Top Billfisheries - 2009

2009 Billfisheries of the Year – #2…Cape Verde Islands

2009 Billfisheries of the Year – #2…Cape Verde Islands

The Billfish Report is counting down the top billfisheries of 2009 – and coming in at #2 is the Cape Verde Islands.

A blue marlin in Cape Verde. Picture courtesy Ingrid Vincent.

The Cape Verde Islands – located in the East Atlantic off the coast of Africa, at about the same latitude as Senegal – are well known for their blue marlin.  A year-round fishery (they caught a 300-pounder last week, and just missed a 600), the best marlin fishing in Cape Verde is from April through July.

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2009 Billfisheries of the Year – #3…St. Thomas

2009 Billfisheries of the Year – #3…St. Thomas

The Billfish Report is counting down the top billfisheries of 2009 – and coming in at #3 is St. Thomas. The blue marlin season – the highlight of the St. Thomas fishing calendar – runs from May through October.  What’s unique about this fishery is bite’s correlation to moon phase: no other billfishery on earth sees such connection between the…

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2009 Billfisheries of the Year – #4…Madeira

The Billfish Report is counting down the Top Billfisheries of 2009 – and coming in at #4 is Madeira. Madeira is a blue marlin fishery known for extremes. It can have extraordinary fishing with obscene numbers of large blue marlin, and it can have seasons that leave a lot of captains empty handed. As one of the northernmost blue marlin…

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2009 Billfisheries of the Year – #6…Panama

The Billfish Report is counting down the top billfisheries of 2009 – and coming in at #6 is Panama. There’s no fishery in earth that’s better named than Panama – it literally means “place of abundant fish.”  And if there’s one overriding characteristic of Panama, it is precisely that: waters teeming with life, and plenty of billfish feeding on it.  …

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