November´s first fish – 700-pound Marlin on lure
Marlin on lure – The last four days we had a really nice bunch of guys from Cape Town, who have fished the archipelago a lot before but on their first trip with us. Lee Hartmann made the booking and all of a sudden had 5 mates wanting to join him. Five on the boat plus crew is a tad too much so the guys, who also brought their own boat, took turns to fish three guys on VAMIZI.
I had a break on the 31st but the boys took out a resort guest for a morning half day and lost a #700-pound fish they hooked on a live YFT when the #550 leader chaffed. Hard luck, but they did have a great morning with some beefy yellowfin and some other game fish.
The next day, the 1st November we started with the Cape Town boys down south but it was disappointing to see greenish water had moved to the grounds and all bait had disappeared. It was pretty slow on the Marlin side and we did not raise one on the day or the next, which was pretty depressing. Guess we just spoiled this season and that was the first time we did not see or even catch a fish for two straight days. But hey we Marlin fishing after all and we did get some good game fish including wahoo, yellowfin, skipjack and a 350-pound bull shark.
On the third day, we headed up north and the plan was to catch some bait. We lost a bonnie and then a skipjack right by the boat and an hour into it decided to put the lures. 45 minutes into it and we get bitten on the little green devil on the long right, the Marlin Magnet by Pulsator and we hooked up to a short fat one that was every bit of 800 pounds. It was James, who had never caught a Marlin (actually none of the guys had) time in the chair and after a few odd moments (including slamming the drag to free spool) he got the hang of it and put some pressure on the fish. Really cool fight and some good jumps. Twenty-three minutes into it we starting to gain the upper hand when it just went slack…the hook had pulled!
Bad luck, but that´s fishing so we set up and let´s go and get another one…and that’s what we did!
Not 15 minutes had elapsed and another real nice one jumped on the same lure and this time Andrew gets in the chair. Now, this was the most awesome fish we have had the all season. The hook was lodged in the right-hand side of the fish, the leader wrapped around the top end of the bill and under the pectoral on the other side. She was just phenomenal, never going down and giving us some 20 or way more jumps within very close range. Just awesome stuff for the guys…
There was a really good big fish bite going on and within the 40 minutes we were fighting her our other boat IBO missed two on the lures, Marlin hooked up on a live bait right next to us on a 630-pound fish that died on them and Squimfede later also got one of 550 on a live bait and Fish Therapy further south one on a lure they called 650.
We let her go at 700 and set the lures once again. We still had the two bait rods out there close and we got a skipjack which we baited for an hour. With the greenish water on top, and knowing the risks, I decided to put it down on the downrigger and she was sharked after 10 mins.
Back to the lures and I worked a tad further north to see if I could get some live bait at Alladin´s. Sure enough when we got there we found a big school of skipjack and as I made a turn on them in 46 meters of water inside the reef a small fish about 200 once again jumped on the Green devil on the long right. It took about 80 yards and come undone…amazingly the first fish we missed from the last 11!
By now this brown / yellow river of thick dead plankton where moving into the area we had all the action so I moved further down to Nhangosse to work the area in the afternoon. It was Duncan´s turn in the chair, and would have been great to get him on it, when just past 3pm we got this fish coming, once again, on the Marlin Magnet but she would not commit and after knocking that lure and then the long left express, faded.
It was a great day nevertheless and the boys had great fun and booked for the next two years, will be a pleasure having them back. The wave of big fish we have had over the last three weeks or so has just been amazing and everyone has been having a great time with some other good fish being caught by the small fleet, including 5 over 500 in the last few days.
Yesterday we saw one finning and the had a 400-pounder come and take a Yellowfin tuna we were catching for live bait on the bait rods 10 meters from the boat. We had him on but the little halco treble come undone on its first jump. Beautiful to see anyway, she was completely light up and gave us a treat of a show.
Today, the 5th of November we had a well-deserved rest, a great tiger prawn lunch along with some Portuguese green wine and tomorrow we start with Ian and Brian for the next 12 days, two great blokes from New Zealand on their second trip to Bazaruto.
Bring it on…
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