It has been a long time since masimasi (mahimahi) have been so abundant.
In the last month alone there have been over 35 masi' landed by only three boats, with the largest being a 24kg bull landed on Mitch's boat Sashimi 2. My guess is that this fish will still be on top of the rolling board at the end of the year.
There have been a few sailfish amongst the masi' as well, but they have shown very little interest in the lures, apart from the odd tap just to keep us awake. Mitch on Sashimi 2 landed an 89kg marlin to take the lead on the billfish stakes. It looks like Sashimi 2 will be the boat to beat this year.
Earlier this month we set off to the South Bank for the day. Trolling started off well, with a few wahoo and half a dogtooth tuna, but soon died off. However, the bottom-fishing gear produced over 20 snapper of various kinds while drifting from depths of 130-400m, and there was never a dull moment.
Yellowfin tuna are showing up in numbers. I was on the way out to Rose Atoll on charter, and spent a few minutes on East Bank on the way through. Two lures in the water produced a couple of 10kg fish with very little effort. Andy Wearing went out and had a great day on the yellowfin too, bringing in 14. Better still, four wahoo also jumped aboard, along with a 24kg doggy. Nice.
American Samoa by Russ Cox
Pago Pago Marine Charters
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