Sailfishing on the OBSESSION
My plans are to again run the F/V OBSESSION south for the light tackle sailfishing season in winter 2013. The good Lord willing, this will be my twelfth season fishing there. The waters off the northern Yucatan Peninsula hold the world's greatest seasonal concentration of Atlantic sailfish, and provide some incredible light tackle billfishing. Deckhand Richard Wright will again join me for the trip, and our local buddy Raoul will be working with us for his fifth season.
Nathan Curtis, James Kelly & crew sailfishing on Obsession
Last winter, fishing was not as good as in 2011, which was exceptional, but we still averaged 20 sailfish a day for the season. As in the states, it was a relatively mild winter ...actually the weather was great....80-82 degrees and sunny about every day...but we never had the weekly cold fronts (which drop temperatures from 82 to 78 degrees) in January and early February, and keeps more sailfish and baitfish closer to the island.
Nevertheless, we still caught 920 sailfish, with our top day of 39 sails with Jim & Laura Milford and Bill & Sharon O'Brien. Fishing was a nice combination of circling sailfish corralling bait balls (anchovies & herring) and just steady trolling action over bait.
For the first time, and hopefully not the last, we participated in the 3rd Annual ISLAND TIME FISHING FESTIVAL, which is a charitable event with all proceeds to benefit 'special children' and the "Little Yellow School House". Phil Vasser lead the long list of country singers and songwriters who performed throughout the week making the tournament a fun and memorable event for a great cause. The OBSESSION came in 5th out of 19 boats (no cash prizes, just trophies), with Chris Evans collecting our trophy for the biggest dolphin while enjoying a good meal and some great music. Entrance fee is $1000 for the 4 day (2 fishing days) event, this includes tickets for nightly entertainment and dinner. The scheduled fishing dates are Wednesday thru Saturday February 6-9. I am currently holding those dates for anyone interested in fishing the tournament.
The OBSESSION will be fishing a bit earlier this year, from January 3 thru March 15, 2013. If you are interested in winter sailfishing email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (252-480-0094).
The OBSESSION provides all bait and tackle, everything first class. We use Shimano TLD 20's with 25 lb line on light action stand-up trolling rods. We use a myriad of natural bait dredges and teasers to raise sailfish. We encourage angler participation and enthusiastically work with anglers interested in the finer points of rigging natural baits and hooking their own fish. We will leave the dock at 6:30 AM and return around sunset (6 PM). We provide lunch, including sandwiches, munchies, fruit, yogurt, and drinks including a case each of water, soda and cervezas! All you need bring is polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, rubber soled shoes, hat, camera, and good luck!
Check out the fishing reports section for pictures of fishing this past season.
The island of Isla Mujeres is as beautiful as it is fun. Great beaches, great restaurants, excellent snorkeling, and a great nite life. Walk out of the marina, and you are in the heart of town, a block from the beach, 2 blocks from many of the town's shops, restaurants, bars and night clubs and a short walk to your hotel. To get there, you fly into Cancun International Airport. From Cancun airport, you take a half hour cab ride (should be no more than $40) to Puerto Juarez, the port where you take the new ferry (tell cab driver want to go to "Puerto Juarez.... new ferry to Isla Mujeres"). The ferry ride is 25 minutes, costs $5 and runs every half hour (6AM-11PM). The ferry lets you off a stones throw from my boat. Grab a cab (always at ferry dock) to drop your stuff off at your hotel and you can walk everywhere from there on....to boat, town, restaurants, beaches, ferry, everything within 5-10 minutes.
The lodgings for the most part are 2-4 short blocks from the boat, and surround the small downtown area. Plenty of cabs are available. You can rent motor scooters or golf carts and get around the entire island. Hotels rooms range from $70-300/nite, depending upon what you are looking for, but for $70-$150/nite you will get a very nice room for two people. I have a list of lodging options that I recommend and will gladly make available to you. Most everything on the island is clean and well kept.
Once you get to the island, you may not want to leave. You can safely walk anywhere to the downtown area, enjoy great meals at open air restaurants, walk to the waterfront, get in a panga and go snorkeling for $20/person, get back in town and eat great ceviche or langusta (lobster) along the waterfront, walk 3 blocks to a beautiful beach and the legendary swing bars...outdoor thatched roof covered outdoor bars with swings for seats and 2 for 1's from 1-5 PM, then back to town for indoor or outdoor dinner, and if you can stay up past 11 PM the place really starts rocking! Anyway, lots to do on the island for your wife if she is not fishing or if you plan a few extra days along with your fishing.
Outer Banks - North Carolina
Captain Jeff Ross
3102 S. Ocean View Ct.
Nags Head NC 27959