Greetings from Rainy, Cold, North Carolina:
I arrived home late last night after spending another week at my favorite place, (Casa Vieja Lodge) doing my job, (Teaching anglers how to catch billfish on fly), and having fun. This has been a really good season at my Sailfish Schools, my clients and I have caught and released six marlin on fly during the last four months. This last week produced some really fun fly fishing, not only my clients but Brian and Sarah’s groups , and many other guests had really great fishing, and are very happy with the new ownership of CVL.
Several days ago, the dock at Marina Pez Vela was bustling with the talk of an Albino Blue Marlin which had been caught the day before aboard the vessel Spanish Fly down in Los Suenos. Everyone was looking at the pictures on the internet, this may be the rarest Blue Marlin ever.
The day before yesterday my client John Killian, hooked a big (250#) blue marlin on fly, aboard “Makaira” with captain Jason Brice”. Two hours and forty five minutes later we released that awesome fish which was caught and released while using IGFA 20 pound tippet, and a pink Cam Sigler popper fly, while using a TFO BW-HD fly rod, a Mako #9700 fly reel, and a RIO leviathan 550 grain fly line. What a great fish.
On March 2, 2002 in Port Stephens Australia, Tom Evans set the world record on a Blue Marlin of 288 pounds 12 ounces, which is still the record, the record he broke was 266 pounds set in 1991. The degree of difficulty of a catch like this is hard to explain, first lets say that John’s Marlin could have been 50 pounds heavier or lighter than estimated. If the Marlin was exactly 250 pounds and was caught on 20 pound tippet, this 12 1/2 to 1 ratio, would be equal to catching a 1650 pound Blue Marlin while using 130 pound test line, the world record Pacific Blue Marlin on 130 pound test weighted 1376 pounds).
20 years ago if we ever saw a Blue Marlin over 200 pounds, while fly fishing, we would feed a bait and catch it on conventional, because most folks thought it could not be caught. Now if you are a good angler, and you are fishing with one of the top crews in Guatemala, and raise a Blue Marlin under 400 pounds, the whole crew believes that it can be caught and that we will catch it. I really love my job! I cant wait for the next Blue Marlin on Fly.
Meanwhile, Brian Horsley and Sarah Gardner and their teams fishing aboard Intensity and Rum Line yesterday, caught 17 Sailfish on fly from 33 bites. They are still out fishing today as I write this report, more reports to follow.
Jake Jordan’s Fishing Adventures
PO Box 309
Havelock, NC 28532