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Matador Charters Fishing Report


Sunday September 02nd 2012 - 15:00 AM EST
Added by: Jake Hiles

On Thursday I had James Chen and his son Nicholas in from Jamaica for an overnight trip. James is a billfish fanatic and has caught nearly every billfish in all the worlds oceans. Our mission was to go and spend all the time needed to catch him a white marlin. Any thing else would be a bonus. We met at the boat at 7am thursday and got underway shortly after. We would start down behind the cigar in 50 fathoms and see where it lead from there. Being an overnight trip we had plenty of time to adjust if needed. We set lines in around the 150 line at 1030 am. Within a few minutes, we had our first bite. A white marlin on the longrigger which I wiffed. I flat missed him. Reset lines and a few moments later we had a hot white one come in on the 80 and instantly hookup. White marlin are very difficult to keep hooked on the heavy gear and usually pull the hook. This one stayed tight long enough to get the boat backing towards it and pulled the hook about 100 yards away. At this point we have beenfishing 45 minutes and we are 0 for 2 and Im thinking its getting ready to be a long two days. Then we see a fish on the teaser and bait switch and catch this fish after a long series of jumps. Mission complete and we are only an hour into it. After that we had a lull for a few minutes and we paddled around and I saw some bonitas busting. Got over near the bonitas and we saw two fish cruising. I turned the boat and pulled the long rigger right over the two fish and they popped up on both baits on the right side. I hooked a rat blue marlin up top and Shawn hooked a white marlin off the short rigger. They naturally went off as fast as they could go in two different directions. We catch the blue marlin first and get a clean release for James, then we caught the white Nicholas was holding onto. James asked if we could catch some meat to cook up for dinner and I made a brief pass by a board we found floating and the motherload of dolphin was underneath, but we only wanted a couple so we caught 4 and left them. After we caught the dolphin, it was slow for a while. Then about 5 o clock, while trolling in the same area but in 80 fathoms, we had a nice 300-350# class blue marlin follow our big bait around for about ten minutes. He wouldnt eat anything but we all saw the fish and he never touched a bait and just faded away. I turned inshore and a few minutes later we caught a white marlin off the right teaser. Putting lines back in and not really paying attention and a blue marlin crashes the longrigger and hooks himself up. James jumps on the rod and this 200# class blue marlin jumped all over the ocean and grey hounded for about ten minutes. Got the fish onto the leader and put the spread out and didnt see much for a while. Had a white come in and follow us but no bite. Saw a free jumper too. But no bite. By this time the fleet had all left and we were getting ready to get settled in for the night. Our buddy boat "Reeling and Dealing" would overnight in the same area. About 630 we quit fishing and filleted our dolphins and cooked fresh mahi for dinner. As we set up for the evening we had caught 2 out of 3 blue marlins seen and 3 out of 7 white marlins seen. The conditions were gorgeous and after dinner we set out our swordfish spread in about 200 fathoms on the 130 line. It got dark and I put the spread out and went downstairs and went to sleep. Shawn took first watch and about an hour later, the shallow bait right in the lights goes off. This was a LARGE sword and after a short fight, he broke a 400# crimp on the 80 wide and got gone. I reset the bait and went back to sleep. About 1am, I woke up to do a shift change and let Shawn get some sleep. When I walked out, I saw a sword in the light and I walked over to the rod with the close bait and yanked it a couple times. The sword immediately jumped on the bait and hooked up ten feet behind the boat. I made about 4 cranks on the reel and the sword was on the gaff before either of our anglers could wake up. The whole thing only lasted a couple of seconds. But we had a sword dead in the box and our slam was complete. We repositioned and did another drift, but the wind cranked up about 3am and we never had another bite. At 5am we began trolling into 50 fathoms and we put our spread out as the sun came up. I was wanting to work towards the south and see if I could catch a sailfish. There had been more sails at the triple zeros than at the cigar, so we went that way. Immediately we caught a white marlin at about the 120 in 40 fathoms. A few minutes later we saw another that didnt eat. Then we kept working south and saw nothing for about two hours. The oregon inlet fleet was to the south of me and working their way towards me and it sounded slow for them and I turned back to the north. Once I got back into the 100's again, the water got cleared and bluer and warmed up a half degree. We crossed a broken grassline and as I was getting cranky about grass getting on everything a blue marlin comes in crashing the left teaser and then sat behind it waiting for us to throw a bait at him. Shawn did a quick switch on the blue one and hooked him up. We cleared the spread and within a few minutes Nicholas had caught our third blue marlin of the trip... all on tld 25s. At this point Im getting desperate to catch a sail and really want to catch a super slam, but for some reason I am working 80 fathoms where I hadnt seen a sail. I pushed in to 30 fathoms. And worked towards the fleet where they had a slow pick. In 30 fathoms we started getting bites. I looked down and saw a white marlin in the mullet dredge. Shawn cranks the flatline up over top of the dredge and the white jumps all over it. While he is feeding that one, I begin cranking up my right teaser and another white one comes in on that. I quickly cranked the longrigger up to the teaser, switched off and hooked up. We had a double of whites hooked up and made real quick work of them. Setting the spread and we hooked another, which we caught. There for a minute we started seeing fish real quick. We saw three whites and caught three within ten minutes. The fleet had kind of worked towards me and after we caught our third white real quick we reset the spread and immediately had another fish behind the right teaser. This one was the one we had been looking for. Nicholas says "theres a fish behind the teaser on the right". I looked over and saw the big black trashbag with a bill and instantly knew it was a sail. Shawn hooked the fish and it stayed down the whole time. The rest of the group wasnt sure what it was but about five minutes later, we had the fish on the leader and had the release on a sailfish. It was only 11am annd since sunup we had caught a blue 4 whites and a sail. We figured it wasnt gonna get any better and we had done good. We cranked up and took it easy into the heavy west winds and made our way home. Final tally for the trip was a super slam, which means we caught 4 different species of billfish in one trip. To the best of my knowledge this hasnt ever been done out of Virginia Beach. I also had an anlger with a personal slam. We caught double digits of billfish, we had a slam both days of the trip, we caught 3 blue marlins in one trip. Our total was 3 blues, 7 whites, a sail, and a sword. Ive had some really great days fishing out of Virginia Beach and I have had days where I have caught higher numbers of sails and higher numbers of whites. I have never had a day as good as this though and this fishing was truely world class as good as it gets. This was by far my best day ever of billfishing worldwide and am really amazed that I have this kind of fishing in my back yard. We have plenty of days open in september and are available for charter. We can do day trips and overnight trips like this one. Give me a call at 757-749-6008 for booking or questions. Thanks, capt. Jake



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