Small Venezuelan Blue Marlin - Courtesy Dr. Ken Neill

The Billfish Report is counting down its Top 10 Billfisheries of the Year, and coming in at #4 is Venezuela.  Criteria for our Top 10 include numbers, variety, and size of fish.

Venezuela is synonymous with a Billfish Grand Slam. In fact, it is really the birthplace of the infamous Blue Marlin, White Marlin and Sailfish trio. Not only can you catch a slam here a day, you can catch two or three if the blue marlin are cooperating.

This is not a size fishery for the most part, but 10+ Sailfish and 10+ White Marlin days are not uncommon and 5+ Blue Marlin days were reported a number of times in 2010. We even heard of a local boat raising 16 Blue Marlin in one day. While there may be a prime season here, you can catch a billfish almost any day of the year here.

Not too long ago Venezuela was the “go-to” place on the world circuit of billfish. A number of American boats called Caraballeda home. However, sadly in the last five years, the political turmoil of the Venezuelan government has caused a number of top boats to not return. For those who stayed though, they were reminded that the fish don’t care who is in office.

Beautiful Jump by a Venezuelan Blue - Courtesy of Dr. Ken Neill

We are fortunate to have made some friends with local Venezuelan’s Jose De Veer-Spot and Jose Alejandro Moreno who have kept us up to date on this year round fishery. Likewise, American Capt. Jimmy Grant on the Waterman has provided us with a wealth of reports.

Here are some fishing report highlights from 2010.

Vintage was 4-5 on Blue Marlin (one at 500 lbs), 9-14 on White Marlin and 0-3 on Sailfish. That same day, both Waterman and Prowess achieved Billfish Grand Slams.

Waterman released 12 Sailfish, 3 White Marlin and 1 Blue Marlin for a Billfish Grand Slam.

Cuare was 4-9 on Blue Marlin and 1-2 on Sailfish.

Byrd’s Nest was 6-8 on Blue Marlin, 1-1 on White Marlin and 1-1 on Sailfish for a Billfish Grand Slam

Waterman was 6-10 on Blue Marlin and 2-4 on Sailfish

Thanks very much to Dr. Ken Neill for allowing us to use his great shots.

Congratulations to the Venezuela, the #4 Billfishery of 2010.

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