2010 Galapagos Report
Greetings from San Cristobal Galapagos:
It is 10 AM Galapagos time on April 13, as I sit here at the fabulous Casa Iguana Mar Y Sol bed and breakfast, waiting to board my flight to Guayaquil, Ecuador, and begin my 2 day trip home from the Galapagos. I will stay overnight tonight at the spectacular Oro Verde, 5 star, hotel (where we always stay coming and going from Ecuador), and then fly to Raleigh tomorrow. I am cutting this trip short for several reasons, My client Bill Brinton who was scheduled to fly fish for Marlin with me for 5 days became ill and left 2 days early, and the Marlin fishing here in the Galapagos has slowed down drastically.
Casa Iguana Mar Y Sol B&B
View Of San Cristobal Harbor, Galapagos
During the 4 days leading up to our fishing charters, Ecuagringo's clients who fished April 1, 2, 3, 4, before we arrived, produced 50 striped marlin raised to the teasers, with 15 caught during those four days. Now when we began fishing, George Maybee and I , raised 14 and got two bites during the first 4 days of fishing. Then while Bill Brinton was here for 3 days we fished a full day and a half day, raised one Marlin and got no bites. Yesterday April 12, 2010, fishing alone aboard "Blue" with Braden, Julio, and Mickey, as my crew, we did not raise any Marlin, there were some scattered Yellow Fin Tuna around however the Marlin bite was dead. I did manage to get a couple of pictures of George Maybee's Marlin just before it broke the 20 pound class tippet, below are the best pictures that I got of Georges Marlin.
Jumping Striped Marlin on Fly
Photo just as 20 pound Tippet Broke
Now after thousands of dollars spent to come to The Galapagos to fly fish for Striped Marlin, and none caught you might think that this job is not as glamorous as it sometime looks. In the past I have spent hundreds of days fly fishing for Marlin with the same result, however there is "NOTHING" in the world like the attack of a marlin when it eats that fly and pulls off hundreds of yards of backing in just a few seconds. Fly fishing for marlin is not for the faint hearted or it is not for anglers who do not like being on the water in all conditions, but it is the best "HIGH" available for those few who cast too , hook. and catch one of these magnificent creatures, only to remove the fly and let that Marlin swim off to be caught again some day!
I begin my season next Monday in the Florida Keys with 61 straight days of fly fishing for Tarpon, I hope that you will be one of the anglers who will share the thrill of Tarpon on fly with me! I do love my job, and I will be back here next year to chase the Striped Marlin on fly again, I hope that you can join me!
April 9 and 10, 2010
Greetings from the Galapagos:
On April 8 my friend and client Bill Brinton from Sanoma CA arrive to begin fly fishing for Striped Marlin with me on April 9 for the next 5 days. On Friday we headed out to a completely different area than we had been fishing for the last 4 days, This area is called "Braden's Bank" by the locals. At 7:00 AM we boarded "Blue"and left the marina, at 8:45 we put the teasers in the water while I rigged the TFO Blue Water Heavy Duty fly rods, with the Mako #9600 fly reels, RIO 550 Leviathan Billfish Lines and Cam Sigler popper head pink and white flies, and 6/0 Gamakatsu octopus hooks. From 8:45 we trolled teasers until 3:30 PM when we headed back to the marina, and never saw a billfish of any kind all day. This was my Slowest day ever in the Galapagos, so now after 5 days of fly fishing for Marlin we raised a total of 14, teased in and cast to 3, got 2 bites, and broke both fish off, Maybe I need to go to a Marlin on fly school, Oh Yea, this is that school!
Today, April 9, 2010, Bill woke up feeling bad, but we boarded Blue and ran 2.5 hours into 3 to 6 foot seas to fish on Rosa Blanco bank. At 10:00 we put the teasers out into choppy seas (15-20 knot wind) and began looking for Marlin. At 10:47, a big Striped Marlin crashed the long teaser, stole the bait, and disappeared. At 12:30 Bill was feeling really bad so we loaded up and ran back to San Cristobal so he could take some medication and recuperate. To say that the Marlin fishing here in the Galapagos is slow would be an understatement, the conditions seem good, there is bait around, the water temperature is in the high 70's, and the seas are fishable. Bill and I have 3 more days of fly fishing for Marlin scheduled with Captain Braden Escobar aboard the vessel "Blue", hopefully the fish will show up tomorrow and the fun will continue. The pictures above are of the equipment, technique, and species which we are in the Galapagos to use, we are having a good time, wish you were here. More reports to follow, I do love my job even when the fishing is slow.
April 7 and 8, 2010
Greetings from the Galapagos:
The weather is sunny with 10-15 knot wind and seas from smooth to 5 foot with air temperature during the day at 85-90 and sea water temp around 80 degrees. Fly fishing for Striped Marlin has been slower than I have seen here in the past, during the last 4 days we raised about 15 Marlin, 4 teased within casting distance, two ate the fly, one for George and one for me. Georges fish was lost after a 15 minute battle while the hot fish that ate my fly ran off 300 yards of backing without ever jumping, and then turned left and kicked it into overdrive, the tippet broke on the first jump about 350 yards from the boat.
Something that I have never seen here is schools of silky sharks attacking the trolled teasers and biting them off before we have a chance to pull them in. I am sure that the fishing will pick up during my next 6 days of Marlin fly fishing, The weather is awesome, the Casa Iguana Mar y sol is a great hotel, and the seafood here is great. Stay tuned fro more fly fishing fro Striped Marlin reports from the Galapagos in the near future. I do love my job and I wish that you were here with me!
April 5 and 6, 2010
Greetings from San Cristobal Galapagos:
I am here fly fishing for Striped Marlin with my friend George Maybee from Denver Colorado, aboard the vessel Blue with Captain Braden Escobar in calm seas with lots of sunshine. This will be a short report as the internet service is slow and it is hard to get on line. We fished all day yesterday on Rosa Blanca bank and only raised 4 marlin and only one got close enough to cast too. George Mybee cast a pink CS Fly to that hot Striped Marlin and the fish looked at it once before swimming away so we wound up with 4 raised marlin with no bites.
Today April 6 at 9:31 AM while fishing or Rosa Blanco Bank we raised a red hot Striped Marlin estimated at about 150 pounds. George cast a Pink and White CS tube fly using my TFO BW HD fly rod and my Mako #9700 reel to this red hot teased in Marlin. The fish leaped on the fly and immediately ran off 150 yards of backing while jumping 6 times, then it turned left and gray hounded away leaping 3 more times. As Captain Braden turned the "Blue" to follow the Marlin, it swam directly under the boat and tried to get the line tangled on the propellers. Braden shut down the engines and tilted them both up and the line came out the other side and the fish jumped several more times. After fighting this fish for ten minutes the Marlin jumped again and fell backwards on the line and broke the frayed 20 pound class tippet and then he was gone.
Later in the day the sky became overcast and the seas became choppy, we did raise one more Marlin which would not tease in to get a cast too, after two days the score for George and I is 0 caught for 1 bite. We are having lots of fun and expect to catch a bunch tomorrow, more reports to follow, I love my job, wish you were here.
Captain Jake Jordan
Jake Jordan’s Fishing Adventures
PO Box 309
Havelock, NC 28532