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know good fishing - and they sure found some here in grenada too.
First off we had 3 yellowfin tuna strikes that all missed the
bait - number 4 hooked up though - 100 lb for William Gerlach
- 25 minutes on 50 lb. We tracked back to the birds and porpoise
and had another missed tuna strike before number 6 hooked up (circle
hook this time) - William's brother Walter got this one super
quick in about 15 minutes again on 50 lb test - it weighed 113
lb.. The action faltered after that although many tunas seen jumping
- we started to head back and had 3 lines hit by good size dorado
(mahi) - 2 dropped off but the 3rd (a 32lb bull) came into the
boat for William's nephew Gary. Finally another line zipped off
and we tagged & released a 35 lb sailfish for Felix Corrales.
All in all world class fishing today in Grenada 29 Dec 2012
& David Keaton ventured offshore today - we raised 4 sailfish
- had 2 bites and got one tagged for David. We also saw dorado but
they ignored all our baits completely.
nice yellowfin as the year end approaches - 98 lb this time fro
Gary King. It took approx 30 minutes on 50 lb test to boat this
fish - Gary's first big game experience. Earlier in the morning
trip we got up close & personal with a sperm whale and then
loads of dolphins (we were near but not amongst these when the
a good Boxing day morning out..
Fields organised this morning's trip - things were dead quiet at
first - we eventually found some porpoise feeding around the 6000ft
contour - they were scattered and we didnt see any fish although
a sailfish did give a quick pull on one of the baits then disapperared.
Just as I was giving up on the porpoise we saw some of them congregate
in one spot - as we passed through that area I suddenly saw bait
and fish on the sonar - 2 seconds later the flat line ballyhoo screamed
off and the circle hook found its mark. 25 minutes later we boated
a 120 lb yellow fin for Ian Dobbe - our first ever on a circle hook.
A barracuda rounded out the mornings catch...
Oscar & Eric Lagerberg from Sweden always fancied trying offshore
fishing and came up trumps this afternoon with both of them tagging
and releasing a sailfish. We also missed 2 more and had a small
barracuda whcih we also released.
first term med students today - first up Bing Parkinson released
a 55 lb sailfish - our first ever caught using a circle hook..we
saw big yellowfin tunas amongst porpoise just before this but never
got one to take a bait. Shortly after Leonard Leader released a
30 lb sailfish, we then headed south east and came to an area that
obviously had fish - we missed another sail before James Pearson
got a 40 lb sailfish to end the day 3 for 5 on sails, a barracuda
for dinner ended the day...sweet.
off a mega yacht did a half day today and had a great result! First
up Henry Say caught a 50 lb sailfish which we tagged and released
- his first ever billfish. Then a small dorado was boated and another
missed. It went quiet for over an hour then the right rigger ballyhoo
was engulfed and line screamed off - 35 minutes later we gaffed
a yellow fin tuna which I estimated at 105 - 110 lbs - it was weighed
on the dock at 150 lb ! Not a long fish but plenty of girth. Everyone
will be enjoying fresh tuna sashimi tonight!
McLoughlin caught his first ever sailfish today in choppy and windy
conditions - we tagged and released it for him est. 545 lb - our
first billfish of the winter season (the last 5 we hooked all managed
to spit the hook after varying lengths of time!).
Francis was lucky on his first deep sea fishing trip today - he
caught this 24 lb wahoo which was a good introduction to the sport..
Hill enjoys fighting fish and he got a good fight from this 23 lb
wahoo which screamed off line like it was a 50 lb fish today. Blackfin
tuna made up most of the rest of the mroning's catch.
did the best this morning - especially when Chris Wilbricht caught
her 26 lb wahoo right at the end of he trip! We finished the morning
with 2 dorado, 3 barracuda, a blackfin tuna plus the wahoo.
water everywhere today but nothing biting offshore so spent 2 hours
on the edge and got king mackerel, cero mackerel, blackfin tuna,
a 27 lb wahoo and 8 barracuda.
Polk had to wait to almost the last minute of this mornings trip
to catch this 18 lb wahoo. We earlier had at least 5 sailfish strikes
but they were very small fish and we didnt come close to hooking
any of them which was frustrating..
Holeyman caught this 105 lb yellowfin tuna in 25 minutes on his
own rod & reel this morning (a Shimano TLD25 loaded with 60
lb mono - like 300 yds tops!). We nearly got spooled but it went
our way in the end. Straight after we got a couple of small dorado
then hooked a big sailfish that jumped and spat the hook.. Just
at the end of the trip we repeated this with another sailfish -
same result unfortunately. All in all a memorable mornings fishing
Slack from SGU went out with his parents this morning hoping to
get some fish to eat. At first it was very slow but then a 40 lb
wahoo ate the shotgun ballyhoo and gave Dan a good fight for 10
minutes. After that we caught a blackfin tuna and lost a dorado
& friends from SGU experimented with fishing today and had some
luck with Jack getting a 21 lb wahoo plus everyone else had action
with blackfin tuna, mahi mahi and even a rainbow runner...
Felton's group of first timers really struck it big today
with 2 of the lads winding in big yellow fin tunas of 81 and
93 lb !! Both fish took about 20 minutes on 50 lb test and
were caught in an area with some porpoise and only a few birds...right
place right time as always.
vet student Stephanie organised a half day with her parents
and class mates - they were well rewarded with 13 fish altogether
including a 35 lb reef shark which we released. Good fun and
plenty of filets for the BBQ...
timer Anna caught this 23 lb wahoo today - we lost another
one and caught rainbow runner, blackfin tuna and barracuda.
and Linda Palsky visited Grenada from Texas on their 4th wedding
anniversary (they honeymooned in Costa Rica and went offshore
fishing there for the first time). On their afternoon half
day trip first up was a possible marlin strike amongst some
weed - the fish did not hook up, shortly after a small dorado
about 8lb was boated to get off the mark. Then the trusty
binoculars reveleaed more birds feeding out on the 6000ft
contour 11 miles offshore - when we got there I marked 4 big
echoes down at 100ft on the fish finder - a minute later we
had a double header of yellow fin tuna! To cut a long story
short Michael caught the first fish est 120 lb in 90 minutes
but we lost it at boatside when the leader broke - we then
got the 2nd fish into the boat - later weighed at 91 lb -
a great afternoon's fishing!
out to celebrate Andrew Welhams 30th birthday along with best buddy
Ben Vilalobos. First reunion of team "Yes Aye" since Barbados
2011 tournament.. quiet start was turned around 20 miles offshore
when a blind strike resulted in a firm hook up on a moldcraft widerange
lure. Andrew sweated for 45 minutes on 80 lb before we boated a
150 lb yellowfin tuna. Next half hour saw 2 sailfish bites - one
pricked enough to jump and spit the lure. Barracudas were a nuisance
until we got back to 11 miles off when a nice blue marlin ate the
short corner joe yee superplunger - 40 minutes on 80 lb saw Andrew
tag and release this fish which we estimated at least 400 lb. Great
birthday to remember forever..
Bills group of SGU med students went out today - we saw
a big yellowfin tuna jump amongst porpoise at one point
but no strikes were forthcoming. We then went to the shallows
and started to catch barracuda - then a 32 lb wahoo hit
the shotgun islander ballyhoo and gave a good fight (Sean
did most of the work and Thomas did the last bit!). Plenty
of fish suppers coming up..
& Scott Hutchinson did a half day with Steve Lewis today.
After a slow start offshore with only porpoise seen we diverted
to the shallows. This produced 3 blackfin tunas and a barracuda
but pride of place was a 43 lb wahoo for Gil. This fish fought
well after taking a yo-zuri bonita lure.
Aylott tried offshore fishing as a break from carp fishing
at home and was rewarded with 2 nice dorado - at the same
time! First to come to the boat was an 18lb bull followed
by an 11lb cow. Another strike went unhooked at same time.
Later in the trip a billfish came up on the right rigger bait
but never ran with the bait...
Kujawa told us he was unlucky when offshore fishing but as
he had his partner Keri with him I told him the ladies usually
do well! For the first 3 hours of the 4 hour trip it looked
like he would indeed be unlucky as we had no strikes and had
only seen porpoise. However in this game you must never give
up and half an hour later we had a good strike on the left
rigger bait that was hooked and a decent sized marlin started
jumping about 400yds from the boat. By coincidence a boat
with a World Fishing Network fiim crew on board was nearby
and rushed over to capture some great footage of us releasing
the 220 lb estimated blue marlin. Watch out for "Bill
Boyce's IGFA Saltwater Adventures" season 2 Grenada episode
on the WFN channel coming soon!!
& Groom who got married in Grenada last friday were on
the boat today along with family and friends. After a slow
start with just a small blackfin tuna we relocated to another
area and after a missed strike we hooked up a 32 lb wahoo.
Allred ventured out again this morning and was well rewarded
with his first sailfish (a hard fighting 60 lb example) which
we tagged and released for him. The next 2 hours were quiet
despite fishing around plenty of porpoise - we started to
head back in and another group of porpoise came across our
bow and we had a spectacular take on the right rigger ballyhoo
which we boated 20 minutes later - an 85 lb yellowfin tuna
- Todd's 2nd of this holiday!. Well pleased with this we continued
on in only to raise another sailfish and then right at the
end a screaming take produced a 35 wahoo - Todd's first in
Grenada - all in all a great morning's fishing!
& Todd Allred made their now annual pilgrimage from Casper
Wyoming to Grenada. Conditions did not look great at the start
with heavy overnight rain and choppy seas forecast...reality
was calm seas and good fish action!. First up was an 82 lb
yellowfin for Todd - boated after 25 minutes on 50lb test.
Next fish was a 250 - 300 lb blue marlin for Peggy - she got
it to the boat in 30 minutes - we grabbed the leader and started
to pull it close for a photo and the hook fell out - a release
but no cigar. Half an hour later a bigger blue ate the same
lure ran off slowed then accelerated and the libe went slack...on
inspection the lure was still there but the hook had gone...seemed
to be a big fish.. Finally on the way back in peggy wound
in a pretty little dorado to add some variety to their impending
tuna diet.. Great fun!
Blake, Glen Jacobs and Steve Nattrass went for a half day
offshore this morning - we found porpoise feeding like crazy
in a small area and were waiting to hook a tuna but instead
got 3 strikes from dorado - getting one for Nick. After that
we kept working around the same area and had a big strike
which must have been a tuna but it missed the hook...
Singh organised a group of her SGU friends to go fishing this
morning and they were happy to come back with 2 dorado and
a skipjack tuna..
from the yacht Marie Gallante II went fishing this monring
and were rewarded with 2 good hook ups - the first was the
82 lb yellowfin shown here the 2nd was a bigger tuna - possibly
about 120 lb which we got to the boat but not IN the boat
!! Leader broke when it touched the side of the boat. Still
not a bad result for a short trip..
Bukrinsky and friends (Eric, Anu, jamie & Didi - all SGU)
went out today and had some fun at first only with small barracuda
& blackfin tuna but later on they hooked up a "real"
fish - a 110 lb blue marlin which we tagged & released
for Teddy. Thanks for coming guys & gals - you were all
Tedesco and SGU friends went out this morning - lovely conditions
but one person got mal de mer badly so we made an early finish
but not before Aaron landed a nice wahoo of 33 lb - a great
Bunn organised some SGU classmates to go fishing this morning
and had a blast releasing a blue marlin estimated at 120 lb
straight off the bat and following it up with 3 nice dorado
- a double header of 25 and 16 lbs and later a 27 lb fish.
Victory Bar did the honours at lunchtime..
Brammer (SGU student) arranged todays excursion - conditions
were not that good but we still managed to catch 2 dorado
to 15lb and a surprise skipjack of 14 lb. We also saw one
large yellowfin tuna in between porpoises but got no strikes
from them..The dorado featured on the grill at The Victory
Bar (Port Louis Marina) that evening..
Kashani of SGU took his family out fishing this morning. After
a slow start we changed areas and were rewarded with 5 wahoo
strikes, 3 of which were hooked and 2 made it into the boat.
Both were nice fish 48 & 30 lb respectively. Victory Bar
at Port Louis did the honours preparing a fresh fish lunch..
3 hours of todays 4 hour trip were devoid of life, then a
large pod of spinner dolphins approached us from behind and
put on a great show for several minutes, as we turned away
from them a good sized blue marlin knocked the out rigger
bait down and then crashed behind the short marlin lure -
neither line ran at all and the fish did not return. We carried
on south and 10 minutes later hooked up this 70 lb blue marlin
wich we tagged and released for Liam Mulhall after a short
but lively fight. As we were pulling up our lines to go back
in we had another strike which ran the line twice but failed
to get hooked - either a sailfish or possibly a wahoo...
day for Mr & Mrs Cullum from South Carolina today provided
good action. An early sailfish ran with the short right bait
came off then ate the right rigger bait - Nancy only had it
on for a short time though before it shook the hook. Next
was a double header of dorado - Nancy boated hers (12lb) but
the other fell off at the back of the boat. Tried fishing
closer in - a blue marlin ran the left rigger - dropped it
and came sideways across the shotgun ballyhoo - a second later
the line ran out - with a wahoo !!! The wahoo must have been
swimming alongside the marlin...anyway it weighed 27lb. Another
sailfish knockdown ended the very active morning.
Jacobs bought his son James out again today sharing with Mr
& Mrs Tony Bond. After a slow start a marlin came into
the spread - pulled one line then looked at the teaser for
5 minutes - a change of lure tempted the fish and Glen had
a 15 - 20 minute fight on 80lb line before we could tag &
release the estimated 220 lb blue marlin. The marlin had some
recent wounds on it which suggest that perhaps it may have
been too close to a boat propellor recently? It was swimming
and feeding normally though. Hopefully we may have taught
it to be more careful of boats in the future!
Drake bought his son and other SGU friends out fishing today
- Michael and brendan started well catching 2 nice 15lb dorado
- another dorado strike was missed. The a blue marlin ran
off with a bait but escaped the hook. Later in the trip 2
strikes out of the blue resulted in a solid hook up on a very
large yelowfin tuna which we had on the leader briefly after
an hour but had to dump it when the fish ran off again. We
had the fish back about 30ft from the boat for a long time
until an accident with the rod broke the line - estimate 180
lb+ Sad end but a great action trip.
Jacobs bought his son James out fishing today and shared a
half day with Nick & Sarah Burton. Seas were calmer than
of late and loads of sargassum weed around so no surprise
to catch 3 dorado and miss another. James got the first, Nick
the 2nd and James again for the 3rd.
After that we saw a sailfish free jumping and it did come
into the baits but regrettably did not decide to eat anything!
DeBari made his annual SGU pilgramage to Grenada and succeeded
in catching these two dorado and wahoo. Heavy rain and high
winds this week have made fishing pretty difficult..
Watson booked a short fishing trip for himself and colleague.
They elected to go for quantity rather an quality but succeeded
with 3 small tunas and a nice 15lb king mackerel/
& Keith are more accustomed to ice fishing in Canada than
deep sea fishing in the Caribbean - they did not do too badly
however as Steve caught a dorado which they will enjoy for
dinner and Keith caught and released a sailfish approaching
Baker & Paul West went out this morning and ended up releasing
a 55 lb sailfish for Paul then boated 3 nice dorado - 2 for
Phil (26 & 18 lb) and one for Paul (22lb).
& Jane Barker did a mornings fishing in Grenada after
arriving on a cruise ship. Brian got to catch this 20 lb dorado
but several sailfish bites were missed unfortunately...
and friends from the megayacht "Lady Britt" went
out this morning and asked for something edible to catch bigger
than 15lb (his best carp!). We acheived that with a 25 lb
dorado. We also missed 5 tricky sailfish strikes however so
we could have had an even better result...must try harder.
& Bob went out with a billfish in mind today. First off
Bob got a scrappy 26lb dorado which fought all the way to
the boat. Tony's turn - after a long wait I hooked up a white
marlin which Tony got to the boat in short order to be tagged
and released. Another 2 billfish strikes on the way back went
and SGU buddies ventured offshore this morning but turned
back early due to mal de mer - fortunately we still managed
to get a 22 lb dorado and lose another that shook the hook
& Gerry Mikeska went fishing today and had a very specific objective
- Donna wants to catch a white marlin...Not a very easy request
since no one can select a white from a sail or a blue other than
by chance! Anyway - guess what the first fish we caught was - a
white of course, and so was the 2nd and we even lost another one!
At this point I told Donna she could scratch that off her bucket
list and what did she want next? A mahi for dinner was the reply
- her wish was my command as we proceeded to catch 4 of these and
lost a couple more! The Mikeska's are welcome back anytime as they
can obviously summon the fish!!
- 29th Jan 2012
fished the 43rd Budget Marine Spice Island Billfish tournament
with a team comprising of Dr. Glen Jacobs SGU), Joe Van
Tonder, Patrick McFadden (SGU student) and Bobby Hammond
(flew in specially from Florida).
1 saw Bobby get off to a good start with 2 sailfish releases
and late in the day Glen got a white marlin release which
put us in first place (from 50 boats!).
Day 2 saw rough seas which made fishing tricky - the Trinidad
boat "Abracadabra" got a Grand Slam plus an extra
sailfish for good measure to overtake us even though Bobby
released another sailfish. The final day was slow for us
but late in the day again Joe Van Tonder got a sailfish
release which put us in 4th place overall. We were also
top Grenadian boat and Bobby was 3rd place angler overall.
notice 4 hour trip with New York anglers - left at 11am with
no crewman. 90 minutes later missed a sailfish strike then
entered birds feeding around porpoise (in a 30kt rain squall
with 6-8ft seas!) - got a hook up after a missed strike -
2.5 hours later gaffed & boated a 155 lb yellowfin tuna!
At this point we are overtime and 11 miles out so just head
for port and only put 2 lines out - 20 minutes later a blue
marlin took 4 attempts to get hooked! Had it on the leader
twice but it went deep again (probably foulhooked) - the hook
pulled as we got it up for 3rd time - as we had all the line
in twice claimed the release - blue marlin about 130 lb. Back
to dock at 6pm - 3 hours late!
Ross (SGU) & Wendy's Dad ventured offshore today - conditions
were choppy. First 2 strikes were just knockdowns from sailfish
- no chance of hooking them. Then I saw a rusty 55 gallon
barrel floating about 14 miles offshore - went past it -
nothing - 100 yds later a dorado hit 2 lines without getting
hooked. Turned around and repeated the pass - a wahoo ate
the left rigger bait - as it was coming to the boat I notice
more movement in the water - a small blue marlin was ahead
of the hooked wahoo and another wahoo was looking closely
at the swivel on the leader! Luckily the 2nd wahoo did not
strike the swivel and we boated 1 wahoo.Round by the barrel
again - a dorado got caught. Back to the barrel again -
another wahoo. Two more passes on the barrel - nothing -we
emptied it apparently!. At 17 miles we got an energetic
sailfish which jumped all over the place before being tagged
and then releasing itself (wahoo damaged leader!).
barracudas on the way back up completed the trip..
& Joe Dawson & Jeremy went out fishing again 9am this
morning and at 11am we missed 2 sailfish strikes. At 11.10
we made up for it with a double header - first sailfish released
for Jeremy and 2nd for Joe - both in the 40 - 45 lb range.
At 11.34 we got number 3 sailfish for Jeremy 50 lb - another
one came up at same time but was not hooked so now we were
3 for 6. Almost an hour later we got number four - Joe's 2nd
was on the shotgun lure (all the others were on ballyhoo).
Things went quiet after this until about 2 pm when we had
another sailfish strike which was not hooked 4 for 8. At this
point we had equalled our previous best of 4 sailfish in a
day and were desperate for one more to break that record!.
We came southeast to the southern corner of the 6000ft contour
11 miles offshore and had a sail strike - not hooked as I
turned around it came back to the shotgun lure and was hooked
at 2nd attempt - this time Stuart did the business and we
released number 5 around 60 lb 5 for 9 - great day!!
& Joe Dawson & Jeremy went fishing this morning
and after a slow start 2 sailfish came into the baits -
one was hooked the other not. We tagged the 50 lb sailfish
and relased it for Stuart. A short while later another sailfish
hit but again was not hooked. Barracuda filled in the rest
of the time - we caught 5 of them - most were released though.