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GRAND SLAM FISHING -Nov/Dec/Jan/Feb 2017/2018 Captain’s b Log by Captain Geoﬀ Each year the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) are voted “Best in World” for wahoo by various USA ﬁshing magazines and this year looks just as special. Our waters are beautiful year round, but from January to the end of March we have the added spectacle of the whale migration. Humpback whales run past our coastline, many with young calves. Bring your camera. We see these gentle giants breaching, and leaping clear of the water in exhilarating play. In January and February we traditionally see the arrival of the monster, 100 pound class wahoo, as opposed to the 30 -50 pounders of November. Even though we ﬁsh with heavy tackle, the ﬁrst run of a wahoo is unstoppable, as they hit the lures at close to 70 mph. Then the challenge is to get them to the boat. ‘Gwendolyn’ is the most famous (and infamous) boat on the island, and you can be assured of returning to the dock with a box full of big game ﬁsh. Expect mahi mahi, white marlin, sailﬁsh, blackﬁn and bigeye tunas. Sportsﬁshing is always exciting, with proliﬁc action from bar-racuda, cero mackerel, kingﬁsh, horse-eye jacks and rainbow runners. We ﬁsh waters from as shallow as 50 ft. to depths of 6,000 ft. Winter game ﬁsh frequent the waters close to shore and they roam the dramatic coral wall. The wall, which plummets to 7,000 ft. is just twenty minutes from the dock. 86 • • • • • NOV/DEC/JAN/FEB 2017/2018 “Where When How -Turks & Caicos Islands” V Our boats ‘Wahoo’ and ‘Dos Dorados’ are ideal for sportsﬁshing. We ﬁsh with lighter tackle, and troll the inner coral heads or outer reefs. I am often asked to recommend types of ﬁshing trips for youngsters or adults who’ve never ﬁshed before. Reef ﬁshing is ideal for both, as there are frequent bites and plenty of action. Catches included many beau-tiful tropical ﬁsh: queen triggerﬁsh, Nassau and strawberry groupers, and red, mutton, yellowtail, man-grove and black snapper, plus many more. Reef ﬁshing takes place close to shore, in calm waters. The boat is at anchor, and we drop baited hooks down to 100 ft., over the reefs. Everyone should try it. It’s a great group activity and a chance to catch a deli-cious dinner. Our crew will clean and ﬁl-let your catch, and recommend restaurants that will cook for you. Come on down to the dock when the boats return at midday or at about 5 pm to dicuss what kind of ﬁshing you might enjoy. The TCI is all about the water and oﬀers world-class fishing. Take home some awesome memories. I down Come on lovely! the water’s Captain Geoff
Each year the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) are voted “Best in World” for wahoo by various USA fishing magazines and this year looks just as special.
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