Galapagos Striped Marlin on Fly, Captain Jake Jordan
Jake Jordan fighting Striped Marlin on Fly, Galapagos 2010
Galapagos Fly Fishing for Striped Marlin Report April 9, 10 & 11, 2010
Greetings from San Cristobal, Galapagos:
On April 8 my friend and client Bill Brinton from Sanoma CA arrive to begin fly fishing for Striped Marlin with me on April 9 for the next 5 days. On Friday we headed out to a completely different area than we had been fishing for the last 4 days, This area is called "Braden's Bank" by the locals. At 7:00 AM we boarded "Blue"and left the marina, at 8:45 we put the teasers in the water while I rigged the TFO Blue Water Heavy Duty fly rods, with the Mako #9600 fly reels, RIO 550 Leviathan Billfish Lines and Cam Sigler popper head pink and white flies, and 6/0 Gamakatsu octopus hooks. From 8:45 we trolled teasers until 3:30 PM when we headed back to the marina, and never saw a billfish of any kind all day. This was my Slowest day ever in the Galapagos, so now after 5 days of fly fishing for Marlin we raised a total of 14, teased in and cast to 3, got 2 bites, and broke both fish off, Maybe I need to go to a Marlin on fly school, Oh Yea, this is that school!
Today, April 9, 2010, Bill woke up feeling bad, but we boarded Blue and ran 2.5 hours into 3 to 6 foot seas to fish on Rosa Blanco bank. At 10:00 we put the teasers out into choppy seas (15-20 knot wind) and began looking for Marlin. At 10:47, a big Striped Marlin crashed the long teaser, stole the bait, and disappeared. At 12:30 Bill was feeling really bad so we loaded up and ran back to San Cristobal so he could take some medication and recuperate. To say that the Marlin fishing here in the Galapagos is slow would be an understatement, the conditions seem good, there is bait around, the water temperature is in the high 70's, and the seas are fishable. Bill and I have 3 more days of fly fishing for Marlin scheduled with Captain Braden Escobar aboard the vessel "Blue", hopefully the fish will show up tomorrow and the fun will continue. The pictures above are of the equipment, technique, and species which we are in the Galapagos to use, we are having a good time, wish you were here. More reports to follow, I do love my job even when the fishing is slow.
George Maybee Galapagos Striped Marlin on Fly April 2010
Galapagos Report April 7 & 8, 2010
Greetings from the Galapagos:
The weather is sunny with 10-15 knot wind and seas from smooth to 5 foot with air temperature during the day at 85-90 and sea water temp around 80 degrees. Fly fishing for Striped Marlin has been slower than I have seen here in the past, during the last 4 days we raised about 15 Marlin, 4 teased within casting distance, two ate the fly, one for George and one for me. Georges fish was lost after a 15 minute battle while the hot fish that ate my fly ran off 300 yards of backing without ever jumping, and then turned left and kicked it into overdrive, the tippet broke on the first jump about 350 yards from the boat.
Something that I have never seen here is schools of silky sharks attacking the trolled teasers and biting them off before we have a chance to pull them in. I am sure that the fishing will pick up during my next 6 days of Marlin fly fishing, The weather is awesome, the Casa Iguana Mar y sol is a great hotel, and the seafood here is great. Stay tuned fro more fly fishing for Striped Marlin reports from the Galapagos in the near future. I do love my job and I wish that you were here with me!
Galapagos Marlin on fly, Captain Braden Escobar Picture
Greetings from San Cristobal Galapagos:
I am here fly fishing for Striped Marlin with my friend George Maybee from Denver Colorado, aboard the vessel Blue with Captain Braden Escobar in calm seas with lots of sunshine. This will be a short report as the internet service is slow and it is hard to get on line. We fished all day yesterday on Rosa Blanca bank and only raised 4 marlin and only one got close enough to cast too. George Mybee cast a pink CS Fly to that hot Striped Marlin and the fish looked at it once before swimming away so we wound up with 4 raised marlin with no bites.
Today April 6 at 9:31 AM while fishing or Rosa Blanco Bank we raised a red hot Striped Marlin estimated at about 150 pounds. George cast a Pink and White CS tube fly using my TFO BW HD fly rod and my Mako #9700 reel to this red hot teased in Marlin. The fish leaped on the fly and immediately ran off 150 yards of backing while jumping 6 times, then it turned left and gray hounded away leaping 3 more times. As Captain Braden turned the "Blue" to follow the Marlin, it swam directly under the boat and tried to get the line tangled on the propellers. Braden shut down the engines and tilted them both up and the line came out the other side and the fish jumped several more times. After fighting this fish for ten minutes the Marlin jumped again and fell backwards on the line and broke the frayed 20 pound class tippet and then he was gone.
Later in the day the sky became overcast and the seas became choppy, we did raise one more Marlin which would not tease in to get a cast too, after two days the score for George and I is 0 caught for 1 bite. We are having lots of fun and expect to catch a bunch tomorrow, more reports to follow, I love my job, wish you were here.