I've been to the Azores for Blue Marlin and Cabo San Lucas for Striped.I was wondering if anyone had an idea if Madeira was still the best Atlantic venue for Blues?Chartman,do you know Graeme Pullen?I think he's retired from the business and just fishes with friends now?
I've spent many days bored to tears on a rather nice boat built for deep sea fishing off the Atlantic coast of Barbados. The men on board seemed to expect me to be delirious with joy at their achievements of catching a single Marlin after, what seemed to me, hours and hours of effort. I learnt to fake it. Deep sea fishing must be a man thing. :cheesy:
At Cabo,just about now.The Striped Marlin will be moving in.You can get several 'ganging' together to 'ball' bait and it's in these situations that you can have multiple hook-ups.If you don't want the Marlin,you can try for Dorado,Tuna etc.Or hire a 16' Panga and troll just off the surf line for Roosterfish.Although only averaging 10lb,they fight like hell.Skimble,maybe they wanted you for your female pheromones?Salmon fishermen swear by them.
The Marlin on the Azores trip all 'got away'. 3 were released at the boat and one was a 'Bimini release '.Once the angler has got the leader swivel to the top eye he's deemed to have caught the fish.The Captain just wrapped the leader around his arm and snapped the leader.Mine was estimated at 250lb.The others were 250,400 and 750lb.The only big fish I've hooked that I haven't seen was a Shark off the Isle of Wight when the skipper hadn't checked the reel drags from the previous day's party.The two Porbeagles I did catch were estimated 150lb and 90lb.
Now this is a shark......(wasn't that line in a movie somewhere!)
Isn't it great that these babies are now protected across Australia. We had a whale die close to shore last year and a dozen or more of these beauties were feasting on the carcus only a few hundred meters from shore.
You might guess we don't have many swimmers trying to break distance ocean swimming records without a cage over here!
I very much wanted to catch (tag and release) a G.White but then they protected them in S.Africa.I had a contact and was all set!Then other things intervened and I lost interest for a while.I think the best alternative would be a Tiger Shark?I looked at the internet last night and Madeira for Blue Marlin is only slightly more expensive today than the Azores trip in late 80's.£455/day as opposed to £400/day back then.So I'm considering next summer for 5 days in Madeira.