Where the Fish Are

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Have a Bite

Make the most of your summer on the boat—catch the fish of a lifetime.

Sailfish

For Blue Marlin in the Caribbean it’s hard to beat the Dominican Republic. Fishing heats up for the summer off Punta Cana, where boats only have a 3- to 12-mile jaunt to the fish-attracting devices (call them FADs [say: “fads”] or risk sounding like a googan) where blue marlin turn up consistently. Local knowledge helps to find these devices but if you want to find them on your own look at the chart: When there’s 10,000 feet of water and you see a seamount rising to within 3,000 feet of the surface, chances are that’s where the FAD will be.

Blue Marlin

Take a Poke at This

Yellowfin

Poke is a simple and traditional Hawaiian meal that can be eaten anytime of day—and anywhere yellowfin tuna can be caught. It’s delicious, and it’s easy to make. You know, once you’ve caught the fish …

2 lbs. fresh yellowfin (ahi) tuna, cubed
3 green onions, diced
1 Maui onion, julienned
½ teaspoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2/3 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
1 teaspoon kosher salt
red pepper flakes to taste

Mix all ingredients except for tuna in a bowl. Chill both tuna and other ingredients in refrigerator for a half hour or so. Mix tuna in just before serving. Eat with chopsticks or toothpicks.

The more adventurous angler may decide to steer the boat across the Atlantic to Cape Verde off the West African coast to hit the spring-summer season. When the water clears, fishing heats up with blue marlin. No one really knows why the blues congregate in that area for certain, though of course speculation is rampant in the fishing world, whether it’s feeding or breeding or just a crossroads of migration. But one thing’s for certain: Those that spend the season in Cape Verde, such as the Big Oh skippered by Ronnie Fields, have the chance to put up hundreds of catches in a season.

Costa Rica has huge sailfish numbers all year on the Pacific coast. While Nicaragua has come on strong in the last couple of years, the numbers still tilt towards Costa Rica. One theory posited by Capt. Jon Duffie of Billfisher to explain why Costa Rica sees an impressive catch rate is simply because that’s where the boats are—we can’t spot fish in the spread unless the boats and anglers are out there looking. And they’re definitely hunting them up off Costa Rica, where huge numbers are not that uncommon: 60 to 80 bites a day sometimes.

The waters off the Mid-Atlantic U.S. have long been reliable producers of great catches of white and blue marlin and a good share of tuna all summer long. Sometimes traveling the world makes sense, sometimes it’s better to stick close to home. As the (successful) pros always say: Don’t leave fish to try to find fish. And the best way to make the most of your fishing time? Keep things simple. Too many lines, baits, and teasers in the water can stop productivity cold.

This article originally appeared in the June 2015 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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