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Anegada Island in the British Virgin Islands with Anglers Digest

FISHING IN THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS OFF ANEGADA

To the angling world, The U.S. Virgin Islands are famous. St. Thomas is strongly considered one of the hottest blue marlin fishing grounds in the Atlantic. What is remarkably missing from that reputation is that the British Virgin Islands are actually closer to some of the most productive marlin grounds off St. Thomas….!! We stayed at the Anegada Reef Hotel and that made for a closer run by boat than if you fished the same spot from the American Yacht Club out of Charlotte Amalie Harbor

Reason for this distinct lack of fishing interest in the British Virgin Islands is that they are best known as a world class sailing destination and have historically never catered to the sport fishing industry. We found some amazing offshore and inshore fishing in this episode of IGFA Anglers Digest – and we can’t wait to show it to you. The last thing I expected was to be fly fishing bonefish over excellent quality flats habitat. Fishing the flats of Anegada in the BVI with Garfield Faulkner – who has guided these waters for over 25 years – quickly proved he really knows his stuff!

Then we went offshore with Capt. Donnell on the Big Ting, a 42’ Bertram that got so covered up by schoolie dolphin we felt like we were under attack. The offshore real estate found off Anegada is textbook marlin country, but that's not all it is. We also found some great wahoo action and saw evidence of good tuna activity as well. We hope to return in mid-July to test the marlin fishing that is known to be had there.

Back on the other islands – Beef, Virgin Gorda, and Tortola – we had a blast.. !!! Great restaurants, bars, art galleries, and nautical museums were sampled with smiles on our faces. We also got a chance to get in the water and play with some Dolphins at the Dolphin Discovery on Tortola.

All in all, stunning beaches, super friendly islanders, great food, amazing weather, and fishing that is off the charts and under the radar of most international fishermen.

Come to the British Virgin Islands and know what the Caribbean is supposed to be.

Sport Fishing at Panama's Cebaco Bay

FISHING AT CEBACO ISLAND, PANAMA

On the Pacific side of Panama sits and island that has been lost to the test of time… Cebaco…. that is, until James Weise was marlin fishing near it years ago and discovered an untouched fishery. Black marlin, blue marlin, sailfish, large yellowfin tuna, dorado, and wahoo are found in abundant numbers and can be reliably caught year round.

Jim took his mothership, the Cebaco Bay, and established a charter operation that is quickly becoming a must visit spot in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. Join us on this adventure as we live on the mothership and fish from it on Jim’s 56’ Viking, the Aguja. But most fishing is done on new 26’ center consoles with twin engine 4 strokes for inshore fish and from completely renovated 31’ Bertram’s when offshore. Food and accommodations are excellent and we found the shaded outdoor deck to be the perfect spot for drinks and stories after a long day on the water. As far as inshore fishing is concerned, Cebaco Bay ranks amongst the best in the world. Deep jigging the high rocky pinnacles can be productive for a multitude of grouper and large amber jack species while throwing poppers into the surf line can get you tangled up with roosterfish, dog toothed snapper, bluefin trevally, and jack crevalle.

The surfing is excellent near Cebaco Bay and some big fish can be found if freedive spearfishing is your sport of interest.
Be sure you spend a day or two in Panama City as it is clearly the most modern city in Central America and has become a virtual Miami for those countries. Of course the Panama Canal is a must-see as well.

Casa Afinity - Sport Fishing Lodge in Iztapa, Guatemala

CASA A-FIN-ITY IN ESCUINTLA, GUATEMALA

No one in the world would deny that the King's crown of sailfish-fishing belongs to Guatemala. The Pacific side of this ancient Mayan country abounds with high concentrations of bait species – which in turn brings sailfish to this area in unprecedented numbers. Add in a stay at Casa A-Fin-Ity with Capt. Davis Clapp and you'll find yourself in great hands in the sailfish capital of the world.

To fish this area in comfort you want a “express boat” – a boat with an open air cockpit where air flow through the salon area keeps you cool all day and you're never far from the rods. The A-Fin-Ity, a 39’ Knowles, is one of the fishiest boats in the country and a perfect example of what a proper express boat is all about. Being comfortable on the water is one thing, but coming home to the luxury, safety and secluded ambiance that is Casa A-Fin-Ity is something entirely out of this world. A virtual oasis surrounded by green sugar cane fields, the Casais one of the nicest sport fishing enclaves in the world. An amazing bar, a swimming pool surrounded by several shaded privacy areas, a huge Jacuzzi, spacious dining hall with mega-sized TV, professional Vegas style card tables and a disco dance hall with the most insane collection of music in Central America… that's what's in store for guests.. As a corporate retreat you could do no better.

But don’t limit yourself to fine accommodations and world class fishing. The dove and duck hunting is beyond comprehension..!!! And if thrill seeking is your vacation release – para gliding and canopy sky line rides are easily arranged. Does golfing along the flanks of a huge volcano sound intriguing..?? The Fuego Maya Golf Course at the La Reunion Resort is one of the most scenic and awe-inspiring courses I have ever seen in my life. When you are done with 18 holes, a short drive to the historic city of Antigua is in order for the fine dining and shopping to be found in this ancient Spanish colonial town. If you want to take home some gifts, the textile and jade markets are world famous.


Hotel Buena Vista Beach Fishing Resort, East Cape, Baja

BUENA VISTA BEACH RESORT, EAST CAPE, BAJA

Join host Bill Boyce and crew as they drive down 1,100 miles the Baja peninsula to one of his favorite fishing and diving spots, in Los Barriles, Baja. Joining resort owners Axel and Felipe Valdez as well as dive master Mark Rayor at the world famous Cabo Pulmo reef and marine reserve. There they dive amongst hordes of snappers, jacks, and huge groupers. Then venture offshore with Felipe Valdez as they fish for the always present dorado, striped marlin and other surprising species they stumble across…!!! But not all great fishing has to be on a boat at East Cape, the long stretches of amazing beaches bring large predatory fish like roosterfish, jacks, snappers, and sierra just a short cast from shore. Felipe will guide viewers on how that fishery is best tackled.

What’s the best thing to do after having all this fun in the sun? Come back to the Buena Vista Beach Resort to laze in their one –of-a-kind natural hot spring spa pool, or enjoy a frosty beverage at the swim up pool bar, then sample some of the finest cooking available on the East Cape at the resort restaurant with spectacular beach views.


San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, BAJA

The stunning seaside city of San Jose Del Cabo is featured in this amazing adventure. Not only is the excellent striped marlin fishery sampled with great success, the inshore roosterfish are given a test from the deck of the fishy 35’ Cabo Sportfisher, the FISHER MAN with Captain Jorge and mate Louis. This amazing fishery was to be further enhanced by the onshore amenities that are prominently featured in this episode. The world class marina Puerto Los Cabos, the golf courses, the sculpture parks, cactus plantation, art deco district, and fine dining all put the viewer on vacation right in the driver’s seat with the Anglers Digest crew.

No better accommodations can be found for visiting anglers than the EL GANZO Hotel. Situated right on the marina entrance, the views from the stunning infinity pool, and the classic amenities make hoping onto the charter boat from their hotel dock another reason to book your stay here.

The history in San Jose Del Cabo dates back to the Baja’s earliest explorers. The mission and nearby art district make it a city unlike ANY in the entire Baja. Art Galleries that rival those found in Europe offer some of the finest art to be had in all of Mexico.


Dove Island Fishing Resort, Sitka, Alaska

DOVE ISLAND LODGE, SITKA, ALASKA

No other lodge in Alaska does it quite like Dove Island Lodge. Owners Duane and Tracy Lambert bring their Napa Valley roots and eloquent dining experience to the rugged yet scenic splendor of Southeast Alaska. We take viewers on amazing flights in Duane’s super custom DeHavilland Beaver float plane to distant waters to fly fishing for steelhead with the lodge guide. Then go up-island to troll for salmon, fish the abundant pinnacles for local varieties of rockfish, and then go deep dropping for halibut with master anglers Brett Ryan and Stephanie Choate. All these featured fishing moments will make you wonder why you are sitting on a couch and not fishing at Dove Island Lodge.

But the fishing is only part of the fun, local amusements in Sitka include tours of the Alaska Raptor Center and getting up close and personal with the fury friends at Fortress of the Bears are fun travel features.


Ulitmate Lady Luxury Sport Fishing Yacht, Tahiti

M/V ULTIMATE LADY, AUSTRAL ISLANDS, TAHITI

We once again join the amazing crew of the 93 custom catamaran sport fisher, the Ultimate Lady but this time in the gorgeous Austral Islands of Tahiti. Just imagine the fishing action you’ll experience when you fly with us 300 miles south of Tahiti to fish a remote island group like the Austral’s. Owner Fred Lewis and his New Zealand friends provide the hospitality and Captain Tom Francis puts us on a variety of offshore fish only a dream could envision. Tunas, marlin, wahoo, GTs, jacks, and deep sea snappers are all given our attention as we are captured in their rapture.

Several island touring moments brings the viewers right to the spot the HMS Bounty was taken after the mutiny with Captain Bligh took place in the 1700’s. We fish waters even more virgin than those fished by Zane Grey in his historic angling pursuits in the early 1900’s. You simply CANNOT MISS this two episode series..!!


Longe Range Sportfishing on the Royal Polaris

M/V ROYAL POLARIS, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

IGFA Anglers Digest takes you all on a fishing nirvana vacation aboard Captain Frank LoPreste’s famous long range sportfisher, the Royal Polaris. This eight day trip is a two part episode that will show viewers just how much fun and how much fishing time is provided on these amazing multi-day trips to Baja waters.

Bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, yellowtail, calico bass, halibut, and other Baja favorites are hitting the decks with the happiest passengers in the world. Not just from the incredible fishing they experienced but with the 5 star dining they were catered to the entire trip. Experience the professional fish cleaning / processing facility that packs your catch for an easy transport home. If you are thinking about a long range trip out of San Diego, this is a MUST SEE adventure…!!

We also take you on a quick tour of San Diego which gives viewers the best reason they need to come visit America’s Finest City.


Sport Fishing in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO

The 60th anniversary of the famous Club Nautico Yacht Club provides the venue for this exciting marlin fishing extravaganza where the docks are filled with the WHO’S WHO of the Caribbean sport fishing industry and several IGFA dignitaries as well. We fish with Tim Mossberg and his Team MOJO as well as with Tim Choate of WILD OCEANS while we share laughs and try to gain respect in this prestigious tournament.

We also take the time to fish the local estuaries for tarpon with Captain Omar Orraca out of Tarpon Nest Lodge. Back offshore, we join the National Geographic Critter Cam Team of Sam Friederichs and Sjon and Jamey Harless as they deploy a underwater camera on a released blue marlin. REALLY COOL segments to a beautiful show. Don’t miss it..!!


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