Monthly Archives: January 2015

How to Make a Crank On Pin Rig for trolling tuna

Here is my latest “Tackle Talk” Video on How To make a “Crank On Quick Change Pin Rig”

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Grenada Leg 1 Wrap Up

Well we just got back stateside late last night after our first leg in Grenada.  We met Exile (a 45′ Hatteras Sportfishing Boat) in Trinidad and gave her lots of needed TLC before the move to Grenada.  We had to get creative with some fixes even after the boat move, but we were able to fish everyday from January 13-25.  We started off checking out the edge close to Port Louis and snagged up a wahoo and a couple of sails, but the Green water had moved in, and all of the rain runoff from the island was not helping conditions at all.  We did a lot of exploratory trips and experimented a lot throughout our time there, but the fishing never got red hot like we know Grenada can get.  That said, our worst day billfishing we raised 2 sailfish and our best day we raised 8 billfish getting 6 bites and missed a Grand Slam.  We even got into some great bird play with tunas skying out of the water (100+ pound yellowfins), and managed to get hooks into a few, unfortunately not on the right tackle so we lost them.  Unfortunate tough breaks on this leg, but overall a fun trip, and we met a lot of great people and made plenty of new friends.  We even managed to take 6th place out of 50+ boats in the Budget Marine Spice Island Billfish Tournament.  Congrats to the crew of “Arabian Princess” from Trinidad for taking 1st!  I am looking forward to our second leg in February, and hope to have all the kinks worked out for this round!!!  Here are a few pictures from the trip…

Blue Jump Ilander Dredge Blue Marlin 2

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1/24

We finished up the last day of the tournament with a white Marlin and went 0/3 on sails. The last day I suppose there was a miscommunication error with the group and we didn’t get out until 2 hours after lines down, ouch… We ended up taking 6th place and had a lot of fun! Met a lot of great people here in Grenada for the Spice Island Billfish Tournament!

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1/23 lay day tuna trip

We ran out past the hump today and found the birds with big yellowfins skying out into the air chasing flying fish! Game on. We ended up hooking into 3 big tunas, but Murphy’s law prevailed. We lost all three. Major bummer! Definitely well over 100 pound tunas…

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Day 2 of the tournament

Quick report again, been going hard everyday. Went 2/6 on sailfish and raised two more that did t eat. Pretty good fishing around the hump and just inside of it for us. High tide was around 4:30 and the afternoon bite in closer to the edge is what was best for us.

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Day 1 spice island billfish tournament

Another quick report because I’m so exhausted but still wanted to get this report up. We ended up with 1 sailfish, but due to slow fishing today that 1 billfish puts us on the hunt. Hopefully we can put together a solid catch!

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1/20 quick report

Things are hectic with day one of the tournament being tomorrow but today we whacked the Mahi and kept 16 up to 20 pounds and went 0/3 on sailfish. Hoping to get into the billfish good tomorrow!!

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Much better

Today went much smoother. The New Moon is tonight and I am hoping this moon phase will kick things into gear. We started about 4 miles north of the hump and found a rip line with a color change of green water and blue water. We started off getting a great blue marlin bite on the teaser and he switched off to the pitch bait clean. Bill was on for his first ever blue and after a great display of jumps, he got the release on his first blue!

We got back up on the troll and about and hour later we picked a sail off of the long rigger on the upsea tack and Todd got a clean release. We worked the area hard and throughout the day we would get a sailfish bite here and there but we just couldn’t get hooks in em unfortunately. We ended the day with a Mahi, a blue, and 1/4 on sailfish. Fun day and good action. Hopefully this is the beginning of a great week of fishing.

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Another off day

Well, the good news is the boat is starting to come together but the bad news is the fishing isn’t. We went 0/2 on sailfish today and that was about it. We saw good signs with dolphins and bait, BUT these Dolphins eat your bait! They detected my teaser and long rigger baits and almost took a dredge to the deep with them. Hopefully things will shape up and get to be the way Grenada fishing is supposed to be!

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1/17 tough one

Today we made a 20 mile run to the north. We found a few whales and bait so we pulled back and started there. We picked up a Mahi then had a sail come into the spread looking around but the Mahi beat him to the baits. We needed up with some dinner and got back on the troll. Shortly free we had a nice blue marlin crash the short shotgun bait and completely miss and had a white Marlin eat the right long which unfortunately we missed. Action packed morning, but it was followed by absolutely nothing for the remainder of the day. So disappointed with the outcome of the day, BUT, there is always tomorrow!!

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