Where When How Summer 2017 : Page 84
GRAND SLAM CHARTERS -SUMMER 2017 Captain’s b Log by 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 84 • • • • • SUMMER 2017 “Where When How -Turks & Caicos Islands” V 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 expe-rience. 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! I down Come on lovely! ’s the water 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.
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