Sunday, 30 May 2010 by Jonboy Kelmer
Well, I'm finished in the boatyard and starting to get things dialed in for fishing. My crew, Bo Jenyns, will be arriving this coming friday then its off to the races for us. The latest reports coming in from the boats that are fishing right now are sounding really good. Yesterday, the 29th, sounded like the best sign of fish to date. Of the 6 boats i heard from there were at least seven fish seen or hooked. The sizes seem to be average for the fish around here which is about 600 lbs. I haven't heard of any real big girls yet but there's a real good chance they are here too. After looking at my log books for the last 3 seasons i have no record of this good of fishing this early in the year. The water temperature is hovering around 70 degrees but there have been some fluctuations of several degrees along the coastline which may be the effect of the current working and some upwellings on the ledges. Rumor has it that fishing can be really good after a winter of bad weather.
Saturday, 22 May 2010 by Jonboy Kelmer
Things are beginning to look promising around here. While grinding away in the boatyard yesterday I heard some good reports of the boats that were fishing. Of the 5 boats out fishing, 4 saw blue marlins and 1 boat was lucky enough to catch and release one. The only fish I heard the size of was the one that was caught by a local boat, Hawk Eye, which they estimated to be between 650 and 700 pounds. All of us in the boatyard are pretty optimistic at this point and as the days in the yard diminish, we can hardly wait to have something of our own the contribute to the report. It sounds like there are some fish in La Gomera as well which is only 300 miles south of Madeira. Once the water warms just a bit it could be biting like last year or maybe even the heydays of the '90s. I'll keep the reports coming as I hear them.
Monday, 17 May 2010 by Jonboy Kelmer
Well folks, the summer of 2010 is upon us and its time to dust off the 130's and get to work. I've just arrived over here in Madeira to get the Grander boat ready for what we're hoping will be another productive big blue marlin season. As many of you will recall we had a good season last year and ended up catching 28 blues from 47 bites and raised a total of 60 fish in 57 days of fishing. 22 of the 28 fish that we caught were over 500 pounds with 6 being over 700 pounds. The largest fish we caught and released last season was around 950 pounds. The first blue marlin of the season has already been caught by one of the local charter boats at an estimated 700 pounds. I talked to a couple other guys who told me that there has been a pretty good sign of bigeyes tunas around as well. I'll be taking the boat to the yard for some annual maintenance in preparation for our season which should begin around the first of June.