Captain Olaf Grimkowski from La Onda Andromeda

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Olaf was born in Germany and started fishing when he was very young during a vacation to Denmark, since then fishing has been an important part of this life. Back then he literally dreamt of catching giant tuna in Canada, he had found an article about it in a magazine and reread it hundreds of times. He would admire photos and videos taken by his neighbour who was a partner in a sportfishing boat in the Azores. 

In 1996 Olaf got the chance to take an open spot on that same boat, so he grabbed his savings and his girlfriend and flew to Horta. That trip on ‘The Xacara’ he caught a 950lb blue marlin. He was hooked after that and knew he had to do it again, he went back the next year again and caught a 750lb bluefin tuna. 

Olaf and his friend Uli bought an old 28 Chris Craft ‘The Flamen’ during the following years they caught a few blue marlin and lots of white marlin and bigeye tuna.
In 1999 Olaf was offered a job on the Harmattan in Ghana where he had 2 great years of marlin fishing experience. The boat then went to Ascension Island and with it went Olaf.  

The following years he would run a boat in Croatia for bluefin tuna in the Summer and in the Winter run the boat on Ascension Island. 

Over the years Olaf was lucky enough to weigh his fair share of granders a 1320lb, a 1305lb and a 1093 in Ascension and a 1042 in the Azores. 

In 2004 Olaf fished Cape Verde for the first time. He did a few years on the deck as a mate and then took up his spot as Captain of La Onda Andromeda. Over the years fishing Cape Verde he has had the opportunity to release lots of big fish, but hasn’t made the decision to weight one yet. 
  
Your favourite CV memory?
“May 2014, we caught 8 blues before 11 o’clock! Unfortunately, we saw nothing after that but the other boats did keep catching them!” 

“Another was a day in São Nicolau, a double on blues one 900lb and the other 500lbs. We released them both and then caught another 3 after that!”
  
“Cape Verde is my favourite place to fish for blue marlin, it offers great numbers and a great range of fish from 200lbs to Giants!” 

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