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Stuart and Steve doing Fishing Charters In Vanuatu

Fishing Charters In Vanuatu

I have been doing fishing charters in Vanuatu for 11 years now and  I really there is still one thing that really gets up my nose. Trying to match customer expectation to reality. The day before  I took Stuart and Steve fishing I had a customer that had booked an 8 hour charter. He hopped on the boat with his son and a friend and as I was doing my boat and safety brief he said mate don’t worry too much about all this I just want to wind in big fish. I went on to explain that game fishing is a numbers game and that we have been having some great days and a few slower ones. His reply was he wasn’t interested in the slower ones and that he saw a show we did with Escape With E.T and wanted the same sort of action. I went on to explain the 8 minutes of content that was shown took a week to shoot.

Fishing Charters In Vanuatu

To cut a long story short by 10.30am we had 3 small tuna in the boat and we were working Tuki-Tuk F.A.D with some baits fishing for mahi-mahi. Conditions were a little sloppy and windy and we managed to get a bait caught on the F.A.D.

I backed up and  Tommy the decky unhooked it. Several minutes latter I saw Tommy looking at me a little bewildered and I asked what was wrong. Tommy came up onto the fly-bridge and said our angler was swearing at his son. I climbed down and asked if all was O.K and said if was anything to do with the bait hooking the F.A.D it wasn’t his son’s fault. the angler said it is was about his son getting his runners wet as we were backing up. He then started on me about the lack of big fish and that he demanded to be put int fish.  By this stage I had all that I was going to take and told him I was terminating the charter and from there headed home.

Fishing Charters In Vanuatu

The next morning Stuart and Steve arrived for their charter on Shogun and as I was doing my brief again Steve says all he wants is to catch plenty of fish. Need less to say my reaction was not probably as they expected and I must admit I wasn’t that proud of how I handled the situation. As the day unfolded the boys caught quite a few good fish and a great day was had by all.

I discussed the issue with the boys later on and apologized for my reaction and what came from the discussion is that a lot of operators web sites over state and over promise what they can in reality deliver. I had this same situation a week before when I did a charter for a fishing tour wholesaler, the guest were sold something that wasn’t real and we at the coal face have to mange this and try and fix disappointment.

I think sometimes fishing shows don’t help the cause nor do people putting footage of fish being caught and not stating where the footage was shot as sometimes it might be a day from port however anglers are led to believe they are going to see this action on a 4 hour charter 5nm from the jetty.

I try and manage expectation and reality by encouraging customers to ring me before they come or book anything. I carry a mobile phone on me at all times and the time zone here is similar to New Zealand and Australia so if you want to know what is being caught or you want to target a species ring me for some advice. If you cant reach me ring the office and  Leanne my partner and she will update you or pass on the message to me and I’ll get back to you and when it comes to Fishing Charters in Vanuatu I promise I will not over state and under deliver.

 

Vanuatu Fishing Charter: 4 hours of red hot marlin action

Vanuatu Fishing Charter

A huge product in our business is a 4 hour Vanuatu Fishing Charter. A lot of these are shared charters and some solo’s. The biggest difficulty is getting peoples expectations in line with reality. Four hours is not a long time to go game fishing and sometimes guests want to do some reef fishing as well so that leaves even less time to catch a marlin or a fish of a lifetime for that matter. Every now and then someone will do a four hour fishing charter and have a blinder and this was the case with Ed. Ed wasn’t sure about even doing a charter then his wife said he was mad not to, “your in Vanuatu, why not go out and have a go”

Vanuatu Fishing Charter

Vanuatu Fishing Charter

Ed decided to book a 4 hour charter. Conditions were dead calm so we headed south toward the Pango F.A.D. We had a marlin bite on the way out but it didn’t hook up. We were at the F.A.D and were clearing the gear to do some jigging and a blue marlin kame screaming in and ate the shotgun lure only meters from the boat. With a bit of free spooling and then on with the drag the fish was on. As Ed started fighting the fish a second one was jumping around a little further out.Ed soone had the fish to the boat for a release. We started heading back home and at about the half way mark another 2 blue marlin jumped on. This time we lost one, a fairly big one at that and Ed soon had the smaller one to the boat. We ended up seeing 5 had 3 on and caught 2. Not a bad 4 hour charter however it doesn’t happen all the time. If you are thinking about doing a Vanuatu Fishing Charter get in touch with us and we will design a package for you.

Fishing In Vanuatu Dogtooth

Fishing in Vanuatu Dogtooth

When it comes top fishing in Vanuatu be careful what you wish for. Christopher Cook from Oregon, USA came to Vanuatu for a holiday with his partner and did a charter with another operator. The day didn’t work out as Christopher planned so he gave us a ring and booked a half day on Wild Blue. He mentioned he would like to have a shot for a doggy so the boys took him to one of our hot spots and bingo a 21kgs dogtooth tuna climbed on.

Fishing in Vanuatu Dogtooth

Not the biggest dogtooth in the world but a good fish by all means. Christopher was staying at Paradise Cove with his lovely partner celebrating an anniversary so it was sashimi all round and the kitchen were instructed to wipe up a storm with rest of the fresh fish.

When it come to game fishing in Vanuatu for dogtooth tuna Port Vila has some good spot but if you want to have a big dip at them we have some great trips through the islands that have some amazing dogtooth action .

Fishing in Vanuatu Dogtooth

Vanuatu Sports Fishing 4 Hour Charters

Alexander did a 4 hour game and reef shared charter a couple of days ago and picked up a nice wahoo for his trouble. There was some reef fish caught and a nice morning had by all.

 

Vanuatu Sports Fishing

Vanuatu Sports fishing

 

 

 

Vanuatu Fishing Holidays in Epi

Vanuatu Fishing Holidays

Glenn, Dom and Jason contacted me some time ago about a Vanuatu Fishing holidays. We decided to go the Epi Island option. The fishing for the first day and a half was slow however it got going once we got onto the fish at Epi on an underwater volcano. This is a sometimes active volcano with discoloring of the water happening sometime and sometime a sulfasmell in the area but the couple of days we fished it  it wasn’t active, just full up with fish. The boys had a great time getting amongst the yello9w fin, wahoo and a couple of good sized G.T’s.

Vanuatu Fishing Holidays

Vanuatu Fishing Holidays

We stayed in Lamen Bay at Cheif Tasso’s Paradise Sunset Bungalows. This is a beautiful spot and very handy to some great fishing. If you are looking at Vanuatu Fishing holidays get on touch with us and we can put something together for you.