We fished Monday-Wednesday in the White Marlin Smackdown here in Hawks Nest Marina in Cat Island Bahamas. We were looking to make it three in a row and we managed to pull off the three peat. Big thanks to the guys from “Wish You Were Here” for fishing the tournament with us. The first two days we saw great action on the Billfish and were able to capitalize. The last day was slow for everyone including us so we remained on top for the win. Thanks again Ed, Brett, Brian, Terry, and Peter. Definitely got a crazy double header that I’ll forever have burned on my memory. Lots of shuffling and musical rods in the pit on that one!
I was able to slip out with a few friends in Cat Island on the their tender and do some bottom fishing for grouper and snapper. We ended up catching a fair amount of grouper and 2 nice mutton snapper. Plenty of queen triggerfish in the mix. Good times and good eatin!
Made it out with Bob Nick and Chris and had some excellent fishing. Pulled the Hook on a blue marlin, caught some Sailfish, plenty of gaffer dolphin, and even lucked out on a wahoo on a circle hook. Great weather and great fishing, another day in paradise!
Today was one of those day, beautiful flat calm day, sunny overall, 80 degrees and fish were biting. The morning started slow as we put two mahi in the box. The weed was thick so it kept me busy in the pit today shagging grass off of the baits and left Joe searching for pockets to fish in.
It turned on a little by mid morning when we released a white marlin on a naked ballyhoo on the left long. Then shortly after about a 250# blue marlin piled on the right long ballyhoo with a crystal fish Downsea party hat. After a solid battle Al released not only his first white but now his first blue marlin. Then we had another white marlin pile on the left long naked ballyhoo and we got a great aerial show before the release.
Mid day is slowed a bit until we found some mahi later in the day and we whacked 10 more gaffers in no time. In the midst of it all we had a Sailfish come in on the naked ballyhoo behind the pink fish Downsea shad dredge and there was our Grand Slam to end the day. Doesn’t get much better then that!
Conditions seem to be improving here in Cat Island as the wind is making its was SE. I mated on the Mojito today and we released a white marlin and boxed a handful of dolphin and a small yellowfin. Every boat fishing today seemed to have some Billfish bites and action with mahi. Always fun being on the water!
We got in our last day for about a week and boxed 7 dolphin and released a white marlin. The barracudas have been THICK! Tougher fishing lately but sign of improvement and we expect things to start getting good here soon! Can’t wait for the upcoming month of fishing here. Good times as always with the boys fighting some sharks and playing shark rodeo on the fuel dock. Thanks Bob, Carl, Will, Phil, Aiden, and Debbie!
The weather was back to normal today with some sunshine and Easterly winds around 12-16 knots. Right away we got a double header of mahi and then had a white marlin up on the teaser but we weren’t able to connect on that one. Not long after we hooked into some more mahi and released a Sailfish. We had one more shot as a white marlin but could not come right and some more mahi. After lunchtime the fishing went quiet and that was the day. Hopefully the trend continues and the fishing picks up!