Cook Islands Marlin takes out Weighmasters Comp
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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.
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