Update Jan 2019
It must be almost 20 years now doing these daily fishing trips, and still a pleasure being out there on the open ocean. Our big boat which we started using in December 2016 has been working very nicely, we weathered many a storm out there with no more damage than a few coffee mugs going overboard. Nice to have a strong and seaworthy boat when the weather suddenly turns against you, and the ancient Gardner marine diesel chugging happily away day after day without missing a beat.
Fishing last year started very well, we had a decent billfish season, with an average of one per day. Then in spring there was a serious red tide/and associated O2 depletion with significant effect to the fishing. For months there were no fish below a few meters depth and sending a livebait below about 10m resulted in it dying immediately. Game fish came in very close to the island where the water must have had more oxygen and we had some interesting fishing for a few months until conditions improved. So now, back in winter again and we are having the best winter fishing I have seen in 20 years. We have had an average of 5-10 mackerels per day as well as many sailfish. Marlin have been much fewer in numbers than normal. Yesterday 16th Jan was the first time we noticed schools of mahi – a sure signal that spring fishing season is upon us.
Our catch blog is still running on facebook, seeing as it is so easy to update and seen by many visitors. Sending a message to that page is also very convenient and I can reply quickly. Otherwise firstname.lastname@example.org is reliable and I get a notification when an email arrives (unlike the contact us form here).
Pls visit the catch blog here – you can scroll back through the years to see what we caught at different times of the year.