It's like someone has hit a switch and turned the marlin bite on.
After previous slow results, we started seeing a healthy blue marlin bite on Southern Destiny when the beginning of last month arrived. Over the last three trips we have gone three for five, and these were good fish averaging around 180kg, with the biggest fish pushing 250kg.
The wahoo are a plague right now and an utter pest to marlin fisherman, but anglers after table fare will have no problem filling a cooler with these striped and fine-eating chainsaws. Indeed, these fish seem to be filling the space of mahimahi, whose numbers seem to be dwindling.
Yellowfin have been hit or miss and with no real size to them yet. They seem to bite best very early in the morning or late afternoon. Ian on Indulgence has been catching lots of GTs and dogtooth tuna along the cliffs of Savaii, and is getting in some good bottom fishing as well - mostly nice-sized coral trout and tropical snappers.
The weather is beautiful, and while sailfish don't seem to be around, the marlin are showing, so stay tuned for 'big fish news' to come in over the following months.
Samoa by Chris Donato
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