Lots of tourists in Rarotonga last month meant the charter boats were kept very busy.
An unusual number of marlin about resulted in most boats adding marlin to their catch list for the month. Also unusual was the amount of striped marlin caught, including a 146kg fish landed on Akura.
In the last two weeks of the month there were a lot of small yellowfin tuna around 2-6kg - an excellent snack size for the marlin. These were mostly concentrated around the FADs at Panama and Club Raro.
Flying fish (called maroro here) have also been plentiful, so there was no shortage of bait for the fishermen.
Wahoo have again been somewhat disappointing, with most of the fish around 10 to 15kg and the odd one over 20kg. Some Kiwi fishermen on Wahoo Charters spent several days chasing GTs, getting a couple over 35kg.
The larger mahimahi have made a return to our waters, with plenty caught, some over 20kg.
Great news for the fishermen on the eastern side of Rarotonga - a new FAD is set to be deployed out from Muri Lagoon, taking the total of deep water FADs off Rarotonga to six.
Fishing at Aitutaki has been very similar to Rarotonga, with live-baiting around the FADs being the most rewarding technique.
Cook Islands by Wayne Barclay
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