RED HOT BLUE MARLIN FISHING IN THE D.R.
February 08, 2017 Río San Juan 2 photos
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
The North Coast of the Dominican Republic is known as one of the top hot spots in the Caribbean for catching blue marlin. We have caught blue marlin as close as a few miles offshore in 1,000` of water depth, and out as far as 25 miles offshore. On this trip we were fishing strictly artificial lures, and trolling at about 9 knots. Our spread consisted of a combination of Softhead lures, and two wahoo lures. Interestingly the marlin we caught hit the wahoo lure, known as a Banshee, a rattling, metallic lure. The fish gave up a good fight, jumping more than 10 times during the short fight. After about 20 minutes it was brought alongside the boat for a clean release. After putting out the lures out, within five minutes, we raised a double header of bigger marlin, but they were`t interested in what we had to offer. We pitched a prepared ballyhoo to the raised marlin, but didn`t get the bite. We were fishing a very interesting area of the coastline, where the bottom drops down to as much as 12,000` and comes back up to 3,000`. This area shoals up to as much as 450`. We got the bites about 3 miles from the "Pinnacles" as I like to call them. Although this trip was quite a few months ago, during the first marlin run, we are now into the summer migration of blue marlin, that coincides with the migration going on in the Puerto Rican Trench. The deep trenches off the coast of the Dominican Republic, offer the same great fishing, but with very little fishing pressure. Contact FISHING BOOKER, and make your reservation now! Capt. Randy Rode Charter boat "VAMOS" Rio San Juan, D.R.
Other reports from this captain
Other reports from this captain
DEEPWATER GROUPER AND SNAPPER CATCH!
July 15, 2019
We fished Aug 12, 2019 with a group of four friends from Las Terrenas, and had a real blast catching deepwater groupers and snappers. Some of the species we caught were, Mystic Groupers, Silk Snappers, and yellow-eyed snappers. We even caught a strange Bronze Whaler Shark, in super deep water, and released him. We were fishing two electric assisted deep drop outfits, fitted with 80# test super braid and we used up to 8# of weight to hold bottom. The depth that was most productive was around the 200fathom range, which is 1,200` deep. I have been fishing in this general area for more than 10 years now, and just picking a few fish off of each spot, and guarding and respecting this fishery, and it has really paid off for us! We use regular, frozen grocery store squid for bait mainly, and sometimes use freshly caught yellowfin tuna or blackfin tuna or bonito. We finished off the day by anchoring up on the deep nearshore reef in 90` of water and caught a nice bunch of small groupers and snappers all on ultra-light tackle. So if you would like to book a trip with me, just get in touch with my friends at FishingBooker, and book a trip! Thanks for reading my report and I look forward to seeing some of you in the future for fishing.
"VAMOS" SPORTFISHING TEAM AND SWORDFISH
March 15, 2019
On March 15th, 2019, after fishing only 1 1/2 days, 3 miles off the coast of the Rio San Juan, the Vamos Fishing team of Capt. Randy Rode and Steve Spagnuola boated the first verifiable daytime swordfish taken on rod and reel, on the entire North Coast of the Dominican Republic! In the process of the Quest of looking for the first swordfish the team managed to boat several other valuable and delicious eating deepwater fish, including a local record Queen Snapper and some Mystic Groupers. The team was using highly specialized techniques developed over the last ten years in South Florida and the Florida Keys. Capt. Rode is a native of the Florida Keys. The estimated 85# fish was of legal length according to U.S.Federal Fishery Standards. They were using freshly prepared baits and other techniques unique to the highly technical fishery. The team is now targeting a swordfish of more than 100#s. In a subsequent trip during March, the team hooked up two big fish that were fought for more than 45 mins each, only to have them come off at the boat! But they will continue the quest, until the North Coast of the Dominican Republic is established as a well-known swordfish destination.
DORADO BITE IS ON!
January 15, 2019
Here on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, we have the good fortune to have deep water very close to land, therefore, we start fishing right after we leave the marina. We have caught blue marlin as close as a few hundred yards offshore. Dorado, (Mahi-Mahi) are one of our most commonly caught fish, along with blue marlin, yellowfin tuna and wahoo. We also offer many other types of fishing, like bottom fishing, deep dropping, daytime sword fishing, and many other types of fishing.
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