Starting about this time of year they come in thick. Saw over 30 between April 1-4 Raised 11 release 1 Raised 9 white and released 2 fishing gets better on the dark side of the moon.
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For Atlantic Blue Marlin the time is NOW in Venezuela. I have fished 36 days since July, 2004 (July/August/September/October/January/February and March) in Venezuela. For the Blue Marlin the months of March and April are the best. Other months in Venezuela offer shots but not always daily and you can go a week and not get a Blue but get plenty of Whites or Sails. There are many boats to select from and your comfort needs and income determine what to choose. I have found Venezuela to have the best marlin fishery in the world. E-mail me if you want a specific referral. I find Venezuela a magnificent fishery and I and my sons go quite often. The country does not fill everyone's expectations and those persons should go elsewhere. For me Venezuela is the place!!! It is "par excellant" for Blue Marlin and the few boats plying the water right now have chances of CATCHING 1 to 3 blues daily! The tournament down there is in about one week.
Another fishery, often overlooked, and doing rather well this month is Kona and Maui. The Pacific Blue Marlin run smaller on average with 50% of them being well under 100 pounds. But you also have more shots at the giant Blues at these locations. Hawaii is having their best marlin run in several years at present though they had some weather problems in March. There are a huge number of charters to choose from in all price ranges. Just go online and search. You can find online boats from $300 a day out of Kona. The bite will improve, with May and June being the best months. Go and study online and contact some captains. Also, boat prices in Hawaii are comparable to Venezuela. An excellent fishery and a beautiful state with deep waters adjacent to shore.
In both Hawaii and Venezuela, billfish are plentiful and considered part of the food staple. Marlin can be found in fish markets, bought online from Hawaii as Marlin Jerky, and served as Sashimi. This is also true in parts of Australia and New Zealand. You can charter a boat that does catch and release only and make that fact known in advance if you find this bothersome.
Best of luck with your billfishing endeavors. May you catch the Blues! WB
Thanks for asking. The boats catching in Maui (billfish) as per the last catch report in "Hawaii Fishing News" are: Iwa Lele (657# Blue), Ho'okela, Start Me Up Again, Start Me Up La Dat, Hinatea, No Problem, Reel Hooker, Finest Kind, Tale Walker, Kanoa, Ikaika Kai and Desperado. Go to "sportfishhawaii.com" to get the costs on a charter for Maui or go to Search for other charter sites. Log on to "Hawaiifishingnews.com" to read up on the fishery and see pictures of granders. They eat 60-70% of the billfish they catch. Tell them if you want to catch and release only.
The "Iwa Lele" crew catches live bait the afternoon before and heads out at 4:30 AM to get ahead of the crowd. Some of us are going down to Maui and/or Kona late May, early June for a week plus of billfish pursuit. Spearfish all around for everyone!! Let us know what you caught. Mahalo, Warren Brantley
Certainly for numbers Venezuela wants a lot of beating. But also, and this is making a sweeping assumption, on your side of the Pond (Western Atlantic?) St Thomas on the August and September full moons provides excellent sport, both in terms of numbers and higher average size.
In the Eastern Atlantic the 'granders' come from venues like Ghana and Ascension Island. But Cape Verde (off the coast of Senegal) produces numbers. It was there that Stewart Campbell released, if memory serves me correct, 22 Blues in a single day. there the fishery runs from May through to July. From what I've heard they've already in the last week released a 700 and a potential 'grander'.
Although it's no where near as predictable Madeira also released several 800s in the past few weeks.
Apart from Hawaii in the Pacific have you considered Costa Rica? It similarly produces reasonable numbers of Blues, mixed in with masses of big Sailfish.
Chairman - Sportfishing Club of the British Isles
If el nino has it's full effect...Los Cabos may be a good spot in July...eighty plus degree water...basically, el nino expands the equator (sp?)...making weather more extreme...this means better fishing in the San Francisco Bay Area...note the limits of king salmon lately?
In 1983, the last large el nino, my late father saw a striped marlin off the farllones (sp?)...In 94 there were Dorado (dolphin) caught off the SF Bay...EL NINO SHOULD NOT FAIL...good luck...and good fishing!
I am from Guatemala, and my company is www.sportfishingventures.com, I heard a lot about Senegal, and I have a very nice invitation to go there for October, my friend told me about Tarpoon Fishing, did you heard something about this Fishing there?.
But anyway, about Blue Marlin, this year particularly we have here in Guatemala a lot of Blue and Black Marlin, almost all my clients caughted one, being off season of this Specie, sometimes in March, April and in the last National Tournament that was May 14th., they released 12 in just one day, and the guy that won the Tournament released 2 in less than two hours, which is very excellent!!!, I know about Costa Rica and I being there several times fishing in Tournaments and for vacations, Quepos, Flamingo and Los Sueños, and somedays was a very good.
I don´t have anything against Costa Rica, in fact I admire them for to be so smart in exploted the Tourism, but Guatemala has a very nice concentration of Sailfish and Marlin, maybe is one of the best countries in the world for this Sportfishing.
I imagine that you being here, if not I invite you to come and see by your own of what we have.
You can really go to Puerto Rico in the months of may to july Great catches in San Juan, on july to october the west side (Mayaguez)is marvelous, only think in a place can you cath 5 or 6 blue in a day.