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October 12th, 2010 – 6:58 pm
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What a trip!  Bruce, Capt. Allen and Jeff flew down to Panama for 2 full and 2 half days of fishing and it was going on!  We really missed Super Dave, who could not make it because of work commitments – see you in Costa Rica soon, Dave!

We ended up going 7 for 8 on Marlin, caught 4 medium tuna, a couple of sails and enough dolphin to keep us fed.

Day 1

We left Panama City around dawn after the guys had dinner and a night at a hotel the night before.  The hotel is about 20 mins from the boat so it is a really easy trip.  Panama City isn’t New York, but there is plenty to do and some pretty good food to be had.

We ran about 2 hours from the marina before we put our lines in.  We had not been fishing for a while so we were scouting as we went south.  We picked at them pretty steadily with a couple of sails and some dolphin.  The highlight came when Bruce pitched a bait to a Black Marlin that came up in the spread.  To be honest, I have kind of lost track of how big which fish was…I recall it being medium sized, say 300 – 400 pounds.  When we picked up the mooring in the bay we decided that we had had a pretty good half day.  After dinner and some drinks and the requisite story telling, we hit the rack early, looking forward to Day 2.

Day 2

Day 2 started cloudy but the wind had quit a little.  Because the reef did not produce yesterday, we ran a little bit and started trolling.  We caught dinner, then we saw birds in the distance and Capt. Mike ran over to investigate.  Among 1 million birds, 100 million Bonito and a pile of porpoises we found some Yellowfin Tuna.  There were some big ones in the school, but we caught 4 30 pounders before they melee ended.  It was just like Blue Planet….so cool!

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We picked up a Marlin on the way home – what a great way to end the day.

After quite a debate, dinner was decided and Capt. Mike made a great veal dish which complimented the Fleur de Cana perfectly.

Day 3

Amazing.  Four Marlin on Zane Grey Reef.  Live baiting with Bonitos.  It was going off.  We were getting bites every hour, if not more frequently.  What a great way to catch them…slow trolling with 50’s and these fish were not small!  We had to find the shoulder harness a couple of times – the gloves at least once.

The Dorado became dinner as we talked about what might have been the best Marlin fishing most of us had ever experienced.  Check out some of the pics.  Awesome fish.

Day 4

This was a half day, we had to get back to Panama City before dark.  Well, after yesterday there was no question where we were going – to the reef for live baiting.  By 11:30 am we had 2 releases and lost one right at the boat.  Wow, what a trip.

A very nice boat ride back to Marina with sunny skies and a look at the beautiful Las Perlas Islands and we were back at the dock with the driver waiting for us.  Thanks Mike, Chowie and Aurturo!  Cannot wait until next year!

Marlin 1

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Marlin 2

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Marlin 3

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Marlin 4

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Marlin 5

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Marlin 6

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Marlin 7

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Almost Marlin 8

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July 4 – Bermuda

July 12th, 2010 – 8:48 pm
Tagged as: Bermuda
Tournament season is here with a vengeance.  MAKO finished up fourth for the Bermuda Billfish Blast.  We came out of the blocks quickly with two Blues on day one.  We did ok but Que Mas released five Blues for the day.  What a show!  Well done Travis and crew.
Things were slower on day two, we missed a White bite and a possible Blue.  Not a bad showing, it would have been nice to catch that White and place.  The Blender was working overtime, even if the fish were not.  Congratulations to all the winners.
The Yellowfin Tuna have returned after the current broke.  They were on the Southeast corner of Challenger for the week. The weather was a little breezy for the tournament – nothing terrible but it wasn't flat out there.
– Capt. Allen DeSilva

Tournament season is here with a vengeance.  MAKO finished up fourth for the Bermuda Billfish Blast.  We came out of the blocks quickly with two Blues on day one.  We did ok but Que Mas released five Blues for the day.  What a show!  Well done Travis and crew.

Things were slower on day two, we missed a White bite and a possible Blue.  Not a bad showing, it would have been nice to catch that White and place.  The Blender was working overtime, even if the fish were not.  Congratulations to all the winners.

The Yellowfin Tuna have returned after the current broke.  They were on the Southeast corner of Challenger for the week. The weather was a little breezy for the tournament – nothing terrible but it wasn't flat out there.

– Capt. Allen DeSilva

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June 20 – Bermuda

June 22nd, 2010 – 3:39 am
Tagged as: Bermuda

Phew!

Warmer water to the South of the island had brought bait, birds and life to the South side of Argus.  With this activity came a flurry of Marlin and Tuna activity for the fleet.  We all feel much better now.

We had a good week with the Tuna and caught a couple of White Marlin.  Still waiting for our first Blue, but we are getting shots so it’s just a matter of time now.

We had Mike and crew, Black & Blue members, for much of the week.  They did their usual thing…Wahoo, Dolphin, White Marlin, put out a propane fire, Yellowfin Tuna…they managed to fill up their week!

On Friday we went 1 for 4 on White Marlin, the fleet went 2 for 10 on Whites and 0 for 3 on Blue Marlin.

Sunday was a great day with 6 Yellowfin Tuna in the 50 pound range caught in the chum, followed by going 1 for 2 on White Marlin on the way home.  We also missed a Blue that was FIRED up back there in the spread.  We saw a big one that did not want to eat.  She just swam under the right short and scared all of us.  You obviously want them to bite, but even seeing one of those big girls is exciting as hell.

– Capt. Allen DeSilva

June 13 – Bermuda

June 18th, 2010 – 4:50 am
Tagged as: Bermuda

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Blue!

Blue water is good if you are looking at it from the bridge while trolling. On a sea surface temperature chart it is not so handy. The good news is that the cold water is finally giving way to some at least reasonable water – we got 74 degrees yesterday for the first time all year.

You can see the signs of the warmer water even without the gauge. Bait is showing up on the south side of Argus and there is some bird activity starting. It kind of reminds me of the second week in May instead of June.

We have been out pretty steadily. We have hooked and jumped off three Blues. Haven’t caught one yet – maybe today! I think the fleet is up to 3 Blues caught for the year. I hope that with the warmer water the bite picks up steam.

We have been seeing some really small tuna as well as some Yellowfin in the 60 pound range. They seem to like to bite on the troll more than in the chum so far.

The Wahoo are slow but steady. We catch one or two most days. We got a couple in the 60 pound range this week.

I am hoping this will turn out to be a transition week and we hit summer by my next report. I guess we will all have to wait and see.

– Capt. Allen DeSilva

June 1 – Bermuda

May 31st, 2010 – 10:02 am
Tagged as: Bermuda
We have not quite gotten into the summer routine of fishing reports on MAKO, so we thought we would cheat and post all of May’s news at once.
The weather has generally been great and last year’s seaweed has stayed away so far.  The water temperature, however, is very cold compared to what history would have you expect.  Yesterday was the first day my machine read 70 degrees all year.  We have spend most of the month around the 65 degree mark.  Very odd – especially given the unusually hot water they are seeing around the equator.
Whether it is the water temperature or not, who knows, but the Spring Wahoo run has been odd.  There is not as much bait as you would expect and the bait that is there is congregating in unusual places for this time of year.
We have had some good days – the Teachers Rugby Football Club had their tournament a couple of weeks back and the girls handily beat the boys with a 62 pound wahoo for Kimmie and and WHOPPER 72 pounder for Sacha.  Melissa managed to beat the stuffing out of a 35 pounder and Rene caught a wahoo that weighed roughly the same as her at 50 plus.
The blender came out at that point as the girls were feeling pretty confident.  (An important note to those trying to eat a healthy diet – frozen yogurt is a terrible substitute for ice cream in blender drinks.)
The boys were the following day.  What a difference!  One bonito, lots of inside out South Africans.
Congratulations to the girls!
The fleet has, I think, one blue this year.  We missed one about a week ago and there were a couple jumped off Sunday.  A few Whites have been caught as well.
We are counting on Mr. Marlin to come on strong during June.  I will let you know how it goes.
– Capt. Allen DeSilva

We have not quite gotten into the summer routine of fishing reports on MAKO, so we thought we would cheat and post all of May’s news at once.

The weather has generally been great and last year’s seaweed has stayed away so far.  The water temperature, however, is very cold compared to what history would have you expect.  Yesterday was the first day my machine read 70 degrees all year.  We have spend most of the month around the 65 degree mark.  Very odd – especially given the unusually hot water they are seeing around the equator.

Whether it is the water temperature or not, who knows, but the Spring Wahoo run has been odd.  There is not as much bait as you would expect and the bait that is there is congregating in unusual places for this time of year.

We have had some good days – the Teachers Rugby Football Club had their tournament a couple of weeks back and the girls handily beat the boys with a 62 pound wahoo for Kimmie and and WHOPPER 72 pounder for Sacha.  Melissa managed to beat the stuffing out of a 35 pounder and Rene caught a wahoo that weighed roughly the same as her at 50 plus.

The blender came out at that point as the girls were feeling pretty confident.  (An important note to those trying to eat a healthy diet – frozen yogurt is a terrible substitute for ice cream in blender drinks.)

The boys were the following day.  What a difference!  One bonito, lots of inside out South Africans.

Congratulations to the girls!

The fleet has, I think, one blue this year.  We missed one about a week ago and there were a couple jumped off Sunday.  A few Whites have been caught as well.

We are counting on Mr. Marlin to come on strong during June.  I will let you know how it goes.

– Capt. Allen DeSilva

Oct 11 – Bermuda

October 12th, 2009 – 11:46 am
Tagged as: Bermuda

We were out a fair amount this week.  We lost Thursday to weather but that was it.  Wednesday we were out with George Dragonetti and friends and was it ever rough.  About as much as you would want to deal with, that is for sure.  They were troopers and we managed to catch a reasonable number of Wahoo.  Well done guys, way to hang in there.  By Friday the wind had quit and all we were left with was the swell.  Much more comfortable, but still bumpy.  We had Argo out and we were able to catch enough Wahoo and Yellowfin Tuna to keep the day interesting.  The Wahoo we are catching trolling dead bait are in the 20 – 40 pound class.  We have not been catching many Wahoo bigger than that over the past couple of weeks.

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Note how trim the shirtless one looks!

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The tuna catchers. Good job, Miss Makenna!

With the tide running to the West, the action in on the Eastern side of Challenger.  Argus has produced a number of good days for other boats, but we focused on Challenger this week as the bait moved from the Southeast corner to the Eastern turn and even to the Northeast corner.  By Sunday the bulk of the bait had moved north from the Southeast corner and we were doing better with the Wahoo and Tuna up that way.

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Way to go Mr. Rhyn!

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Want to feel like your boat is bigger? Put these two in the cockpit.

What we did find on the Southeast corner were Robins, and lots of them.  We had Rhyn and Makenna Bearden out and they put a hurting on the Robin population, filling up the livewell and then the chumming box.  Later in the day we were able to cash those live Robins in for some much nicer Wahoos.  i think we ended up with two fish in the 60 pound range and one in the 50s.  Fishing with live bait is great fun as long as you don’t focus on how many fish you lose, but instead enjoy the larger size of the ones you do catch.

We are going to be out of commission for a little while pretty soon as we bring MAKO back to Carolina for some odds and ends to be done.  We will be back to Bermuda in time for January which, last year at least, produced really great fishing for Yellowfin Tuna and Wahoo.

We will be able to sneak in another week of fishing before we depart.  If your freezer is empty, call and book a trip.  The Wahoo fishing remains consistent.

– Capt. Allen DeSilva

Oct 4 – Bermuda

October 4th, 2009 – 11:48 am
Tagged as: Bermuda

As the weather moves towards Bermuda’s fall pattern, so are the fish.

In late September and early October a typical year would see a migration of “Ticker Mackerel” (that is what we call them in Bermuda, they are actually small Little Tunny or, thanks to the Florida Museum of Natural History, Euthynnus alletteratus) moving from the Harbour out to the Edge and the Banks.  Don’t ask me why they move from inshore, where they are the top of the food-chain to offshore, where they are everybody’s favorite snack, but they do.  These baits are small enough that they are bite sized for Yellowfin Tuna and especially Wahoo.  2009 seems like it will shape up to a year with a poor live bait season.  Those Ticker Mackerel are not to be found offshore – at least yet.  The only spot we have found them reliably is one small section of Bermuda’s Edge.

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The lack of Ticker Mackerel, together with a strong West tide, is making live bait fishing an unproductive use of time.  There is a bonus to all of this, however.  The lack of bait has made the Wahoo ready to bite and bite well on the troll.  Similarly, the Yellowfin Tuna that are around are ready to eat.  This has added up to a number of pretty respectable catches this week.  It seems like the Eastern Turn to the SE Corner of Challenger is holding the most fish lately.

Friday – Monday we had the Radke boys fishing with us and we produced a pile of Wahoo and a pretty good haul of Yellowfin Tuna.  I love fishing in October as the Wahoo strikes often come in doubles or triples (we had two quadruples this weekend).  Calling Wahoo fishing exciting for the guys in the cockpit is an understatement.  There is plenty of work for the Mate, the customers and the Captain.

We will try to get out a fair amount this week – weather permitting.  I hope to have more of the same to report next week.

– Capt. Allen DeSilva

Sep 13 – Bermuda

September 13th, 2009 – 11:50 am
Tagged as: Bermuda

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The Wahoo continue to please. Early in the week we were having good luck on Challenger Bank trolling with dead bait for Wahoo as well as chumming on the NW side of the Bank. In the chum, there were a fair number of little Yellowfin Tuna, huge numbers of Skipjack Tuna as well as the odd Rainbow Runner and Tiger Sharks. All in all, made for a few interesting days.

We fish for Wahoo in the chum using spinning gear with a short trace of wire just above the hook. The particular fellow I am holding above hit my bait (yes, I was convinved to try a drift or two with the rod in my hand) like something very small. As I was reeling the fish in easily, someone hooked a Yellowfin just above my fish. Well, that sure woke up the Wahoo and he went around the bow in a flash. After 10 or 15 minutes fighting him from the bow deck, I figured that I must have a Wahoo that was converted in to a Tiger Shark. I put the max drag on and start to work the fish to the boat thinking I will either catch it or break it off and finish this one way or the other. Well, he was a nice surprise when he came to the gaff.

Later in the week the bite on Argus was good. I think we ended up with 15 Wahoo on Saturday. Ricky Lines and his guests did their usual great job and we had two great days out.

September-October fishing in Bermuda….nice weather, lots of action, lots of fish to eat!

I am going to be in Costa Rica this week checking on Capt. Mike and Chowie, the other half of Black & Blue Fishing. As a result, the next fishing report will be from the Pacific.

Talk to you then.

– Capt. Allen DeSilva

Bermuda – Aug 16

August 16th, 2009 – 10:42 pm
Tagged as: Bermuda

Whoa! Too much for one report so we are going to do two this week. Had a pretty good week this week. The Blue Marlin bite is hanging in there and you tend to get a shot or two a day. Friday Colin Barnes got four shots and caught two.

Depending on your personal preference, what might be more exciting is to talk about those big Yellowfin Tunas that I mentioned last week. They are here. While the numbers of fish in the schools are not as big as one might hope, with a little luck and a lot of concentration and patience you can get one or two. The way fishing for these bigger tunas works is you drag baits – beg enough ones to entice Blue Marlin close to the boat and smaller ones further back on the riggers. Way back. Spectra helps a bunch when your baits are so far back there.

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You put the boat in 100 – 500 fathoms off the Bank and wait for the school to come up and crash baits. Sunday they were eating these little things we call “redfish”, Saturday they were eating flying squid. Whatever the bait of the day is, when the Tuna drive it to the surface and they are feeding you have to have your baits in the school quickly because they tend not to stay on the surface for long. These Tuna are big for Bermuda – all over 100 pounds. When you get a bite (we got a triple on Thursday) it is a case of hang on and hope for the best! These fish pull hard and fight for a long time. A really rewarding catch for the angler. Gets me all fired up just talking about it.

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Our AON trip were the big winners this week catching two of the three big Tuna hooked (one was lost right at the boat – hard luck!). The fish were 120 pounds and 180 pounds. That is a lot of cassarole or sushi or tuna steaks.

Earlier in the week we caught a frisky Blue with Bruce Dilke. What he lacked in size, he compensated for by the jumps. Danny Forchic came fishing for a couple of days with two friends and they both got a Blue Marlin. Congratulations guys! Just as an aside, Danny might have missed his calling. He loves to fish and ski but check out his form with that tag stick…I think the javelin might have been his real calling.

Check out the footage below.




So, for the week a few Blue Marlin, two big Tunas a smattering of Wahoo and Skipjack Tunas. It is August…the seas are flat and full of life. Makes it fun to go out every day wondering what we are going to see today. As I dated this fishing report, I realized that September fast approaches. September is a very interesting month in Bermuda. It is a little cooler, the seas tend to stay flat but the water temperature changes just enough to make it the only month where you can catch every species Bermuda has to offer. Sittting here thinking about what is available in September I come up with the following list:

  1. Blue Marlin
  2. Wahoo on dead bait
  3. the occasional Dolphin
  4. Yellowfin Tuna
  5. HUGE Tiger Sharks
  6. Wahoo on live bait
  7. Barracuda
  8. Amberjack
  9. Little Tunny
  10. Skipjack Tuna
  11. Blackfin Tuna…you get the idea.

I hate being ashore during September with all that stuff out there to catch. Call and book a trip!

– Capt. Allen DeSilva

All the photos from this week: http://www.flickr.com/photos/blackandbluefishing/sets/72157622056702652/

Bermuda – Aug 9

August 11th, 2009 – 12:30 am
Tagged as: Bermuda

The weed has retreated.

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Go Laura! Nice Wahoo

The weed has gone back to wherever it came from, letting the fleet have a reasonable chance at trolling for Marlin again. The bite is pretty good and seems to be improving slowly. MAKO was able to convince seven of those Blues to eat this week. We released three of them.

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Woody's Marlin

We had Guy Harvey and his son and daughter (and a film crew) on board for a couple of days this week. Guy wanted to catch a Tiger Shark and Blue Marlin. I have to say I was getting a little nervous on the Marlin front, but we were able to pull it out at the end and Master Harvey caught a 200 pound Blue. This release was a little unusual as it involved Guy and his daughter jumping in to film the fish! I am sure we will all get to see that footage when Guy’s project is completed.

If you think that is interesting, young Master Harvey also hooked, fought and landed an 800 pound Tiger Shark. Again, at the release, the Harveys were overboard filming. I know he is the expert, but the Marlin filming didn’t make me as nervous and the Tiger Shark filming did.

In other news, AON ran a trip on Thursday and we caught a couple of Wahoo. We went 1 for 3 yesterday and 1 for 2 on Friday.

The tuna are much harder to find this week. They took the Robins (speedos) with them wherever they went. It is a more typical August now…Marlin and Tiger Shark fishing are the main activities, at least until the guys find the next hot spot for chumming the Tuna. I thought things were going to get real interesting when there were a couple of sightings of bigger Tuna, part of the near-annual run of larger Yellowfin Tuna (over 100 pounds) that Bermuda enjoys. They are also hiding now. I sure hope they show up this year.

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Until next Sunday…

– Capt. Allen DeSilva