Weather forecasts being good, we go back to Hawkins. The weather is actually correct on the first day but deteriorates quickly the following days. There is little activity jigging and baiting: just a few doggies, blue trevallies and lugubris, seriolas and jobfish. However, trolling is getting much better and we catch numerous yellowfin tunas of an average about 14kg (23kg for the biggest), some wahoos (the biggest of 18kg) and a black marlin between 120 and 130kg on live bonito by Michel on a conventional stand-up combo. This marlin will be released.
As you will be able to see the video Heavy Spinning Team 2nd part dating 12 March 2015, and on our Facebook pages Rod Fishing Club or Yann Colas, this marlin swallowed back is whole stomach while leaving. Here is a proof, if ever it needs to, that it is possible to catch a marlin on live bonito… and release it! On the last day, conditions worsen at lot (end of cyclone Haliba) and we leave the bank in the beginning of the afternoon in order to fish Western Rodrigues the following day. On our way, a blue marlin unhooked. Although we started fishing at sunrise, the day only brought us a doggy. Beside the marlin released, there was no big piece of fish.