We had an A Team “mad about jigging” for this Mega trip 89h on Hawkins and 82h on the Eastern Bank. Curiously, the usual pelagic fish (yellowfin tunas and wahoos) seemed to have left the spot. As we are used to do it with our jigging teams, we exchange our conventional trolling tackle against their heavy spinning tackle. Almost all pieces have been caught trolling on these spinning lights, increasing sensations and offering new options to those who dislike traditional trolling. Fighting chair has fallen back to resting chair. Of course jigging was a treat. Jeremy sets the ball rolling with a doggy of 61.6kg, the 190th caught aboard Back Marlin since March 2005. About 40 doggies, a quarter of which were released, 4 varieties of trevallies, seriolas, jobfish, groupers and sharks were caught jigging. The last-but-one day, an exceptional black marlin rise made everybody delighted:
- Claudius first catches his first black marlin of 130kg on his light spinning tackle, trolling (see the special report).
- On a jigging spot, Claudius catches a “bec de cane”, not even longer than the jig, leaving it near the surface in order to catch a bigger predator. A black marlin is hooked and jumped many times a few meters from the boat, before the 130 lbs leader breaks during the rush. What a show!
- Jeremy was not outdone. He put a rainbow runner on catalina on his jigging tackle. There was no need to wait for 5 minutes before hooking the 3rd marlin! 1h10mn to bring it by the boat: a black between 140 and 150kg. Steeve tightens the 200lb leader a few head fights and the marlin recovers its freedom… Everyone stands a chance!
- On Marlins’ Boulevard, on the way back, a marlin ambled up at the surface. We give him a bonito. He rostrums it nicely before going, quietly… Next time, it will be bigger!
We must precise that Jeremy resigned his job as physiotherapist to come fishing with Claudius! That takes some doing! As Emile Zola would say: “Passion is what helps most to live”. In any case, that is a nice story!
Seriola on jigging for Jeremy – Rod Fishing Club – Rodrigues Island – Mauritius – Indian Ocean
Jacques and a red snapper – Rod Fishing Club – Rodrigues Island – Mauritius – Indian Ocean
Claudius fighting on Heavy Spinning with Shimano Stella 20000 double handles – Rod Fishing Club – Rodrigues Island – Mauritius – Indian Ocean
130kg black marlin on Heavy spinning by Claudius – Rod Fishing Club – Rodrigues Island – Mauritius – Indian Ocean
Jeremy fighting a marlin on a jigging rod – Rod Fishing Club – Rodrigues Island – Mauritius – Indian Ocean
Free marlin – Rod Fishing Club – Rodrigues Island – Mauritius – Indian Ocean