2010 Madeira Season Intro
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.
The Grander patiently sits at her slip in Calheta Harbor, awaiting another action packed season of chasing Granders.
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.
Last year the fishing really began to pick up in the first week of June and stayed consistent right on through August. The water temperature is already almost 70 degrees which is getting close to where it needs to be for the big girls to show up. There have been a number of fish in La Gomera which is 300 miles south of Madeira as well as some big tunas. I'll keep the reports coming as I hear them and hope to have some news of my own sooner than later. Good fishing to all.