Marlin Cape Verde
Captains logs 2009

Mindelo harbour

26.12.09

Merry Christmas, and a happy new year to you all!

Just a few days ago, Miguel the captain of the new boat in Mindelo (40 pace) went fishing with some friends for fun. Trolling with small baits on 30 lbs line, they hooked up with a blue around 300 lbs and misted a real nice one over 600lbs, and raised two more, and all that just south of Mindelo.

The weather in the Cape Verde is fantastic; with light winds, flat seas and fish all around. The local boats are catching yellow fins. 60 to 100 pounds are the average.

We still have a few days left I March and July, so if you like to come don’t hesitate to contact me.

Just for record my total for Blue Marlins as captain now is 755.

Merry Christmas, and good fishing to all in 2010.
Zak Conde

 

18.12.09

With great pleasure Marlin Cape Verde can let you all know, that The Billfish Foundation, has announced that Zak Conde is the Top Tagging Captain for Blue Marlin in the Atlantic in 2009.

Marlin Cape Verde

 

10.11.09

Hello from the Cape Verdes.

Just to let any hungry marlin angler know, we have the two first weeks of June 2010 available. Contact me soon.

Regards

Zak Conde

 

07.10.09

Hello from the Cape Verde’s Islands.
This is probably my last report this autumn. The Beast’N just finished its last charter, and that was not a bad week for our friends Bob Rich and Captain Greg from Islamorada. We had 9 for 10 and caught 6. The biggest was a 700 lbs blue caught by Greg. We also lost one about 600 lbs+ at Sao Nicolau Island. The others was around 350 to 550 lbs. Thanks to Bob and Greg, and all other anglers who fished with us on the Amelia and the Beast’N from Captains Marty and Zak. Thanks to our mates for the good job they did.

The Beast’N finished with a nice first year score of 141 blue marlins. The Amelia did another good year and ended up catching 131 blue marlins. If you any good pictures, please send them to me, for our website.

2010 is approaching. Time is going fast so do not hesitate to book for next year. We extend the fishing period for the new boat and therefore we have three extra weeks open for booking from 8th June and the rest of that month. The Amelia has two weeks left from the 16th July to the end of that month.
Best regards to all around the world.

Captain Zak Conde

 

29.09.09

Hello to all from the Cape Verde’s islands.
I’m back on the islands after a couple of days on the Azores. The fishing there was fantastic as I hope you’ve already read in my last reports. Here on the Cape Verde’s things look very bright. Just a few days ago Captain Less and Bonze moved to Sao Miguel Island, and the result was better than at Horta. Real big blues, and blue fin, and yellow fin tunas, in numbers. 

I really look forward to next year to be there to fish one of the most beautiful places in my heart. But now we are back in Sao Vicente and the weather is fantastic. Captain Greg from Islamorada and Bob are fishing with us. Yesterday was the first day and the result was a 400 lbs caught on Super Plunger from Joe Eye. Today we went to Santo Antao and a solid 700 lbs took our Wide Range. Greg had a super time with this fish. Yesterday Bob caught a 400 lbs that turned out to be real hard fighting jumper.
Tomorrow we will move to Sao Nicolau Island looking for the big mama. We still have days left next year so book now before they are taken.


Best regards to all

Captain Zak Conde

 

15.09.09

Hello from the Azores
We are back on the sea, and today we caught another two blues. We are still fishing the Condor Bank with the rest of the fleet. The two blues was caught on the DS from Bonze Lures, and we pulled the hooks on another. They were small fish; 300 and 250 lbs. The Habitat caught two blues but bigger than ours. Tomorrow we will go the Azores Bank and try our luck there. Nobody been fishing there for a long time, and if you never try, you will never know if the big mama is there.
Best regards and good fishing to all.

Captain Zak Conde

 

13.09.09

Hello to all from the Azores,
Yesterday was our first day with Felipe and Frank onboard the Habitat, a 31 Bertram. Felipe is a local boy, and been a friend of mine for many years, and he is a pleasure to fish with. If you would like to fish in the Azores, the Habitat, the Brasilia and of course the Double Header owned by Jorge, are all a very good choice. Brasilia is owned by Luis from Belgium and the Captain is my old friend and skipper for many years. The Habitat and the Brasilia are the two top boats in the area.

Yesterday we had a run on the Condor Bank, and the score was one for two on blues plus a White marlin. The Blue was around 450 lbs and the White around 70 lbs.  Today was the last day and the score was two for two; a solid 700 lbs and 300 lbs blue.

The Double Header also caught two blues; one around 650 and a 450 lbs. Tomorrow will be a day ashore, but we will be back on the water Monday for another 5 days fishing with the Double Header.

I will be back on the Cape Verde from the 23rd, and start fishing on the 27th in a week’s effort to get a big girl. Ten days ago a 1012 lbs was landed in Sao Nicolau and many yellow fins are around, so I hope to get a big mama in the Azores and another on in Cape Verde. We will have a new boat in the Cape Verde next year, so there some open reservations from the 8th June until the 30th same month. Remember to book know for the best fishing in the world.
Best regards to all

Captain Zak Conde

 

10.09.09

Hello to All from the Azores,
This is a report for yesterday and today. We are on Faial Island (Horta) to fish a few days with Thomas and Martin. Yesterday was the first day we could fish due to bad weather the previous days. We caught 2 blues out of 4 bites. A 550 lbs that took the Wide Range and a 400 lbs that took the Zakatack Lures.

Today was another good day. We got 2 out of 2 and raised one more. A 450 on the Mini Plunger, and a 400 on the DS from Bonze Lures. My good friend Felipe on the Habitad also caught two, and Les on the Brasilia got one blue.

Fishing is good on the Condor bank, so tomorrow will be our first day on board the Habitad, where we will fish for two days before getting back on the Double Header owned by another good friend Jorge.

If you are interested in fish with us on the Azores, let me know and I will get you on the best boat for you.

Good fishing to all

Captain Zak Conde

 

03.09.09

Hello to all,
This is a report from the last three days fishing with George. We caught a 200 lbs, a 165 lbs and a 70 lbs yellow fin. At the end of the 4 days fishing we had two bites from blues. We landed a 500 lbs, and had 4 bites from yellow fin. We caught 3 of them. We also got some wahoos.

At the moment I am in the Azores, preparing the boat for fishing starting next Monday. The fishing is slow here, but I hope it will change soon.

From the Cape Verde’s there is good news. A 1012 lbs was caught at Sao Nicolau. When I left a week ago, the waters around Sal were full of small yellow fins, and we know they are moving around Sao Nicolau and on to Sao Vicente. And when you have small yellow fins and skipjacks, you also have the blue marlin around, and that time is the best for the big blue. Berno did land, some three or fours ago, a 1241 lbs blue, so maybe the season will go well into September and October this year.

We still have some days left next year, and if you are into jigging, ask for rates.
Best regards to all

Captain Zak Conde

 

24.08.09

Hello again from the Cape Verde islands.
Yes, we are still fishing. Yesterday was the first day for George Reese from Germany.
We start fishing south of here. 10 or more small boats was fishing for yellow fin tuna but no luck. I decide to move to Santo Antao. We had lots of action, skip jacks and lots of birds on the way there. The weather is excellent; no wind and flat water.
Just arrived on a old mark, and there on my short corner was a solid 500lbs that jumped on my zakatck lure and got rapped around their bill. Lots of luck and 25 minutes later it was at the side of the boat. First day one fish, not bad.

Today we will spend the night in Santo Antao. Tomorrow we will go back to the bank, to do some speed jigging and bottom fishing.

Three more days and I will be back at my home place (Azores) to fish with Thomas.

We still have one week free for next year from the 29th. March to the 4th of April. Book this week and you will have some of the most memorable moments of your live. That is prime time and the price also.
Best regards and good fishing to all around the world.

Captain Zak Conde

 

11.08.09

Hello to All from the Cape Verde’s Islands,
This is the report for the last two days, fishing with our friends from Denmark. The day before, we caught a Wahoo and two Amberjacks. One weighed 18 kilos and one 15 kilos. Also a few other species of jacks around 7 to 10 lbs were caught.

Our last we tried again at the same spot to get another Amberjack but no luck. From there we went to the south of Santo Antao, and that was a good decision. One Blue around 500 lbs and we pulled the hooks on a Yellow Fin.

So in six days we had three bites from Blues and caught two of them. A small one, and a nice 500. The one we lost were even bigger.

Now we just have four days left of the season. If you like to fish Azores hid year please send a email.
Our score now at the Cape Verde is 134 blues caught by the Beast’N and over 100 tagged. We still a few days left next year so book now!

Best regards to all and good fishing

Captain Zak Conde

 

06.08.09

Hello from the Cape Verde’s islands,
We are still around for another couple of days doing some fishing. The last week we started fishing with our friends from Denmark Lars and Thomas. We had three bites from Blue Marlin, and caught a 500 lbs and a Yellow fin Tuna around 190 lbs. The Blue was caught on the Andromeda from Legend Lures, and the Yellow fin on the Wide Range. We also got some Wahoo’s and some bottom fish. Lars and Thomas will come back to get on or more Blues in the near future. Thanks guys!
At the present the guests are Jan, Per and Niels Three days fishing and the score is one for two on Blues. We caught a very small one on the NW bank around 130 lbs. It took the Marlin Magic Dog. Yesterday, on the way to Sao Vicente, we lost a solid 750-800 lbs Blue. Yesterday morning we did some speed jigging, and had a couple of bites and one fish, a 15 lbs Horse Eye Jack. After that we trolled with Yozuri and got another 4 up to around 22 lbs. The weather is fantastic. No wind and the water temperature is very high.
Next year we have some days left on the Azores so don’t wait while they are there. Fishing is good at the moment down here, and Thomas and my self will be there from the 7th. until the 20th to fish on the double header. Send us a line if you are interested.
The score for Beast’N is 133 Blues and one Yellow fin.

Best regards to all and good fishing

Captain Zak Conde

 

07.07.09

Report from Amelia:

The kiwis have left for home back in NZ. Here is the final tally for their light tackle trip. We raised over 65 blue marlins. We pitched bait to 53 of them and switched to 31 fish. We caught two women’s world record pending on 6 lbs line test. The first one was 175 lbs and the second one was 186 lbs. The longest fight was a 600+ fish ob 8kilo line that went for 8 hours. In the last 7 days we only raised 8 fish and pitched to 5 of them. The last 4 days has been very quiet with no action.

Keep ‘Em Tight

Captain Martin Bates

 

30.06.09

Report from Amelia:

We went to the north bank to fish there for 2 days. The first day we only spent 2 hours in the area. We raised 4 fish and we hooked a fish on 3 kilos line trying to beat the record Erin already has, but the fish spat the bait close to the leader.

The next day in flat conditions, we went back to the bank, and only hooked up with one fish. Again for Erin on 3 kilos line, and we caught this fish and it beat the record we set last week by aprox. 10 lbs. The fish was 187 lbs so now Erin has two record claims.

On the way back to Mindelo we fished the Saint Pedro bank and raised a nice 450 lbs blue but pulled the hooks on 8 kilo line. Later the same day we had a double header of blues, but no luck with the switch. Then just before heading home, we hooked a fine fish around 600 lbs, and the hook was good. The fish jumped a dozen times and the settled down, so the fight was on for the women’s 8 kg record. Erin did an amazing job and we got close a few hours into the fight. The fish came up jumping and we moved in to take our shot at the fish, but the 15 foot leader was coming under the fish so there was just a short piece of leader to grab. Capt John Batterton got the Amelia in a good position and I took a gaff shot into the back of the 600 lbs fish but it didn’t got a hold, and so after 8 hours battle she went away. We still have e few days left fishing light tackle.

Keep ‘Em Tight

Captain Martin Bates

 

25.06.09

Report from Amelia:

We are still trying to get these fish to stick. Today we had a very nice 600 lbs plus blue marlin on 8 kilo line for Erin. She hooked it up, and we fought it for a short time, before the hook pulled. That’s unlucky, but we had a few other shots as well on light tackle. Still no luck here either but the weather is good and the water calm, so our chances looks all right. I think it’s only a matter of time now. The rest of the fleet is catching good numbers of marlin, and we have seen big eye tunas. We have a lot of the other skippers around us, so we know the marlin can’t be far away. 

Keep ‘Em Tight

Captain Martin Bates

 

21.06.09

Report from Amelia:

The last 9 days we have been fishing light tackle in pursuit of a record, with Guy and Erin Jacobsen from New Zealand together with their crew from the Hook & Bull; Capt. John Batterton, and mates Brad Fergus and Rowan White.

We have raised 50 fish, teased 39 and switched 22, and the result is a world record. Erin caught a 175 lbs Atlantic Blue Marlin on 6 lbs test. This is a great effort and we still have 12 days left. The fish has returned in numbers and size, and today we raised 9 blues up to 500 lbs.

Keep ‘Em Tight

Captain Martin Bates

 

20.06.09

Hello to all from Cape Verde,

The Beast’N fished two more days and caught two more. Brad, our mate from North Carolina, caught a nice 500 lbs blue standing up. The other fish was with our friends from New Zealand. On 6 lbs line the lady had a 200 lbs fish. We had the leader but the fish swam off to early. If the weather is good towards the end of this month, I will move the Cabo to the Canaries, and in August to Madeira and the Azores.

The Amelia is still fishing with our friends from New Zealand. They had a couple of fish on light tackle. I hope they will get the record.

Fishing is very good right now. They have 3 to 7 bites each day. If you like to fish with us, there are some days left next year in July. The Beast’N will be in the Azores and she also have a few days left, so book now while they last. You can also book in 2011 in both Cape Verde (Amelia) and the Azores (Beast’N). 2010 is already almost completely full but send me an email to inquire. The end score for Beast’N at Mindelo is 131 blues in 62 days fishing.

Good luck to the boys on Amelia and best regards to all and good fishing.

Captain Zak Conde

 

09.06.09

Hello to all from the Cape Verde’s,
Sergei from Russia ended up with 17 blues. He was once again a happy man, and is coming back next year for a couple more marlins. He now has 54 blues marlin to his credit, which is more than any other Russian big game angler. Well done!

Andy Fanter has visited us again. In 8 days fishing, ending yesterday, he got 10 blues with a best around 600 lbs. Andy has during three trips to the Cape Verde’s, caught 100 blues and more than 210 in total.

The fishing has been slow during the last weeks, but it looks like it will pick up the good pace again. The water has changed a lot from blue to green; the baitfish has been off shore and that’s not normal for the Cape Verde’s. But as the moon changes from full and start to disappear, I hope the fishing will be good just a 3 nautical miles out from port.

Yesterday was the last for us. We will fish another two or three days with some local friends who’s been very helpful to the fishing community. We finish with 129 blues out of 253 bites. Biggest fish estimated at 900 lbs. We have fished 58 days, and therefore caught 2 fish per day in average. That’s better than any place I know. Between the local boats Beast’N came in top measured in fish per day, with Amelia as runner up.

The fish were largest in April around 500 lbs. Otherwise most of the fish were between 250 and 300 lbs. Amelia will continue fishing from Mindelo until the end of august. Beast'N move on to the Azores for the next months.  We still have some available days next year, and its better to book now while they last.

Best regards to all and good fishing to my friends in the Azores, Madeira and the Canaries.

Captain Zak Conde

 

08.06.09

Report from Amelia,
Clive and Peter from the UK went 8 for 17 bites. It was a bit slow but we managed to get some nice fish up to 500 lbs. The last two days the weather’s been great, and we have fished north of the islands. Yesterday we got two bites but no luck. Today we went 5 for 7, and the first two was a double header on pitch bait with circle hooks. Bonze lures did the trick otherwise.

Keep ‘Em Tight

Captain Martin Bates

 

30.05.09

Report from Amelia:
Andrei and his father from Russia ended up catching 5 blue marlins in 6 days. Biggest one was 700 lbs. His father got his first blue marlin.

Keep ‘Em Tight

Captain Martin Bates

 

27.05.09

Hello to all from the Cape Verde’s islands,
Here is my report for the last five days fishing onboard Beast’N. Our guest is Sergey from Russia. The first day we fished south of Mindelo and had one bite and fish; A 350 lbs caught on the Wide Range from Mold Craft. The next day we moved to the north side of the island, and the score was one for two. A 250 lbs on the Supper Chugger also from Mold Craft. The third day was by far the best one. 5 fish caught out of ten bites. A 400 and a 350 caught on the Wide Range, a 300 and 250 on the Grander Candy from Bart Lures, and a 200 pounder on the Abaco Prowler. Yesterday we had three bites and got two fish. A 350 and 250, both caught on the Wide Range. Today we got a 350 on the Abaco Prowler and had a bite that where we didn’t see the fish. Fishing is a little slow but we hope it will change soon. There is some nice fish around. One of the other boats hooked up with a 700 lbs fish. Our score so far this season is 111 blues out of 252 bites.

Best regards

Captain Zak Conde

 

25.05.09

Report from Amelia:
We fished 6 days with Chris and Don from the UK. We released 15 blue marlin from 29 bites. Don caught a personal best a 400 lbs on 50 lbs test with a circle hook. Today we fished with Andrei and his father from Russia. We released a 700 lbs blue.

Keep ‘Em Tight

Captain Martin Bates

 

20.05.09

Report from Amelia

Greg and Derek from the UK did well. Their total is 30 fish caught, from 56 bites in 6 days fishing. Biggest fish estimated between 650 and 700 lbs. That brings our score to 100 fish per 18th May this season. We are stoked and very happy to be the first boat to reach the hundred. Our next guest is Chris Flower and Don also from the UK. So far they have caught 7 fish from 15 biters and raised a few more.

Keep ‘Em Tight

Captain Martin Bates

 

Report from Beast'N

Hello from the Cape Verde islands,
Three days ago we caught 2 out of 7 bites. A 400 and a 250 lbs. Both fish took the Wide Range. Two days ago we got 5 out of 10 bites. A 600 on the RPP from Bart Lures, a 400 and a 300 on the Grand Candy also from Bart, and a 275 and a 200 lbs on the Trojan from Bonze Lures. Yesterday, the last day with Karl and Jens, we caught 6 out of 9 bites. A 600 on the RPP, a 400 and a 350 lbs on the Grand Candy, and the rest, a 300, 250 and a 200 on the Striper Candy from Bart Lures.
Soon Sergei from Russia will start his fishing, and as he has done pretty well the last three years with the big fish, we are full of expectations.
The Beast’N still have the best result in the entire fleet. We are still in front of Amelia, but Marty and his crew don’t want to be left behind, and they are doing a great job. Our score is 102 fish caught out of 234 bites in 40 days fishing.
And some hot info from the island Sao Nicolau: The boat The Black Marlin owned by Heiko reports 12 blues caught out of 27 bites. They report lots of blue marlin and skipjack tunas.

Best regards

Captain Zak Conde

 

19.05.09

Double Grander from the Canaries!

Congratulations from the crews to Walhalla and Bjarne Lehne, Skipper Søren Jensen and Klaus K-marine. Klaus got a 1000 lbs, and Bjarne got a 1188 lbs that was weighed at the harbour. Thats two Granders on the same day (last sunday). No wonder these guys looks tired. Its a best catch ever by danish big game anglers, and Bjarne will surely win the Tuna Cup for Scandinavia this year.

Best regards

Zak, Martin, Xi, Terry and Thomas.

 

16.05.09

Hi everybody,
Here is a report from Amelia, covering the last 4 days fishing with Derek and Greg from the UK. The fishing has been great! We had 49 bites from blue marlins, and caught 24. Our tally for Amelia is now 96 fish caught from 191 bites. Today Derek had a good scrap with a fish around 650-700 lbs caught on Hercules from Bonze. Greg has been catching some nice size blues standing up, with pitch bait circle hook. They will fish the next days as well.

Keep ‘Em Tight
Captain Martin Bates

 

15.05.09

Hello to all from the Cape Verde.
Yesterday was our first day with Karl and Jens from Germany. We caught three out of several bites. Two fish around 350 lbs and a 250 lbs. All were taken on Wide Range. But today was bad; really bad. One of my worst days at sea. We broke 4 lines; three on bait and switch on one on the lures. I lost my teaser - the Zulu from Bart - and al my taglines from one of the rigger. In the end of the day we did managed to catch a 250 on bait and switch and a 750 lbs on the Grand Candy from Bart Lures.  Amelia n the other hand had a very good day. At the moment they are still fishing. I think they caught 6 or more to day. Tomorrow morning we will be out very early to get the morning action.
Best regards

Captain Zak Conde

 

13.05.09

Report from Amelia.

HI, here is the latest news from Amelia.
We caught 9 marlins from 17 bites and raised another 6. The largest made 600 lbs caught by Peter Gurd, and most of our fish were caught on pitch bait using circle hooks. Good job by Peter and Harry, and Harry managed to catch a seldom seen fish; a white marlin weighing 50 lbs. They fished 6 days. Today we started fishing the north side of the island with Greg and Derek from the UK. We ended with 7 blues released from 15 bites with one on pitch bait and circle hook, and raised another 3. So far this season we have 80 fish from 157 bites, plus my self catching my personal best a week ago.  A 450 lbs on 30 lbs test with circle hook pitch bait, and also my mate Terry catching 1 out of a double header, so even the crew from Amelia is fishing this season. We used lures from Bonze, Moldcraft and Bart Miller.

Keep ‘Em Tight
Captain Martin Bates

 

13.05.09

Hello again from Cape Verde,
Amelia just arrived in port from north of Sao Vicente, and the score for this day is 8 fish caught out of 15 strikes. Biggest fish around 500 lbs. Fantastic fishing; don’t wait to book for next year! Only a few days left in next season. The Beast’N and the Amelia are the top boats for the moment.
Best regards to all and good fishing

Captain Zak Conde

 

13.05.09

Hello to all from Cape verde,
Yesterday was the last day fishing with Javier, Luis and friends. What a day! Did we finish with a bang or not!  6 fish caught out of 14 bites and raised even more. The biggest fish was around 500 lbs and the rest: 450, 350, 300, 250 and a 200 lbs. All the fish was caught on the Grand Candy from Bart Lures and on the Wide Range from Molcraft Lures. At one point we had contact with 4 fish at the same time.
The fish are north of the island just 20 minutes out. Our next guest will start fishing tomorrow. Our score is 81 fish caught out of 170 bites. Biggest fish this year is estimated at 900 lbs.
Best regards to all

Captain Zak Conde

 

12.05.09

Hello to all from the Cape Verde’s,
The last four days after the full moon have been very slow. Here are our results. Three days ago we got 2 out of 5 bites and raised two more. We got a solid 350 lbs caught on the Grand Candy and a 250 on the Wide Range. Two days ago we got 2 out of 4 bites; a 700 lbs+ and a 200 lbs. The 200 lbs took the Wide Range and the 700 took bait and switch. Yesterday was a blank. Only two were caught among the rest of the fleet.
After a full moon the current is very strong and the fish and their prey seek deeper water. Normally this doesn’t affect the fishing much but this time it did. Now we wait for the fish to return amongst our baits, and bite!
Good fishing to all and hope to see you here at the Cape Verde’s for the best marlin fishing in the world.

Captain Zak Conde

 

09.05.09

Hello to all from the Cape Verde islands.
This is a report about the last two days fishing. Two days ago we start fishing with our good friends from the Canaries Islands. Raviere, Pepe and José started of with 4 blues caught the first day out of 5 bites. Two fish took the Grand Candy; a 600 lbs and a 350 lbs. The two others took the Wide Range. They weighed 200 and 300 lbs. Yesterday is a different story. Five bites and zero caught. We pulled the hooks in them all, even the one on bait and switch.
Fishing is still very good on the San Pedro bank and south of the island.
We still have some days available in July and August for a very good price. Remember the 2010 as well. Only a few days left in 2010.
Best fishing to you and we hope to see you in the Cape Verdes in the neat future.
We have some hot new from the Azores. The blue fin tunas are back! We have 4 weeks available there next year.
Best regards and good fishing to all

Captain Zak Conde

 

07.05.09

Report from Amelia.

The last three days fishing has been good with lots of action, although no records were caught. We raised 34 fish, had 20 bites and released 15. Today was first day with Peter Gurd from the UK. Peter had a great fight with a 600 lbs marlin that we tagged and let go. We missed a switch on a circle hook after 10 minutes. There is a lot of fish around and in good sizes to. Another boat down here had a 900 that was released.
Keep ‘Em Tight
Captain Martin Bates

 

05.05.09

Hello to all from thee world capital of the Atlantic blue marlin,
This is the latest info from Beast’N and Amelia. William from Florida did a great job coming from Brazil to fish with us. Thanks, and we hope to see you next year. During his five days fishing we had 30 bites and raised a few more. We caught 12 blues. The biggest was around 600 lbs. Before him, Thomas and a good friend caught 12 blues. Fishing is fantastic at the moment.

Yesterday we fished with Roberto and his friend from Italy. We got 2 out of 6 bites.
I was fishing three days with Amelia, and we raised something like 30 or more fish. Marty, Terry and our friend from Venezuela run the deck, and Gary Carter was on the rod. We had two potential records on 12 lbs line. We had the gaff in one of these fish but many things can happen at that moment (Pull the gaff, pull the hooks and the fish is released). That was 1 hour 40 minutes epic battle. It was fantastic action from the deck of Amelia, and the next day another one. We had the leader but again she swam away, though in good shape (hook on the mouse).

Today the Beast’N takes a rest while Gary Carter is fishing on Amelia for another day in the hope for a record.
Our good friend Canarias Ravier and his friends will arrive tomorrow night and start fishing Thursday for seven days.

The Amelia has at the moment caught less than Beast’N but the way Marty is going, whos knows for how long? The score for Beast’N is during 28 days fishing; 135 bites and 67 caught. That’s not to bad but we want more. If you like to fish next year (2010) its time to book now as we only have few days left both on Cape Verde and the Azores.

Good fishing to all and we hope to see you around Cape Verde or the Azores.

Captain Zak Conde

 

03.05.09

Captains report from Amelia:

The last 9 days we have been fishing with Gary Carter using light tackle using only teasers. We raised 40 fish and released 13 on 30 lbs line and circle hooks with squid as pitch bait and also ballyhoos. We had a 700 lbs blue on 12 lbs tackle for 20 minutes before we broke the line. We also been pitching 6 lbs test trying to brake Gary’s record from last year for Atlantic marlin. We had some good hook ups but no lock has come our way yet.  Today we caught 5 from 9 to 30 lbs on pitch bait, and we also lost a 650 lbs blue on the gaffs at the side of the boat after 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Keep ‘Em Tight
Captain Martin Bates

 

26.04.09

Hello to all from the Cape Verde,
This is out report from the last days. Thomas and Wolner from Denmark left with 12 blues caught in six days. Before them Richard caught 10, the largest weighing 800 lbs.

Yesterday was the first day for William from Florida. And what a start! 7 fish caught out of 15 strikes, and we raised three more. 5 of these fish took the Wide Range and on the Trojan from Bonze Lures, and one on my Flip Flop. Today we got 2 out of 4 bites. 2 fish around 300 lbs that took the Wide Range. The average size for last days is 300 lbs and the largest 450 lbs.

Martin on the Amelia lost a 750 lbs + on 12 lbs line tackle with Gary Carter. I hope they get the record for 30 lbs tackle.

The Beast’N with Xi on deck, has so far had 126 bites, raised a few one besides these, and caught 62. That’s close to 50% hook up.

The weather is not the best at the moment. Strong wind, that after tomorrow, is expected to drop to 14 kt.

Best regards to all and good fishing.

Captain Zak Conde

 

23.04.09

Captains report from Amelia:

During the last 8 fishing days, we raised 22 marlins, had 21 bites and released 10 fish. Lures from Bonze, Bart Miller and roddy Hayes did the trick.

Captain Martin Bates

 

21.04.09

Hello to all from Cape Verde,
This is the report for the last three days from Beast’N. First day for Thomas and Wolner from Denmark didn’t start well. A blank day. The second day was better with 7 bites and 4 fish caught. A 500 lbs and a 400 lbs, both caught on the RPP, and a 350 lbs on the Trojan from Bonze Lures plus a 250 lbs on the Striper Candy also from Bart Lures.

Today only one fish was caught. A 200 lbs took the Striper Candy. We pulled the hooks on another three fish and raised one more. Our score so far is 46 blues in 23 days fishing.
Best regards to all and good fishing.

Captain Zak Conde

 

18.04.09

Hello to All form the Cape Verde’s
This is the report form the last four days fishing. Yesterday was the last day fishing this time with our friend Richard from England. He lives in Mauritius and had a long way out here, but after a weeks fishing he said he will be back next year. Thanks, and we hope to see him here again.

Four days ago we caught a marlin on two out of three bites. One took the RPP and one bait and switch. Three days ago only one out of three. A 400 lbs on the Prowler from Bart Lures. We had a blank day, and yesterday we got two out of five bites. A 300 lbs and a 250 lbs. Both fish caught on the Grand Candy from Bart.

As it stands now Beast’N and her crew has raised and caught more fish that any other boat.

Fishing has been slow the last days but they are still out there. The water has turned green and the fish has moved to deeper waters. We still have some days available in July and August on the Amelia.
Best regards to all.

Captain Zak Conde

 

13.04.09

Captains report from Beast’N

Hello to All from the Cape Verde’s
This is a report for the last three days. Three days ago we caught a 275 lbs on the RPP. Yesterday was the last fishing day for Thomas and Henrik, and they just fished in the morning. Thomas caught a real nice 700 lbs in the RPP.

In the afternoon our new guest Richard started with a big one. A 800 lbs on the RPP. followed by a 650/700 lbs on bait and switch, and a 375 lbs on the RPP.

Today we got a 550 lbs on bait and switch and a 350 on lure. Two fish caught out of three bites.

Come and fish with us. We still have some days available.
Best regards to all.
Captain Zak Conde

 

12.04.09

Captains report from Amelia:

Here is a report from Amelia for the last 5 days. We had 30 bites. Caught 17. Two on pitch bait, and the rest on lures from Bonze Lures, Bart Miller and Zac Attack Lures. The fish size ranged from 150 to 750 lbs. 6 blue marlins weighed over 500 lbs.

Captain Martin Bates

 

09.04.09

Captains report from Beast’N

Hello from the Cape Verde,
This is the report from yesterday and today. Fantastic fishing. Yesterday we got 3 out of 5 bites and raised two more. 500lbs, 450 lbs and 250lbs. Two of this fish was caught on the RPP and one on bait. Amelia caught one.

Today has been a fantastic day. In the morning 5 fish caught out of 8 bites. A 700lbs on the RPP, and a 500 lbs on the Super Plunger. Two 450 lbs; one on bait the other on the RPP, and as a finish; a 250 lbs on the Super Plunger. Amelia caught three.

All boats are doing well. We still have a few days left for booking.
Best regards to all

Captain  Zak Conde

 

07.04.09

Captains report from Beast’N

Hello from the sunshine islands of Cape Verde,

Yesterday we had the best day size wise. We put the lures in the water and 5 minutes later a double header. A solid 650 lbs on the RPP (from Bart Lures) and a 450 lbs on the Grand Candy (also Bart). We caught the 650 but lost the other one. A very good start, and just late that afternoon we had another bite from a 300 pounder. Here again it took the RPP, but pulled the hooks.

On my last tag to get the lures out, a big hull took the lure on the left rigger again on the RPP. A 850 – 900 lbs blue marlin just give us such a show, with fabulous jumps near the boat. 50 minutes later and the fish was along the boat. Here Xi, our mate, broke the leader, but we got our lure back and just one hook was left in the fish. A small size 10/0.

Fishing is good. All boats are landing fish in good numbers.
Best regards to all and good fishing.
Captain  Zak Conde

 

05.04.09

Captains report from Amelia:

Here is Amelias first catch report for the 2009 season. We fished 6 days and caught 9 blues from13 bites. We raised 3 more that didn’t bite. Most of our fish were caught on the new Zac Attack Lures and Bonze Lures, and also some on Roddy Haves Lures. The fish was between 250 and 600lbs.
Captain Martin Bates

 

Captains report from Beast’N

Hello again from the Cape Verde’s, capital of the blue marlin in the Atlantic Ocean.

Another good day, but no luck with the hook ups. We continued on the bank out of Sao Pedro. Very nice weather and lots of fish. Today we had 17 bites and just caught 6.The sizes: 600, 450, 400, 350, 350, and 200 lbs. One caught on the RPP, two on the new ZAKATAC Lures, and two on the Pelagic Flip Flop. Martin lost one above 800 lbs.

Hope to see you in the Cape Verde’s
Best regards to the world
Captain Zak Conde

 

04.04.09

Hello to All from the Cape Verdes,

This is the reports from the last three days fishing.

Amelia, with Captain Martin, caught three days ago a solid 550 lbs out of Sao Nicolau. Yesterday they caught a 250 lbs out of Sao Pedro Bank in Sao Vicente. The fish are certainly here in big numbers, with some good size fish among them.

Beast’N with Xi on the deck is doing all right too. Three days ago we caught a nice 600 lbs out of 5 bites, and raised two more. Two days ago we got 2 out of 4 bites. A 450 lbs and a 400 lbs on the RPP from Bart Lures. Yesterday we got 2 out of 3 bites, a 700 lbs and a 300 lbs. The 700 lbs was caught on the Grader Candy and the 300 lbs on the Zakatac lures.

Fishing is excellent and the weather is fantastic. What more can we ask for? Come and fish with us and we will give you the best fishing in the world.

Best regards and good fishing

Captain Zak Conde

 

01.04.09

Hello from the Cape Verde's

The first day Beast'N went out to fish was last Saturday. We had two bites. One fish a 350lbs was caught. Monday we got an 250lbs. Today we were out with Thomas Petersen and had 8 bites. We caught just one on 550-600 lbs on the RPP.

Captain Marty on the Amelia had a great start. Yesterday they caught a 250 and raised one more. Today they got a 550lbs at Sao Nicolau.

The fish is out there right now and I'm sure we have more good news soon.
Best regards to all

Captain Zak Conde

 

27.03.09

Hello from Cape Verde's
Amelia is back in the water with new paint on the hull and a new engine. We have all worked hard to get the boat ready. Marty, Terry and Amandio will be the crew of Amelia. My self and Xi will handle the new boat Beast'N.

Yesterday two other boats had seven strikes and landed two; 700lbs and 450 lbs, both on the Sao Pedro Bank. The weather is fantastic and the fish is out there.

We still have the last week of April and the first week of May open for booking. I offer a good price for prime time!

We start fishing Saturday and Sunday.

Best regards to all and good fishing in 2009.

Captain Zak Conde

 

17.01.09

Hello fro Cape Verde,

We have a vacant week start of May. Contact me for info.

Best regards to all.
Captain Zak Conde

 

01.01.09

Hello from Cape Verde,

Our new boat is on its way to the Islands. Se a picture under The Boats. Its a fine ship and we will fit her with all the latest gear.

We already have bookings for 2010. So if you want to be sure to get some fishing in the best period, it might be wise to book now. We have the rates for 2010, email for prices.

Hope to see you next year or some time in the future.

Best regards to all.
Captain Zak Conde

 

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