Midsummer: where's hot, and where's not

Right now’s prime time for world billfishing – though some fisheries definitely have their better times of year, mid-summer in the Northern Hemisphere is a good common denominator for finding billfish in most places.

But this summer’s been unsual in that regard – here’s a look at where’s hot, and where’s not, right now in billfishing…and to tell the truth, it’s more not than anything else right now…


– Cape Verde.  Though the numbers of fish are down significantly from last year, any place that sports three granders in a week is a hot fishery…and Cape Verde has done exactly that, including the World Cup winner.

– Cabo San Lucas.  Not exactly tearing it up, but compared to what Cabo’s been seeing for the last 6-9 months, the several fish a day boats are seeing these days (the last month or so) is a terrific bite.


Bermuda.  Some fish being seen – including a grander this week on the Playmate – but the numbers are still down compared to what this world-class billfishery is used to.

– Kona – slow summer thus far, with a number of fish in the 400-800 class but the run of males has not happened yet.  It will.

– Madeira – a number of big fish, with some streaks of quantity, but June was relatively slow, though with a promising late May.  But this fishery can turn on at any time.

Other fisheries – US East Coast, Mexico (ex-Cabo), Florida, Costa Rica, St. Thomas, all relatively seeing bites they’re accustomed to this time of year.

We’re keeping our eyes on the Azores, Madeira, Kona, and Bermuda – those fisheries are either starting up or almost surely will light up at some point soon.  We’ll keep you posted.

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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