2/13 Half Day Report

Today we fished a half day in the morning on Exile in Grenada searching for billfish. The bad luck kinda continued for us today. First thing in the morning we had a tuna bite and miss the right long party skirt/ballyhoo and then while getting another one up in the rigger we connected. About 10 minutes in the tuna chafed off the leader since it inhaled the bait. BUMMER.

The rest of the day kinda went the same and to make a long story short we lost about a 200# blue marlin during a series of jumps about 15 minutes into the fight and went 2/7 on sailfish. Day off to get the boat ready for a hard week of fishing. Can’t wait to shake off this bad luck and start racking up the releases!

 

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2/12 Back in Grenada

Today was a bittersweet day overall. I usually post a report here, but instead, I am going to post my notes from the day that I keep on my iPad as a personal log so you can see how it went down:

715 started in 500 fathoms about 8 miles from cut

Water temp 78.5 degrees starting in blended blue water

Started off chasing Tuna on the 500 and had a sail bite on the right long blue and White Sea star but no hookup so we switched over to the Billfish spread

835 Miss sail off switch from right teaser mackerel express

840 pulled hook on sail on left teaser squid chain on the dump switch

845 raised sail left teaser chain no switch

850 raised sail left chain no switch pulled off on left long dump naked

855 raised 1 right long blue white party skirt no eat

935 pulled one sail to spread from cuttin birds no eat

950 double: miss sail right long black purple party skirt and pull hook on sail left long naked

1000 miss blue right long black purple party skirt – fish caught me on wrong side, my fault on the call

1030 hooked 2 out of triple and released 1 sail. Had two fighting over the pink chain, funny sight

1105 I missed sail on right long, are you fucking kidding me today!

1120 sail pop right flat no eat on drops

1125 raise sail right long no eat

1145 right long dsblue party hat hooked up lost on turn. AHHHHHH

1210 hooked sail left long naked. About to go get it and pulled hook. FRUSTRATED

1235 lazy sail on left long naked, hooked up on dump when he faded and released it

110 left long and left teaser double. Switched and hooked 1 for release and lost other

115 right long, dump hookup and pulled hook

FINAL TALLY

0/1 blues

3/16 sails

Just one of those days. So many pulled hooks and bad luck but so fun regardless!

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1/22 Grenada Day 3

What a day today was. Again, similar conditions and water temperatures. The bite was slow and steady but that made it fun all day long. The boys have been doing well in the pit this trip. We caught a white marlin off the bat early and then missed another not long after. It went quiet for a bit then WHAM! Blue marlin piles on the right flat and started jumping all over and spit the hook in the turn. 10 seconds later a different and smaller blue piles on the left long crystal Fish Downsea party hat and game on! Rob was on this one and got a clean release! One Sailfish away from a slam! After an hour he got exactly that! Personal slam!

We went on to rack up some more releases and ended the day 2/3 on blues, 1/2 on whites, and 3/6 on Sailfish and also raised two more. Such a fun day here in Grenada on the Exile!

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1/21 Grenada Day 2

We started in close today to looks around and see what else we could find. The day started slow as we went 1/2 on Sailfish. By late morning we made our way to the south outside 1000 fathoms and found some birds working that we started to pick Sailfish off of. We ended up raising 10 sails and going 5/8 on Sailfish releases by 1:00. We even picked up a nice 80# yellowfin tuna to add to the mix! Fun 3/4 day of fishing on Exile!

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1/20 Grenada Day 1

Today we went out to target Billfish and were ready for Tunas if they decided to show themselves. We had a 15 knot wind out of the NE and a SSW current at about .6 knots and pretty blue 80 degree water. We started well offshore today and made our way Downsea. We managed to get 3 bites in the morning catching 2/3 and then another 3 later in the afternoon releasing 1. Not a bad way to start off and getting everything back in rhythm.

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1/19 Move to Grenada

We spent the past week getting the 45′ Hatteras Exile up and going for some time in Grenada. We moved the boat today to Grenada from Trinidad and had smooth seas overall for most of the trip. We were able to put lines in for about and hour and a half and picked up 3 wahoo real quick for some good eats for the week and continued on. Feels good to be back in Grenada! Can’t wait for day 1!

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