Tuesday, 27 July 2010 by Jonboy Kelmer
Today was a good day on the Grander. We have been fishing with Bo's wife, Lisa, for the last couple days and were able to catch her first atlantic blue marlin. The fish was probably about 550 lbs. Our first bite of the day was a fish a 700 pounder on the left short rigger, large Polu Kai Instigator, that pulled off after just a minute in the chair. As we were clearing that lure and turning around on the spot, another fish showed up on the right long rigger which happened to be a medium Polu Kai Instigator. This fish tried the lure a couple times and eventually got hooked. We already had on lure cleared and started backing after the fish as Bo cleared the rest of the lines. We were able to get to the fish quickly and had a terrific jumping show at the back of the boat but due to the fact that there were only 3 of us onboard we couldn't get any pics. Bo grabbed the leader several times and after just 20 minutes we had it alongside to get the hooks out and let her go.
Wednesday, 14 July 2010 by Melton Tackle
Shimano's ICAST booth has been buzzing with buyers and media alike, looking to catch a glimpse of their newest offerings. By the look of things, they did not disappoint. Some products are fresh and new while some are updates and next generation versions. Shimano Waxwing Jigs | Shimano Terez Rods | Shimano Trinidad A Reels | New Talica 20II & 25II Reels | Shimano Shallow Water Butterfly Jigs | Shimano Thunnus CI4 Spinning Reels | Shimano Curado 300EJ Reel Shimano Waxwing Jigs IN STOCK!Shimano Waxwing Jigs look radically different than anything on the market today. These patent pending subsurface jigs swim with a kick that absolutely drives fish nuts. Though the kick is reminiscent of our beloved iron jigs, the look is a radical departure. Shimano Waxwing Jigs derive the seductive zigzag motion from the upper wing, while the lower wing acts as a rudder to prevent rolling. Fishing the Shimano Waxwing Jig is extremely easy. Simply cast and reel in. That's it.
Wednesday, 14 July 2010 by Jonboy Kelmer
I have to say that, overall, marlin fishing this year in Madeira has been on the slow side. There have, however, been a number of bigeyes caught in the blind this year. By 'in the blind' I mean that there have not been many fish feeding on the surface that you can drive over to and get a bite, but instead guys have been getting a number of bites by surprise while trolling around normally. On the 7th of the month we were able to make contact with a couple bigeye tunas that turned into a 150 pounder caught by Leslie Watkins and a 180 pounder caught by Gary Primm. The 150 lb. fish was caught on the new Shimano Talica 25II Reel and Shimano Terez TZC66XH Rod. One fish ate a Polu Kai Bullet and the other ate a medium Polu Kai Instigator. Until that point it had been awhile since our last trolling bite but there have been a few marlins caught throughout the fleet. On the 13th we finally had another trolling bite from a blue marlin.
Friday, 2 July 2010 by Jonboy Kelmer
Overall the fishing this month in Madeira has been on the slow side. After a good sign of fish in late May there was a current change and some cooler green water moved in which took a week or so to get pushed out. On the 17th of June we caught our first fish which was 800 lbs and before that there were only a couple fish caught for the fleet. After that day there were a couple caught every other day or so. There was a pretty good bigeye tuna bite for a couple weeks mid month where some nice fish up to 300 lbs were caught. As the end of the month approached we were able to scratch out a second blue about 350 lbs and other boats were catching their second and third fish of the season. All of the conditions look good for fish to be here but we're all waiting for the big rush to show up. In just the last week of the month there were couple days where there was 4 or 5 fish caught in the fleet. Enjoy the few pics I've got so far and I hope to have more coming next month.