Here is a great report from the Cape Verde islands. We’ll follow up with a full story in the October 2012 issue of Marlin_…
Captain Randy Hodgekiss had been studying the charts for awhile and had always wanted to fish around one particularly productive-looking seamount. Unfortunately, it was quite a run from where the boat is docked at Mindelo Marina in Sao Vincente in Cape Verde. The Cape Verde seas are usually not very friendly and the trip to the mount would be one that would have to wait for the right weather and the right forecast in order to get there and back in the same day. If you look on your charts of the Atlantic Islands of Cape Verde you will see a small deserted island on the West side of Santo Antao, then offshore of it you will find two seamounts. These spots were at the top of the list for Randy to take his team as soon as the weather would allow.
Then the weather and forecast looked good enough for the Dreamin’ On to give it a shot, and the payoff was impressive. In the first two days of fishing, the boat released 21 blues – four marlin releases on the first day, and 17 on the second, which proved to be the best day ever for the Dreamin’ On fishing team.
Releasing 17 blues in one day is not only a feat that might go down in the record books, but this day may mark a goal that might prove unbeatable by a private boat in Cape Verde. There were several triple hook-ups and double hook-ups however there were only two anglers so the triples were not caught. Steve Keinath and his brother-in-law “Tony” were the anglers of record and put the boat’s total catch, as of today, at 140 so far this season. We will be fishing these waters for at least three more weeks, including the 4th of July World Cup. Much more to come!
– “Leisure” Lee Stevens, Co-founder,_ Marlin magazine