4/6 traveling – little San Sal

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.

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4/5 Fishing Cat

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!

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972 Miles – WE MADE IT!

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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CaptainsVlog 09


CaptainsVlog 09 covers lots of Curacao fun fishing, boating, and snorkeling various places in the beautiful Caribbean Island of Curacao Follow on Instagram: @CaptainRickyWheeler Represent Fish Downsea Charters with some awesome FDC Gear at https://www.fishdownseacharters.com/g…​ Below are some of the main things I used in this video. Some product links are affiliate links which means if you buy something I may receive a small commission… Cameras Used: -GoPro HERO 7 Black – https://amzn.to/32x1R6w​​​ -GoPro MAX – https://amzn.to/3fLxgr7​​​ Camera Mounts: -Jaws Flex Clamp Gooseneck Mount – https://amzn.to/3psMwxV​​​ -GoPro Head Strap and Quick Clip – https://amzn.to/36twyLa​​​ -GoPro Extension Pole – https://amzn.to/3phCdMS​​​ Tackle Used: -Shimano Tiagra 50W 2 Speed – https://amzn.to/38BeEsC​​​ -Shimano Tyrnos 30 2 Speed – https://amzn.to/2HLPQD3​​​ -Fish Downsea Flying Fish – https://www.fishdownsea.com/flyingfish​​​ -Fish Downsea 2.0 Complete Dredge w/ Dredge Flares – http://bit.ly/3ofZptQ​​​ -Fish Downsea Party Skirts – http://bit.ly/38t92jw​​​ -Squid Chain Teaser – https://amzn.to/2KPZtCg​​​ -Owner 6/0 SSW Circle Hooks (for sailfish) – https://amzn.to/38vL5Zn​​​ -Sea Striker 70# Fast Snaps – https://amzn.to/391j2ja​​​ -Dredge Fish Weight – https://amzn.to/3pIsyy8​​​ -Ilander Flasher Lures – https://amzn.to/3kmAzWF​​ -Ilander Express – https://amzn.to/3n3cMMN​​ -Ilander Sea Star Flasher Black Plum – https://amzn.to/3pRvtoe​​ -Mustad 7691DT 9/0 Hooks (for tuna) – https://amzn.to/2JPeIdJ​​ Other Used: -Overboard 30 Liter Hi Vis Backpack – https://amzn.to/3rKDyfu​​ -Eartec Headsets (communication) – https://amzn.to/3ng7AWq​​ -Aftco Gaffs – https://amzn.to/3pvrnTI​​ -Aftco Fingerless Fishing Gloves – https://amzn.to/3kqDTjo​​ -Costa Del Mar Sunglasses And So much More… If you have any questions as to what else we are using, please feel free to contact me or message me here!

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Catching Up / Bahamas Bound

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.

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3/7 A Blue is a Blue

We got out to Klein Curacao at first light hoping to get into some yellowfin tuna action. It was definitely choppy as could be today but we managed. The overcast conditions seemed to have things start a little later as we slowly picked away at a bite here and a bite there eventually boxing 3 smaller yellowfin tuna all on our way back bait Fish Downsea Tuna Flare with medium ballyhoo.

I worked the area for a while around the island but it was pretty quiet and conditions were rough. With that we trolled Downsea and finally the left flat Fish Downsea Chugger with a large ballyhoo pops out of the clip. As Chris finished the feed and locked up the drag we had a little marlin hooked up jumping behind the boat. Matt put in work for the release on his first billfish ever which is by far the smallest and cutest blue marlin I had ever seen. Haha. We gave it another hour after that but no more takers.

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3/4 Morning Report

We went out this morning to try and get in on a little tuna and billfish action, and the fish cooperated. With a steady 15-20 know ESE wind we had a bumpy head sea to get to the location, but once we were there, the sun was starting to get close to the horizon and the tunas were biting! We went 4/5 on yellowfin tuna catching all of them on Fish Downsea Tuna Flares rigged over medium ballyhoo as well as 2 blackfin tunas we caught ton cedar plug chains. The tuna action slowed down a lot by 9am so we switched over to dredge fishing for billfish.

It didn’t take long before a double header of sailfish jumped on us. We managed to get a hook into one and got a clean release. About a half hour later we got jumped again by 3 sailfish and got bites out of two, hooking one which we released as well. After that we called it a day and ran in. Solid Fun fishing!

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CaptainsVlog 08

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CaptainsVlog 07

BROKEN RODS, BIG TUNAS, and SAILFISHING Action in Grenada. CaptainsVlog 07 kicks off 2021 with some great Grenada Sailfishing and Tuna Fishing Action. COVID-19 is still hindering travels so I have been fishing a little on my boat and a little on Rum Knuckles just to stay on the water and keep the boats right. Check out the Action here.

Represent Fish Downsea Charters with some awesome FDC Gear at https://www.fishdownseacharters.com/gear

Below are some of the main things I used in this video. Some product links are affiliate links which means if you buy something I may receive a small commission…

Cameras Used: 

-GoPro HERO 7 Black – https://amzn.to/32x1R6w

-GoPro MAX – https://amzn.to/3fLxgr7

Camera Mounts:

-Jaws Flex Clamp Gooseneck Mount – https://amzn.to/3psMwxV

-GoPro Head Strap and Quick Clip – https://amzn.to/36twyLa

-GoPro Extension Pole – https://amzn.to/3phCdMS

Tackle Used:

-Shimano Tiagra 50W 2 Speed – https://amzn.to/38BeEsC

-Shimano Tyrnos 30 2 Speed – https://amzn.to/2HLPQD3

-Fish Downsea Flying Fish – https://www.fishdownsea.com/flyingfish​ 

-Fish Downsea 2.0 Complete Dredge w/ Dredge Flares – http://bit.ly/3ofZptQ

-Fish Downsea Party Skirts – http://bit.ly/38t92jw

-Squid Chain Teaser – https://amzn.to/2KPZtCg​ 

-Owner 6/0 SSW Circle Hooks (for sailfish) – https://amzn.to/38vL5Zn

-Sea Striker 70# Fast Snaps – https://amzn.to/391j2ja

-Dredge Fish Weight – https://amzn.to/3pIsyy8

-Ilander Flasher Lures – https://amzn.to/3kmAzWF

-Ilander Express – https://amzn.to/3n3cMMN

-Ilander Sea Star Flasher Black Plum – https://amzn.to/3pRvtoe

-Mustad 7691DT 9/0 Hooks (for tuna) – https://amzn.to/2JPeIdJ

Other Used:

-Weston Pro 2300 Vacuum Sealer – https://amzn.to/2KRFu61

-Overboard 30 Liter Hi Vis Backpack – https://amzn.to/3rKDyfu

-Eartec Headsets (communication) – https://amzn.to/3ng7AWq

-Reliable Fish Bags – https://amzn.to/3rUH7AQ 

-Aftco Maxforce Harness and Drop Belt – https://amzn.to/391IAwA

-Aftco Gaffs – https://amzn.to/3pvrnTI

-Aftco Fingerless Fishing Gloves – https://amzn.to/3kqDTjo

-Costa Del Mar Sunglasses

And So much More… If you have any questions as to what else we are using, please feel free to contact me or message me here!

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2/22 Quick Trip Report

We slipped out for an afternoon trip on Picante in hopes of getting some billfish action and hopefully some yellowfin bites closer to dark. We started the day fishing around Klein Curacao and raised a small blue fairly early that didn’t eat. Not the way we wanted to start the day. We kept working the area and then a 250# Blue Marlin some in hot on the right flat line Fish Downsea Chugger rigged on a flying fish. The Blue inhaled it and game on for Donny’s first blue. We chased the fish hard downsea for about 20-25 minutes before we finally got the release on 30# tackle. Fun fish. We pounded it out the last hour of daylight that was left hoping the yellowfins would show up but they played hooky.

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