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  1. June is a bit early for marlin on the Algarve coast. White marlin tend to come in around mid august and stay into mid/end september. The blues might be on the offshore marks in june, but I would say that september is prime time. Day licenses for boat fishing in Portugal should be available on all legal boats for 3 euros a day. Off to the airport in a min, to enjoy xmas in the cold and wet UK....back in the sun in early january. Happy christmas to all Bob
  2. Hi Guys - looks like we lost Stans report due to the hacker attack - shame... We've been fishing again today, very blustery conditions and difficult to maintain a good spread of lures. The water temp has dropped a bit, but despite that we raised 4 white marlin, hooked one, but it threw the hook after about 30 seconds. By which time it had taken 100 or so metres of line and was leaping and jumping like a ballerina. Earlier start tomorrow morning, still going for whites, they are still here despite a 1.5 degree drop in temperature. Still loads of juvenile dorado around, throwing themselv
  3. Stan has now left for cooler climes, and should be winging his way back to the far north as I write this. I'm sure that he will write a full report on his return. We did try a very long ditance trip yesterday looking for another blue marln. We tagged and released a white that took a huge blue marlin lure, unfortunately we were running 80lb class, so it wasn't able to give of its best. I haven't got a final tally, I think Stan has been keeping a diary so I hope he will write his epic trip report. I have only been over here 3 years, and some of you will know of the trials and tribula
  4. Couldn't resist it, here's a shot of Stans 800lb ish blue marlin. Wish there was some perspective so you could see the awesome size. Breathtaking....
  5. Another quick report, Stan will be able to write an epic when he gets back. White marlin crashing very big blue marlin lures and getting hooked up. several more tagged in the last 2 days. We're on a mission for another blue tomorrow, so an early start and off to the Picos, a sea mount about 52 miles offshore. I still haven't had time to do the piccies yet, but will try and post some in the next couple of days. Unfortunately didn't get any pics of a monster hammerhead that we trolled past, but we'll try and catch one one day soon. Hi Dave, as far as I know sailfish are almost unheard o
  6. Another quick report - too tired for anything else, some piccies will follow when we get around to procesing them. Trolled for 2 days, 3 white marlin brought to the boat and tagged. Yesterday we had gone deep looking for blues with 80lb gear, caught a very optimistic white marlin of about 65lbs on 80lb tackle. So, we thought we'd change back to 30lb class for whites. Oooooops - yep you guessed, a body the size of a Renaul Clio crashed into one of the white marln lures. It was Stans turn on the rod, it was about 15:30, and we got some good pics of the fish. Stans mate, who has caught a
  7. Just a very quick report, cos we're knackered. Left the dock at about 9.00am, cruised out to about 90 metres of water, and then set out the trolling pattern. Two white marlin raised, and one briefly hooked up in the first half an hour. Whoopppeee we thought, another day like friday, so off we went full of optimism. To cut a long story short, we trolled all day, inshore, offshore, deep and shallow, caught 8 small dorado on marlin lures, and only saw two more marlin, no more hookups. Thats fishing I guess, they'll still be there tomorrow. Weather pemitting we plan to head way of
  8. Well, what a day we had yesterday, talk about screaming reels and smoking drags. No doubt Stan will post his report when he gets back from the trip. His charter doesn't start until Sunday, but after a beer or two on thursday we decided to go out yesterday to do some prospecting, we had raised white marlin in the previous days and were feeling optimistic. About a 9 o'clock start and a 45 minute cruise into 100 metres or so of water, the plan was to head west and troll the continental shelf dropoff, down to about 700metres or so. Water temp was 24 degrees and slowly rising as we got further
  9. This is a very quick reply - what an amazing day!!!!! Raised 14 marlin, good hookups on 6 and tagged and released 3, fantastic. Stan is a very happy bunny and we're off to celebrate, so I'll get him that pint. Will post piccies and a report on a new thread tomorrow
  10. Phew - after some high tech wizardry, managed to get the image to load.
  11. Well I've just left Stan at the bar, enjoying a beer or two. Here's a pic of the view from the back of the boat yesterday, an aerial display of a hooked up white marlin. Raised just 2 yesterday, but also had one blue marlin through the lures, and another free jumping a few hundred metres away. The sea is crawling with small dorado, so it's looking really good at the moment. We are out again tomorrow so fingers crossed for some more aerobatics. More updatres soon. Bob aargh - the image is only 500kb but I can't seem to post it. Willtry again on another reply
  12. HI Muttley - try Advanta angling, a web search should find them. They stock Walker electric downriggers, a bit pricey, but if you are doing a lot, they are the dogs wotsits. We use them for trolling deadbaits and some rubber lures for reef dwelling carnivores, they take a bit of getting used to. I'm sure they would work well for bass in the right area. Best of luck - Bob www.reefcatfishing.com
  13. Was just having a look around after checking tomorrows forecast. First day of the marlin season tomorrow, season is a bit of a misnomer, but traditionally the marlin appear on or about the full moon in august. So first marlin fishing trip in the new boat fo us, we are on the Algarve coast of Portugal. And yes, in a good year there are plenty of marlin in the north east altlantic. Four big blues have ben caught already way offshore, we are hoping for white marlin tomorrow. I've never tried to eat one though, we are strictly tag & release.
  14. Thanks for the wishes guys - put the fighting chair pedestal on today, and would you believe, got the dvd player working through the Raymarine plotter, what fun... We needed a FM radio, and searching on ebay, found a car radio that does the lot, dvd, divx, mp3 etc, all for about £80.00, so we thought why not. Now we can watch Jaws while we're waiting for the big one.. When I'm wealthy I want an underwater camera so I can see whats going on down there. A couple of blue marlin have been boated already, so getting a bith itchy now, just want to go fishing..
  15. Hi Snatcher - I've still got your flies, and looking forward to having a go with them. Stan is out in early september, fingers crossed Sparky will be pleased.
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