This is now the end of August and the season is getting better. This is fantastic and like seasons 15 years ago. it looks like it will go well into September and this was not unheard of back when MADEIRA got started as the hottest destination for Giant Atlantic Blues. Thing is there has been no real peak in the bite but a steady stream of fish with hardly a day that goes by when a fish is not caught or seen. And the average size at the moment is very good. 7/900 the norm.
Archive for August, 2009
Ever since getting her first taste of marlin fishing last year my daughter Katherine has had the dream of catching her first marlin and maybe a world record. Today her dream came true but she decided to tag and release the fish. It was so beautiful, she said. The estimated 600 would have broken the record. She said to me later, ‘ Dad I dont want to break the record, I want to smash it’. One good reason to let a 600 go. It was the Best Days fishing in my life. BTW. we were one for three. the other two were beasts. Yesterday Wayne Whippin was 4 for 6. The bite is on in Madeira. I think every boat was flying a marlin release flag. This is like the old days; the bite will continue right into September and maybe get better. and also BTW. Katherine has just turned 15 and was fishing on 80. She wants another shot at it next year. “Please Dad” —- How could I refuse ? So far she has spent a total of two and a half days marlin fishing. Lucky !!!!
George Staros passed away last Friday Aug 14 at his home in Florida. George and his brother Bill were known as the Golden Greeks and dominated the tuna fishing scene in Florida for years with the most famous of anglers, Bill Carpenter and Jo Jo Del Guercio.
Getting good images of Big Blues can be difficult in particular if you are short handed on board. They always want to run away from the boat before they jump.
After trying for years, Peter finally got a good one. Having seen some monster marlin off Madeira and having his share of bad luck he finally made it to the 800 lb club.
Randy Allen from Texas came to Madeira and the day before he was due to fish he came down to the boat. One of the first questions he asked me was ‘ Do you catch any Hatchet Marlin here ? My reply was, well I could count on two hands the number I have caught in the 12 years I have been fishing here. Mind you I don’t really target Hatchet Marlin either. The next morning at the boat he asked me again and said he really wanted to see one as he realized they will most likely be named as a new species very soon. Both Randy and his Daughter, Porter were very interested in catching the elusive Hatchet. We left the dock and would you know, twenty minutes later his dream came true. All I can say is, that would be a hard act to follow.