In spite of a couple of Cyclones we are Still Catching Fish

Well here we go again. The first month of 2008 has drawn to a close. The fishing in Vanuatu has been overall very good in spite of being on cyclone alert twice in as many weeks. Fortunately they have all gone by Port Vila with no damage, just wind and some scruffy seas. The charter fleet has been on cyclone moorings for quite a few days however in between blows we have been getting out and amongst some pretty good fishing. The F.A.D’s have been a turning up small yellow fin which have been making great live bait with few of us being catch marlin from these offerings. The marlin have been averaging around 100kg with a few exceptions.
The crew on In-Deep turned up a nice blue 6 miles west of Devil’s F.A.D on the 1000m line or the side of the Marlin Hwy. The fish took 3 hours to subdue on 80kg and weighed in at 250.06kg for a very excited angler on his first game fishing trip.
V-Factor and Shogun have already started doing battle for the year with a group from Australia chartering both boats for a live-away fish off. We were based out of a resident’s house on the picturesque Havana Harbor to spend the days fishing up and around Nunga and Mataso Island’s and down the highway to the F.A.D’s. The V-Factor team was the eventual winners with a hot couple of hours at the end of the last day.
We have been going well on Shogun for January with another 4 light tackle records. Three of these were claimed in one day by N.Z angler Sarah Holden on the Erromango sea mounds. Sarah was accompanied by the very experienced Murray Harman and his son Jason. Each angler achieved at least 3 personal bests for the two days of fishing and Murray managed to tag his first blue at est.130kg at the end of day two. Well done guys.
If anyone need any information on fishing in Vanuatu please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Good Luck at the Weigh In’s
Capt Pete Phillipps

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