Cape Verdes – 4th Grander of the Year

Happy Hooker - 1,065 lbs. Blue Marlin


Cape Verdes – Capt. Berno Niebuhr on the Happy Hooker has done it again. He weighed a 1,065 lbs Blue Marlin in the Cape Verdes. Many of you will remember that Capt. Bruno won last years World Cup with a 1,097 lbs fish.

* We have received word that it was actually Capt. Jose at the helm, not Capt. Berno. This is the 9th Grander for the Happy Hooker in 14-Years fishing in the Cape Verde Islands. Fish was caught on a Big Smoker lure.

Angler was Martin Fuchs.

This is the 4th Grander Marlin of 2011 and the 2nd Grander for the Cape Verde Islands.


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  1. Mike Wright says


    Great news you are getting, I think there was one more out there by Capt Miguel of the Dona Pi’ though. Tell Zak, Matthias, Berno, Ferdi and Miguel to invest in some cameras.

    • We got one from Bruno, just about to upload it to the site.

    • Mike – Miguel let us know about his potential grander, but I rely on the Capt. to call it when it is not weighed. It looked to be over the mark for sure. If you are one Facebook, you can see the images on my page Marlin Billfish or on Miguels.

  2. Mike Wright says

    Great! Just sent you a request for your page; no idea where Miguels is. Matthias was also telling me there was another right there at the mark back in April.

    • Mike – Heard about that as well. They called it 950+, so I left it alone. If you you hear of any others, we would love to know. – Hook

      • Mike Wright says

        I have pretty much let all the Cptn’s I know that I regularly follow your page (I look every morning) and that they need to post with you. I also try to throw something in the forums for those places that make my blood boil. Andaman, Ascension, CV, Mazambique, Fiji, West Africa Anywhere.

        • I think we will have a lot more to post on here when the rest of the Atlantic heats up. Has been a slow year on Granders for sure. Check out if you want more daily reports. Our Twitter Feed is on there as well as our more regular blogs.

          • Mike Wright says

            Hoping for a good year. I usually have both pages open at the same time to see whats new.

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