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Congratulations to Brad Wachowiak and the crew of the Katherine Anne, a 63′ Spencer, for winning the Island Time Tournament in Isla Mujeres. The Virginia Beach-based crew won the tournament by a minute. The Island Time Tournament raises much needed funds for the Little Yellow School House.
All of the proceeds from the Island Time Fishing Tournament go towards the Little Yellow School House, providing services, free of charge, to special needs children on Isla Mujeres. The Little Yellow School House began with one room and six students and a really big dream. Because of generous donations and the Island Time Fishing Tournament the school now has six classrooms, full-time teachers and over 50 students. The school has a 70% success rate at getting special needs children back into regular school.
Captain Chris “Kiwi” Van Leeuwen runs the Allure II, a 40′ Caps, in Guatemala. Kiwi and his wife Liz own and operate the Sailfish Oasis Lodge, an upscale, boutique operation. Van Leeuwen and the Guatemalan tourism board hosted InTheBite Magazine in November 2017. The great fishing and hospitality provide the backdrop for a feature in the January/February Issue of InTheBite and this Dock Talk Video. Hope you like watching it as much as we enjoyed making it….
For more on the great fishing in Guatemala, pick up the January/ February issue of the magazine. Subscribe here.
InTheBite’s Dale Wills and Elliott Stark were on hand at the awards ceremony of the Fish Heads Invitational Tournament in Stuart, Florida to present the 2016 Contender Florida Division Captain of the Year Award to Capt. Scotty Fawcett. Fawcett, who runs a 31′ Contender Off the Chain based out of Stuart, had a remarkable 2016 season. His 1,300 points were tallied on two different private boats on which he was hired to fish tournaments.
The event was a festive affair, full of many distinguished captains and crews. Just how distinguished? On hand were six InTheBite Captains of the Year. Joining Fawcett were Capt. Rob Moore of the Fa La Me, Capt. VJ Bell — the first Captain of the Year, Capt. Mike Brady of the Cowpoke, Capt. Glenn Cameron of the Floridian, and Capt. Wink Doerzbacher of the Showtime.
Congratulations to Capt. Fawcett on the award. For the up to date tally on this year’s highly competitive Florida Division, see the results.
By Capt. Peter B. Wright
Several years ago I did a boat trial on a new Hatteras for Motor Boating and Sailing Magazine. I knew the captain, Pete Grosbeck, had a great reputation in California, but I had not yet gotten to know him personally. What he taught me that day in Mexico, has helped me catch hundreds of billfish and win copious amounts of money in tournaments all over the world.
I deliberately did not write about it, until now! Over the decades I have passed on this knowledge to many of my anglers and deck hands; I really don’t consider it to be a secret anymore (sorry Pete). When I share this information with new customers, or crew members, who have not yet used the tactics that Grosbeck taught me, they are usually skeptical. Once they see the success that comes along with the unusual set-up, they always put the rig into their own bag of tricks.
After I climbed through the boat and tested its ability to dance, with me at the controls, Captain Pete asked me if I wanted to catch a couple of sail fish. Of course I did! He handed me a light, 20 pound, outfit and a huge, plastic headed marlin lure with multiple skirts! I blinked and said, “I can’t catch sailfish on that!” He replied, “Do you want to bet?” in a tone of voice that put me on guard immediately.
He was way too confident in what looked like a ridiculous set up for me to bet any real money. I knew Pacific sailfish were larger than the Atlantic ones I grew up on, and I had caught several, large sails in Australia by that point.
At the time, I rarely used lures as large as the one Pete had handed me, even on full grown blue or black Marlin! My hookup ratio was not high enough using large lures compared to smaller lures. Only after using Grosbeck’s lure was I able to realize it was the hooks, and not the lure size that made the difference.
I could not believe a sailfish would even try to eat such a huge artificial lure. If it did, I was sure that the hook up ratio would have to be at, or near zero! Little did I know that in a short period of time that day, I would have 5 strikes from sailfish, and tag and release 3 of them! I was amazed! When I carefully checked out the hook set that Grosbeck was using, it was like nothing I had ever seen before. He was using 2 small and short shanked “J” shaped hooks, sized about 5/0.
I can best describe them as being similar to what we used during live bait fishing for small Florida sailfish before switching to circle hooks. I tested the hooks on a line testing machine and it takes right at 100 pounds of pull to straighten one out. Each hook was on its own individual leader, and the hooks were not completely inside, or outside, the skirt’s tail! The skirt just barely covered the eyes of both hooks! It was an IGFA legal set up! Each leader had a loop eye and the main leader passed through the eyes of both leaders.
Years later, while, trying to catch Fonda Huizenga her first world record spearfish, we would catch a 300 plus pound Big eye tuna, and tag an estimated 500-pound blue marlin, which became the first Atlantic blue marlin ever to wear a satellite tag! We finally got the Ladies Spearfish Record late that day! All the fish were caught on IGFA 50 pound class line, with the Grosbeck hook set on small Mold Craft “needlefish” lures!
I have won several tournaments using that same set-up. Including the Dunk Island classic, a 12 pound IGFA class line competition for Sailfish and Black Marlin, for three consecutive years. We might have won it 4 years in a row if I had not made a silly mistake!
Trailing my old deck hand, Laurie Wright, by 3 fish on the last day, I figured there was no way we could get 5 releases before Laurie got at least a couple more. Sailfish and small Black Marlin tagged and released were worth something along the lines of 35 points each. Marlin over a certain size could be gaffed and boated, and were worth a point per pound of body weight.
I knew we could catch a decent Black on 12-pound so we went for broke and ran outside the edge of the reef to where the big ones lived. Almost immediately we got a bite! Instead of being worth 5 sails or small blacks the fish we were fighting on 6 Kg. line was a full grown female in excess of 800 pounds! And worth a point a pound!
If we could catch her, we would win by a mile! My mistake was in not changing from the 80-pound test leader we used on the little blacks to something much heavier! I managed to get the leader to Doug Haig over 10 times! Each time he pulled as hard as he could, without breaking it, then dumped it, turned to me and said “Sorry Pete, I was going to break it.”
“Great job Doug,” was my reply. “We still have her on!” We were never able to get a tag on her and get the release points but it was one of the best fights we ever had! Whenever I show amateur crew members and anglers how to use the “Grosbeck Rig” I tell them to always use heavy leader and go fast.
One new friend called me up recently and told me “It works!”. “What works?” was my puzzled reply. “I got my wife her first sailfish, then we hooked another one! But it was not a sail. It was a marlin right here in front of Stuart. We messed up trying to tag it and broke the leader at the boat.”
THANKS AGAIN TO PETE GROSBECK.
Mr. Christian Ostbye of Barranquilla, Colombia was the lucky winner of the 2017 ITB Subscriber Trip. Joining Christian was his friend and fishing buddy Andres, along with ITB’s Dale Wills and Elliott Stark. The fishing was aboard the Wave Paver with 2015 International Division Captain of the Year Russell Sinclair. ITB would like to thank Wave Paver owner Jr Davis for his generosity, along with the Ocean Club Marina at Port Canaveral for sponsoring Christian’s airfare.
Anytime you get the opportunity to fish with nice people and a great crew is a good day and this trip was no exception.
The 2018 ITB Subscriber Trip will take place with 2016 East Coast Division Captain of the Year Harvey Shiflet, aboard the Anticipation– a 61′ Spencer.
We look forward to spring and the many vacations parents will be embarking on with their kids. We salute all of you who teach and spend time with the next generation. Captains, crews and parents and anyone who takes a child out on the water… To feature your little ones please send images to email@example.com Subject: Kids
A proud Captain John Brennan of Quepos, Costa Rica sent these pictures of his 11-year-old daughter Elish. She caught and released eight blue marlin in a single day on the Portafino with her dad at the helm. What an accomplishment, Elish, keep it up!
Twelve-year-old Emily Bracher won top junior angler at the Alice Kelly Ladies’ Tournament in North Carolina. Emily caught a blue and a white—two thirds of the slam her team caught in the last 22 minutes of the tournament. At the wheel was Emily’s Uncle Arch.
Mackie Zierfuss with her first billfish, a West Palm sailfish caught on the Osprey with Capt. Joe Drosey. That’s Mackie’s unbelievably proud father, Karl, on the bill with his head down. When she’s not bailing sailfish, Mackie is reading InTheBite.
Ensuring that kids enjoy time is important to the sportfishing industry. If you are a parent or a captain, creating a child-friendly environment is that much more important. The March issue of InTheBite contains “Child’s Play: An Expert’s Approach to Fishing with Kids.” The article provides an in depth break down of Capt. Fin Gaddy’s scientific approach to outfitting tackle and fishing strategy to suite the needs of youth anglers. Not only is Fin a charter captain, he runs the Qualifier a 57′ Paul Mann out of Manteo, North Carolina, but he father to twin nine year olds Brown and Charles. The following is a video, produced by Aqua Paparazzi, was shot on location in Guatemala with Captain Chris Sheeder at Casa Vieja Lodge. For the complete break down, you’ll have to read the issue. In the mean time, here is the approach in action:
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