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Madeira Report July 7th and 13th

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.

150 lb. Bigeye Tuna caught by Leslie Watkins.
150 lb. Bigeye Tuna caught by Leslie Watkins.
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. At first the fish tried the eat the XXL Marlin Magic Ruckus on the right teaser which I was able to pull away from her but she proceeded to follow it all the way to the corner of the boat. I cleared the other teaser in hopes that she would circle back and eat one of the hook baits but she disappeared. We were all on our toes waiting for something to happen and after what seemed like an hour, but was really only 30 seconds or so, I looked down directly behind the props and saw one of her brilliant blue pec fins sticking out of the propwash. She was actually following the boat and not any lures. Bo went ahead and cranked up the short rigger to where the snap swivel was at the rod tip and the lure was bouncing on the first wave 27 feet behind the boat. The fish dropped back and found the lure but was having a tough time eating it so Bo pulled the leader down near the water to give her a better chance. She eventually ate the large Polu Kai Instigator and started taking line. The fish didn't go very far and we were able to get everything cleared and go after her pretty quickly. In about 15 minutes she was at the back of the boat making some terrific greyhounding jumps in the crystal clear blue water. Bo grabbed the leader and off she went jumping again and again trying to get away. Bo did a great job and after letting her go once we we're able to get the leader back and get her alongside the boat in order to remove the hook and let her swim away. We estimated the fish to be around 750 pounds and I have to congratulate Mike Gearity for doing a terrific job in the chair. I think all told the fight lasted 25 minutes and I've included some pics for your enjoyment. Although bites have been few and far between up to this point, ones like yesterday make up for it very quickly.

Nice blue marlin alongside the Grander.
Nice blue marlin alongside the Grander.
An estimated 750 lb. Madeira Blue Marlin.
An estimated 750 lb. Madeira Blue Marlin.
Bo Jeyns on the wire.
Bo Jeyns on the wire.
Fish continues to jump.
Fish continues to jump.
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