The Billfish Report is counting down its Top 10 Billfisheries of the Year with our #7 Billfishery Grand Canary. Criteria for our Top 10 include fish numbers, variety of billfish species, reports, average size of fish, length of season and number of boats fishing. With over 5,000 Billfish Reports submitted to us in 2019 from around the World, to even be considered for our Top 10 makes a fishery one of the best!
Grand Canary – What has always been known as a reliable Blue Marlin fishery, stepped up their game in 2019. This has been a year for the small fleets, with Grand Canary being one of the smaller we cover. Despite the size of the fleet (5-6 Boats) they were able to boast an impressive seventy-one (71) Blue Marlin over 500 lbs. That put them soundly as the 3rd Best in the World for fish over 500 lbs. in 2019. To put 2019 into prospective, in 2018 they released forty-six (46) Blue Marlin over 500 lbs.
Is was not the just the size of this fish that separated 2019 from other years, but it was numbers. This is not, nor will it ever be a 10+ type of fishery, but when you go from averaging one (1) Blue Marlin a day to three (3), I think we can all call that progress. We recorded three (3) days with 5 Blue Marlin, with Cal Rei, Black Marlin and Billfish Fever getting into the action. Both Capt. Randy Das on Cal Rei and Capt. Hafid Oualiti El Harrouyi on Cavalier both finished with season records with Cal Rei releasing sixty-eight (68) Blue Marlin and Cavalier with sixty-six (66).
White Marlin can be caught here regularly, but generally not in great numbers. Spearfish can also be caught here, but not reliably, but we did receive one (1) Grand Slam on the White Marlin.
Congratulations to Grand Canary, our #7 Billfishery for 2019.