We put in a half day fishing in Cat Island for our last day and WOW we’re the Mahi thick. Nonstop Mahi fishing action! The wind went SW in the early morning. We managed one billfish bite but missed it. We ran up to little San Salvador and anchored for the night catching some yellowtails. The next morning we packed it up and ran to Nassau for everyone to fly out.
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The wind was light SE today and I was expecting great fishing, and wow did we get it. The action was consistent all day until 3:30pm woth small tunas, a wahoo, Mahi, and great billfishing. We ended the day 0/1 on blues, 4/6 on white marlin, and 1/1 on sailfish. Incredible day of fishing!!
We fished most of the day and ended up 1:1 on blue marlin and 2:3 on white marlin. The wind was 15knots out of the NE. We made a move to setuo to anchor overnight, but we also did some bottom fishing and got into the yelloweye snapper good!!! So much fun, and great action.
The next day we ran back to Cat Island and got right into the action on a half of a day catching a couple small tunas, a Mahi, and went 1/4 on white marlin!
Today we had some choppy seas but it was still plenty fishable. We started the morning with a Mahi and then a white marlin release. The action was much more scattered throughout the day with a few Mahi bites here and there along with one massive melee where they were everywhere! That’s always fun having 5-6 fish on at once!
Later in the day we had a white marlin pile on the right flat line and we had some awesome displays of aerial acrobatics from that fish. Shortly after we released that one we had a blue marlin pile on the left flying fish teaser. We switched it off to a bait and game on!!!! Impressive fight from the 200# blue and we got the release after about 45 minutes to round out our day.
We made our way back to Cat Island and put in a solid day of fishing. The wind has been SE the past few days and we are coming into a New Moon so I was hoping for good fishing! We got it!
We ended the day with nonstop action going 0/1 on blue marlin, 1/3 on white marlin and 2/4 on sailfish along with a lot of Mahi action!
We started the day getting our day 5 rapid test and all were nagative, woohoo! Then we loaded up and headed out. The guys jumped in at a few spots and shot a couple lion fish, then we ran up to Little San Salvador Island.
We trolled for 3 hours and caught some Mahi and had a big big blue marlin come up on the teaser and then fade away. She never came back. Major bummer! Around 5pm and anchored and relaxed, had some Mahi for dinner and got on the yellowtail game. The bite was slow but we kept picking at some nice flag yellowtail snappers and had plenty of laughs getting our asses kicked by sharks and jacks.
The hard NE winds and cold front finally eased up a bit for us to fish. We got in a half of a day fishing here in Cat Island and in true Cat Island form the Mahi were thick! The water was Bahamas Blue and 78 degrees. We went on to box a dozen Mahi and let another dozen go with the biggest being a 32 pounder that ate a red party hat rigged on a ballyhoo! No billfish bites but wow a lot of action! So much fun!
We finally made it to the Bahamas. We started in Curacao and went straight through nonstop to Long Island, Bahamas to clear customs and refuel. The total trip was 892 nautical miles. We did manage to catch a double header of 85# yellowfin tunas as we left Curacao. Then we released a 100# blue marlin and boxed 2 mahi passing Dominican Republic. As we neared Inagua we caught a double header of nice mahi, so we had a few bites along the way to keep things interesting.
Once we arrived in Long Island and cleared we ran to Cat Island to beat the front that was coming. Unfortunately, the front beat us! The last 30 miles was horrendous but we made it just before dark to Hawk’s Nest Marina, which always feels like home to me.
Yesterday we gave the boat a lot of love, and it was the perfect day for it with this front here blowing 30 knots! Today is Easter and still blowing 25-30 so we are going to enjoy the day, finally relax, and of course rig a lot of baits to get ready to fish tomorrow!!!
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It has been awesome in Curacao from the island itself to the fishing and I cannot wait to come back again. Unfortunately Covid forced the island into lockdown on Wednesday for at least 2 weeks so we are making preparations to depart this coming Tuesday and make our way to the Bahamas.
I did get a couple more trips in here in Curacao since my last post and we caught a couple more tunas, wahoo, and sailfish. Unfortunately the blue marlin caught us with our pants down tuna fishing twice and mauled our tuna baits and threw the hook which was a major bummer, but what a show we got on the hookups!
Stay posted as I will report to the best of my WiFi ability during our trip to and through the Bahamas.