Fiji Islands Saltwater Fishing Report April 2009

2009-04-14 01:43:16
Kadavu, Southern Fiji Islands - Saltwater Fishing Report
Kadavu
Adrian Watt

We have enjoyed an excellent summer season of mostly glassy seas and good offshore gamefishing.

The big blue marlin were thinner on the ground than usual but the smaller blues made up for it in big numbers.

Yellowfin have been plentyful with lots of fish up over the 100lb mark and some good mahi mahi mixed in for extra action whilst out marlin fishing.

GT popper casting has been fast and furious around the bigger tides with many fish to 70lbs and this year's record calculated by formula at a whopping 44kg (97lbs). The Kadavu seamount has fished well with plenty of blues, wahoo, yellowfin and mahi mahi to keep anglers busy. We have even dropped jiggs taking a number of dogtooth tuna to 100lbs.

The first signs of winter are starting to show with a few breezy days here and there but the upside is the water is now cooling and soon the wahoo and Pacific sailfish packs will start to form up along the Great Astrolabe barrier reef. We will soon be dusting off the light tackle gear and getting ready for some wahoo pack mass attacks and bait & switch fun on the sailfish.

Can't wait !

Fish Species: Marlin, yellowfin, wahoo, mahimahi
Bait Used: Lures
Tackle Used: PENN, Shimano
Method Used: ultra-light and heavy tackle gamefishing, jigging, popper casting and salt water fly fishing
Water Depth: 1000m
Water Temperature: 29.5C
Wind Direction: SE
Wind Speed: 50% 5-10kts / 50% calm
Blue marlin in Fiji
Blue marlin in Fiji

Dog tooth tuna in Fiji
Dog tooth tuna in Fiji

Adrian Watt

About The Author: Captain Adrian Watt

Company: MV Bite Me @ Matava, Fiji

Area Reporting: Fiji Islands

Bio: Adrian was born on the island of Cyprus and graduated to his first rod & reel at the age of five. Having fished around the world from the Arabian Gulf to the North sea and English Channel, he finally settled for the tropical waters of the South Pacific around the island of Kadavu, Fiji Islands. Director of Matava Resort Gamefishing, he skippers 'Bite Me', the resort's 31ft DeepVee Gamefishing vessel and thoroughly enjoys exploring the light and heavy tackle fishing around the island and Great Astrolabe Barrier Reef. An IGFA Certified Captain, he advocates tag & release and is a keen supporter of the IGFA and the Billfish Foundation. Adrian Watt, IGFA Captain info@matava.com http://www.matava.com http://www.matava.com/pages/game-fishing/fishing-home.htm http://www.gamefishingfiji.blogspot.com/

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