Marlin tagged and recaptured aboard the same boat!

Cape Verde is known for having some of the best fishing grounds in the world and TBF is excited to report on a blue marlin that was both tagged and recaptured off of these islands. Not only was it tagged and recaptured in off of Cape Verde, but was both tagged and recaptured aboard the same boat! On April 19, 2012, angler Wade Wood tagged and released this blue marlin … read the full story on the facebook site of The Billfish Foundation

2013 Season started

A few boats fished alleady the last week and some marlin were caught, not quite hot but some fish around.
The water is not best quality these days, some green water everywhere. Hope that will change this week as we start fishing too.

E Voilà: Grander number 12!

… released thursday August 16th. Angler: Wim Moens from Holland. The fish struck on the drop-off right in front of Mindelo. The fight lasted 55 mins & the fish was caught on a Hayes Enki.

Grander 12

Grander number 12

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Here we go: Number eleven – Blue Marlin 1222 lbs Super Grander

We hooked up (Angler: Alexander Trukhachev) about 17.00 when we were on our way back from the Noreste Bank to Tarrafal, St. Antão; actually in the deep three & a half miles from the north west point of the island. A perfect day to fight a beast – beautiful blue water & flat calm. The fish hit a Bonze Mongrel Dog on the short corner. That’s a double for Bonze too. The fish took just over 40 minutes to gaff with fortune smiling on us since the hook pulled just as Tony put the gaff in. Tutu wired the fish the first time he took the leader, so the fish never had a real chance to go deep. It was dark before we got to Tarrafal so we left the fish on the beach until we could weigh it the following morning. Finally hoisted it about 09.00 on account of having to find the right tree. Lucky that Bebiche had scales. We have some nice video footage as well. (online ASAP)

10th Grander for the Happy Hooker I

And finally: The Happy Hooker 1 weighed in its 10th Grander on  27th  June. Capt. Simon Bracey put angler Chris Lyle on the fish which struck at 1030 on a Bonze ‘Grimmel’ lure rigged with a single hook. The fish was caught in the deep water off the point of St. Antão & fought for about 3 hours before succumbing to the gaff. The fish weighed in at 1,017 lbs. It’s Cape Verde’s first »official« (weighed) grander so far this season. A shame it couldn’t have been on the 4th of July. No complaints, you can’t have it all!
There are some big ones about – HH1 released a fish the following day around the 750 mark.

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This years fishing

Hello everybody, as I will have our last charters for this year very soon, captain Jose is already back in Spain, captain Simon is just gone too, and I will be off for some hunting in mid october, I was thinking about to write a short report about this years fishing in march. Continue reading

2 triple-headers

The fishing during april until now was full of highs and some downs between. Capt. Bonze had one day when he caught 10 blues again! As well as Capt. Simons best day was 6 releases so far and he managed to catch already 2 triple-headers! Even when we’ve seen some days without flags on the riggers, the fishing is consistently good. So far there are allmost no thunas caught this year, but we all hope that that will change soon. There are also some new pics on our photo-page, check out.

Hundreds of lures

The Happy Hooker fishing team is complete by now, Captain Bonze is also back and ready to go for the 2009 season. He brought hundreds of his lures and his new models look very promising ! The fishing is hot by now; all boats are catching Blues and some good sizes with them up to 800 lbs ! Even the hoo’s are around in good numbers. We still have some days free in june, one of the hottest period for marlin, so don’t think too long and ask for possibilities!