Things are a little chaotic/busy right now but here is a quick report. Dolphin were nowhere near as thick today. Ended up with 1 white marlin, and had a triple of sails on but we lost 1. Pretty fun day overal. Lots of tuna bites, but we got Sharked as usual. We are headed out again tomorrow then off to Staniel for a few days of diving and exploring, then to Nassau for a few days before we make our way back to Cat Island.
Monthly Archives: April 2014
Quick report: today was the day if the Full Moon and the dolphin were all over the place by the end of the day today. They were so thick we never had a chance at seeing a billfish. The average weight was 18 pounds. Dolphins and whitetip sharks all day long!
Today we got back to dredge fishing on the OverUnder. We had a nice sunny day in the 80s with winds at 10-12 knots out of the SE. We dropped the lines in at Devils Point and worked down the edge. We had a very slow start to the morning. But once we made the turn to Columbus we found a few.
We started off with a white marlin that was all over the right dredge. We got him on and Brett was on the rod for his first marlin ever. After a solid fight we got the fish to the boat for a clean release. After that we got a double header of Mahi for Brothers Will and Phill for their first dolphins, then we were covered up a few times on dolphin up to 30 pounds and the whitetip sharks were everywhere. We only had one fish eaten luckily.
After putting some dolphin in the boat we pushed back through the caves and hooked into a sailfish. Will was on for his first billfish, and he hung in there until Joe got a clean release next to the boat. We called it a day, and it was a lot of fun with a lot of “firsts” on the OverUnder today.
I fished the past three days on a 36′ Invincible center console called ‘High Life’. We had a great crew on the boat and we had a lot of fun everyday, even when we were getting our butts kicked by the seas, and given the poor weather, we did that a lot, haha.
Anyway, day 1 we ran up to fish the Bridge between southern Eluethera and Little SanSal. We had consistent action with 20# dolphin and our biggest of the day was just over 30. We had a screaming run in the morning and we were sure it was a bigger wahoo, but it turned out to be a 48 pound King Mackerel.
The second day we stayed on the Southern end of Cat Island. We started the day with a double header of smaller yellowfin and a few dolphin, but nothing to brag about. We made out way down the edge out towards Columbus, and with the SE at 15-20, we were getting tossed a bit. We pounded the edge hard and finally got our wahoo bite at the end of the day to get on the board with wahoo.
Day three the winds were supposed to go West which usually shuts the fishing down here in the Bahamas. We made the long run to the NE Corner and were met with rain squalls, and confused seas since the wind flipped from South to NNW blowing a solid 25 knots at the swell. We tried trolling for a bit but it was extremely choppy and we just couldn’t fish the area the way we needed on the center console. We picked up and ran all of the way back to Columbus. With about close to two hours of fishing time left, we managed to catch a 35 pound wahoo, a smaller dolphin, some small tunas, and had quite a few tunas get Sharked.
The Hang Em High Meat Tournament here in Cat Island has been a great time the past two years. Hawks Nest does a great job bringing everyone together and running a smooth and fun tournament. Thanks to Hawks Nest Marina and thanks to the crew on the High Life for having a great time fishing the past three days!>
I am fishing the hang em high meat tournament here the next three days so have a lot of prep, but wanted to get this quick report in from today.
We started the day with a double header on sailfish releases and then missed another. We picked at dolphin throughout the day, caught 1/2 yellowfins and then finished the day with a white marlin. Fun day on the OverUnder with Curtis, Harmon, and Rick! Thanks for fishing with us guys!
Today we headed out targeting billfish and dolphin circle hook fishing with naked ballyhoo. It felt good to have the dredges and squid chains in the water again (our teasers). We had absolutely calm seas all day, and the fishing was scattered, but we got our bites throughout the day.
We started off with a blind bite that came tight but pulled off after about a minute. The leader came back chaffed so it was a billfish – bummer. We picked at some dolphin here and there and wound up bringing 8 back to the dock. We had a nice bull get chomped by the whitetip sharks. Out around Columbus the tunas were on top, and we got hooked into plenty, but every single one was eaten. After being fed up with that we pushed on and worked our way back. Right after the high tide swing around 2 pm we had a wahoo eat the left long and streak across the surface. Unfortunately that wahoo turned into a whitetip, and that was how we concluded our day.
Here is the fishing edit I threw together from our first week in the Bahamas targeting big wahoo on the 54′ Bertam OverUnder. We had a great group of guys that made for a fun liveaboard charter throughout the week, and the wahoo fishing in SalSal was phenomenal!