The continuous strong, humid north-easterlies which kindly accelerated the arrival of warm game fishing water have proved a “double-edged sword” by keeping the boats tied in their marina berths with captains and anglers alike champing at the bit to get out on to the water.
The wind and swells finally relented on Christmas Eve and anglers were rewarded with several Yellowfin Tuna to 80lbs; the reduction of commercial pressure on this species showing immediate effect.
The first Striped Marlin was taken with several other “shots”, dropped fish and sightings of free jumpers and tailers.
The loss of a Shortbill Spearfish was reported, after it shook the lure free.
More surprising was the capture of a few Mahimahi, not normally expected until nearer February. This gives a clear indication of the warmth and good colour of the water and strongly hints that it won’t be long until the first Blue Marlin comes crashing into the spread of lures!