Newsletter 4 - May, 2013
Galapagos Islands New Blue and Black Marlin Hotspots.
The last 2 years have been impacted in World wide changes in fish patterns. The reasons are many. Fish migrations have differed immensely from previous years especially for sardines, mackerel, squid and striped marlin.
The effects of La Niña have been especially hard felt off Ecuadorian waters.
We often overlook the black and blue marlin fishery that has been sitting in front of us for years but had no need to tap into it. I used to think that Galapagos was not a black marlin destination. The days put into searching for them in shallower water and reefs did not produce enough to merit any recognition. Well Galapagos has many areas to fish if you consider steep island drops, reefs, banks and open water. Knowing where good water temperature is, the bait and what attracts blue and black marlin can be different in each destination.
The unusual shortage of striped marlin led us to search areas that we had not thoroughly fished in the past. What we found is several major hotspots under 30 miles from the port of San Cristobal that were holding blacks and blues. Given the right conditions these fish can be caught regularly from late December to late April and in good numbers. The striped marlin which always seem to be present were also caught in these other areas just not in the incredible numbers that they have been caught on the famous banks in the past.
Let's not forget that several other fisheries around the World have not seen the number of billfish they are used to either. Especially the destinations where marlin are the primary target. What makes the Galapagos unique is that even when one species is not biting there seems to be another ready to take its place.
2013 has been a year with several blue and black marlin released and lost that exceeded 700 lbs. This may lead to a logical conclusion that larger fish are swimming our waters. As we are a no kill fishery estimating is our only clue.
We are anxious to see what the 2014 season will bring once the waters start to warm up again in December 2013. With several days this year producing 5 plus blue and black marlin raises of fish 300 to over 700 lbs we know it is just a matter of time before Galapagos is on your list.
Get Ready for Blue Marlin Manta!!
Perhaps the most overlooked hotspot in the Eastern Pacific to target blue marlin is Manta, Ecuador. This port city is famous for it tuna clippers. The blue marlin fishing year after year is something to brag about. Just in the last 6 years have there been enough sportfishing boats trolling the water regularly from June to December to give us a good idea of the fishery. Most days you can expect 2 to 5 blue marlin raises and even a few shots at stripeys and an occasional black marlin. Some years 5 to 10 plus raises have been recorded regularly Water temperatures stay warmer than Southern Ecuador and seem to be the very edge where the cold Humbolt current and the warmer Panama current meet. Therefor plenty of bait coming from the South and marlin coming from the North. This mixing of cold and warm waters create the perfect blue marlin conditions.
Getting to Manta is easy. A four hour flight from Miami, Florida to Guayaquil, Ecuador and a drive about 3.5 hours from Guayaquil to Manta. There are decent hotels, good restaurants, bars and nightlife as well. Don't wait to book your trip or you may be left out.
Big Game, Cast and Blast, Argentina Is Next
Argentina is the undisputed heavyweight in South America and perhaps the World when it comes to wing shooting especially high volume. We will be offering some spectacular cast and blast packages where you can combine golden salmon (dorado) fishing with high volume wing shooting. We also have good destinations for you to hunt red stag, boar, black buck antelope and also shoot dove in the same area.
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