Where When How — Summer 2017
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Captain Geoff

CONGRATULATIONS! You have arrived in one of the finest big game fishing destinations in the world, at the same time as the prestigious blue marlin are running.

Blue marlin are the most prized of all big game fish worldwide and are renowned for their spectacular strikes and fighting ability and are the dream catch for virtually every fisherman worldwide. But don’t worry if you are a novice; catching these monsters of the deep is a true team effort and your crew are there to guide you through the process. Many total novices have joined our “first fish club” with a “200+ lb Blue” and for some reason we can’t explain, newlyweds seem disproportionately successful.

Ernest Hemingway shared the story of his dream catch in his book “The old Man and the sea.” Although methods and equipment have come a long way since his time, the fundamental skill, strength and agility are still critical if the fish is to be hooked, fought and brought successfully alongside the boat. All billfish are safely released to preserve future fish stocks but there is still enough time for that all-famous photo before collapsing back into the chair with a cold beer and trembling hands, to relive the memory time and time again.

Marlin feed on tuna and their arrival coincides with the arrival of large schools of yellowfin, blackfin and big eye tuna from late May onwards. Deep sea fishing involves trolling. Long periods of inaction are followed by chaos, when a school of tuna burst the surface in a feeding frenzy and up to seven reels scream. The crew work hard to prevent the lines tangling, as the guests struggle to get their fish back to the boat. Sometimes a large tiger or bull shark takes its share.

Unlike marlin, which “greyhound” across the surface, tuna dive deep. Raising these fish is hard work but when your beast is finally hauled into the boat, the feeling of elation is unparalleled. Enough fish to feed your party for a week, special photos and an amazing life experience.

Sportfishing, (near shore as opposed to offshore), offers good action as we troll close to the reef. We are likely to catch barracuda, wahoo, kingfish, mackerel, grouper, and an occasional mahi mahi. On light tackle they provide great action.

Reef fishing means lots of bites as the boat lies at anchor above our coral reefs. Expect to catch grouper, snapper, triggerfish and mackerel. it’s great fun for the entire family and provides a tasty fish medley for dinner.

Have a great vacation and tight lines!