Vanuatu - November 2012

Red-hot marlin action!

PETER PHILLIPPS
Last updated 11:02 02/11/2012
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There are some big dogs in the Maskelyne Islands; this one fell to a speargun.

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The month of September has produced the best marlin fishing I can recall in a long time.

Most of the charter fleet has been catching at least one a day, with some of the better days seeing each boat getting four or five bites. There has been a run of bigger fish as well, with the best coming in at 320kg. A lot of this action has been seen around the Pango FAD, but the 'marlin highway' has been producing well too, if slightly less consistently.

Wahoo are being consistently caught in sizes up to 25kg around the reefs and off Pango Seamount. They have also been thick and fast in the outer islands such as Lapevi volcano, with a few getting up to the high 30-kilo range.

Big dogtooth tuna are still being consistently caught in the Maskelyne Islands, with the best for this month being a 45kg fish shot with a spear gun.

The mahimahi are patchy, with a few being around the FADs, however the biggest tend to be caught randomly in open water. The best for the month was 23kg.

The dates have been set for the Port Vila Game Fishing Club's November Comp. They are Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4, so by the time you read this, it will probably have been fished - a full report next month.

Vanuatu by Peter Phillipps Nautilus Watersports
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