Greetings from Rum Cay
Finally, after a trip to the states with the Relentless for our annual maintenance/haulout/provision trip, we returned to the island and started our blue marlin season. And our first guests of the season were not dissappointed. New friends and first timers to the Relentless, Tim Jubach and his sons Chris and Tim Jr. along with Faryt'Pepine'Kalhil arrived to great weather and a good blue marlin bite.
On our first day things began slow, we caught a dolphin in the 20lb. class and a couple of cudas in the morning but the afternoon heated up with billfish bites. All of the Jubach clan released marlin with Chris tagging and releasing a white marlin and Tim Sr and Tim Jr. each tagging and releasing blue marlin in the 200lb+ category. And we wound up jumping off one more.
Day 2 the weather and conditions were perfect and we had lines in the water for less than an hour when we had a bite from a blue marlin which promptly jumped off. We didn't have long to wait before we hooked up to a marlin in excess of 400lbs which put on quite a show for the first 10 minutes. Faryt had his hands full as the fish pulled off 400 yards of line on her initial run. After 20 minutes of hard work Faryt had her close to the boat but she wasn't done and began a long run. As luck would have it after 45 minutes we pulled the hook. The big one got away! But that's what keeps you coming back and we are looking forward to their return.
We are in for a few days and then begin a long stretch lasting until the middle of July with very few open days. We do, however, have some prime dates available and with the way the season is shaping up anyone interested in marlin fishing should contact me soon. We have July 6th-12th and July 20th-31 available and any of these dates will produce good action. So until my next report
Al "Legend" Schaefer
available for consultation
"Again it has been awhile since my last report but with good reason, back to back charters and good fishing have kept us busy.
Memorial Day weekend saw first time Relentless guests Robert 'Barracuda Bob' Winfield, Adam'City Boy' Winfield, Greg 'Doctor Feelgood' Zwack and Mike Nestico arrive with good luck and good weather. A combination of fishing,snorkling and traveling kept interest and anticipation high. After fishing and snorkling around Rum Cay for a couple of days Mike suggested we do and overnight trip to Crooked Island to change things up. A good move! We left Rum Cay early and ran to Bird Rock putting lines in around 10:30 in the morning. Fishing until around 5 we caught a wahoo and a dolphin. The next day we left the anchorage at 6:30 with Greg and Mike while Bob and Adam stayed in to explore a little. We did not have to wait long before we raised a blue marlin and things picked up from there. By 11:00 we had raised 5 marlin, had 3 bites and released one. A good bird show led us to the yellowfin tunas and Mike and Greg sacked 'em up putting 5 40-50lbs. tunas in the box. As tough as it was we left the bite to run in and pick up the Winfield team. Again we found the birds and both Adam and Bob caught with 'Barracuda Bob' catching the big one for the day. We eventually had to leave the fish biting and returned to Rum for a fine tuna dinner.
Ed and Gerrie DeMaria along with their good friends Dave and Jeanne Cvetas arrive in Rum Cay next to test the Rum Cay waters. While fishing was a little slow Ed did release a blue marlin and we chipped away at the tunas and dolphin over their 4 day stay. Even with a temporary slowdown in fishing we all had a great time and , as is the case with charter fishing, friendships we forged. Both Bobby and I were a little sad to see this group leave but we are looking forward to their next trip.
After a one day reprieve our old friends and frequent guests Joe Hurwitz, Tom 'Batman' Terril and Ed Curtis returned. Additionally they brought their friend,and first timer to Rum Cay,Mikey Finch. After picking up these guys in the afternoon from San Salvador we ran back towards Rum Cay and threw the lines in. With only a few minutes left to fish Ed Curtis hooks up to a nice blue marlin that put on a great show and fight. After over an hour and a half Ed caught his first blue marlin! Not to be left out the next day Mickey Finch repeated this feat and released his first blue marlin. Tunas and dolphin came over the side and the good times rolled. Great tuna dinners, blue marlin and good friends. Does it get any better. This is this gangs fourth trip to Rum and we are looking forward to their next trip.
I would like to say thanks to everyone who has made the trip to fish with us. One of the great things about charter fishing is meeting and making new friends and this year has been exceptional in that department. So until my next report good luck fishing."
Captain Ross 'Flash' Clark
Al "Legend" Schaefer
available for consultation
Hey Capt. I first saw you on ESPN fishing on Sunday morning fishing down in rum cay ,It made me very proud to see Rum Cay being seen all around the world and you helping to do it ,great job.Oh by the way Im Bahamain,when will you be back on T/V? I just read your postings of some of the trips out fishing good stuff.I'll be in touch later.