Paci­fific Hotspots Samoa In­ter­na­tional off to a good start

Per­fect weather, in­clud­ing those clas­sic glassy days, has kept the mar­lin bite slow but steady over the past few weeks.

NZ Fishing News - - Pacific Hotspots - By Greg Hop­ping by Wayne Bar­clay

Mar­lin to 200kg have been tagged or cap­tured for those an­glers ready to do the hard yards.

Dur­ing our In­ter­na­tional Tour­na­ment, mahimahi, wa­hoo and yel­lowfin dom­i­nated most team catches. On the mar­lin front, 16 fish were tagged and blue mar­lin to 186kg weighed at the sta­tion. Ladies Day was no ex­cep­tion, with the girls get­ting amongst some good yel­lowfin tuna and mar­lin. The last few days have seen the num­ber of sail­fish, wa­hoo and spanish mack­erel cruis­ing the in­shore grounds in­crease.

As we head into July and Au­gust the size of both mahimahi and wa­hoo will im­prove, while ju­ve­nile blue mar­lin av­er­ag­ing 80kg will be pa­trolling the wa­ters over the 3000m drop off. Sail­fish and mack­erel will con­tinue to be caught only a few hun­dred me­tres off shore as they round up our an­nual mi­gra­tion of spawn­ing scad and white­bait.

The heav­i­est fish of the Weigh­mas­ters Com­pe­ti­tion was a 140kg striped mar­lin caught by Paul Jones fish­ing from the char­ter boat Te Maunga, skip­pered by Pauro Arnold. Ladies Day of the In­ter­na­tional Tour­na­ment saw the girls get amongst the yel­lowfin and ma

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