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Well I finally had the chance to speak with Jason Holtz and find out how his season went in Ascension Is. As I mentioned in an earlier report the boys got of to a great start hooking a big one on their first day out. But unfortunately the fishing was patchy for rest of the season. Jason said the conditions were good, nice clean water,steady current and plenty of bait just a lack of fish. He also said they raised  quite a few sailfish and white marlin which is unusual for Ascension. Years ago while fishing in Ghana Clay & I noticed the same thing, when we were seeing a lot of sails the blue marlin weren’t around. Maybe they don’t like swimming in the same currents.

They raised 3 big fish that Jason called over a grand, 2 well over the mark and one around a grand. The biggest one Jason spotted tailing past the boat and when he first saw her he thought it was a small whale! The big girl came up on the short bait then swam across to the long corner,eyeballing the lures. Jason got a really good look at her from the tower,praying she would eat something but unfortunately she lost interest and swam away. He said it was one of the biggest fish he had seen in a long time.

Ascension Island isn’t an easy place to get to. With only one flight a week in and out and being so remote, the logistics of running charters there can be difficult. Jason was very grateful that everything went of without a hitch, he just would have liked a few more bites. The boys finished up hard releasing 7 fish for their last charter,with the biggest one around  700#. This was well deserved after the huge effort they put in over the season. Jas’ and BT are now back fishing in their home waters of Kona.

Jason Holtz on the wire

My good mate Jason Holtz will be fishing Ascension Islands over the next 2 months. He’s running the “Harmatan” with his regular Kona crew Brian Toney on the deck. Jas and BT have been on a roll this year. From weighing an 1104# blue back in April to placing in the prestigious HIBT tournament, I’m sure their good run will continue in Ascension. Olaf Grimkoski will be joining BT in the cockpit.  Jas sent me the first report of the season a few days ago. The boys went out for a sea trial and got climbed on by a big girl after just a few hours of trolling. BT jumped in the chair and fought the big blue for around 35 mins. The fish was a real tough one and Bt put a lot of drag on trying to lift her. They eventually pulled the hook and Jas told me it was hard to get a good look at her through all the white water but from what he could see she was well over 800#. Not bad for their first day out!

Ascension Island is still a young fishery but it has already produced a lot of big fish.  The first season “Gods Favour” fished there back in 2002 they weighed a 1337# beast, the third largest blue ever weighed in the Atlantic. Since then there have been numerous grander’s weighed there. I  just know the boys will get a few shots at four figure fish this season.  Jas will be sending me regular reports which I will post on here so keep checking for regular updates.

*Late Report

Just received a report from Jason. He said they are seeing fish everyday,getting enough bites but having a hard time staying connected. Today they went 1 from 3 catching a small fish around 250# from a doubleheader. He also told me the Obadu Wiring Gloves are working well for BT.