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Well the marlin fishing has slowed down over the last 5 days but there are still a few bigeye tuna around. They have been feeding late afternoon after most of the fleet has returned to port. We decided to stay out  and it was worth the wait. After missing one on the stinger we hooked a double header and had them both in the boat after 45 mins. They weighed 180# & 150#. Beside’s that there hasn’t been much else around. We are all just patiently waiting for the next wave off fish to come through.

Leslie Watkin's Personal Best Bigeye Tuna 150#

Cabo Garou

900# Blue Marlin "Omega"

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900 # Madeira Blue Marlin

900# Blue Marlin "Omega"

Madeira Blue Marlin

Big Girl

With the Blue Marlin World Cup only a few day’s away the big fish have showed up at the right time. Today the fleet saw a handful of big one’s released. “Omega”  added another nice fish to their season tally that they called around 900#. Fishing along side them,”Pesca Grossa” let one  go around 750# . The crew on “Balancal” caught a decent one around 600# shortly before “Katherine B” got one around the same size. Also heard of another boat releasing a 550 pounder but not sure of the name. All the action was off Cabo Garou. Yesterday afternoon Jonboy and I live baited the same area and the bait was stacking up all along the ledge and the currents pushing the right way. Hopefully it’s Madeira’s turn to take the cup this year, it’s been a long time between drinks!

 

950# blue marlin “Cabo San Jaou”
700# Blue Marlin -Omega

700# Blue Marlin -Omega

Tuesday saw some nice fish turn up for the fleet in  Madeira. On their first day out for the season the crew on “Cabo San Jaou” found a big girl they called around 950#. They caught her on a Aloha Smashbait, one of my favourite big fish lures. Big congrats to all on board, just hope they didn’t catch it 5 days to early. “Omega” let a nice one go around 700# off  Jardim de mar. Fishing the same area “Magic” released a 600# blue marlin. The crew on “Flipper” hooked up to a nice bigeye tuna they said was over 300#. After about a 2 hour fight the main line parted, bad luck guys. Yesterday  it turned around and no one raised a fish. Hopefully the fish are waiting for the 4th.

Madeira Marlin Fishing

Madeira Marlin Fishing

Live Baiting Mackeral's

Live Baiting Mackeral's

Since the start of the season Jonboy and I have been talking about live baiting for the bigeye tuna. Seeing that there have been a few around, we decided to give it a try. As we made our first pass off Cabo Girou, we started marking some nice bait schools. After around 6 drops with the sabiki’s we had 20 nice size mackeral’s in the live well. We put a couple out and slow trolled them around the bait schools. After about 30 mins the long bait got bit. Kevin,the crewman of “Omega” jumped in the chair. As we thought we had a bigeye tuna on we were pleasantly surprised when a blue marlin came up at the back of the boat. I had a good pull on the leader then the hook came out and the fish swam away nice and healthy. We estimated him to be around 350#. It was Kevin’s first blue marlin as an angler and we were very happy that our plan came together. Also today “Tightline” caught their first fish for the season, a decent one around 500#. “Pesca Grossa” found a nice fish they called around 600# out to the west of Calheta. A great day fishing for all the boys.

“Jenita” haven’t fished many days this season but when they do they seem to get lucky. Yesterday they went out for an afternoon fish and got climbed on off Cabo Girao. They fought the big blue for just over 2 hours and when they were finally able to get the fish to the boat they tried to revive her but were unsuccesful. Back at the dock she pulled the scale down to 775#. A nice fish and a great effort by all on board. The “Omega” was fishing in the same area and they had a 200# bigeye eat their short corner lure, guess it wasn’t leader shy. “Razzin Hell” raised 2 fish that wouldn’t eat. Today “Xareu” hooked a nice fish but lost it after a short fight. That was the only fish seen today by the fleet. The condition’s still looks good.

 

200# Big Eye Tuna - "Pesca Grossa"

 

250# Big Eye Tuna

250# Big Eye Tuna - "Grander"

 

The bite has remained steady for the fleet with most boat’s seeing good number’s of bigeye tuna and a few blue marlin. Yesterday “Sorted” released a nice fish around 700# on their first day out for the season. Shortly after the  “Margarita” caught one around the same size. “Magic” was on fire again with the tuna’s, they caught two bigeye tuna’s. One was just under 200# and the other around 150#. Captain Frothy on the “Pesca Grossa” caught a nice bigeye around 200#. Today we watched “Margarita” release another nice blue marlin and a few boat’s found some more bigeye’s. Most of the fish are being caught of Cabo Girou. “Pesca Grossa” released their first marlin, a decent fish around 500#. On the “Grander” we got a double-header of  bigeye’s, pulled the hook on one and put the other one in the boat. It was a nice tuna and came out to around 250# on the formula.”Magic” caught another bigeye around 180#. The conditions were perfect for tuna today with steady water temps and plenty of cloud cover. The bait is stacking up more and more everyday and the currents bringing the good water all the way into the edge.

The water temp is finally getting back to normal in Madeira and it made the fish bite a little better. The boys on “Omega” found a decent fish around 450# first up this morning. While they were fighting their fish “Magic” raised a nice one in the same area. Just after “Omega” released their fish the “Balancal” caught and released a nice 650# fish. All of the bites happened before midday. We missed a small white marlin on the “Grander”. Hopefully this is a sign of thing’s to come.Yesterday “Magic” weighed a 297# Bigeye tuna.