Today we caught 5 Mahi and deep dropped for awhile to catch some snapper for dinner. We didn’t have any billfish encounters today unfortunately, but hopefully tomorrow will be a little better on that end. Slow day overall, but we were starting to see signs of life towards the end of the day. Hopefully it all comes together.
Monthly Archives: March 2015
We started out first day of billfishing here in Cat Island at Devils Point. We trolled along the edge all of the way to Columbus Point without any life fishing in this NE 15-20 knot wind. Once we got out to Columbus we picked up a sailfish release which turned out to be Spencer’s first sail. We picked at a Mahi then got into another billfish, this one being a white Marlin that Brian was on for his first ever. After an awesome aerial display we got a clean release on the white. We kept pounding it out in this general area fighting through the barracudas then we got a great bite from another white Marlin on the left long and it was on. This one went down and gave Spencer a fight before it shot up to the surface and laid down a spectacular series of leaps. Shortly after we picked up a double header of mahi and managed to catch a small wahoo. Great way to cap off the day.
Today we started fishing in Cat Island with a 10 knot southerly breeze and pretty calm seas. We started off with a sailfish release just past Devils Point then had a few missed dolphin bites before we picked up a white marlin release out by Columbus Point. Shortly after we picked up a dolphin then decided to start the run over to San Salvador.
We got on the troll after about an hour and a half run on the North end of San Salvador and picked at some yellowfin and blackfin tunas but other then that, it was somewhat quiet. We out in about 2.5 hours then made our way into Riding Rock Marina for the night.
We plan to anchor out for the next two nights and will be targeting wahoo here all day tomorrow so hopefully some big ones start chewing for us!
we just got back to Cat Island after being on the hook the past two nights. The wahoo fishing was slow as expected but due to the two weeks of HOT and perfect weather (which in March weather like this means the wahoo will move out for the year). We still managed to get spen bites and had a streak of bad luck in San Salvador pulling off 3 good ones, but we did manage to catch a few decent yellowfin tuna and some 20# Mahi.
We moved on to Rum Cay and picked up a small wahoo and a few nice Mahi up to 25 lbs before we picked up and made the run to the South side of Conception Island. We pounded it out here and between some barracuda bites we got a screamer on the shotgun rod. Don was on for his first wahoo ever and after a solid 20 minute battle he got the 66# wahoo in the boat! Nice fish to end the day on. We found an area to anchor out and catch some grouper and snapper on the hook to add a little more meat to the box.
This morning we woke up, got the anchor out of the rock, and went back to where we had the wahoo. No wahoo bites but a few Mahi were there as we picked through them. Overall the fishing wasn’t what we wanted so we ran back to Cat Island and had fairly nonstop Mahi action for the remainder of the day there and filled the box with 18-30 pound Mahi. Great way to start the Bahamas Season!
From the reports here, the fishing has been relatively slow. Our first trip on the Over Under is a liveaboard so we are gonna mosey our way 50 miles to the East to San Sal and hopefully the fishing there will be a little better. I would love to repeat last year with a bunch of wahoo and one over 100 lbs. Hopefully great reports to come.
We slipped outside of the cut for a few hours today to test out a few things and did a bit of freediving and bottom fishing. We plucked a few yelloweye snapper deep dropping and went up into the shallows to bottom fish and catch some Rock Hinds. All systems are seeming to be ago other then a few minor kinks we figured need working out today. Our fishing will be starting up soon!
today was kind of a fun all around good off trip to make sure all systems were go for the upcoming Bahamas Season for us on the Over Under, and we have our girls with is so today was all about fun. The weather was perfect and calm. We got started at about 8 after we fueled up and apparently we missed an all out blitz of wahoo and dolphins at Columbus Point, but we still managed to catch dinner and spent lunch time anchored up swimming around Winding Bay. Absolutely beautiful location! So many shades of blue that you didn’t even know existed.
We trolled back without much action other then a barracuda here and there. We ended up spending the afternoon doing a little freediving and Joe managed to shoot a couple of lobsters that we added to the dinner menu. All in all, fun and successful day on the water!!
We made it to Cat Island late last night on the Over Under after stopping at Staniel for a little to good around with the pigs. Staniel is definitely a beautiful place and I really have enjoyed being there a little the past two years, BUT when we pulled into Cat Island last night, it felt like home. The people are so nice and the fishing is great! We did a little boat work today and hope to slip out for a shake down fishing trip tomorrow, so hopefully the fish are bitin!!! Happy to be at my home away from home!!
The day is here. We are about to pull out of Fort Lauderdale and make our crossing to the Bahamas. I spent the last week on the Over Under getting her ready for the Spring season in the islands and we should be set. This coming week we will be ourselves setup and ready for 10 weeks of fishing hard. As long as the ol’ girl is good to us and continues to run like a clock like she has in the past, it should be a great time. Hopefully the fish cooperate too! Reports to come soon.
After a fun winter of fishing various Caribbean locations, the time has come for me to head back to the Bahamas on the 54 Bertram Over Under again with Captain Joe Trainor. I absolutely love going to the Bahamas fishing every Spring. The billfishing is great, and there are so many mahi mahi to catch that is makes everyday full of action and plenty of fun. We usually catch a few mahi over 50 pounds each year.
Last year we started March off in San Salvador fishing for wahoo and it was fantastic fishing getting 5-10 bites a day all on big wahoo. Our biggest was 107 pounds. This year looks like we will have the same start with a liveaboard trip in the SanSal area and hopefully the wahoo action will be just as good. After April 1st, we switch to dredge fishing for billfish out of Hawk’s Nest Marina in Cat Island. In April we get shots at white marlin and sailfish along with an occasional blue marlin. In May, we still see some sailfish and a good amount of whites as the blue marlin start to fill in more as the month goes on. The mahi action stays HOT the whole time we are there.
I will be spending the next week in FL prepping the OverUnder for the season and we plan to make our crossing later in the week. Hopefully I will have plenty of great reports to come!!