Cook Is­lands Mar­lin takes out Weigh­mas­ters Comp

Al­though we were spared Cy­clone Amos, there was still a lot of rough wa­ter about. Things are look­ing very promis­ing here in Van­u­atu. The re­pairs and up­grade have been com­pleted on the Port Vila run­way, which was pre­vent­ing Air New Zealand and Vir­gin from

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A few good yel­lowfin tuna around 40kg were caught, but noth­ing like the pre­vi­ous month. How­ever, there have been a lot of smaller fish rang­ing from 3-10kg. Be­ing out early at the FADS has been the or­der of the day, with those off the Edge­wa­ter and out from Panama be­ing the main pro­duc­ers.

Mahimahi have not been around in the num­bers we would ex­pect, but those that are present have been of good size, be­ing around 18-20kg. It has been much the same with wa­hoo: a few around 10-15kg, but nor­mally there would be a few larger early fish, with the main ‘sea­son’ due to start this month.

The Weigh­mas­ters Com­pe­ti­tion was held on the last Satur­day of April. The sea was a bit rough, but quite fish­able – es­pe­cially on the north­west to south side of Raro­tonga.

Twelve boats ven­tured out into what turned out to be a fairly suc­cess­ful day, with 104 fish weighed in. Of these, 94 were yel­lowfin tuna around the 3-10kg size. Sea­fari brought in a good-sized skip­jack of 14.2 kg.

The heav­i­est fish of the day, a 140kg striped mar­lin, was caught by Paul Jones, orig­i­nally from Eng­land, but liv­ing in Queen­stown these days. Paul was fish­ing from the char­ter boat Te Maunga, skip­pered by Pauro Arnold.

Fish­ing has been very good, with mar­lin, yel­lowfin wa­hoo and mahimahi all be­ing caught in good num­bers.

Re­cently we caught a blue mar­lin on Storm­bird on a four-hour char­ter, much to the joy of the an­glers on­board.

The FADS are still pro­duc­ing yel­lowfin up to about 40kg, and a few mahimahi are also in these ar­eas.

Charles Wheeler from Cru­soe Char­ters re­ported that they have been hav­ing a great run on black mar­lin in close to shore. These have been in 150 to 300m of wa­ter and weigh up to about 90kg. He also men­tioned that they are catch­ing plenty of wa­hoo in the same ar­eas.

Con­di­tions have been su­perb – sta­ble with calm seas – and this weather pat­tern is ex­pected to con­tinue for the next few weeks at least.

If think­ing about hol­i­day­ing in Van­u­atu, it’s a great time to start mak­ing plans. Both Iririki Is­land Re­sort and Hol­i­day Inn are just com­ing back on­line af­ter ma­jor ren­o­va­tions. Nau­tilus Water­sports

Ph 678 22 398 Email nau­tilus@van­u­

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