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Queen Triggerfish

Queen Triggerfish caught in Punta Cana

Queen Triggerfish caught in Punta Cana

This past Sunday I went fishing in Punta Cana together with my buddy, Pico, whom I often go fishing with. Pico has been fishing practically his whole life and works as the captain on The Marlin Chaser. We usually go in-shore fishing in a very small boat that we share and usually catch a lot of fish when we sail along the coast from the marina at Puntacana Resort & Club, past Tortuga Bay Hotel, La Cana golf clubhouse and all the way up to Playa Blanca beach club and the Club Med resort.

We were out the whole day and caught a lot of different fish (including Black & Queen Triggerfish, Mangrove Snappers, Jacks and Groupers) that Pico took home to his family and also to sell (he has a small fish & seafood store out of his house). One of the fish that we caught, which I have never caught before, was a big, beautiful Queen Triggerfish (QT).

The Queen Triggerfish – General Description:

After doing some research on this particular fish, I found out that there are actually about 40 types of Triggerfish that all live in the tropical and subtropical oceans around the world, including the Caribbean. The QT is oval shaped with a quite compact body, a large head with small eyes. It has beautiful colors of blue, purple, turquoise, and green with a yellow throat and blue lines on its fins and head. As soon as we got it out of the water, though, it lost some of its bold colors and became more dark. The QT can also change its colors as a defense mechanism or depending on its mood, e.g. if it gets stressed.

Mating and Spawning:

The QT is not a fish that you want to mess too much with or get “up close and personal with”, especially during its reproductive (spawning) season, which peaks in the fall around September and again in the winter around January. The QT has teeth and has been known to bite e.g. scuba divers or snorkelers coming too close to its territory and eggs.

The male QT makes its territory, a large sand bowl on the ocean floor approx. 10 meters / 33 ft. in diameter, and starts attracting a harem of female QTs to mate with. Once the eggs are laid in this bowl, both the male and females protect and defend them from intruders and predators, which may include other fish or humans. The QT’s small but apparently very strong jaw and mouth has a row with 4 teeth on each side and the upper mouth also has 6 additional Pharyngeal teeth, with with it can produce a grunting or clicking sound when grinding them together.

Outside of the mating and reproductive season, the QT is a fairly easy-going fish that moves about slowly during the daytime, poking around and blowing at sand, in search of food such as crustaceans, mollusks, sea urchins, starfish, crab and sometimes also small fish and algae. It typically lives on the bottom of the ocean (not more than about 3-30 meters / 9.8-98 feet deep) and around coral reefs.

What’s In a Name:

The QT gets its curious name from the fins and spines on its back, which it can “trigger” to raise and lock together, e.g. at night when it wedges into small, tight places between rocks to sleep. This is an excellent hiding place, which keeps it safe from other, predatory fish that roam at night for food. The particular locking mechanism of its dorsal fins and spines makes it tough for other fish to drag the QT out of its hiding/sleeping places in the rocks.

We caught a few of these QT. The biggest one was about 40 centimeters / 16 inches long and weighed roughly 3 kilos / 6.6 pounds, which is a typical size for this particular fish. The lifespan of the QT is anywhere between 7 and 13 years and it can become up to 60 centimeters / 24 inches long, although it is more common to find them at about half this size.

Eating the Queen Triggerfish:

As far as I have heard, the QT is supposed to be an excellent meal. I would assume, since this is a fish that eats other fish, etc., that some level of caution should be exercised when eating it since it might be somewhat toxic, although I was not able to find any information online about the mercury level in the QT.

Catch of the day - Jacks, Black & Queen Triggerfish, Mangrove Snapper and Grouper

Catch of the day – Jacks, Black & Queen Triggerfish, Mangrove Snappers and Groupers

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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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