The Billfish Report is counting down the top billfisheries of 2009 – and coming in at #9 is the Canary Islands.
Geographically, the Canaries share the same area of water as Madeira, which also had a tremendous 2009. Located off the northwest corner of Africa, the Canaries typically have a consistent summer bite on three species of billfish: blue marlin, white marlin, and spearfish.
Where the Canaries stand out is in the consistent size of fish – and this year was no different. Though there were a couple of granders caught this year, what remains striking about this fishery is that virtually every day a fish of size is caught – and often times there are multiples per boat. This is why the Canary Islands ranked #9 in the Billfish Report’s Top Billfisheries of the Year – a consistent large blue marlin bite over the summer, with some variety mixed in with the occasional whites and spears.
Some highlights from 2009:
– Two granders caught in May – on the same boat, on the same day! The Walhalla weighed an 1187 and released a 1000+ fish as well.
– A striking number of large fish in the 400-600-pound range. Our reports consistently reflected 400+ fish on a daily basis in June and July, on a relatively small fleet – making the return all the more impressive. The “Cavalier,” for example, picked up 500+ blues on three straight days – and caught another 600+ a couple of days later – in mid-June.
– Some days witnessed some prolific numbers on boats as well. Team Bocinegro caught 63 blues in July alone – some days raising 5-7 blues a day. A mid-July run of small males contributed…but the Bocinegro caught its fair share of larger girls as well.
The Canary Islands always see good size and are typically a reliable fishery for summertime blues. 2009 was no different: huge numbers of fish, consistent size, with some granders sprinkled in…making the Canaries the Billfish Report’s #9 Billfishery of the Year.
Stay tuned next week for #8!