Archive for August, 2010

"There He Is"

600# Blue Marlin "Grander"

The fish gods have been looking after a few of us here in Madeira the last couple of days. Yesterday “Tightline” was on fire. We watched them catch 2 fish right alongside us, a decent one around 400# and a big one over 800#. They switched both fish off the teasers and the bigger fish was foul hooked in the pectoral fin taking them just over an hour to get her to the boat. Big congrats to all on board. We were both fishing off Jardim Da Mar and it’s looking the best it has all season. Today it was our turn on the “Grander”. Jonboy decided to run straight to the spot rather than waste time trolling up there  and it paid off. Within the first 30 mins of fishing we raised a nice fish on the long corner. After missing the lure a few times she dropped back and tried to eat the long rigger. She finally got it right and piled on the short rigger. Lainey did an awesome job in the chair and we had the 600 pounder alongside the boat in under 10 mins ready for a healthy release. After a few photo’s she swam away in excellent condition. “Our Mary” pulled the hook on a nice one right alongside us. Hopefully there are a few more fish starting to turn up.

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230# Bigeye Tuna "Grander"

The fishing has still been a bit on the slow side for the fleet here in Madeira with only a few marlin seen over the last couple of days. “Margarita” let a nice one go and “Our Mary” pulled the hooks on a decent fish. “Pesca Grossa” was fishing to west of Calheta when they lost a big one. Andy told me the fish was over 800# and they only had it on for a short while before pulling the hook.Thats the beauty about fishing in Madeira,even though the fishing is slow when you do eventually raise a fish chances are it’s going to be a nice one. Yesterday on the “Grander” we found some bigeye tuna feeding out to the west. After missing one on the long rigger we stayed in the area and eventually hooked one on the stinger. After a good fight on stand up the fish came up tail wrapped.  As soon as I was able to get the line of the tail the big tuna took of again and when Anthony got the fish up the last time I pulled the hook on the leader-buggar! A little discouraged we put the lures back out and in no time we were hooked up again. This time everything went right and after a short fight we had a nice bigeye  in the boat. Back at the dock the fish pulled the scale down to 230# and Anthony was very happy with his personal best bigeye tuna.

With the tough fishing we are having here in Madeira this season it’s not suprising that the enthusiasm level is getting  very low amongst the fleet. And because of this there haven’t been many boats venturing out, only  a few each day. “Our Mary” has been fishing well releasing 2 fish from 3 bites in the last 3 days. Captain Jose said they were both nice fish, one was around 800# and the other around 600#. Maybe a few more fish are starting to turn up. In 1994 there wasn’t a fish caught in June or July and then in August “French Look” caught 11 granders and  the “Chunda” released 54 blue marlin. There still catching a few fish in Bermuda. A couple of days ago 3 boats all caught 1 fish from 3 bites with a few nice fish mixed in amongst them.