With the perfect flat calm weather (not something we get too often here in Grenada), I wanted to take advantage and go try to learn some bottom fishing here. We started the day on top of the reef at Reindeer Shoal in the green 84 degree water fishing 60-90 feet of water. Plenty of rock and coral meant lots of snags, and no bites at all between the snags. We kept moving out further and deeper and started to get some bites and caught a few rock hinds and Jacks.
We tried a few deep drops as well for grouper and snapper as well as a couple for daytime swordfish, but not much love although we did manage a few snappers and groupers for the dinner table that made all that reeling worthwhile. No, I do not have electric reels for bottom fishing. Around 230 we decided to switch up and spend some time wahoo fishing. The last hour from 430-530 it came alive! There were birds on the blackfin tunas, speedos, rainbow runners were showering. It looked incredible, and it was. We ended up pulling the hook on a blue marlin and went 2/5 on wahoo. Unfortunately we ran out of time and had to head for home. Fun day of fishing!
We got started today fishing around 730 in 84 degree water with a stiff NNE 20 knot wind. The water was blue green and O saw plenty of flying fish throughout the day but never marked anything on the sounder. The blackfin tuna and birds came and went plenty but nothing was ever around them.
The first bite came at 900 and we missed a sail off left teaser. Beaitiful switch but jumped him off. At 1035 we had a double header and missed both of them as a third popped up on the teaser but never ate anything. I did a few loops to try and re raise that fish but no luck. Then at 1120 we missed yet another sailfish. OUCH.
We had a few mystery long rigger bites and we couldn’t ID the bite due to the glare when the bite happened. Finally at 1230 we had a blue marlin peel off the left dredge and pile on the left flat party skirt bait. It didn’t come tight and came in hard on the left teaser. We had the big pitch out but he piled on the right flat instead and game on! Kate put the work in and we got a good show and a clean release. That made our day!
I went along with a friend today in search of billfish. It felt good to be in the cockpit today, and luckily enough I got to hook and catch a few sailfish myself. With the New Moon having passed on the 14th I was curious to see if some fish started to filter in the area. The weather was beautiful, and as we set out around 730am a sailfish came up on the right long fish Downsea mini Chugger and game on! We went on to release that fish and get back at it. We picked at 3 bites the first two hours, then second and third on Fish Downsea Party Skirts on the long riggers. We hooked both but lost one after a few minutes.
The rest of the day remained a steady pick and we managed to get 9 bites, hooked 7, and released 5 sailfish. Really fun and consistent fishing!
I wanted to run the boat for two solid days so today was day two and the weather was too nice not to. We made our way to the wahoo grounds and boxed a blackfin tuna right away. After that it was silence for hours. We kept pounding it out though and about an hour into the incoming tide we got our first wahoo bite, but the hook pulled on the run. OUCH!
Not long after that we finally boxed our first wahoo that was about 35 lbs. we went on to catch 3 more wahoo ranging from 20-40 pounds to put a solid catch together! We also managed to get 3 first time wahoos for 3 anglers (Kate, Aaron, and Kyle).
Given we have been sitting at the dock for about two weeks and doing a lot of work to the boat making some more upgrades, I wanted to run the boat and have a little fun fishing. We tried for billfish all day today, but it was very quiet. We still have a lot of green water here but plenty of new blue water seems to be getting close. We did have two sailfish bites in the first two hours that we missed unfortunately. After that nothing ever materialized.
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As the world continues to stay overall closed to making travel easy due to Covid, I have been taking advantage of the downtime and doing lots of upgrades to the boat in hopes that things get better as we come closer to the year 2021! As it is right now you must Quarantine at a resort or rental home for 4-7 days upon arrival here in Grenada. Sounds awful, but at the resorts you are still allowed in the pool, bar, restaurants, and even the beach at some. Sandals allows you to go dive and snorkel on their dive boats, so really it is like an all inclusive vacation. After your test results clear from day 4, you are free to roam about.
Anyway, I am hoping to run the boat and fish by the end of this week and many of my fiberglass and painting projects will be near completion as well as bringing the toe rail back to track again. It is all coming along nicely. I hope to get fishing plenty more here in the near future! Here are a few pictures of some complete work…
I gathered up a couple friends so I could get the boat out for a day on the water, and truly test every system on the boat to see what needed to be fixed and what was working fine. The weather was flat, beautiful, and today was the New Moon. We started the day trolling up off of Guoyave to the north of the island in 6000-7500 feet of water. I saw a couple tunas sky out and turned towards them while quickly getting a couple 50W in the mix. WHAM! The left long went down, left flat got exploded on but missed, then the right flat came tight! Game On!
The battle on the 50was about 50 minutes and we boated a beautiful 120# Alison Tuna while we were still on the other that ate the 30# outfit. After an hour and 20 minutes, we got a harpoon at her but it grazed the back. 5 minutes later we got the 100 pounder in the boat!!
With that we made out way up to Ronde Island and anchored up for lunch to check all of those systems. Yup, battery charger for the windlass and bow thruster went bad. Anyway we still anchored for lunch and then made our way out to the edge in the afternoon to deep drop for snappers.
We did manage to catch a couple snappers and a couple black jacks deep dropping. The birds were working around us on top of blackfin tunas pushing some bait and we did manage to catch one of those as well. We called it a day after that and made our run home. Successful day overall other then my drone crashing into the water and sinking to the bottom and the list of things to fix, haha.