morning started with the weather looking excellent as usual.
After saying goodbye to the wife I went along the jetty to
meet up with Stanley and Santos Dillon on their new 50ft Viking
fishing boat. My first impressions were WOW!, what a fantastic
boat, Iím in fora great day.
With a cabin nicely kitted out with leather seating and air
conditioning, toilet, kitchen etc. this boat was definitely
built for comfort and wanted for nothing. Being out on a boat
all day in the sun does take it out of you and having a/c
means you can retreat into the cabin and cool down.
After discussing the days fishing we left the harbour; its
going to take about 1 1/2 hrs. to get to the mark. You know
when you are reaching the mark when the boat starts to power
down, the outriggers are set out, the rods are selected and
the baits and lures are then let out behind the boat. Within
a short time one of the rods starts screaming as the line
is taken off the reel.
Within five minutes the first fish was in the boat, a nice
Dorado. Throughout the day, we were catching Dorado and Wahoo
and this kept me busy; we didnít see any billfish that day
but there were more than enough fish in the boat for a fantastic
my second trip, the plan was to go for quality rather than
quantity; my sights were set on a billfish and by midmorning
we had the first take and did it run! I didnít think it was
going to stop and after a great battle the fish was in the
boat - a superb Dorado; pound for pound I consider to be one
of the best fighting fish in the sea. Within twenty minutes
one of the other rods started screaming out line; I picked
up the rod still spilling out line; 10 seconds later, all
went slack and it was gone...nothing, my chance of a billfish
had gone.....but thatís fishing...
At the end of the day, with about 15 minutes to go we had
another run; I was convinced it was a small billfish. However,
with the fish staying deep, the rod tip knocking and the way
it was shaking its head, the bets were on that it was a Wahoo.
Once we started seeing colour in the water it was confirmed
and safely landed in the boat.
I had a great time with Stanley and his son Santos on their
new boat Super Cool Too. They are a super cool team, their
knowledge of the fishing in Tobago is second to none, they
have really good quality fishing gear and they certainly have
the best boat on the Island. After a long day fishing, what
could be better than a cold beer or an island cocktail and
a fantastic seafood meal cooked by Stanleyís Chef in his restaurant
Dillons - a treat not to be missed...
up the good work guys and we canít wait to see you again for
our 12th trip to Tobago.