2013 Billfisheries of the Year – #1 Dominican Republic

The Billfish Report is counting down its Top 10 Billfisheries of the Year, and our #1 Billfishery is the Dominican Republic. Criteria for our Top 10 include fish numbers, variety of billfish species, average size of fish, length of season and numbers of boats fishing.

Blue Marlin on Parranda

2013 in the Dominican Republic will go down as one of the finest Blue Marlin seasons the world has ever seen. The waters between La Romana and Punta Cana were absolutely teeming with Blue Marlin. Over the last 5-Years, this fishery has gone from a stopover on the way down to the the Virgin Islands to one of the hottest Blue Marlin fisheries in the world. It was not moon, it was not tide, it was not even bait it was just an abundance of Blue Marlin. Report after report after report of 5+ Blue Marlin in a day were just pouring in and it never stopped. In fact we had over sixty (60) reports of 5+ Blue Marlin days. A double-digit Blue Marlin day is something special and both Caroline and Betsy did it TWICE. Betsy had two days with 10 Blue Marlin released and Caroline had a 10 fish day and the best day of the season with 11 Blue Marlin released.

This is absolutely a year round fishery, but most boats fish here for about 6-Months a year. If you have to say something negative about fishing here, then size would be it. This is clearly a nursery and these small fish don’t seem to travel far. It was not uncommon to actually have the same Blue Marlin caught between the fleet. They were not all small fish however with six (6) Blue Marlin reported to us over 500 lbs. with Tenacious and Fish Tank both releasing two on the season.

The Dominican Republic or the “DR” has some people call it, used to be considered an excellent White Marlin fishery and it still is. While the focus may be on Blue Marlin, we had some great reports on White Marlin. Blue Bird had an 8 White Marlin day, Sea Check with 7, Chasin Tail with 7,  Natural with 9, with the best day from Peje who released 11.  There are even a few Spearfish caught in these waters, which led to Grand Slams on SandmanHey Chama and Natural with a Blue Marlin, White Marlin & Spearfish.

There is not such thing as a guaranteed Blue Marlin, but if there were, we would put our money on the Dominican. Congratulations to all the crews fishing in the Dominican Republic our #1 Billfishery of the Year


Betsy released 37 Blue Marlin over 4-Days

Marlin Darlin went 8-11 on Blue Marlin

Blue Bird went 8-10 on Blue Marlin

Chasin Tail 7-11 on Blue Marlin

Bandolera released 7 Blue Marlin

Canyon Gear went 7-9 on Blue Marlin

Que Mas released 7 Blue Marlin

Chach released 7 Blue Marlin and a White Marlin



  • Capt. Randy Rode
    Posted March 9, 2014 4:18 pm 0Likes

    I run a sportfishing operation on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, and we have some fantastic blue marlin fishing here, year round. Granted, a lot of the fish are small, some as small as 30# or 50#`s, but they put on a great show, and put up a great fight on 20# spinning or conventional. There are also some big fish here also, the local record is 670#`s! a 4 1/2 hour fight on stand up 80# in a 19` lancha!
    A big part of the success of this fishery is the number of Fish Aggregating Devices (FAD`s) we have put out, that actually hold the bait and the fish. We have a significant investment in these FADs, but it has paid off, big time, catching as many as 8 blue marlin in one day, ranging from 80# to 150#`s.
    Another big plus, is that we have very little fishing effort here on the North Coast, you can fish all day and never see another boat, which is refreshing, and it is only a few miles to the 1,000` drop-off. We actually start trolling right outside the cut, and rarely venture more than 8 or 10 miles offshore.
    So for some out of the way, laid back and productive billfishing, keep me in mind here on the North coast of the Dominican Republic. I have 43 years experience fishing, and have fished the Florida Keys, Mexico, and Costa Rica extensively during my long career.
    For more information to go http://www.dominicanrepublicsportfishing.com
    See you on the rip!
    Randy Rode

    • Capt Randy Rode
      Posted December 28, 2016 6:40 am 0Likes

      The year of 2016 will go down as another banner year for blue marlin fishing in the Dominican Republic
      I fish out of the Laguna Gri-Gri on the North Coast near Cabrera,where there only two serious
      Sportfishing boat, myself on my new boat, VAMOS,and one other boat.
      We have yet to even begin to unlock the potential of this productive fishery.

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