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Barracuda Fishing in the DR

Barracudas are some of the common fish that you can catch pretty much year round when you go fishing in the Dominican Republic. These are great fish to catch as they put up a really good fight, which may include jumping out of the water; especially if you get the Barracuda on light tackle. If you happen to catch a Barracuda on heavy tackle (e.g. on a deep sea fishing trip where you are fishing with heavy gear), the fish runs out of energy relatively quickly and does not put up much of a fight.

Barracuda Fishing in the DR with our buddy Pico

Barracuda Fishing in the DR with our buddy Pico

Habitat:

The Barracudas, that are found in the ocean around the Dominican Republic, are known as the Great Barracuda. This type of Barracuda is common in the western part of the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Barracudas live in tropical and subtropical oceans around the world.

The young Barracudas mostly stay near coral reefs or mangroves; areas where they can hide away from other predatory fish. The adults, however, are mostly found in the open ocean near the surface of the water, although some have also been seen at depths of approximately 100 meters / 325 feet. In Punta Cana, divers have also spotted Barracudas hanging around the shipwrecks that are found e.g. in the area close to the airport.

Barracuda Fishing in the DR

Barracuda Fishing in the DR

General description:

The Barracuda is fairly easy to recognize from its long and slender body, its pointed head with underbite and many sharp and fang-like teeth. There is almost no mistaking this fearsome appearance! The Barracuda’s body has mostly dark blue, dark green and gray colors on the upper body, silver-colored sides and a white belly. It will typically have several dark spots on its sides. The young Barracuda can actually change its color pattern in order to blend in with its surroundings and hide from predators.

Size, weight and lifespan:

The record size for a Barracuda is said to be 1.70 meters / 5.5 feet long and 44 kilograms / 103 pounds. The Barracuda has been reported at up to 2.10 meters / 6.9 feet in length. Any Barracuda that is more than 1.50 meters / 4.8 feet long is generally considered a large fish – and something to be proud of when you catch it.

The Barracuda can reach at least 14 years of age and becomes sexually mature when it reaches around 60 centimeters / 23 inches long.

Barracuda Fishing in the DR - Anders Bogebjerg

Barracuda Fishing in the DR – Anders Bogebjerg

Behavior:

The Barracuda is a voracious predatory fish that eats other fish such as Jacks, Groupers, Snappers and Tunas. Its sharp teeth enable the Barracuda to tear other fish in pieces or in half and also tear off the flesh in order to eat it. The Barracuda is considered an opportunistic predator that surprises its prey and uses short bursts of speed in order to attack. It has been estimated that the Barracuda is able to reach top speeds of up to 58 kph / 36 mph.

The young Barracuda may travel in schools while the adults are generally solitary fish.

Eating Barracudas:

Barracudas are not considered commercially valuable, although here in the Dominican Republic the Dominicans generally have no problem eating them. The Barracudas are common carriers of ciguatoxins, which can cause ciguatera poisoning. This is typical for predatory reef fish that eat other fish and become reservoirs of toxins that accumulate and are stored in their bodies and flesh.

Source: Florida Museum of Natural History

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Fishing Q&A with Anders Bogebjerg

Anders Bogebjerg, owner of Palmera Fishing, recently sat down and answered a few questions about fishing. Anders started fishing at the age of 4 and is today an avid fisherman. He rarely goes a week without fishing and usually heads out for some inshore fishing or deep sea fishing every chance he gets – with or without clients.

If you would like to ask him your own questions, feel free to contact us by filling out our contact form HERE or drop him a line at ab@grouppalmera.com

Fishing in Punta Cana

Fishing in Punta Cana

Q: When is the best time for fishing in the Dominican Republic?

A: This all depends on what fish you are targeting. Most of the fish are here all year round, in smaller or larger numbers. Normally, April – July are the best months for white marlin. July – November is blue marlin season. Dorado and wahoo run all year but are greater in numbers from September – May. Barracudas and tuna run pretty much all year; depending on what side of the island you are fishing from.

The best season for inshore fishing is November – June and snook fishing is especially good from April – June. You can catch snappers, needlefish all year and yellow tales are abundant in November.

Q: When is the worst time for fishing in the Dominican Republic?

A: August tends to be a slow month. There are a lot of blue marlins, but no guarantee for catching them!

Q: Where is the best place for fishing in the Dominican Republic?

A: Generally, the fishing around the Dominican Republic is great and the ocean is loaded with fish. It all depends on what you are fishing for, which might make some areas better than others.

Q: What is your favorite fish to catch?

A: I love catching dorado (mahi-mahi). It is a fun fighting fish to catch and you find a school of them, you may easily catch 20 – 50 fish. Of course, the big blue marlin is every fisherman’s dream (including mine) and there are a lot of them around the Dominican Republic.

Q: Are there any spots in the ocean where you have a better chance of catching fish? 

A: All underwater structures create natural habitats for the fish and are great places to find and catch them. There are also several fishing stations in the ocean that attract a lot of fish and that we usually pass by.

Tarpon fishing in Punta Cana

Tarpon fishing in Punta Cana

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Snook Fishing in the Dominican Republic

Snook Fishing in the Dominican Republic

Snook Fishing in the Dominican Republic

General description:

Snook (also knows as Robalo, Sergeant Fish or Line fish) is one of the more popular fish to go catch here in the Dominican Republic. It is a fish that will put up a good fight and its soft and mild flavored meat makes it extremely delicious to eat.

The average size of the Snook is about 50 centimeters (1.6 ft.), however they do grow up to about 140 centimeters (4.6 ft.). The biggest one that I have ever caught in the Dominican Republic was about 20 pounds, and I have seen them up to about 50 pounds (is my guess).

It is a hermaphrodite fish that for some unexplained reason changes sex from male to female. You can easily recognize the Snook by the black line that runs horizontally throughout its entire body.

Where to find the Snook:

The Snook is rather sensitive when it comes to temperatures and, as it cannot stand cold water, it lives in the warm waters of e.g. the Caribbean, Florida and the Pacific. The Snook can tolerate a wide range of salinity (salt in the water) and can therefore be found in both the ocean as well as in fresh water.

The Snook is a predatory fish, a carnivore that lives off shrimp, small fish, crabs, etc. and is commonly found in areas with mangrove, close to land by rocks and cliffs, under docks or bridges, around currents in the water and even in murky water.

Here in the Dominican Republic the Snook is a common fish to catch on inshore fishing trips. You can even catch them when fishing right off the beach or shore.

Snook Fishing in the Dominican Republic

Snook Fishing in the Dominican Republic

Tips on how to catch Snook:

I usually fish Snook with a simple spinning rod and reel on a 20-pound test line. You can use live bait such as sardines or pinfish as well as artificial bait such as gulp. I like to fish with e.g. a white shrimp gulp, which has worked for me many times in the past when catching Snook.

Once you catch a good-sized Snook, you can look forward to an excellent meal e.g. as a ceviche or on the grill.

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Dorado a.k.a. Mahi-Mahi

The Dorado also known as Mahi-Mahi or Common Dolphin Fish is one of the typical fish you can expect to catch on a deep sea fishing trip in the Dominican Republic. There are 2 types of Dolphin Fish; the Common Dolphin Fish and The Pompano Dolphin Fish – neither of which are related to the mammal dolphin. The Pompano Dolphin typically lives shorter and is smaller than the Common Dolphin. It is often mistaken for a young Common Dolphin Fish.

Gigantic Dorado (approx. 50 lbs) caught on Marlin Chaser fishing boat

Gigantic Dorado (approx. 50 lbs) caught on Marlin Chaser fishing boat

Habitats:

This fish is found in many places of the world – in the Caribbean Sea, in the Pacific Ocean by Costa Rica, North- and South America, in the Atlantic Ocean by Florida, in Hawaii, in the South China Sea, and many other places. Dorado live in warm waters, with an average temperature of 28 degrees Celsius (83 degrees Fahrenheit).

The male and female Dorado commonly stay together in pairs and can often be found hanging around larges patches or lines of Sargassum weeds (floating algae that can stretch for miles on the surface of the ocean), under debris such as wood, palm leaves, etc., floating in the ocean or around fish buoys (fish stations). These are great places for the Dorado to hide from other predators (e.g. Marlins) and the weeds make for an excellent place to feed. The Dorado is a carnivore (meat eater) that eats e.g. flying fish, bait fish, crabs, squid, mackerel shrimp, plankton and crustaceans.

General characteristics:

Dorados live up to 5 years, although most seldom live more than 4 years. The average size is somewhere between 7 and 13 kilograms (15 – 29 pounds). A Dorado weighing 15 kilograms is considered very big and Dorados weighing more than 18 kilograms are excepcional to find. Their bodies are solid with the dorsal fin running throughout its length. The Dorado is easily recognizable by its bold colors of gold, blue and green; colors that unfortunately fade to a yellowish-gray almost immediately once the fish is caught and out of the water.

Dorado caught in Punta Cana

Dorado caught in Punta Cana

Dorados are exceptionally fast swimmers and can reach speeds of up to 92 km/h (57.5 mph). The larger male has a very large, almost abnormal-looking forehead that rises well above its body, while the female is smaller and with a more rounded head. The female Dorado can spawn 2-3 times a year and produce anywhere between 80,000 to 1,000,000 eggs each time! The young Dorado is typically found in seaweed, where it can hide safely and easily feed on shrimp, crab, and other fish.

Catching and eating Dorados:

The Dorado is a popular fish to catch among recreational fishermen (e.g. tourists on deep sea fishing trips). Once you get it hooked on the line, the Dorado is fast, beautiful to watch, because of its bright colors, and it puts up a nice fight. Dorados are also popular on the menu of many seafood restaurants, as its white, flaky meat has a delicious taste and is excellent when prepared as a ceviche or on the grill.

Dorado caught in Punta Cana on the Marlin Chaser fishing boat

Dorado caught in Punta Cana on the Marlin Chaser fishing boat

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) place Dorados in the category of “moderate mercury” and suggest eating no more than 6 servings a month. Since Dorados eat other fish, etc., they are common carriers for Ciguatera poisoning (mercury poisoning). Source http://www.nrdc.org/health/effects/mercury/guide.asp 

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Huge Barracuda caught on Marlin Chaser on June 24, 2013

June 24, 2013

Huge Barracuda caught on Marlin Chaser

 

After a morning of inshore fishing on Marlin Chaser where we caught several Snappers, Jacks and Yellow Tails, we dropped the clients of at the beach restaurant in Juanillo Beach in Cap Cana, for them to prepare the fresh caught fish for lunch for the clients.

 

After dropping the clients of, we hit the gas to get back to the marina. But as we are cruising over the shallow in front of Juanillo beach, we passed a huge Barracuda. I was so irritated that I didn’ have a bait ready, but sometimes things happen out of the blue.

 

Less then 2 min later I spotted another BIG dark shadow moving in the shallows. I called out to Capt. Pico to slow the boat down and I jumped down from the fly bridge. I reached for the first rod I could see and hooked on a hook on a metal leader. I grabbed a small Jack from the livewell, and put the hook through it’s back. I casted the bait about 10 feet in front of the Barracuda, and with in seconds I was fighting the MONSTER.

After about 10 min of fight, we landed the huge Barracuda.

The monster weighed in at 31lb (15kg), and was over 4 feet long.

 

I hope you enjoyed the video’s of the fight.

 

To book your next fishing charter in the Dominican Republic, please contact:

Capt. Anders Bogebjerg

809 780 6575

E-mail ab@grouppalmera.com

Or go to www.palmerafishing.com

 

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Inshore Fishing June 23, 2013 on Marlin Chaser

June 23, 2013 

Inshore fishing on Marlin Chaser

Michael (Mike) A Siemer, Owner of Marlin Chaser is in town for the week, and we went fishing today.

The ocean has been rough for a few weeks, which kept us inshore today, which is such a new experience for Mike.

We started the day fishing the inside of the reef and the different reef banks in front of Puntacana Resort. We landed several small Snappers, Jacks, Yellow Tails and Groupers.

Anders with a Grouper

Mike has always loved Snook fishing, which he has done a lot of in Florida, but he has never really landed a big Ocean Snook. We have told him about the Snook fishing here in Punta Cana, and he didn’t really believe us….. boy did we prove him wrong.

We got some small live bait, and started fishing. After about 10 min we hooked onto a BIG Snook.

Mike started fighting the Snook, and after about 5-10 min, the Snook made it into the shallow water by the rocks, and broke the line on one of the rocks.

After having seen the Snook, we estimate the Snook to be 30-40 pounds.

We continued fishing, and Pico (Captain of Marlin Chaser), hooked on to a NICE Jack, which he was fighting for several min.

At the same time as Pico is fighting this Jack on one side of the boat, Mike starts casting on the other side of the boat, and all of a sudden we hear the line screaming of his reel.

Snook on……

The battle begins, and the Snook is trying to get into the rocks where we lost the earlier fish. Mike, being the experienced fisherman he is, keeps fighting the fish, and steers it out of the rocks, and a few min later, the Snook is safely landed on the boat. A nice 10 pound Snook, who we will invite for dinner.

This was the culmination of a great inshore fishing day in Punta Cana.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures and the video’s.

To book your next fishing charter in the Dominican Republic, please contact:

Capt. Anders Bogebjerg

809 780 6575

E-mail ab@grouppalmera.com

Or go to www.palmerafishing.com

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Inshore Fishing on Marlin Chaser – June 9th 2013

A great day of inshore fishing in Puntacana on Marlin Chaser.

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Palmera Fishing – Marlin

Went fishing for marlin one day …

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