Fishing Cape Verde Islands
Clay "The Hooker" Hensley
In past few years, Cape Verde has emerged as one of the hottest BLUE MARLIN spots on the planet. During prime season, it is not uncommon to see 3-6 fish per day, sometimes even more.
The Hooker just relocated from Ghana to Cape Verde captained by the world famous Capt. Clay Hensley. The Hooker is located in Mindelo Marina on the Island of Sao Vicente. The 43’ G&S just completed a major refit and is ready to operate as the finest charter service in Cape Verde. Fishing has been outstanding this year with one boat already catching over 140 Blue Marlin in the last two months including one of 1151 pounds with many other Grander class fish being released.
Captain Clay Hensley grew up freshwater fishing in Texas. Started professional career in 1984 while crewing on his father, Rus Hensley's, boat the "Beastmaster" in St. Thomas, Mexico, Venezuela, and the Bahamas while earning his bachelors degree in Business from Florida Atlantic University.
In 19990 he started and ran a Petrochemical supply distributorship in Venezuela where he fished every weekend. In 1994 he sold his business and began fishing full time. 1996 started and began running "FREED'EM" sport fishing operation in Madeira. In Madeira he weighed in one Blue Marlin over 1000# and released at least a dozen others including two 1000# in a single day for angler Guy Harvey. In 2001 he purchased and ran "HOOKER" operation in Madeira and moved and based it in Ghana West Africa where he weighed in two more Blue Marlin over 1000# and caught four world records including the womens' all tackle Yellowfin and Bigeye Tuna. While the Hooker was based in Ghana he took the boat and fished one season in Bom Bom. In 2008 he ran the charter side of the Madam and Wild Hooker in Ascension Island and Brazil. In 1995, He moved his home to Kona Hawaii. During this time he also freelanced around the world winning over $3,000,000 in prize money in some of the biggest tournaments including The Bertram Hatters shootout, Poco Bueno, Bisbee Black and Blue and the Billfish extreme release league on ESPN. He is currently moving the Hooker operation to Cape Verde for the 2011 season.
Madeira, Ghana, Great Barrier Reef, Bom Bom, Ascension Island, Cape Verde, Brazil, Nova Scotia Canada, Bahamas, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and Hawaii.
Three Atlantic Granders ( 1004#, 1030#, 1058#) and releasing nearly 15 more. 1018# Bluefin Tuna. Six world records and over $3,000,000 in tournament prize money.
Released over 2000 Blue Marlin and 10,000 other billfish combined.
Game Fishing Philosophy:
Support release and satellite tag release (He has administered over 15 satellite tags in Ghana and the Virgin Islands)