June 4, 2023
The fish of a lifetime for angler Ben Vorster. Be aware the largely straightened flying gaff.
Courtesy Capt. Matthias Henningsen

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Cape Verde is well-known in sport-fishing circles for excellent blue marlin fishing, for each numbers and massive fish.

May as nicely add another accolade to the listing: a “super-grander” blue that was landed in Could 2022. Germany-born Capt. Matthias Henningsen moved to the Canary Islands in 1994, after spending time in Ghana, Australia and Hawaii. He based Atlantic Fishing Charters in 2003 and fished out of Ascension Island earlier than heading to Cape Verde in 2009. He provides up the small print on this one.

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“South African angler Ben Vorster fished with Capt. Ryan Williamson and mates Papau Alves and Martin Palmer on the 37-foot Bertram Smoker,” he says. “They’d an excellent week of fishing, with Ben and his associates Gerhardt Vorster and Michiel Roos releasing 13 blue marlin, together with an 800-plus-pounder.” Henningsen says they saved one of the best for final.

That week the staff had fished across the island of Santo Antão. On the morning of Could 19, they departed the anchorage at Tarafal to fish their means again to Mindelo on close by São Vicente. Henningsen continues: “Fifteen minutes after leaving Tarafal, and never even a mile offshore, a marlin confirmed up behind a Pulsator tube—it was the one lure with a hook in it—that they have been pulling from the middle rigger. Martin teased the marlin to the boat, and Papau pitched a yellowfin tuna rigged with an Eagle Claw circle hook utilizing an 80-pound-class chair rod, with an 80-wide Tiagra spooled with 100-pound-test mono.

“Everybody noticed the chew and knew it was an enormous fish. After 35 minutes, Martin had the chief, and the choice was made that this was the best one for the gaffs.” As soon as the fish was aboard, Williamson headed for Mindelo. Three hours later, the licensed scales advised the story: 1,370 kilos. The marlin had a brief size of 154 inches, a girth of 80 inches, and a tail-stump circumference of 20.9 inches. In keeping with Henningsen, the catch represents the second-largest Atlantic blue marlin ever weighed.

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“Smoker had an unimaginable season in 2022, releasing 100 blue marlin, with 5 of these fish over 900 kilos,” Henningsen says. “Atlantic Fishing Charters reached one other milestone, releasing greater than 25 blue marlin over 900 kilos, weighing seven granders, and holding three of the six largest blues caught within the Atlantic.”