We hooked up about 17.00 (Angler: Alexander Trukhachev) 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)
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. There are some big ones about – HH1 released a fish the following day around the 750 mark. 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!