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Berno has weighed 9 GRANDERS for his clients and friends in Cape Verde waters over the years with the largest coming in at 1240lbs!!


Berno was born in Hamburg Germany and started freshwater fishing at 5 with his father and grandfather before he started saltwater fishing for Cod and Flounder. In 1979 won the Hamburg and German championship for juniors. 


During his first holidays to the Maldives in 1984 he became hooked on Big Game fishing. From then he traveled the world to catch his favourite species; Billfish

During his trip to the Grand Canary’s he met ex IGFA representative John Holmes. John and his wife Anne introduced Berno to the importance of catch and release for Billfish conservation. 


In 1992 he fulfilled his lifelong dream and bought a boat ‘Happy Hooker (one)’ and moved to Grand Canary Island. In the next 3 years on Happy Hooker he caught 3 IGFA line class world records. 


Berno first visited Cape Verde in 1995 and was hooked on these marlin rich waters. In 1997 he moved to CV and started his charter business. Berno has been living and fishing CV for 23 years now and during that time has won 4th of July Blue Marlin World Cup twice ? with an 850lb in 2006 and a 1100lb in 2010.

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