a whale watching day for the Nielsen family - we saw nine
sperm whales and also managed to catch a good sized barracuda.
18 March 2007
students went home with plenty of dorado fillets today after
we had 6 strikes hooked 5 and landed 4 to 21lbs.
billfish in evidence today but we did see 2 sperm whales and
17 March 2007
in the billfish today after a 2 day lull where we were seeing
humpback, sperm and pilot whales and missed a blue and a wahoo...
SGU student Jarred Zucker tagged a white marlin around 45lb
and fellow student Branden Briggs tagged a sailfish around
35lb. Both fished were caught before 11am but the afternoon
was a blank.
14 March 2007
student Shannon Bradford tagged this 50lb sailfish after a
hard fight today - immediately the tag went in the sailfish
bolted and released itself which was handy.
than that strike it was a very quiet day with just a missed
dorado strike by a small piece of bamboo..... better luck
next time guys.
12 March 2007
& Mrs Onslow went out for a marlin today - we saw one
- hooked up by a small boat right next to us!! They broke
the line on that fish and we probably got a better look at
it than they did!.
we did the next best thing - we tagged a nice sailfish of
around 45lb which ate a marlin lure. Not long after that a
big wahoo tried to do the same but only managed to sever most
of the skirt from the lure!!
Birriel and friends from SGU had a great day with the dorado
today catching 7 to 20lbs and losing 2 more. At one point
we had more than twenty dorado haging just behind the boat!
All this action took place along a weedline about 11 miles
a couple of the students were a little hungover and lost their
breakfasts so the trip was cut short a little - they went
home with plenty of fish for the grill though!
6 March 2007
Smietana and friends had only 3 hours to fish as they were
on a tight schedule to get back aboard the Crown Princess
we only had to troll for 20 minutes before having a double
header with white marlin! We had both fish well hooked for
several minutes before the first one pulled the hook. The
2nd one stayed on however and gave a good account of itself
before being tagged and released est 55lb.
goes to show that its always worth giving it a a shot!
5 March 2007
Marx scored again today - 3 dorado to 27lb, then a quiet period
followed by a big strike on the shotgun lure and a 2 hour
plus battle with a 172lb yellowfin tuna.
late finish for all concerned tonight!
3 March 2007
day trip today was very slow in choppy seas. We did see pilot
whales and birds at 13 miles but no strikes. Came back up
at caught this sailfish in the last 2 minutes of the trip
2 miles offshore!
shows you should never give up - it can happen at anytime.
Chamberlain was happy to release this 40lb sailfish.
2 March 2007
Marx started his day badly - pulling the hook on a white marlin
after 5 minutes and then repeating that with a dorado.
started improving when we tagged a 45lb sailfish for him that
had tried to eat a bait 5 times before getting hooked!
that we saw several boobies working over dorado - our first
pass resulted in a triple header - we got 2 - the second pass
gave a double header - we got both of them including a fine
of the day showed 1 sailfish seen jumping and no strikes at
1 March 2007
Monahan and Sue Davies caught these 2 nice dorado near a floating
wooden pallet - the big one (29lbs) gave Sue a good fight for
quite a while.
28 February 2007
Windmill caught a personal best dorado of 29lbs today and his
first ever wahoo at 24lb. He also had another dorado and lost
one at the boat....
24 February 2007
Baldescu caught 2 wahoo today - biggest one was 37lbs. He
also caught several barracudas and we missed one sailfish
follows on after a few very quiet days where fish are being
seen but not caught!
the change to 1st quarter moon tomorrow will trigger a better
21 February 2007
Holowchak and family caught this nice dorado on a half day today
- it was quite choppy though so we did not stay out too long
20 February 2007
Quincy Crawford fought 2 blue marlin - the first one crashed
the left rigger ballyhoo and ran all over the place before
coming to the surface almost within leader distance when the
hook pulled out - est 200lb. The 2nd we tagged and released
after it ran very fast and we had to chase it forwards with
the boat! This one was about 150.
Andy Windmill hooked up 5 dorado to 26lbs - we managed to
boat 3 - the other pulled the hook.
18 February 2007
Catanzano caught this 90lb+ yellowfin tuna on his last day
of fishing with us. This was one stubborn tuna taking over
an hour to bring to the boat.
tunas were feeding around 2 fish eating Bryde's whales.
from that fish we missed 2 sailfish bites today.
17 February 2007
Catanzano had a good day today despite us missing a blue marlin
in the first 30 minutes fishing! After that fish came up and
grabbed a bait without hooking up we caught 2 good size dorado
and then followed birds to 17 miles where porpoises and whales
were seen. We eventually tagged a 45lb sailfish coming back
up from this area - in fact we had 3 sailfish bites at the
is fishing again tomorrow....
13 February 2007
saw Paige Key and friends enjoy a triple hook up with good
size dorado. Paige's fish was the largest at 36lbs.
saw Neil Morris achieve a long held ambition to catch a blue
marlin - Twice!!
started with a 22lb dorado to warm up then we had a hot blue
marlin grab our surface teaser and run off with it! When I
wound it back the fish followed it and swicthed to a ballyhoo
bait - the fish stayed deep for most of the fight and was
well tired when it came up. We tagged it estimated at 120lb
and towed it until it revived.
back up later we had another blue crash a short flat bait
and run off so fast that I had to turn the boat and chase
it going forwards! The pressure reduction worked and the fish
stopped. It still resisted well before being tagged estimated
pics of the marlin were not so good - hopefully Neil got some
11 February 2007
students enjoyed an excellent days fishing today. We did not
start too well when we lost a 30lb plus dorado right by the
Eyjolfson improved the situation when he caught a blue marlin
which we estimated at 180lb (tag & release), this was
followed by a 40lb sailfish tagged for "Woody" Mulgata.
We rounded things off with a 110lb yellowfin tuna for Victor,
this gave everyone plenty of fish to go home with for the
10 February 2007
Kerridge caught a 50lb white marlin today and we missed a
tentative sailfish bite a while earlier.
started by getting a close up look at a sperm whale.
the afternoon we went down the edge and caught dorado, blackfin
tuna and barracudas
8 February 2007
Martin Blumer tagged and released this 45lb white marlin on
a half day trip.
The fish was the only good bite of the trip although we saw
plenty of porpoises and birds on skipjack tuna.
2 February 2007
moon brought us this 150 yellowfin tuna for Hugh Gent. It was
a real tough fish that took 2 hours to subdue.. We also caught
a wahoo for John Barrett.
30 January 2007
we were back in the billfish - we released a sailfish for Richard
Hough from St Andrews University and then pulled the hook on
a 200lb blue marlin. After that we had a smaller marlin go ballistic
and run in all directions before popping the line against the
water drag...Good action even though we did not land as many
fish as we would have liked.
26 January 2007
the next 2 days fishing were a disappointment for us although
we did lose a sailfish on the last day.
the end we won 2nd place in the boat pool for weight of fish
bought to the scale and also Badger Dearman received the heaviest
wahoo prize for his 34lb wahoo.
boat was "Houdini" from Trinidad - see www.sibtgrenada.com
for full results which will be posted shortly. Ian Hutson
on "Ocean Spirit" of Barbados (probably the smallest
boat in the tournament) broke the tuna record with a 173lb
fish (pic left). This won their team EC$5000 (about US$1800).
23 January 2007
day of the 38th Spice Island Billfish tournament today. We
started well with a double header of big yellowfins - amazingly
we boated both - a 115lb fish for Mark Holmes and a 158 for
"Badger" Dearman. Next came a double header of dorado
- 18 & 19lbs. then a 34lb wahoo for "Badger"
afternoon saw us miss sailfish strikes so no points scored
but a good days fishing nevertheless.
shown left with 115lb tuna
22 January 2007
Sweeting tagged a 50lb sailfish on a choppy day today - we
raised 2 others at least that we could not hook.
green water in the south today
20 January 2007
sails today - we raised 5 of which 4 gave reasonable strikes
but we only got the hook to stick in one which we tagged est
35lb for Justin Seldis. Maybe the smaller size of the sails
was giving us poor hook up ratio today? However 2 other boats
were out and neither caught so we did not do too bad.
19 January 2007
tournament crew were out practising today - we raised four
sails and tagged a 70lb fish for Jonathan Ward.
also raised a 350-400lb blue marlin which had 3 swipes at
baits during a full 10 minute stint in the spread but failed
to eat any of them - this fish was well lit up and caused
a lot of excitement in the cockpit.
18 January 2007
saw a distinct slowing in the bite, we had 1 chance at a sailfish
on Saturday then nothing on Sunday. Monday saw another sail
up but not eating plus a couple of nice 20lb skipjacks. Tuesday
saw no billfish - just barracudas aand small dorado.
was better though with a blue marlin hook up and the lost
followed by a good sail bite where the fish was not solidly
hooked. We were not out today but the reports from other boats
are of marlin lost!
38TH SPICE ISLAND
BILLFISH TOURNAMENT STARTS NEXT WEEK!
10 January 2007
saw us tag 2 sailfish for Robert Steed, he was happy but said
now he would like a blue marlin or a yellowfin to finish off.
Shortly after we saw birds working skipjack tunas and caught
2 in the 25lb range. We left there in search of bigger things
and met up with a large pod of porpoise. Whilst working through
them we had a vicious strike on a short flat line and were solidly
hooked on a fish which we gaffed after a 30 minute fight. This
yellowfin tuna of 133lb completed Roberts day very nicely.
6 January 2007
saw 4 billfish hooked, 3 caught. We started with a nice sailfish
hooked on the shotgun for Marcus Oliver, while clearing lines
I managed to hook up a white marlin for Phillip Baker. We tagged
the white and were about to let go the sail when it released
itself - the picture shows that it was a caught fish though.
Later we hooked another sail which got free when a snap swivel
decide to self destruct. Finally we tagged another sail for
Phil. An enjoyable days fishing.
5 January 2007
sailfish keep coming! - today we tagged this one for Sally
Josolyne - it was the only bite of the half day trip.
we tagged another for Frank Taus and on the same trip Phil
Baker lost a nice blue marlin after it stripped 600yds of
line off the reel before the hook fell out....
3 January 2007
luck of the Irish was with Orla Gallagher when she caught
this 29lb skipjack tuna (boat record) this morning after we
pulled the hook on a sailfish.
afternoon Rick Smolander caught a 50lb sailfish which we tagged