The Billfish Report is counting down the top billfisheries of 2009 – and coming in at #2 is the Cape Verde Islands.
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.
If you’re looking for Atlantic blue marlin, there’s likely no finer fishery, year-in and year-out, than Cape Verde. But in 2009 the billfishery was almost finding marlin with ease, and these marlin weren’t the 150-pound variety: Cape Verde sees some big fish, and this year it regularly saw multiple-fish days, with size up to 1,000 pounds.
Here are some highlights from the extraordinary 2009 season:
– Boats witnessed a consistent bite throughout the season. For example, the Beast’n released 141 blues on the season, the Amelia, 131. To average catching almost two blue marlin a day, over an entire season, is almost unheard of anywhere else.
– It was not unusual for boats to see double-digit bites on blues – in a single day. Two big runs, one in early May and another in early June, had boats raising 15-20 blues a DAY…and catching as many as 10.
– Size held up well, with multiple blues going over the 500 mark, especially in April, when they averaged 500. Thereafter the blues still averaged 250-300 pounds. Highlight was a 1,012 blue marlin on September 1 as well as a world-record 175-pound blue…on 6-pound test!
So Cape Verde is the Billfish Report’s #2 Billfishery of the Year, with a phenomenal 2009. Stay tuned for our #1 Billfishery of the Year, coming up later this week!