We arrived at Hawks Nest Marina on Friday afternoon and spent the night and all day Saturday getting the boat prepped and ready to fish. We went out for a few hours today to work out any kinks and caught 7 dolphin and went 2/3 on white marlin. Not a bad way to start things up. We are going to go again tomorrow for another shakedown trip and troll for a couple hours and also do a little deep dropping. Our first charter is Tuesday-Wednesday. Hopefully we will see a lot of marlin start filling into our area. Headed up to the clubhouse at Hawks Nest for Easter dinner. Happy Easter…
Monthly Archives: March 2013
Well I made it to Fort Lauderdale yesterday and spent last night and today getting aquainted with my home for the next 6 weeks, a 54′ Bertram Over Under. I have just been prepping tackle and getting everything ready. Lots of dredge baits, rigs, rods, reels, etc etc to go over. Joe has spent the last two weeks down here getting the boat together and taking care of maintenance on the boat. She is ready to go, and so are we. We will pull out tomorrow morning and make our way to Nassau. Then Friday we will go the rest of the way to Cat Island where we will be fishing for billfish over the next month and a half. Pretty stoked to say the least!
So I decided to give it a go with doing fishing webisodes this year. I love to film and edit, but considering my job is to get on the fish and/or put em in the boat, getting the footage is going to be a challenge. Thank goodness for GoPro cameras. Here is my first episode. Check it out and be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/CaptainRickyWheeler to keep up with all of my latest videos. I hope to get some solid footage while I am in the Bahamas over the next 6 weeks, so stay tuned.
This past week I was lucky enough to get invited to be an angler on a trip to Costa Rica. The first day we did a 4 hour ATV tour which was AWESOME! I got to do some cliff jumping at a waterfall in a remote location which was pretty wild. Now for the important stuff, we fished on the ‘Dream Maker’ which was a 2004 35′ Cabo that is part of Costa Rica Dreams charter operation out of Los Suenos. The mates had a box full of flossed up medium sized ballyhoo ready for circle hooks. They pulled 5 naked ballyhoo and 4 different teasers for their spread. Costa Rica is loaded with Pacific Sailfish which run larger than Atlantic Sails. My first one of the trip went an estimated 125 lbs, and it put on an awesome aerial display. Day 1 was slow by Costa Rica’s standards, but we still caught some sailfish, and Day 2 we had plenty of action raising over 15 sails. We saw at least 20 tailing sails throughout the day on the surface as well on Day 2, sometimes 4-5 at a time. It was pretty amazing. We had the majority of our bites on a Zuker 5.5 in the ‘bleeding mackerel’ skirt color pulled behind a squid chain. That lure was hot! The whole trip went by so fast, and it was so fun, that the whole trip felt like a dream. Fishing Costa Rica is an amazing experience that I highly recommend. It’s simple, the crews there are great, and the ocean is always calm there. I will be putting together a quick video edit of the trip which I hope to post up before I leave for the Bahamas early next week.
Well from what I have been hearing there are a few big Bluefin tuna being caught out of Oregon Inlet, NC and I know a few people gearing up to go cure their fishing itch. I have been preparing for two major trips I have coming up. I will be fishing for billfish out of Los Suenos, Costa Rica on a quick trip March 13-17 and then I will be mating on the Over Under with Captain Joe Trainor in the Bahamas from March 24th until May 10th. We will be targeting billfish and dredge fishing most of the time, but there will also be plenty of dolphin and wahoo caught. It would be nice to get a tuna on the deck for fresh sashimi, but Joe said the sharks are a major problem and rarely do they get a tuna to the boat. It sounds like it is gonna be interesting to say the least.
When I return I will be hopping straight into the snag and drop in Northern NJ searching for a record striped bass with lady angler Maureen Klause. We are gonna keep our options open throughout March and June since there are a lot of great fisheries that overlap such as the striped bass bite, black drum (which has been slow the past two years), Mako and Blue Shark, and of course yellowfin tuna on the troll in our canyons. Last year we had some early season eddies which had me fishing offshore in early May. Hopefully when I get home that will be happening, because there is nothing like offshore fishing!
I hope everyone has their tackle ready to go, reels greased, rigs tied because the 2013 season here in the Mid Atlantic is about to get started. Be ready in the DE Bay and get your clams reserved because the striper bite should bust wide open for the March 27th Full Moon!
Be sure to follow my page this year for no BS fishing reports from the Bahamas to the Mid Atlantic Waters.
Also, SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/captainrickywheeler. I will be posting a lot of videos and making some fishing webisodes that will be worth watching along with some “How To” videos.