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Great Friends and Swordfish Steaks

While the boss is away the mice will play… The past two weeks have consisted of fun filled road trips and boat trips.

Most people who visit the locations we go to never leave the marina unless it is to go fishing. I had some local friends take me on a trip to a bar near Boca Chica that’s on the water and has a view people would pay big money to enjoy. I’ve done a few road trips to places like Bayahibe and Dominicus and I’ve done a few boat trips in a friend’s 36 foot Yellow fin out to Saona Island and Palmia Island. It’s a shame that so many crews never take the time to do these things or see these places. We had a blast free diving the reefs; there was not much to shoot, but the reef was pretty. The beach at Dominicus is beautiful and a few local places serve you food right on the beach. It’s hard to beat eating a whole fresh Yellowtail Snapper along with plantains while sitting with your toes in the sand. Just one note: Always have the servers bring out the fish before it’s cooked so you can choose what fish you want; if not, you’re liable to get a nasty old Parrot Fish on your plate.

The fishing has been slower than usual at this particular location. In the past, boats were catching 2 to 7 fish per day; but on this trip most boats have only been catching 1 to 3 Blue Marlin per day. That’s great fishing elsewhere, but I’d consider it slow fishing for this spot. The reason is probably the coming full moon. The bite should turn back on and the numbers will go up after the moon begins to wane.

A few boats have been going Sword fishing. In fact, yesterday, there was a nice 375 lb. Swordfish caught by the “Contango.” In addition, there were 4 other swords caught on other boats. The fish are being caught 9 miles south of the marina in 1700 feet of water and are being caught day and night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally Published by Capt. Ed Thompson of the Viking 64 Sportfish "Blue Heaven"

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