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March 27, 2007

Tobago Fishing Report

The marlin are plentiful in Tobago

Hard Play Fishing Charters Ltd Is declaring 2007 as the hottest fishing season ever. Hard Play operates 3 fishing charter boats on the beautiful Island of Toabgo and our operation has been in existence for the past 21 years. We have never seen such good fishing as it has been so far this season. The fishing got really hot in January with loads of Dolphin and Wahoo being caught by our 3 boats. We were averaging 150 fish per week per boat for the first 4 weeks of 2007. There were so many Dolphin and Wahoo caught this year that the market literally shut down. Everyone were catching loads, just too much to consume !!. By mid February I had to purchase a second freezer and that one was filled in a matter of days with only dolphin filletes. Freezer space just too valuable to store whole fish.

While Hard Play 1 continued catching loads of Dolphin and Wahoo with Capt. Peter and his crew I decided to target the Billfish on the Hard Play II and like the Mahi and Wahoo the billfish numbers were excellent. In just 40 days of serious billfish persuit we managed to catch and release 25 Blue Marlin, 11 Sailfish and 1 White Marlin on the HP II. Our best day was on March 8th with anglers Dave Pringle and Peter Hascall releaseing 5 Blue Marlin ranging between 120 to 250 pounds a piece.Yesterday March 25th we released our largest Marlin to date with our longtime customers and friends Nick and Hailey Drakes of SEKARD Technologies makers of the famous Hard Play Special lure and many other top lure designs. Nick fought the 700 + monster for 50 minutes on 80 pound tackle. Not only the was fish huge it was also spectulacur and she brought out the best of every one on board to get her to boatside for a clean release. Yesterday we also had a strike from another very large Marlin probibaly in the 600's. It seems that the big Blues have now arrived and we can expect to see really good fishing for them over the next two or os months. It is a really exciting time for us as I have never seen such good fishing as I have this year. Maby the Grander that we have been persuing for many years may show up this season we are most certainly prepared and ready to Tango.

The Tobago International Game Fishing Tournament is also clear testomony to the amazing 2007 season. The Tournament had 38 boats fishing 3 days and caught a new Trinidad & Tobago record of 60 Billfish during the event. The largest fish was caught by team Papasan and that fish weighed 567.8 pounds. Our judge Mr. Ian Harford of Grenada was amaized by the size of the fish on the release photos. Ian taught that sevral of the fish released would have surpassed the tournament minimum weight of 400 pounds and many of them were in the high 300's, however, most anglers here prefures to release rather thal land the Blue monsters.

Hard Play II is off to Barbados tomorrow to participate in their International Billfish tournament scheduled to beguin on Thursday. We would be back on Tobago on April 3rd and we really look foward to the big game fishing in the weeks ahead. Hard Play & Hard Play II still have fishing days available in April and May. If any of you out there have the same feeling as I do please contact us via our website or e mail address . Hopefully we cah catch that monster together.

Best Regards and Tight Lines to all.

Capt. "Frothy"