The wahoo are back and really starting to strike in good numbers.
Size is increasing by the week, with the current average being around the 18-20kg mark and the odd fish over 30kg being brought in. We expect that fish sizes will continue to increase as our main fishing season (June-October) progresses over the next couple of months. Good times!
Mackerel baitfish are still relatively plentiful, and this has meant that the numbers of yellowfin tuna being caught, especially by local vaka (canoe) fishermen, remain high. Sizes are typically in the 8-15kg range, although I have seen a few nice 30kg specimens landed this week.
The most difficult task at present has been getting any flying fish for trolling baits. These aerial specialists are the most common baitfish in our waters, and are the bait of choice for boats. Some scarcity of this bait source is expected at this time of year, particularly as the big schools of wahoo arrive, however this year numbers are extremely low. Even the specialists who are normally out each night chasing them with scoop nets have stopped going, as poor catches are making it uneconomical.
Mahimahi schools have taken up residence on all three far FADs, as well as a couple of the inshore ones. With a total of 10 existing FADs, as well as two new ones soon to be deployed, it looks as if we are going to get a bumper haul of these culinary delights this season.
Niue Island by Paul Pasisi
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