Galapagos Islands

In the Footsteps of Darwin

In the Footsteps of Darwin

An opportunity presented to follow in Charles Darwins footstepsand fish Galapagos. After searching the web, I got in touch with Braden Escobar and was assured Blue Marlin grandiers were there to be caught, also he was losing big fish because he did not have 130 class gear, so I rang Penn who kindly agreed to provide me with two 130lb Rods and Reels. To keep costs down and to increase fishing time I decided to sleep on the boat. Incidentally the potty was rather small and in doing morning ablutions you could only do one at a time cos either you squashed the waterpump or if you dangled it outside you got wet feet.

Fishing was challenging. Only one Marlin strike, a Blue of about 700lbs, which stayed on for all of a minute, but enough to set the heart racing. A stingray of about 100lbs, Wahoo to 40lbs and getting on for a dozen hen Dorado to 40lbs, my biggest ever hen Dorado. The highlight was a Big Eyed Tuna of about 40 lbs, which gave delicious sushi and some nice evening meals. Night fishing was not very productive for Broadbill Swordfish although we were smashed up by something on the last night.

Despite that it was a very memorable trip, the Giant Tortoises were different to the ones in Mauritius. The Sea Iguanas were awesome and the Sea Lions hunting with Dolphins were majestic. A memorable sight was a Sea Lion skinning a large Grouper whilst being harassed by scavenging Sea Gulls. I found out you only get Sea Lions in the Pacific and Seals in the Atlantic.
For the first time I saw a pack of Striped Marlins feeding on a school of baitfish, moving across the ocean like lightening. When we went back to refuel I saw a Turtle playing leapfrog (it was explained to me that they were mating- no wonder they did not get off), oh and a Puffer fish.
All in all an enjoyable trip, and I wouldn’t mind fishing with Braden again, mind you the journey there and back via Miami was marred by U.S. customs etc, being over zealous and messing up my luggage despite us being in transit.