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Smcdermott 09-24-2003 11:29 AM

Barbados
 
Well, I leave for my honeymoon in a few days and Patrice has encouraged me to bring my fly rod but I am going to decline. I am however, thinking of taking her up on an offer to do a little traditional big game fishing. Has anyone had any positive experiences with a particular guide in the area?

Thank you,
Sean

Smcdermott 10-06-2003 09:04 PM

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Patrice and I arranged to do a 1/2 day trip with Cannon charters. They picked us up from the hotel and brought us to the boat. We were on the water at about 8 a.m. and had our lines in the water just outside of the harbor. Barbados is very fortunate to have deep water just about a mile off shore. We were trolling for about an hour when all of a sudden when one rod on the downrigger and one on the outrigger doubled over and started losing line. Patrice and I were in the chairs and reeling. I have never felt the power of an offshore fish and it took me a few minutes to get the technique down. After a few minutes we brought aboard a 30lb Wahoo. I looked over at Patrice and she had given up and handed the rod to one of the mates. He handed the rod to me and I brought in the second fish of about the same weight. We landed one more fish of about the same weight about an hour later. With about a 1/2 hour left on the charter I was up on the bridge chatting with the captain and the head mate when we heard a loud pop. The head mate slid down the latter and I followed. This fish was talking a lot of line and the mate said its a girl. I soon realized that meant a bigger fish. For a few minutes it was a stale mate as I could not gain any line. I was eventually able to start gaining some line and after about 15 mins a 45lb Wahoo came aboard. The fish was still pretty green and was thrashing all over and Patrice got splashed with a good amount of blood. She took it like a champ and said all she wanted to do was protect the camera. All in all it was an awesome trip with a great crew. Attached are a few visual memories.

Smcdermott 10-06-2003 09:05 PM

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The four fish...

Smcdermott 10-06-2003 09:06 PM

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And the big one...

juro 10-06-2003 11:59 PM

WHAT A TUNOID!!!!

I see those and think "what puny exotics we chase around here" ;)

Wahoo are awesome, I hope you got to sample some... very fine eating!

Congrats on your marriage and by the way, I wish you two the very best life has to offer in the years to come.

Nick 10-07-2003 08:59 AM

Awesome report! Nice work, looks like a blast. Congrats again on the marraige as well!

Nick

doogue 10-07-2003 06:11 PM

Awesome.

Congratulations on both fronts!

Did the Wahoo make any spectacular jumps?

Talk to you soon,

Mike

Smcdermott 10-07-2003 11:42 PM

Thanks to all...
 
for the congrats. The wedding was awesome and the honeymoon spectacular.

Doogue,
I was hoping for a few jumps myself but none of the fish left the water during the fight. In fact the big one went down deep and it was very tough to bring her up. I can't imagine landing one on a fly rod.

Hope to see everyone on the water soon.

Sean

juro 10-08-2003 06:27 AM

It depends on the flyrod :devil:

Dble Haul 10-08-2003 09:48 AM

I've done three wahoo up to about 25 or 30 pounds on an 11 weight, also on my honeymoon. It's doable, but that large fish in your last pic would have had me rubbing the beads off of my rosary. :p

Smcdermott 10-08-2003 10:32 AM

Tactics
 
Mark,

How did you hook the wahoo? Were you using a bait and switch technique? It seems like it would be hard to locate a school since they seemed to be runnning a ledge at very fast speeds and you would need to have your bait/fly in the water at all times to capitalize. There were some 80lb fish in the area with the numbers of them growing according the the crew. Apparently the fish come in to spawn in late October down there with the large ones arriving last. We may need to change the date of our anniversary to accomodate another trip in a few years. :hehe:

Sean

Dble Haul 10-08-2003 11:09 AM

Sean, do a search in this forum for "wahoo" and a post started by Juro some time ago. The details are right in that thread.

BTW, congrats on the wedding and the fish!

fishboyicu812 10-08-2003 02:20 PM

Not only do they put up a great fight but man... on the grill they are awesome. I would put it up against tuna any day of the week.

Quentin 10-23-2003 09:10 PM

Congratulations Sean!

I knew you were engaged, but when I saw you the other day I didn't realize you were a married man! Way to go!

Nice fish too!

Q

Smcdermott 10-23-2003 11:35 PM

Thanks Quentin. Maybe we will see you this weekend.

Sean


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