Archive for September, 2010

"Mini Grander"

"The Bite's the best part"

The few boats that have already started their heavy tackle season are being rewarded with some good fishing. On their first day out “Viking II ” went 1 from 6 bites releasing a 950 pounder. Also getting off to a great start “Calypso” let a nice fish go that Capt. Tim Dean called over 800#. I also heard “Cool Runnings” caught a 750 pounder on a day trip out of Cairns. “Tradition” just started their season as well and reported raising 3 fish for 1 bite. As long as the current keeps pushing to the south the fish should stay on the edge,fingers crossed. I would also like to congratulate my good mate Chris’Sharky’Miles and the crew of the “Sea Baby IV” on winning the 2010 Townsville Billfish Challenge. Sharky, you’re a tournament ninja! Most of the fleet will be making their way north up to the famous Ribbon Reefs over the next few weeks so hopefully the big girls keep swimming in.

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Jason Holtz, Billy Boyle, Bo Jenyns - Carins Black Marlin

Kona Blue Marlin

After a very slow June and July the Kona fleet has been enjoying some good fishing over the last month.  Jason Holtz on the “Marlin Magic”  told me he’s been raising 2-4 billfish a day, some nice blue marlin with a few stripie’s and spearfish mixed in. He has Billy Boyle fishing with him at the moment chasing the 16# blue marlin record,good luck guys!  “Five Star” and “Strong Persuader” have been finding a few fish as well. Both boats released 3-4 nice fish over the last week. Chip Van Mols,who runs “Monkey Business”,said the fish just turned up late this year and he expects the good fishing to continue through October. September is also a great month in Kona for big fish and it wouldn’t surprise me if there were  a few granders weighed in the coming weeks. Even though the Cairns season hasn’t really started yet a few boats have reported some early action. “Iona II” is already fishing up of no. 10 ribbon reef and the other day they had 5 bites, releasing 2 and they raised a really big fish that wouldn’t eat. Hopefully its a sign that Cairns is going to have a banner season.

Well just when we thought the fishing in Madeira was all over for the season I just got word of a late bite over the last several days. “HawkEye” put a big fish in the boat after they hit  her with their propeller. With a few chunks missing she pulled the scale down to 990#. Yesterday “Our Mary” fought a big one for an hour and a half before pulling the hooks close to the boat. And today “Pesca Grossa” boated a big fish they estimated around 900# but unfortunately they didn’t have a scale to weigh her. Looking back at the season it was pretty tough  fishing all the way through. When the fish did show up they would only bite for a day, maybe 2 days if we were lucky before swimming off again. The good water pushed through in May and with it came the fish. They bit pretty good for a few weeks then a big  storm came through in early June, rolled the water over and the conditions never really got right after that. The current was switching constantly and the water temp was never steady. Having said all that  Captain Frothy who runs “Pesca Grossa” kept a good record of all the fish caught in Madeira this season. He told me there was around 80 fish caught between the fleet with an average size of around 700#. Not bad when you consider how slow the fishing was. I  doubt any other fishery in the world this year would be able to claim that many big fish. Even the Great Barrier Reef which does have alot of big fish also has alot of small fish mixed in and this brings the average size down. In Madeira you don’t see any small fish. Every fish you raise is over 500# with a good number of 700# to 900# fish and with the odd grander thrown in its one of the best places to fish for big atlantic blue marlin. And its a beautiful place to visit. Madeira……..the land of the sleeping giant.