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Johnson said he was lucky on fishing charters and proved it
by hooking up a double header of sailfish less than an hour
from the end of todays trip after we had hardly had a bite
up to that point! We went to yesterdays hot zone and although
the porpoise and some birds were there we did not see any
tuna. A lot less flying fish than yesterday as well. We worked
back in and caught the sailfish less than 5 miles offshore
and we missed another one at 3 miles!
Baker and Steve & Charlie Hardman ventured offshore
today and found themselves in an epic feeding frenzy with
thousands of birds, flyingfish, porpoises, dolphins, dorado
and yellowfin tunas !!
started well catching 3 dorado from 5 strikes including
an excellent 38lb bull, We then went a little further out
where a huge group of porpoise and dolphines were feeding.
We managed to get 3 yellowfin strikes of which only one
hooked up. Young Charlie battled this fish upto the boat
but we lost it on the gaff when the hook pulled out....
that we raised at least 2 sailfish which we could not hook
like the bait and fish have really arrived now !!
Hodges has done some long range fishing out of San Diego
but had never caught a white marlin.... We corrected that
with a triple header for him this afternoon!
Amazingly we tagged and released all 3 of them and later
had him hooked up on a sailfish as well but pulled the hook.
the marlin were about 40 lb in weight
Pickrell boys went a fishing again today and their luck was
in with a 108 lb yellowfin tuna (Adam had one already this
year see 13 March below) inbetween feeding porpoises 20 miles
west of Grenada. We also raised 4 sailfish - one of which
we tagged and released for Aaron estimated 50 lb. Overall
a good days fishing.
Scott hoped to catch a big fish and get video and photos
for use on internet fishing websites.
He succeeded in getting shots of a 150lb blue marlin (his
first) that we tagged and released for him. We also raised
2 sailfish and caught 2 small dorado - one of which we also
tagged and released.
was cobalt blue today, bait fish were scattered though -
things should keep improving from here.
students went out today and endured choppy seas and slow fishing
for 7 out of the 8 hgour trip, That last hpour made all the
difference as a 300lb Blue Marlin inhaled the right rigger
ballyhoo and got hooked. It took all 5 students 45 minutes
to bring that fish to the boat for a tag and release estimated
300lb - great stuff !!
David and Peter spent a morning fishing today and were happy
to get barracuda, blackfin and skipjack tuna, rainbow runner
and Peter Ryan was very happy to get this 35lb wahoo!.
again fish is on the menu !
Williams, Celia, Andy and Kendal tried fishing for the first
time today and did not do too badly with 3 barracuda, 3 blackfin
tuna, a cero amckerel and a fine 30lb wahoo. Good fun and
plenty of fish for the BBQ later!
and Celeste Adrian went with her Granparents trhis morning.
Water was blue and full of flyingfish but not much happened
going down the edge. After truning to come back up we started
to catch with a nice king mackerel, 2 blackfin tunas and a
barracuda. Not a great days fishing but good to be fishing
after 3 weeks in Trinidad overhauling the whole boat!
Shaeffer celebrated his birthday with a few SGU friends
and had a good time catching a 35 lb wahoo for himself whilst
the others had a 25lb wahoo, 2 blackfin tuna and a barracuda.
BBQ planned for this evening !
Earnshaw from SGU and boyfriend Matthew Glenn asked to
try for a yellowfin today - guess what they got one!
of birds led us to several groups of yellowfins and eventually
this 122 lb fish nailed the right rigger ballyhoo. Astonishingly
we boated it 9 minutes later! Typically a fish like that
would be at least 25 minutes. We saw several more after
that but came in early to escape a case of sea sickness
- or was it hangover
Candice and Orelia made up a 3 lady team for a half day
trip this morning. As usual ladies had the luck as all 5
rods went at the same time with small dorado - we boated
4. A while later Candice got a larger 10lb dorado. Further
down the shoal we saw birds working and Amy had a 23lb wahoo
that screamed line of the 30lb outfit for a while. 3 barracudas
rounded out the catch.
of the catch was promptly delivered to expert chef Brian
Benjamin at BB's Crabback restaurant where the ladies will
be dining in style tonight!
Piedt family went fishing today and encountered some choppy
seas at times. They were eventually rewarded though with a
30lb wahoo for daughter Katie who is an SGU student. They
also caught barracudas, blckfin tuna and false albacore.
members of the Danish Schwensen family ventured offshore this
afternoon having completed several days sailing in the Grenadines.
They were rewarded with an excellent catch of a 49lb wahoo
for Nicolai and dorado of 23lbs each for Cilla and Soren.
Turns out they were repeat clients from...10 years ago! My
- how time has flown by...
repeaters Allie Shannon her Dad and friend joined visitors
Jennifer and James for a half day this morning. Things were
slow for over an hour then we found birds on dorado. 2 were
hooked - a 20lb fish came in the boat - the larger bull got
off next to the boat..... A blackfin tuna rounded off the
and David Housefield celebrated Michael's graduation fishing
in Grenada. After a brief hook up on a sailfish on day one
and a few smaller tunas he was finally rewarded today in the
last hour of fishing with this lovely 42lb wahoo.
Miller tried again for a yellowfin and this time almost
got more than he could handle with this magnificent 186
lb specimen - the 3rd biggest ever for us.
beat the fish in 40 minutes on 80lb tackle but looked pretty
beat himself afterwards! We also had a sailfish hit 3 baits
without getting hooke and saw 1 dorado jumping.
Stevin construction crew took a morning off to go a fishing
today. After a slow start we started to spot big tunas feeding
under small groups of working birds. This 126 lb yellowfin
tuna came up close behind the boat and inhaled the left
flat bird/ballyhoo combo. Angler Josh was new to big game
fishing but did well to get it to the boat in 45 minutes.
After that we saw more tuna but they were not biting.
Mark Miller was unlucky that none of the 4 yellowfin tuna
strikes we got as we passed through a pod of dolphins hooked
properly. He was slightly mollified by a nice skipjack tuna
but is coming back to try the yellowfins again.
half day down the edge produced the same large bag of blackfin
tunas, barracudas, little tunny's and then right in the last
minute this splendid 37lb wahoo for John. We knew they were
ther because earlier one of our tunas was badly mauled by
a wahoo as it came to the boat....
& Sergei decided to kill a few hours fishing after spending
a week diving. They had a lot of fun including 2 blackfin
tunas and this fabulous 58lb wahoo for Sergei in the first
20 minutes fishing! After that we kept catching blackfins,
barracudas and false albacore. Sometimes last minute decisions
pay off- big time!
Carra's first ever fishing trip saw him catch this 25lb dorado
as a great finale to a morning where we caught 13 blackfin
tunas as well.
SGU student and our client, James, came back to Grenada to
get married. His wedding group chartered 3 boats for a half
day this morning. We were lucky enough to have the best catch
- 2 blackfin tunas, 2 little tunny, 4 barracudas and a 23lb
wahoo. We also lost 2 other wahoo in the same area.... Previous
few trips have seen 2 sailfish hooked but both eventually
spit the hook...
Rudge and Tony Saunders went out this afternoon and scored
with a dozen blackfin tuna to 14lb and a 28lb wahoo for
Emma and Michael went out and were unlucky not to catch
a big dorado which escaped but went home with quite a few
Van Tonder did a half day today in choppy conditions. He caught
6 blackfin tunas and 4 barracudas (most of which were released)
before we got the strike we had been waiting for with this
Brian Jordan's 2nd day proved to be better than the first
although conditions were quite choppy. We had to go 24 miles
to find dorado - four strikes yielded 2 nice fish in the
24-27lb range. Coming back up from there we boated a fine
30lb wahoo and missed a couple of other strikes.
in all not too shabby.
Brian Jordan returned to Grenada again and trusted us again
to catch him a fish. Fortunately we were able to oblige with
this 28lb dorado which was the only hook up from 3 strikes
23 miles offshore. After that thinga went dead with just a
few poepoise seen.
Picton his son, and friend Tony from the goodship "Sea
Princess" gambled the whole of their 1 day visit to
Grenada out fishing. They won ! Big Time!
up down the edge was a double header of blackfin tuna, followed
by a brace of barracuda. Farther down Tony got warmed up
with a nice 14lb dorado. Gary then got another blackfin.
At this point I decided to leave the edge and go to the
deep water. As we reached the 6,500 ft contour 17 miles
off St George's a marlin came up - hit the left rigger ballyhoo
then engulfed the left flat bird/lure combo. Tonys took
the rod as the fish raced off then turned back and overtook
the boat before running almost a complete circuit around
us jumping as it went! To cut a long story short we used
the full power of the 50 outfit to get the fish boatside
in about 40 minutes for a helathy tag and release.
that we missed another dorado strike before gettuing everyone
back to the cruise ship on time.
Breland took in laws and friend fishing again today. Plenty
of action with blackfin tunas, garfish, barracudas and a
35lb wahoo for Ricky proved that Daniels luck is still good.
airforce personell organised by Mike Reilly went this afternoon
and caught 6 blackfins and several barracudas. The tunas
went to BB's Crabback restaurant where a 20 strong USAF
contingent will enjoy some good dining!
Borges and son Mason took a break from trout fishing on Hampshire
chalk streams to go offshore today. Initially things were
very slow but a decision to come back up the edge was rewarded
with a brace of dorado and then backed up with a brace of
blackfin tunas one of which was released.
Panasiuk did his first day's offshore fishing today. WQe tried
for a billfish to start with but apart from 1 sailfish strike
they were not much in evidence. However we were rewarded around
some birds with a fine 33lb bull dorado which gave Paul a
good fight. After that we went to the shallows where the blackfin
tunas were going nuts! We boated eight to 13lb, released a
small one and missed several other strikes. A small barracuda
rounded out the trip - good fun!
Breland and family went out early this morning and caught
this fine 21lb king mackerel - the largest one we have had
for quite a while. After that we caught a few barracudas and
lost a small tuna.
time repeat customer Eric and friend Brian from SGU scored
a wahoo and 3 barracudas today. We came up the edge after
missing 1 sailfish offshore and seeing several big yellowfins
feeding - but as per the last trip the tunas were not interested
in our baits or lures.
last Eric has made it onto the website !!
Newmans and Rosenkranz's went for 6 hours today and Georg
Rosenkranz got to tag and release this 60lb sailfish whilst
Mr Newman got lucky with this 23lb dorado. We were somewhat
frustrated for over an hour by the sight of 50-100lb yellowfins
feeding offshore but refusing to give us a single strike -
probably they were feeding on very small prey items and were
ignoring our larger baits.
Jeremy, Frances, Mark, Georgie &
David staying at Mt Cinnamon ventured down the edge today
- we caught 2 wahoo to 38lb and lost 2 more, then coming
back up we also bagged a nice dorado which will be appearing
on the dinner menu tonight at their hotel...Loads
of birds feeding plus big leatherback turtles in evidence
days later we saw a Humpback whale breach and tail slap
close to the boat in the same area...awesome
Bateman family went a fishing this morning and experienced
several large wahoo strikes but only 1 came into the boat
- this 32lb fish. They also caught a barracuda.
and friends doing voluntary work in Grenada took some R&R
fishing time this morning and went home with this 21lb wahoo
that Colin caught. We also lost another (bigger) wahoo and
had some jumps out of a nice sailfish before the hook pulled.....
Durgampudi of SGU faculty decided to try his fishing luck
today and was rewarded with this 130lb blue marlin tag &
release. This fish came up while we were trying to catch some
small skipjack tunas approx 1.5 miles offshore! We had come
close in after seeing absolutely nothing happening farther
Walkowski came down to visit his son who is studying at SGU.
They plus friends went fishing this morning and had some fun
with 3 nice dorado to 25lbs plus blackfin tunas and barracuda.
and son Adam Pickrell went offshore today and were eventually
rewarded with this 135lb yellowfin tuna for Adam after a
gruelling 2 hours 10 minute fisght on 50lb test. We found
this tuna feeding between Sei whales 14 miles offshore.
also lost a dorado at the boat 10 minutes after boating
Bulic went out for 6 hours today and had his work cut out
reeling in no less than seven dorado to 30 lbs (a quadruple
hook up of 15lb fish and then later a triple hook up with
30lb fish - we managed to boat 5 altogether).
were rough with a large northerly swell,
Sushi chefs and waitress ventured offshore on a very rough
morning today and were quickly rewarded with this fine brace
of dorado of 30 and 20 lb.
get down there tonight for some very fresh sushi !!
Holfield bagged this fantastic 55lb wahoo today on a light
tackle rod allowing the fish to give a really good account
of itself. Earlier in the day we had a couple of sailfish
bites and saw 2 big yellowfin tunas busting right alongside
the boat but they did not take our baits...
Millard caught this 15lb wahoo held by Brian Stapleton today.
Straight after we saw a small blue marlin ahead of the boat
but no more strikes were forthcoming.
Francis of Grenada tagged and released this 60lb white marlin
this afternoon. We went out looking for dorado or wahoo
but no luck with those and the whales were not seen either.
and Karyne Carey off the Celebrity Galaxy cruise ship enjoyed
a dream half day this morning. We started close in and quickly
spotted a pair of sperm whales - whilst circling them at
a close distance we had a screaming run which proved to
be a lively blue marlin of around 130 lb which we tagged
and released for Joe. After that more birds led us to porpoises
and another very large sperm whale but no more bites. Heading
back in less than 2 miles offshore we hooked another small
blue around 50lbs for Karyne which jumped all over the place
before coming to the boat.
out again in the afternoon with SGU students we had more
action but this time with a double header of 17 lb wahoo
and dorado - another strike at the same time was not hooked.
Coming back up from there we saw no less than 10 sperm whales.
in all a very good days fishing.
students and family went out on what was supposed to be
a very windy day - we got a break early on with calm seas
- 6 miles off a double strike yielded a hook up on this
110 lb yellowfin tuna which fought hard for 90 minutes and
was caught just as it started to get tangled in a longline
afternoon produced a 10 minute fight with a blue marlin
before the hook pulled out.....
Phil & Viv Baker and Steve Hardman went offshore today
- Phil ended up up catching a 50lb sailfish and losing 2 dorado,
Steve caught this 15lb dorado. We also had an all too short
hook up on a blue marlin around 300 lb but the hook pulled
out. Plenty of fish around today.
Long and friends went offshore on a cloudy/rainy day today
and managed a 55lb sailfish release and a 31lb dorado.
bad for the generally slow conditions.
Debari went out for a marlin today. Seas were 8ft+ and 25knots
of wind at times made fishing difficult. We had 2 sailfish
strikes which were not solidly hooked and had to settle for
this 28 lb bull dorado instead.
Pitzer and son (off the Caribbean Princess cruise ship)
endured a rough half day trip this morning but were rewarded
with a 10 lb barracuda.
afternoon trip was a complete contrast for German clients
staying at La Source hotel - the seas had calmed down quite
a bit and we were able to get out into some blue water at
12 miles - sure enough a nice blue marlin crashed our short
left lure and was hooked - it put up a tough fight for 25
minutes before being tagged and released. 10 minutes later
2 more marlin hit 3 lines without getting properly hooked.
old song "what a difference a day makes" in this
case should be half a day!
Covill caught this 50lb white marlin in the first 45 minutes
of todays trip. Shortly therefater we had a sailfish crash
a lure and come out of the water with it only for the hook
to pullout. As far as billfish were concerned that was it
for the day! We did manage a couple of barracudas for the
Windmill's first day produced this 35lb sailfish on a day
where we hooked 3 out of 8 strikes - all were small fish and
the other 2 managed to spit the hook.
Village clients ventured out today and although we did not
catch the quality or amount of fish that we did yesterday
Ralph still got the 12lb wahoo - the only 1 of 3 strikes
that stayed on the hook.
also caught some barracudas and saw lots of dolphins.
half day trip this morning led us to some good action 15
miles down the edge of the Reindeer shoal. Lots of birds
active and occasional glimpses of small tunas kept us working
the area until a 42lb wahoo took the right rigger ballyhoo
and laumched itself skywayds landing just behind the boat.!
James Metcalf brought that one to the boat . Next strikes
ran the line off simlarly then launched itslef in the air
- not a wahoo but a small blue marlin! Unfortuantely that
one was lost but next up was a 30lb wahoo for Emma Hughes.
Plenty of barracudas and a blackfin tuna kept us going plus
we lost 2 more wahoo when the hooks pulled out....
in all a nice trip.....and the water is starting to look
Jacque's group of SGU students just arrived from Newcastle
UK ventured out today and were rewarded eventually with
this fine 33lb wahoo plus 2 blackfin tunas and 2 barracudas.
BBQ should be going well by now!
McIntosh caught this 55lb sailfish today which we tagged and
released. His colleague Matt was unlucky to pop the line on
another billfish on a very rainy day where we raised at least
8 including 3 blue marlin 2 of which we thought we had hooked
on for them to come unglued...
the last day of the tournament proved to be our best - we
caught 2 nice dorado in the morning for Kev and Ziggy. Later
Ferdinand hooked his first caribbean sailfish which we released
to at least put ourselves on the scoreboard!
tournament was won (again) by Hard Play II from Trinidad
& Tobago - back to back victory for "Frothy"
and his team - congrats guys!
Ronayne tried his luck on the morning of the tournament
layday - he was rewarded with a triple hook up of 22lb dorado
and then followed up with 2 sailfish releases making a total
of 5 sailfish that he caught in his 2 trips with us.
plan to let Michael pick our next lottery ticket numbers!
you can see from the pictures the sea was green but the
fish are still biting...
tournament results have been best left unmentioned as our
clients have missed a lot of strikes - both difficult and
easy. So far only 1 wahoo came to the boat but maybe tomorrow
will be our day.
"Doc" Haycock went fishing today and kindly took
a few guests with him - Steve Kilsby was glad he got the
invite as he tagged and released a 40lb sailfish. We also
lost another sail and had a further strike.
this forebodes well for the Spice Island Billfish Tournament
which starts tomorrow - see www.sibtgrenada.com for updates.
45 boats have entered - a great turnout.
Ronayne said he was enjoying the fishing this morning -
even though we were catching zip at that point - birds were
working and flying fish taking to the air but apart from
a couple of sailfish window shopping we had seen no action.
That all changed at 2pm with Michaels first sailfish and
in the next hour we caught 2 more and missed a few.
eyes were smiling at the end of the trip!
Bullock caught this 45lb sailfish which we tagged and released
on a very choppy day. There were undoubtedly a lot more fish
around to be caught but her fellow anglers were feeling a
bit green so we headed for the barn.
Abel caught this 25lb wahoo and had the hook pull on another
at the same time. This was after 4 hours of zero offshore
despite copious amounts of blue water and flying fish everywhere.
trip was arranged by Peters sister Nicola who is a student
Kent and Steve Boucher tried their luck today and were rewarded
with a 27lb dorado for Jim (we had 3 other strikes from
them but only the one hooked up). After that we missed 2
tentative sailfish strikes and things went very dead.
5 minutes from the end of the trip a marlin came up behind
the left flat line but did not take, a few seconds later
the right rigger line shot off with a decent marlin on the
other end which proceeded to run off a lot of line. I stopped
the boat while we started to clear other lines. I was a
bit concerned that we were losing too much line so I put
the boat in gear again to turn and chase, as I did so a
second marlin crashed the left flat again and ran off!
cut a long story short we lost the first bigger blue marlin
when the hook pulled out, we tagged the 2nd one for Jim
estimated 90 lb.
dramatic end to the trip and our 3rd double header with
blues inside the last month....
tagged another sailfish today for Ellie Spratt estimated
40lbs. That was the only bite of the half day trip though
- there were other fish around but they were not feeding.
Fraser tagged this 50lv sailfish and then had a double hook
up of blue marlin! Unfortunately the first spat the hook
after 10 minutes and the 2nd broke the 50lb line a short
distance away from the boat. We also missed another sailfish
the afternoon we had young kids on board so went up the
coast and caught htis 10lb wahoo a barracuda and played
a sailfish for 3 minutes before the hook pulled.
were certailnly some fish around for the new year....