I am leaving early Tuesday morning for Grenada to fish on Exile for the Spice Islands Billfish Tournament with my mate from the summer, Spencer Scharf, and my former boss Frank Pettisani. I haven’t been on the 45 Hatteras I came to know and love since 2010, so it will be good to see her again. The trip came up quick as I had just returned from Costa Rica and got the call from Frank to come down and be a part of the team. I am pretty stoked since this will be my first time fishing in Grenada. I love experiencing fishing in new places, especially billfishing, so this worked out perfectly. If I have wireless I will be sure to post up to date reports, otherwise I will post when I return this coming weekend.
Monthly Archives: January 2014
Well, as expected the full moon brought on red hot action here in Los Suenos over the past week. Boats were easily seeing over 30 sails a day, but the past two days numbers have been dwindling as we come off of the moon, and today was almost Rock bottom. We managed to go 3/5 on Pacific Sailfish. All 5 were hooked, just two unfortunately came unbuttoned. Not super stoked on our day, but we came back to the dock only to see a lot of boats coming back with the skunk, and thank goodness it wasn’t us. Hopefully we can get into some better action out of Quepos on Thursday. We are laying low and doing some ATVing tomorrow and I will probably get a little surfing in while I’m here. Gotta love Costa Rica.
I made some changes, actually mostly additions, to this website/fishing blog. I made a lot of changes to every page, especially the “BOATS” PAGE, and added a PHOTO GALLERY, TACKLEBOX PAGE, and CONTACT PAGE. Anyone can contact me at any time through my CONTACT Page with any questions from chartering a boat with me (Captain Ricky Wheeler) to general fishing questions. The TACKLEBOX Page is devoted to How-To Videos, Tackle Talks, and tackle info. What would everyone like to see more of as far as the TACKLEBOX Page goes and also VIDEOS for 2014?
After an extremely poor trip line class fishing for striped bass running the Trade In in VA Beach (never good when well over 100 boats fish a 3 day tournament and not a single fish was caught), I am looking forward to my next stop, Costa Rica, for some billfishing. It will be a quick trip, but I am looking forward to catching some Pacific Sailfish and hopefully a Pacific Blue Marlin or two out of Los Suenos and Quepos…
Well, we ran over a lot of water looking for striped bass on day three. We ran 40 miles up to Quinby’s where we had confirmed reports of a striper blitz (the only report of stripers caught all week) that happened yesterday. We kept our eyes open for birds all of the way up without any sign of life at all. When we got there, we saw the fleet, but no birds and no bass. The water here was 44.5 degrees and clean which was better then what we fished day one and two, but there was t any bait at all.
After trolling and looking around in the area for about 3 hours, we picked up and made our way offshore then down the coast looking for some kind of action to get a bend in the rod. No life anywhere. Extremely disappointing after having high expectations. We made our way all of the way to the Chesapeake Bay Light Tower then saw the rain coming in on the radar so packed it up and headed back to the docks. Very frustrating week to say the least. The fish just haven’t made it here yet I suppose.
Well, we had perfect weather today. With the flat calm forecast we decided to run out 30-35 miles and fish a few wrecks for tog. We worked our butts off on 5 different wrecks with no success. Just a few sea bass which are out of season. The water offshore there was 49 degrees. We sprinted back in towards Smith Island looking for stripers on the troll or jig. We found some bird play inside, tons of bait, but no stripers. We pounded it out, but no success. The only reports of any fish are over 40 miles away, but it looks like we have no other option and have to make the run tomorrow after striking out two days straight within a 20 mile radius.
After the Gale Warning and freezing spray advisory yesterday, we had a nice break in the weather today to go looking around for some striped bass. Temps were frigid but seas were calm all day. We started out trolling around Cape Henry in 50-70 feet of water where the shipping channels intersect. The water temps were cold at 41 degrees, but there was a ton of bait, a few finback whales, and plenty of gannets diving around us. All the signs were right but the fish just weren’t there. We trolled Mojos and Stretch 30 diving plugs there most of the morning in a small fleet of boats and nobody had a hook up.
Around 11:30 am we decided to run out towards the Cheasapeake Bay Light Tower to try for bluefin tuna for a couple of hours, but it was lifeless out there. We spent 2 hours around the CBLT in clean 43 degree water, but there were not any signs of life. With that we ran back inside to get back on the troll for stripers, but there was not much to work in the afternoon as the bait scattered and birds dispersed. Not the start we were hoping for. Hopefully tomorrow will show us some better luck.
The Trade In is all set and ready to go with all the tackle we need for a week of fishing out of VA Beach. We will be on our way tomorrow and hoping the weather allows us to get out fishing Tuesday-Saturday this week. Hopefully the stripers are there in full force along with a bluefin tuna or two to top everything off. I have a few goals of things I want to capture on video from the trip, so hopefully I get the shots and they turn out so I can share them with everyone. We also have plenty of green crab in case we have to break up a slow day with some wreck fishing for tog. I will be posting up daily detailed reports as long as I have a little time, so stay here to stay posted!