Local Crews Fishing To Feed Local Population
We know how difficult these times are for most. We relish the day we may be back on the water chasing marlin, wahoo, tuna, swordfish and bottom fish. The Galapagos Islands are still closed to all tourist. We will continue to keep you posted on the status of opening up the Galapagos so you can plan your fishing trips of a lifetime.
In the meantime we just got a pleasant wahoo fishing report of sorts provided by one of our favorite mates William “Chavo” Buenaño. William has been cooperating and putting his time to feed fellow islanders. A local artisanal boat named Primo has been sponsored by several local politicians in order to fish for food and serve as a mothership.
William has been among the crew going out to Española Island to fish for wahoo with several pangas following Primo. He reported pangas catching 40 to 60 wahoo per day trolling the shores of Española Island.
Most fish average 20 to 45 pounds. This has been a great incentive of locals who feel they have been cut off from supplies and food from mainland Ecuador. The strict quarantine and lockdown measures in all of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands due to Covid19 are putting a tremendous stress on the population. Most Ecuadorians only have enough supplies for a couple of days as this is a poor country.
The Galapagos Islands have been an excellent wahoo destination since we started fishing there. From 1998 to 2006 Ecuagringo boats were regularly catching 15 to over 60 wahoo per day when targeting them on Hancock Bank or McGowen reef.
The last few years 2 to 15 wahoo per day were more the norm. However, the reduction worldwide in fishing pressure for over a month may have helped wahoo to come back to Galapagos as they once did in such incredible numbers.
If you would like more information on planning a dream fishing trip of a lifetime to the Galapagos Islands contact us today. At the moment we are booking dates for 2021 and waiting for more information to book remainder of 2020.