CAPE VERDE FISHING...... Just back from a couple of weeks holiday in the Cape Verde. I thought it might be helpful to other members to tell of what I found, if anyone is thinking of venturing out there and packing the fishing rods.. Likewise I thought others might share there holiday fishing tips on how they managed to catch and what techniques and tackle used.. Cape Verde is only a 6 hour flight from Manchester and is a set of Islands about 400 miles off Senegal, I think there is nine Islands that are inhabited.. It has lots to offer to the sea angler, from Big Game Marlin and Tuna fishing to spinning or float fishing from the rocks for Jacks, Trigger fish, Grouper and many small rock species. I took a couple of beach rods and a spinning rod and various hooks, line, floats, plugs. I did a little research on the internet but couldn't find a great deal about the fishing.. Communication was a little difficult because most of the residents speak Portuguese and very little English, so you weren't going to get any info from the locals.. Well I set off to the local beach one evening armed with my beach rods and a bucket full of herring that cost me 3 Euro or 300 Cape Verde Escudo's. When I arrived I found a few locals already set up they were floating live baits under a balloon for Sharks.. I had some wire traces so I set up some rigs on 150lb wire and 8/0 circle hooks and hooked on the Herrings and cast them seaward, the light was just fading and I was just setting up another rig when I heard a clatter and my rod had been pulled from the rod rest and was heading towards the sea at some speed, I just managed to grab it before it disappeared into the ocean, after a short fight I had my first Shark on the beach, not a massive shark but a good size for standard beach gear at about 10lb. I never did get my second rod set up and after a couple of hours I had landed 4 Shark between 6 - 12lb so left the beach with a spring in my stride. Next evening saw me back at the same spot but arrived a little earlier and set up a balloon rig tried for an hour to catch some small live baits with no success so hooked a small Tuna/Mackerel type fish on the hook and chucked about 40 yards but with a strong land wind soon saw the balloon blowing out to sea dragging the bait along with it, I stopped it at about 100yrds. After about 20 minutes the drag on my Diawa 600T was squealing and I was hooked into a better shark, after a few good runs I had a decent shark maybe 30lb-40lb in the surf it I was fishing alone, and trying to land a angry Shark and keep hold of the rod whilst trying to grab the shark by the tail, it rolled and tangled itself up in my braid and snapped it like cotton.. I was soon set up again and back into action with a few smaller sharks but still great fun.. Ended the evening with 6 small sharks and one decent one lost... Had a few days relaxing before having a look out boat fishing.. Boats were around 300 euro - 500 euro for the day, so it was a little expensive to hire it on your own, lucky a French chap had booked a boat and wanted someone to share the costs.. We fished about 2 mile out off Santa Maria and caught 7 Wahoo between us and tried for Marlin but with no luck.. Seen lots of Flying fish which were funny things leaping from the water then flying for 20 - 30 yards before diving back in... Lures were big.. :yes: Wahoo certainly put up a great fight.... :surprise: We decided to book another trip with a good discount for the following day to go bait fishing we had loads of small Grouper and reef fish and I managed a good Amberjack which was awesome fun on light gear and took over 30 mins to land. Next evening decided a short session on the Sharks again, well it was supposed to be a short session but found the sharks in a feeding mood and landed 13 up to about 12lb. locals were also fishing. Well had a few days rest before trying again, and decided a change of scenery was due so got a Taxi to the East of the Island were I had seen much bigger Sharks in shallow water.. Baited up with these. Which were the best bait by far.. Waded up to my knees and I could see 6 or 7 good Sharks about 50 yrds out heart was pounding as these were biggies, the bait landed about 10 yards short but they soon turned and the big fins headed straight to it. Well what happened next was crazy drag was set and the Shark picked up the bait and headed off out to Sea like an express train, I could only stare at the ever decreasing level of 70lb braid which was whizzing from my reel, I tried to slow it with my hand against the spool but to no avail it spooled me and it was gone... Heart was pounding now and I was shaking as I put on a new reel and set back up... Same again I chucked my bait towards the pack of Sharks and within seconds I was in again. this time I put as much pressure as I dare to slow it down drag screwed down tight and I hung on and the "BANG" the tip of my Penn Affinity bust and the braid snapped.... That was enough for me, I was never going to land them sharks on this tackle so off to the hotel for an early shower... :angry: :cry: :cry: :cry: Well I had another session after Marlin in the boat but it wasn't me but the French chap who got the hook up and landed a fine Marlin but all was not lost as I got a big Dorado and another Wahoo.. Well tried some more fishing from the rocks after I managed to do a botch job of fixing my rod. Went on to catch plenty of small Grouper, Red Mullet, Trigger fish, and lots of strange reef fish including this. All in all I can recommend the Cape Verde for a holiday, If sat round the pool all day is not for you there is plenty of fish to be caught.. Plus the climate is good to with very little rain fall and a pleasant all year round temperature.. Some pictures. People are very poor outside the main tourist spots. Turtle Hatchery. The Sharks caught on video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEPUtqHm6ow Tightlines..