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Anvik River Lodge
The Anvik river in remote Western Alaska is the setting
for Cliff and Cheryl Hickson’s luxurious Anvik
The river is a tributary of the famous Yukon River,
and the lodge is located 450 miles North-West of Anchorage,
a mere 80 miles from the nearest town!
Several world record Northern pike have been taken
in this region, but the lodge’s experienced guides
can also lead you to some amazing fishing for Pacific
salmon, grayling, char, dolly varden and shee fish.
To add to the adventure you’ll travel by jet boat
or float plane to the even more remote fishing holes.
If hunting is your thing, the lodge is also a base
for moose and black bear hunting trips. The lodge accommodates
only twelve guests and is proud of its superb food and
If you want to get away from it all in luxury this
is the place! Contact Cliff or Cheryl.
Bermagui was made famous as a fishing destination by
Zane Grey during his famous exploratory trip to Australia
in 1936. He brought Australia to the attention of the
world with his catches of Blue and Striped marlin, and
his world record Tiger shark of 1036 lbs.
Esprit charters, run by Lloyd and Grahame Williams
operate two boats from this famous harbour.
Esprit, skippered by Lloyd, is a 34 foot Master sportfisherman,
fully rigged for marlin and tuna fishing. She is equipped
with custom rods, Penn International reels and full
electronics. A professional skipper for 18 years, Lloyd’s
local knowledge is highly regarded by his peers.
Esprit Point 5, skippered by Grahame, is a 23 foot
high speed sportfisher built for chasing the schools
of big Yellowfin tuna which pass by this coast each
year. Fully rigged for stand up fishing and capable
of 30 knots, she can get you out there fast wherever
they may be feeding!
The peak marlin season along this coast runs from January
to April, while the big yellowfin move past between
April and June. School yellowfin together with albacore
and kingfish are present from October to January, with
big sharks and good bottom fishing available all year
Operating from the island of Faial, Xacara is a 36
foot Hatteras sportfisherman skippered by British Captain
Fully equipped with 80 lb and 130 lb , as well as a
range of lighter tackle, her main target species are
the giant Blue marlin which migrate past the islands
between July and September each year. White marlin are
also taken together with Broadbill Swordfish, Bluefin,
Big eye, and Yellowfin tuna, as well as Mako and Hammerhead
sharks. Incidental catches include Bluefish, Dorado,
Wahoo and several smaller tuna species.
The current men's 80 lb class world record Atlantic
Blue marlin of 1189 lb and the current women's 80 lb
class record Bluefin tuna of 974 lb were both taken
For some of the best fishing the Atlantic has to offer
contact Captain Ian Carter.
Operating from Puerto Rico on the island of Gran Canaria, the Blue Marlin 3 fishes waters which like Madeira and the Azores, plunge to depths of over 3,000 feet within a few miles of the shore.
A 33 foot Striker sportfisher, built in Spain, she is powered by twin Volvo diesels and has a top speed of over 30 knots. She is skippered by Captain Eduardo with owner, Englishman Tony Holder working the deck.
From November to March, Marlin and Tuna are absent and fishing is mainly for Conger eels, Snapper, Amberjacks and Rays averaging 150 lb.
The summer months are spent trolling for Blue and White marlin, Wahoo, Barracuda, Skipjack, Albacore, Yellowfin and Big eye tuna. Giant Bluefin tuna between 500 lb 800 lb are also an occasional catch. All billfish are released.
The largest Blue marlin brought aboard so far weighed 1027 lb and the largest Mako 1075 lb (an 80 lb line class world record), so the opportunity is there.
Exploramar is a new Cata 356 catamaran operating from Puerto Rico on the island of Gran Canaria. At 11.50 metres long with a beam of 4 metres and powered by twin Yanmar 350 hp motors she can carry up to 10 anglers in safety and comfort.
Operated by Captain Vicente who has more than 30 years experience in fishing these waters she is fully equipped for bottom fishing during the winter months and trolling during the summer for blue and white marlin, yellowfin, big eye and bluefin tuna.
As a member of the Billfish Foundation, Exploramar operates a Tag & release policy for all billfish as well all species of sharks and rays.
All tackle, bait, tea, coffee and lunch are included in the cost of your charter and non fishermen will have a great day spotting the numerous whales, dolphins and turtles that pass through these fertile waters.
El Hierro, the southernmost of the Canary islands,
is the base for Fishing Club Alegranza’s 42 foot
Pacemaker, Dona Pi.
Skippered by Captain Miguel Gamito, she is fully equipped
with Rupp outriggers, fighting chair, tuna tube and
30 lb, 50 lb, 80 lb and 130 lb tackle from Shimano and
Captain Miguel fishes the productive Canaries waters
year round. Between April and November each year though,
the fishing really hots up as blue marlin, bonito, skipjack,
bluefin and big eye tuna, spearfish, dorado, and mako
sharks move in to join the resident populations of wahoo,
barracuda, thresher sharks and broadbill swordfish.
There is also excellent year round bottom fishing for
amberjack, snapper, large rays and the unusual oilfish
The Cabo Verde island group lies 900 miles South of
the Canary islands, 300 miles off the African coast.
The islands are fast becoming a hotspot for anglers
seeking giant Atlantic Blue marlin, although many other
species are also regularly caught, including White marlin,
Spearfish, Sailfish, Dorado, Wahoo and Yellowfin tuna
to 240 lb.
During the few night trips which have been undertaken,
Broadbill swordfish to 290 lb have been taken together
with large Tiger and Hammerhead sharks.
Captain Bruno Niebuhr and his crew operate the 33 foot
Bertram 'Happy Hooker' from the island of Sao Vicente.
Repowered in 2000 with twin Caterpillar 300 hp diesels,
and fully equipped with Shimano and Penn International
tackle, she has already carried anglers to three IGFA
line class world records, as well as the heaviest Atlantic
Blue marlin recorded in 1998, a fine specimen of 1093
Captain Niebuhr and his crew have 15 years experience
in these waters and between them speak German, English,
Spanish, Portugese, French and Crioulo.
If you've got a thirst for adventure this is the trip
Based on the Kona coast, 1999 world Billfish champion
Mike Vidal's Legend sportfishing company operates two
superb Cabo sportfishers. Legend 1, a 1997 Cabo 31 foot
Express and Legend 2, a 1999 Cabo 35 foot Express.
Both are fully equipped with tackle from 20 lb
130 lb and all the very latest electronic equipment.
In tournaments last year the Legend team aboard Legend
2 took four first and three second places.
Fishing begins within minutes of leaving harbour, no
long runs to the drop off here, and at various times
of the year you could hope to catch Black marlin, Striped
marlin, Sailfish, Spearfish, Wahoo, Dorado and various
tunas including world class Yellowfin. Blue marlin are
present year round.
Legend also have their own high class Bed and Breakfast
establishment and will gladly price up a complete fishing/accommodation
package for you.
Captain Dennis Cintas qualified as a US coastguard
approved charter captain when he was 18 years old. In
the 34 years since then he has captained fishing boats
in the waters of California, Mexico, Central and South
America, Panama, West Africa and Hawaii.
He currently operates the beautiful 38 foot Bertram,
Intrepid, from Kona where he is recognised by his peers
as one of the most skilful captains in the business.
He is fully skilled in all aspects of light and heavy
tackle fishing and is always pleased to pass on his
knowledge to his clients. Should you wish to try saltwater
flyfishing, captain Dennis will be pleased to help.
Blue and black marlin, spearfish, wahoo, mahi mahi
and yellowfin tuna are regular catches, and the his
largest marlin weighed 909 lb. Catch and release of
billfish is encouraged.
The island of Kauai is the base for Captain Dan Waugh’s
beautiful 28 foot Bertram ‘Vido Del Mar’.
Captain Dan fished these waters for 9 years as mate
on charter boats throughout the Hawaiian islands before
gaining his US Coast Guard captain’s licence and
settling in Kauai in 1995. But as he modestly says “I
still learn something from the ocean on every trip”.
He specialises in stand up fishing for blue, black
and striped marlin along with yellowfin and skipjack
tuna, dorado and wahoo, as well as bottom fishing for
the amberjack and giant trevally closer inshore.
Often the very biggest yellowfin tuna are caught at
night, and Captain Dan also offers night tuna chunking
trips, with sharks and even broadbill swordfish also
showing up on occasions.
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan lies 35 miles
off the North shore of Honduras in the Caribbean sea.
Blue & white marlin, sailfish, tuna, dorado, wahoo
and kingfish are available offshore with permit, bonefish
& tarpon inshore, while the reefs are loaded with
grouper, snapper and barracuda.
Captain Bob Brown runs the 30 foot diesel powered sportfisher
‘Anchico’ together with an 18 foot flats
boat for inshore fishing.
If you want a laid back vacation with good food, a
warm welcome and plenty for non-fishermen to do this
is the place.