Billfishing Report – Week of February 8

A quick update on where the fish are and are not right now in the world of billfishing…

Cabo San Lucas is seeing a decent striped marlin bite (finally).  Boats seeing 2/3 a day.

In Guatemala we’re getting reports of boats raising 20-40 sails a day, on a consistent basis.  This being their season, the fishing has been tremendous thus far.

North Carolina saw its first blue of the season a couple of weeks ago, but with few boats targeting the blues there hasn’t been one since.

As always South Florida has been seeing a tremendous sail bite, with boats catching multiple sails on a daily basis.  Reports of some blue marlin hookups off the Keys as well.

Reports out of Kenya continue to show great variety, with boats routinely seeing blacks, sails, and stripeys.

We’re getting good reports of late out of Puerto Rico, where the blue marlin bite is picking up.

In Isla Mujeres boats are releasing upwards of 30 sails a day.

Small blacks are still very much in numbers in Australia.

The black and blue bite off Panama has been consistent and strong in this, their high season.

Kona is seeing a steady if unspectacular bite, with fish ranging to about 600 pounds.

The sails are biting off Costa Rica, with occasional marlin in the spread as well.

Still awaiting the big blues in Ascension, though the sails are there.

The blues are definitely there in Brazil, but not to the degree they usually see them this time of year.

And last but not least…the Galapagos are certainly seeing some incredible striped marlin fishing these days, with double-digit days the norm.

About John

John Harmeling is the co-founder of billfishreport.com and granderwatch.com. Having traveled to and fished the major billfisheries across the globe, he counts Kona and Cairns as his favorites, and the black marlin to be the ocean's supreme pelagic specimen. He believes the very best and most enjoyable place to find tuna is in a marlin's stomach.

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