Catch Reports


SKIPPER'S NOTEBOOK - FEBRUARY INTO MARCH

Captain Stewart says: "GREAT !! Back in Grenada and we are fishing,fishing,fishing !"

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FEBRUARY started very well with an excellent run of SAILFISH and fair numbers of BLUE MARLIN mixed in but then went seriously below par. We had too many quietish days at the end of the month fishing with our UK clients. DORADO saved the day on a number of occasions. Good eating in any event.

On one never-to-be-forgotten day we fought a very,very big BLUE MARLIN and leadered it at the boat after two hours only for the 80 lb line to pop. Technically caught - under IGFA rules - est. WEIGHT 800 lbs.

MARCH now owes us a tremendous improvement. WATCH THIS SPACE and wait for some more BIG ONES to pull our line !

See you all soon. Capt. STEWART

SKIPPERS'S NOTE : EARLIER "TRIP REPORTS" WILL LOSE THEIR PICTURE as the page fills up.

CHECK OUT the "GALLERY" page for more PICTURES.


DORADO DELIGHT

THAT WOMAN AGAIN, CATCHING ALL THE FISH.

This time twenty pounds of DORADO, enough for several dinners.


TIPPLES ON BOARD

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TUES.27TH FEB.2007

CLIENTS : STEPHEN AND BEN (SON) TIPPLE

A fairly quiet day. We found a big group of BOOBIE BIRDS 18 miles offshore but after fishing the area for some time, nothing big came up for the lures and we fished back closer inshore. A very large SAILFISH showed an interest in us, was well hooked and young Ben was in the chair with a wicked bend in his rod.

For some reason, the line parted at the swivel. Ben was very grown-up about it (skip had a small tantrum).

Later on we had some fun watching small TUNA in a feeding frenzy, white water all over the surface. Again nothing big came up and it was back in for a nice Carib or Rum, whatever you fancy.


THE BIG ONE THAT GOT AWAY

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MON.26TH FEB.2007

CLIENT : GORDON DOWNEY

We all hear the "Big one that got away" stories and either don't believe them or say they must be exaggerated. I was there today and know it is fact.

Gordon Downey fought the biggest BLUE MARLIN that I have ever seen. For two hours he stayed remarkably calm while we coaxed the great fish up to the boat and then the 80 LB line broke with the great fish only feet away.

I actually leadered the marlin which is technically a catch. More important, it is still out there and we are still looking for it.

The weight ? Obviously a guestimate - 800 lbs.


OCEAN VILLAGE CRUISE LINER

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SAT.24TH FEB.2007

A "Half-day" 4-hour trip from the cruise liner with four blokes from Blighty. We can't go far in four hours and stayed around the 3000ft contour. On first strike, Stan Goodchild from Middlesborough on Teeside was absolutely delighted to catch his first ever big-game fish - a good-looking BARRACUDA as pictured.


SO LONG, JIM

JIM CAME, SAW AND NEARLY CONQUERED

Jim Birnie had his heart set on catching a BLUE MARLIN. We raised and saw two of these great fish during his visit but did not hook up. Jim caught some SAILFISH, had fun with DORADO and fought a giant YELLOWFIN TUNA for twenty minutes before the hook pulled out.

Jim kept smiling throughout. We hope he will return one day to achieve his quest.


JIM AND NIGEL

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MON.19TH FEB.2007

CLIENTS : JIM AND NIGEL - RAY TAKES A DAY OFF

Fishing much improved - we catch and release a SAILFISH, boat a WAHOO, miss a second SAILFISH, raise a BLUE MARLIN which does not take and spectate a couple of large WHALES which should have YELLOWFIN TUNA tavelling with them but don't. A busy day on the ocean.


JIM AND NIGEL - PICTURE TWO

JIM'S SAILFISH

You're exaggerating,Jim - it doesn't look that heavy !


JIM, NIGEL AND RAY

DAILY CATCH REPORTS TO FOLLOW. WE'VE BEEN BUSY - FISHING !

LOOK IN "GALLERY" FOR SOME NICE "DORADO" PICTURES CAUGHT BY OUR INTREPID THREE.

A quick report now in contrast to the fishing which has been unusually slow for our three friends from the UK.

The picture shows Nigel and Ray with a nice DORADO double which brightened up one of the days before we decided to go NORTH for new waters. We had raised and missed a BLUE MARLIN on their first day and now hoped to actually catch one. This did not happen but we did intercept another of their target species.

A small group of BOOBIES put us onto a good shoal of BIG YELLOWFIN TUNA going 100 to 150 lbs. Long story short, we hooked two of these huge TUNA and the hook pulled out of them both. Jim fought his for twenty minutes and that was as close as we got.

Jim has one more day and then Nigel and Ray have the boat to themselves for a few days.


JIM CONNECTS

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SUN.11TH.FEB.2007

CLIENT : JIM BIRNIE

Jim very kindly agreed to change days to fit in with another client and was rewarded with a good day's fishing.

While we were chasing some "DORADO" birds, a SAILFISH suddenly hooked itself, jumped on both sides of the boat and then to our surprise took nearly all the line off the 50-setup.

Most unusual for a sail to be able to do this and Jim had some real fun recovering line and fish.

We also hooked a rare WHITE MARLIN but it threw the hook while shaking its head out of the water - a characteristic of this type of small marlin.On the way back, another SAILFISH looked at us three times but decided against !


CHANGE-OVER DAY

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THURS. 8TH FEB. 2007

CLIENT : JIM BIRNIE

After all the recent action, Jim's first trip with us just had to coincide with change-over day.

At the end of searching in all our favourite places all day, we finally managed to raise three SAILFISH - lookers not takers - and caught nothing. A mystery fish even stole a flying-fish bait off the shotgun rod without registering a bite.

Jim - one of the nicest blokes I know - was not phased and is looking forward to a much-improved second trip. Our fish certainly owe him one.


DEREK ON SONG AGAIN

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WED.7TH FEB 2007

CLIENT : DEREK SIMMONDS

We went a long way out in a big surf in fabulous blue water in order to catch a MARLIN for Derek but it was not to be. A good reason to for him to come back to Grenada next year.....

Plenty of other action came his way, we ended with a nice big 60 lb SAILFISH released and lovely big, delicious 25 lb WAHOO came back for the pot.

Farewell, Derek, here's to next year.


ROY'S FISHY HOLE-IN-ONE

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TUES.6TH FEB.2007

CLIENTS : ROY AND SUE DOW

Roy says hello to all his pals at the Golf Club back home in Devon.

Take a look at his picture with not the first, nor the second but the THIRD SAILFISH caught on his first fishing day.

And don't mention the ones that got away. We won't.


BIRDS AND SAILFISH

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DATE : MON.5TH FEB.2007

CLIENTS ; DEREK AND LYNDA SIMONDS

Lynda particularly wanted to see a WHALE, which we didn't but she still had a lovely day.

We did see lots of birds flying in all directions and driving me mad because I could not see what they were following and nothing came up to the lures. A retraction was needed in due course as two SAILFISH did at last show and were duly tagged and released.

Derek was double pleased with twice as many SAILFISH as his first day.

He wanted a DORADO the finish off the day, we attracted two and lost them both. A small BARRACUDA was scant compensation.


DEREK HAS A HECTIC DAY

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THURS.1ST FEB. 2007

CLIENT : DEREK SIMONDS FROM ALDEBURGH IN SUFFOLK

Derek had an early sighting of a very large SPERM WHALE, you know, the one with the giant tail gracefully disappearing into the briny. An exciting experience for us all.

Very soon after, we raised and hooked the most aggressive SAILFISH seen round here for some time. It took "Mr.Purple", my favourite MARLIN lure, on 80 lb line on the shotgun rod and proceeded to fight like a MARLIN. Derek eventually had the fish alongside where it jumped several times, took off again and then finally agreed to come back in.

Even then it raised its magnificent sail in another show of aggression for the photo-shoot. A beefy fish,not very long, estimated at only 60 lbs but definitely pulling its weight.

Derek than caught a nice DORADO around 20 lbs, followed by three smaller DORADO hiding under a bamboo pole, and to finish the day we raised - and missed - two more SAILFISH.

Quite a day and Derek still has two more to come.


A PRILE OF DORADO

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MON.29TH JAN.2007

CLIENTS : MARC, ALLA and JESSICA(5 MONTHS) SFAKIANAKIS

It's the first time we have looked after someone who has not yet reached her first birthday on Wayward Wind and she behaved immaculately. I voluntered John the crew to change nappies but he was busy with his baits....

A very calm day, conditions not good for billfishing, so we tracked a few scattered birds and hit the jackpot. No less than three giant DORADO gave us a triple hookup, lines crossed all over the place, a recipe for losing all the fish. Under Jessica's influence no doubt, we actually caught them all.

A really smashing catch, two bull and one lady DORADO all around 30 lbs. Marc was well pleased, so much so that he had to have a small sit-down for a while.

Not bad for a half-day trip !


SPICE ISLAND BILLFISH TOURNAMENT DAY 3

Well, we did do better on DAY 3 but not well enough. We managed to catch one DORADO out of SEVEN strikes. We used the DOWNRIGGER for the first time this season and attracted 3 of the the strikes on it - a useful addition to our armoury.

The tournament was a tremendous success, great fishing and a marvellous Caribbean atmosphere throughout. Subject to the final numbers, my rough count based on BOAT VHF reports to "CONTROL"- an experience in itself - goes like this :

BLUE MARLIN - 18 - biggest 392 lbs

WHITE MARLIN - 4

SAILFISH - 24

YELLOWFIN TUNA - 5 - biggest 172 lbs, a new tournament record

WAHOO + DORADO - plenty

IF THAT WHETS YOUR APPETITE TO JOIN IN THE FUN, HERE ARE THE NEXT TOURNAMENTS :

TOBAGO INTERNATIONAL MARCH 15th TO 18th 2007

BARBADOS INTERNATIONAL MARCH 28th TO APRIL 1st 2007

TOBAGO GAMEFISH APRIL 18th TO 21st 2007

SMALL HINT ! My boat Wayward Wind is available for charter for all these comps. Fly to Tobago or Barbados and board the boat there. OR fly to GRENADA and then fish from Grenada to Tobago or Barbados for the comp. GIVE IT A TRY !


SPICE ISLAND BILLFISH TOURNAMENT DAY 2

A fairly quiet day after the hectic action of Day 1 although at least five BLUE MARLIN were released plus SAILFISH, two WHITE MARLIN, DORADO, WAHOO and a good YELLOWFIN TUNA over 100 lbs.

WAYWARD WIND raised one billfish and missed the strike.......MUST DO BETTER ON DAY 3.


SPICE ISLAND BILLFISH TOURNAMENT DAY 1

WAYWARD WIND saw some action and ended the day with one BLUE MARLIN caught by John Dabreo.

We missed another BLUE MARLIN, raised 4 SAILFISH but avoided hooking any of them and to top it all, dropped two DORADO which would have been nice for tea. Not too bad a day after all. Two days to go.

Total 38 boats in the comp and some excellent catches : Five BLUE MARLIN, biggest 390 lbs, one WHITE MARLIN, loads of SAILFISH plus DORADO and WAHOO. Two cracking YELLOWFIN TUNA went 150 and 130 lbs.


DOUBLE BLUES

STOP PRESS - FINAL REPORT FOLLOWS WHEN MY HAND STOPS SHAKING

PICTURED IS A 200 LB BLUE MARLIN WHICH WE TAGGED AND RELEASED TODAY WITH JUSTIN SELDIS FROM BURY ST.EDMUNDS IN SUFFOLK.

The second BLUE MARLIN of the day spooled us - that is took nearly all the 800 yards of line off the reel before the line popped. We reckon that one was about 500 lbs.

Oh, and we missed two sailfish as well.

Quite a day for Justin and well done to him on his first MARLIN.


TEN "LUCKY STRIKES"

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THURS.18TH JAN.2007

CLIENTS: GEORGE AND ANN GROCHOWSKI

George is a good ol' "hunting,shooting,fishing" man; Ann is the quiet one. George is very keen to add "big-game fishing" to his repertoir.

After a quiet two hours, things started to happen. My shotgun top rod suddenly made a nasty gargling sound as a BLUE MARLIN swallowed the flying-fish bait in one gulp and ripped line off the 80-size reel.

I became over-confidant, surely the hook was well in, slowed the boat and wound into the fish. All was nice and tight, a good bend developing in the rod, more line disappearing, hook pulling out of the fish. George looked upstairs smiling and it was back to the drawing board.

About half a mile from a 7,000 ft underwater mountain came regular strikes. We had a near miss on a SAILFISH, the next SAILFISH stole the outrigger balahoo bait without touching the hook and, then, something left me speachless. Not often done, I hear you say.

The largest fish I have ever seen swam right in front of the boat. Was it an overgrown porpoise, a small whale ? No. Its tail surfaced two feet clear - a definite half-moon shape of a marlin or swordfish. At last I could speak - did anyone else see it or was I going mad ? Of course, George as alert as ever saw it too.

So it was real but could we catch it. I circled the boat round, ran the lures over its path and shotgun went off briefly. I left it alone. A savage strike came next, six feet of line leaving the reel, but no hook-up. Was it the great fish? We shall never know.

We did hook up with a pair of DORADO, a large female of 30 lbs and the big daddy about half as big again. She came aboard, he threw the hook at the boat. George fought them both as they jumped around the ocean. He was ecstatic with his experience and has booked his next trip already for January 2008.


DANISH DELIGHT

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SAT. 13TH JAN.2007

CLIENT ; BJARKE NEUBAUER, DENMARK

Bjarke is an experienced COD angler in the NORTH SEA - I could appreciate his joy at fishing somewhere warmer at this time of year. On his side he was delighted with all the action which far exceeded his expectations.

His first ever BILLFISH already made his day. It was a SAILFISH and put up quite a fight before Bjarke had it alonside the boat. In went the tag but when he saw the fish close up he changed his mind and decided to keep the bill as a trophy of his first billfish. We are prepared to boat a fish when there is a good reason like this.

A second SAILFISH, of similar size, about 60 LBS, for some reason fought twice as hard as the first one. It jumped when it felt the hook, jumped four times during the fight and then nearly jumped in the boat at the end. All ended well and the tagged fish swam off nicely after getting its breath back.

To complete our Danish Delight, a DORADO decided to eat an outrigger bait and surprised Bjarke again with its strength and acrobatics, tailwalking many times before we had it in the boat. This one did not go back - they make delicious eating. Almost as good as a Danish pastry ! THE DORADO PICTURE IS IN THE "GALLERY" SECTION.

A real pleasure too to have a client on board who never stopped smiling or saying how much he enjoyed himself.


EIGHT HOURS PASS IN A FLASH

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TUES. 9TH.JAN.2006

ACTION ALL THE WAY

One of our "pleasure" trips to find what's about. Lots of it too. A great display of PORPOISES under the BOOBIES started it all; then more birds moving fast - chasing SKIPJACK TUNA as it turned out, we caught a nice one - they fight hard and taste good, you may have seen them in tins - and more and more birds as the day passed.

Most of the groups of birds were working large shoals of small YELLOWFIN TUNA. We hooked one on a jellyworm then the hook pulled out. A good sign for BLUE MARLIN however, which follow the tuna around the ocean.

We raised two SAILFISH which did not hook up, and, most upsetting for crewman John, because he likes to catch all the fish, I had four crash strikes on my top shotgun rod. Not to worry though, I caught the skipjack but missed the others. All part of a very action-packed day.


CANADIAN LAKERS

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FRIDAY, 5TH JAN.2006

CLIENTS: FOUR ENTHUSIASTS FROM CANADA

A great shout went up as Deny felt the surge of a large SAILFISH ripping line off his reel; our French-Cnadian fisherman had caught a lot of fish from his home lakes but had never experienced the power of our SAILS and could hardly believe it as a serious bend appeared in his rod. Could we do the same for his pal, Malcolm ?

In fact, the next sailfish went one better. It jumped clean out of the water only twenty yards behind the boat as it felt the hook go home. But Malcolm missed seeing it. You-know-who, Deny had been sitting in the fighting chair concentrating on all the action, and was perfectly placed for our second sailfish of the day. Just shows you can't afford to blink on a big-game boat !


Last Updated: Fri Mar 2 2007