The June moon bite wrapped up on the famed North Drop off St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the fish continue to feed aggressively. The month started out good and kept up picking up steam. Some of the first boats to start reporting action were the Mojito and the Revenge.
Mojito, sent in an early report saying they went 1-for-2 on blue marlin, meaning they caught one out of two bites. They also saw two more. Sam Jennings on the Revenge, also got in on the action, going 1-for-2. When there are blue marlin in St. Thomas, the Revenge is usually right there. The steady-picking Therapy crew were 1-for-2 on the blue ones and 1-for-1 on whites. Marlin Prince was 1-for-1 and Hoosier Buddy went 0-for-2 on blues and 0-for-1 on whites — sorry fellas.
My favorite story of the month came from Victoria, a visiting boat from Puerto Rican that went 3-for-3 on blue marlin, with 12-year-old angler Carlos Enrique Franco (his friends call him Calique) catching his very first blue marlin!
I think it’s pretty cool to note that this report includes catches from 84-year-old Sam Jennings, and 12-year-old Carlos. Mojito’s Jose Valdes Jr. or “Pico” also reached a major milestone, catching his 300th blue marlin.
Virgin Islands Blue Marlin action for the month of June from St. Thomas:
June 7: Black Gold 1-for-1 on blue marlin. Prime Time with Captain Butch with famed angler John Tierney went 2-for-5. Capt. Cujo on Hoosier Buddy was 0-for-0 today but they were hot last week — going 7-for-12 on blues (four in one day!) and 2-for-6 on whites in just four and a half days of fishing.
June 8: Revenge 3-for-4 on blues and 0-for-1 on whites. Marlin Prince 0-for-1 on blues and 0-for-2 on whites. Black Gold 2-for-3 on blues and Chach 0-for-2.
June 9: The bite is on… for some. Harry Sargent’s Black Gold was on fire today going 5-for-5 on blue marlin and saw two in the teasers that didn’t bite. Revenge 2-for-3 on blues and 1-for-1 on whites. Chach watched everyone catch fish but they didn’t get a bite.
June 10: Everyone saw fish today! Therapy 1-for-6 on blue marlin and it was Hunter’s first. Revenge 1-for-3, Lady Magic of Puerto Rico went 1-for-3 on blues, Hoosier Buddy 1-for-3 on blues and 0-for-1 whites. Chach‘s Damon and Dom got out of the hole going 2-for-5 on blues.
June 11: Everyone in the fleet had a good day. Eighteen-year-old Shelbie Goins caught her first blue marlin aboard Therapy! Revenge 1-for-2 on blues, Marlin Prince 1-for-2 (in just a few hours of fishing), Therapy 2-for-3, Batichica 2-for-5, Capital Punishment 1-for-2, Black Gold 3-for-3, Mojito 2-for-4, Lady Magic 2-for-2, Chach 2-for-4, and Hoosier Buddy 1-for-2 and saw two more.
June 12: Revenge 2-for-3 (Jon Jennings was down fishing with his father), Mojito had a tough day going 0-for-1 on blues and saw three more, but they did catch a white marlin. Batichica from Puerto Rico did well on blues going 2-for-2, Therapy went 1-for-2, Black Gold 0-for-2, About Time Frank 1-for-4, Hoosier Buddy 3-for-4, Chach 3-for-4 on blues and 0-for-1 on whites and 0-for-1on sailfish. Prime Time PR 3-for-4 on blues and 1-for-1 on whites.
June 13: To the skeptics who question the effects of the full moon on blue marlin fishing, the bite went off two days before the moon. Damon and the crew of Chach were the hot ticket today, going 7-for-10 on blue marlin and 1-for-3 on whites. Revenge came in next going 5-for-6 (Jon Jennings caught three and Sam Jennings caught two), Prime Time PR went 4-for-5 and Capt. Red Bailey’s Abigail III was 4-for-5. Sixteen-year-old Korey Bowling of Indiana fishing on Hoosier Buddy released his first blue marlin today — fish was estimated over 400 pounds and the crew released another. Marlin Prince was 0-for-1, Black Gold 1-for-2 and Jose on Mojito was 2-for-5.
June 14: The bite slowed down today and there were fewer boats fishing. Revenge was 1-for-4, Chach 1-for-1, Hoosier Buddy caught three, Marlin Prince was 1-for-3, About Time Frank smoked em going 3-for-3 and Black Pearl missed one going 0-for-1.
June 15: Full-moon fishing was good today. Top Boat was Jose’s Mojito going 5-for-5 on the blues, with female first mate Aileen Maal kicking butt on the leader! Revenge got a steady pick going 3-for-3 and Hoosier Buddy with Capt. Robert “Cujo” Brinkmeyer went 1-for-1 on blues and missed two whites. Therapy finished 2-for-3 and Marlin Prince missed one.
June 16: Revenge was 2-for-6 and sure enough, Marlin Prince bounced back going 3-for-4 on blues and 1-for-1 on whites. Mojito caught three blues while Hoosier Buddy landed a blue and missed a white. Therapy caught all they saw, landing two blues and one white.
June 17: Revenge went 2-for-4 on the blues and also caught a white. Hoosier Buddy caught two blues and one white, Mixed Bag went 3-for-4 on blues, Therapy went 2-for-3 and Mojito 3-for-5 and saw two lookers.
Bahamas Billfish Championship Results
Congratulations to the team on Zues for winning the 2011 Bahamas Billfish Championship. The crew not only won, they scored a record number of points. The team amassed 12,000 points, releasing 36 billfish, including 13 blue marlin, 12 white marlin and 11 sailfish. They finished in first or second place at four out of the five BBC tournaments. With the exception of one day, Zues managed to release at least one billfish each day.
When asked to comment on his team’s performance, Sandy Smith of St. Cloud, Florida said, “I fished one leg of the 2010 BBC on a charter boat and decided I wanted to win.” Capt. Glenn Cameron, a long-time skipper out of Ft. Pierce, Florida, has known Smith for 20 years and directed the team’s fishing efforts.
Junior Davis’ and his team on Wave Paver, a 61-foot Garlington, finished in second with 9,000 points. Capt. Harry “Snick” Akers got the team started with a third place finish at both the Central Abaco and Cape Eleuthera Championships. Wave Paver caught and released 8 blue marlin, 9 white marlin and 4 sailfish during the BBC.
Chasin Tail took third with 8,100 points. Howard Webb and Capt. Robbie Valco took first place at the Cape Eleuthera Championship. The team released 9 blue marlin, 7 white marlin, and 2 sailfish in the series.
The biggest news in the BBC this year, however, was the new Bahamas blue marlin record set during the Treasure Cay Championship by Bahamian angler David Albury when he caught a 1,119-pound blue marlin on Double Dog, shattering the old record of 1,060.5 pounds set in Bimini in 1979.
It was definitely a record-breaking year for the Bahamas. Zues, Wave Paver and Chasin Tail achieved the highest scores ever in the BBC’s 38-year history. The tournament fleet also managed to catch a record 275 billfish — 135 blue marlin, 85 white marlin and 55 sailfish.