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In order to learn about the fishing in Casa, we set out to ask Marina Casa de Campo Director Mr. Josie Gonzalvo, who is a not only passionate angler but also a boating enthusiast. While our conversation took many turns about this topic of oceanic proportions, we were able to walk away having learned some very interesting facts and insights.
On fishing off the Casa de Campo Coast: Local fishermen have set up a series of “fishing spots” about 24 to 40 miles off the coast which simulate a marine habitat. They do this by tying several palm tree leaves and brushes to a set of buoys. As the trees decompose they attract plankton, which in turn attracts the fish that feed on plankton. This obviously stimulates and creates an entire mini-ecosystem – all the way up the food chain!
If you happen to be fishing near these brilliantly constructed mini-ecosystems, the most effective way to fish is to head in the opposite direction of where the palm trees are pointing to, as this indicates the direction of the water current. Why you ask? Simple, because fish only swim in the opposite direction the water current.
On Blue Marlins: The blue marlin season is between March and Mid-July, with activity peaking between March and April. The marlins we catch off the coast of Casa de Campo average 150 pounds, and you can find them at the “fishing spots”. Evidently, a good captain can make all the difference in the world – or at least 150 pounds of difference.
On Mahi-Mahis: Off the coast of La Romana, we get mahi-mahis of all sizes, primarily in the “fishing spots”, but also in El Penon, which is located halfway between Dominicus Beach and Palmillas. This area is called el Penon because of the rock formations all along the coast.
On Guatapana (Wahoo): The month to catch Wahoo is November with the ideal place is in front of Saona island, in an area called Los Abanicos which is approximately 1 mile off the coast.
On Yellowfin Tuna: The best time to catch these is between April and May, and the best location is at the “fishing spots”. No matter how you like your tuna, its beginning to seem as if these ‘fishing spots’ are really can make all the difference in the world.
On Sailfish: Sailfish season is in January, and you’re most likely to catch them in Bajo Cabello, approximately 3 miles off the coast of Saona Island.
Not too many people are aware, but for deep sea fishing in general, the Caribbean sea is far more fertile than its very close Atlantic neighbor, making the Marina Casa de Campo an ideal location for a fishing expedition. Be it for a single day our with family and friends, or on one of the many fishing tournaments, there is not better place in the Dominican Republic from which to begin your adventure.
Our sincere appreciation and admiration go out to Josie Gonzalvo, for all the wonderful information he has provided us, which we hope will be one among many more to come! Or until our sea legs are worthy!
This article was contributed by:
Eduardo Hernandez (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Paseo del Mar #6, Marina Casa de Campo
Photos provided by Luis Oviedo