Friday, November 11, 2011

Guam- Let's Catch Some Octopus

I was out snorkeling in the water by the Agat Marina and some spear-fishermen found an octopus and were able to capture it. Luckily I had my camera and was able to record this capture. The action was fast and furious.

Octopus are very sneaky critters with all there camouflage and chameleon-like skin color change. Because or their physical features and that they hide in coral holes and cover the entrances up, they are very difficult to find. And octopus are very intelligent creatures and will do just about anything to escape.

Here is the video of this recent capture by Andrew Nededog of Agat, Guam and you will see what I am talking about...

How was that for action!! The octopus held onto the rocks in an attempt to thwart being pulled out of it's hole. It shot out it's ink a number of times to confuse the "enemy". It used whatever tools it had at it's disposal to escape. But in the end, the fisherman won out.

Until next time....Fish On!!!

Video - Catching Atulai (Mackeral) Guam Style

There has been an abundance of Atulai (Mackeral, Big Eye Scad) coming close to Guam's shores this year and they haven't stop coming.

On Guam, one of the most popular ways, and a traditional way at that, is to surround the schools when they come close to shore and in shallow water with a type of purse seine net, but a whole lot smaller in scale. The nets are regulated to be not longer that 600 feet and no more than 60 feet in depth.

And how they are caught is after the school is spotted in the shallow waters, less than 60 feet, small boats are used to transport the nets and surround the school. This traps the fish. Then the net is pulled into a smaller "circle" until the school is within scooping distance. But we can talk about it all day. Let's watch some videos of this process....

Surrounding the school with the net...

Swimming inside the net to check out the fish...

Closing up the net in order to harvest the fish...

Tightening up the net even closer now...Let's harvest some fish!!!!

Havesting the atulai (mackeral)...

The atulai are being off-loaded from the boats into coolers...

Though there are many more aspects of this time-honored practice, (in the old days, canoes were used and nets were made out of plant fibers) these are the main sequences of the events. 

This harvesting can go on for days as the school of atulai are kept in the main section of the net and only so many boat loads are harvested each day. It all depends on the market.

This special method for catching atulai is a spectacle to watch if you have never seen the harvesting of large schools of fish.

This is the island way of life for some..

Hope you enjoyed this part of the Chamorro custom.

Until next time....Fish On!!!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Small Boat Trolling for Mahi Mahi on Guam

There are a lot of small boat owners on Guam. You can see quite a few out on the weekends trolling, bottom fishing and even out with spear-fishermen. But one of the most fun times out with the guys fishing is on a small boat. There is nothing like a lot of actin in tight quarters.

Here is a You Tube video from Guam's Donjahmon's "Team Penn" (not affiliated with Penn Fishing) in action.

These guys definitely had a lot of fun on this day.

Until next time, Fish On!!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

All About Fishing on Guam

Well, many of you may already know me from my other blogs, BBQGuam and Guam Firehouse Cook and I figured the only thing missing was a blog about fishing on Guam. This blog is not all about my fishing on Guam, though I do a lot of it. It is my effort to showcase what fishing on Guam is all about. From the cultural fishing methods to the modern styles, I will try my best to showcase them all.

Here are just a few photos of past fishing experiences.....

Bluefin Trevely

Deep Sea Wrasse

Snapper and trevely

Large Bluefin Trevely

Marlin, wahoo and rainbow runners

5 Marlin for the day..
A real Marlin blanket

Small rainbow runners. Great for BBQ.

Taking another marlin out of the box.

52 inch barracuda.

This is a mouthful

Box full of mixed trolling fish.

This is a full box.

A 4 ft by 8 ft. table loaded with freshly caught reef fish.

Mahi Mahi

Skipper Bill.

Letting out the outriggers.

A lot of working space.

First light is great for fishing.
Catching Bait

Waiting for that evening bite.

Catching Manahac (juvenile rabbit fish) by net  in Merizo, Guam
Manahac is a local delicacy.

These are just a few of the pictures that I have. But I will post more on Guam spearfishing, trolling, cast net (talaya), tekken (gill netting), rod and reel casting and bottom fishing. 

Until next time,

Fish On!!!!