The Cook Islands Game Fishing Club's two-day Queens Birthday Weekend competition was a big success.
The charter boat Akura easily took out the heaviest fish section with a 262kg blue marlin. On board was a group from Auckland, up for angler Murray Broughton's wedding in Rarotonga.
Wahoo are still a little slow, but the size is getting up there, with one weighing 35kg. Most have been caught on the northern and western sides of the island, and the majority are taking rigged flying fish baits. A new inshore FAD has been deployed near Matavera Point, which is a good wahoo area, so it should work well.
Mahimahi are not plentiful at present, with just a few small fish being caught - the occasional one reaching 20kg.
There are still a lot of tuna at Aitutaki, especially around the FADs. The surface-caught fish are mostly smaller ones, but local down-liners have been getting some of 20 to 30kg. Mahimahi have been much the same as Rarotonga: small ones of 5 to 8kg around the FADs, with the odd specimen up to 16kg. Wahoo have been averaging 10 to 12kg - surprisingly small for this time of year, but there have been a few over 20kg.
Local Aitutaki fisherman John Winchester managed to haul in a 162kg blue marlin while fishing solo.
cook islands by Wayne Barclay
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