Hello everybody, first of all the fishing was fantastic again from february on. up to ten blues were caught while the best fishing happened to be at San Nicolao’s south bank. Beginning of may we had a few days a little slack in the numbers of fish but some quite big ones were caught with up to 900 lbs.
A few days ago even several yellowfin thunas were caught and the odd wahoos are around in good numbers to make the lurebuilders happy … HAPPY HOOKER 2 was on the dry dock for 3 month and completely overhauled, She looks quite good now as we put a lot of money and effort into the job!
Our customer MARTIN FUCHS from germany went out yesterday to catch his first marlin ever. He and his friend are booked on HAPPY HOOKER for 5 days fishing with Capt. JOSÉ, who is on the helm since april. After catching a Wahoo early they had another bite in shallow water, which was that marlin. Only less than 5 minutes after hookup the fish came alongside the boat and was leadered by TUTU. Now they saw the size of that fish very well and decided to bring it in as a 1000 lbs +. But the gaffs were (luckily) not prepered … Having that fish on the leader and at the surface of HAPPY HOOKER’s cockpit, TUTU gave the leader to KAPAI, jumped inside the boat and came back with the flying gaff. That fish was still easy to hold as it was completely calm and relaxed swimming with the boat !!! Just that moment the gaff was ready to put it in its shoulder, it must have decided that something was wrong and exploded to get away from the boat !! Only now she was starting to fight and it took the angler another ~ 2 1/2 hours to get the fish back to the leader ! Imagine what would have happened if they would have stucked the gaff in its shoulder after a few minutes without the fish having done nothing so far !!!!! Anyhow, the fish weighted in at 483 kg or 1065 lbs. That is already the 9th grander caught on HAPPY HOOKER in the past 14 years here in cape verde, which prooves her to be the boat with probably the most grander blues caught in the atlantic and pacific! Big congratulations to Capt. JOSÉ, our local crew TUTU and KAPAI, the angler MARTIN FUCHS and of course to good old HAPPY HOOKER !!!!! The lure, BIG SMOKER, they caught the blue on is from Stephan Kreupl and Robert Rein, please check here:
Tight lines to all, Berno