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Another Epic Adenture in Epi

Carl Muir for Epic Fishing Adventures in Tairura in N.Z can fishing in Vanuatu with another group of intrepid anglers to fill out the end of July. Carl brought his friend Tony Huang  the owner of Yee-Haa tackle in Auckland who was accompanied by his lovely wife Sabrina, Julian Oon  and Mick Wessels These guys are all self confessed jig and popper nuts.

Day one saw us head out of town towards Kakoola via the fads in search of action. Twenty min into it a blue marlin climbed on the shotgun which Sabrina battled for 20 min which suddenly ended with a pulled hook. Mosso fad turned up a mahi-mahi then it was on to Nguna for some jigging.

The action was steady there with the boys getting smoked on 3 good sized dogtooth. Doggies three- anglers zero.

After a great night at Kakoola it was on to a sea mound 25nm S.E of for more jigging. On arrival we had a triple hook-up of yellow fin that get everyone back into action.

The jigging proved to be a little slower than it usually is at this spot however the boy managed to get smoked no less than 4 more times. Big doggies can destroy tackle. The rest of the day was very slow as we fished our way to Epi.

Wednesday saw us head to Maskelyne Islands where we had a ripper. The doggies were a little reluctant to play however the G.T action was thick and fast. Three good sized fish were caught, photographed and released while casting poppers along the eastern side of the island and another 2 caught and released on the southern point of Maskelyne island. Finally Mike nailed a 20kg doggy to break our doggy voodoo

Thursday we headed to DeChauliac Bank for some Jigging where the action was good however we were smoked on a few doggies with only small ones coming on board. Next stop was the Maskelyne Islands again for some more G.T popping. Tony was of fire again with another 25kg G.T captured and released.

The trip home on the last day was rough and slow with only one Mahi-mahi being caught. The day was rounded of with a big night at the Friday night B.B.Q and everyone leaving for the airport at midnight for a trip home to New Zealand.

For Carl’s Full Report and Photo’s  click here: Game Fishing in Vanuatu

Matt Watson Nails a Blue Marlin for a Jet Ski.

Matt Watson nailing a blue marlin from a jet ski. Matt contacted us a couple of months ago and asked if we could help with this project. Matt tried to achieve this in N.Z and Queensland and had put more the 20 days into it for a Discovery Channel program called Stunt Fishing.
We spent a morning setting up gear and fitting the Jet Ski with a rod holder. The conditions were far from ideal that day however we decided to go out and have a practice to make sure the set up was going to work. Twenty minutes into battling big seas Matt was hooked up and 40 minutes later he had a tag in the fish and all the footage he needed. We spent another day getting some additional footage for further episodes on game Fishing here in Vanuatu.

If you google “Matt Watson Fishing” or have a look on www.youtube.com you will see a lot of Matt’s other stunts.

Matt Watson about to set the gear and catch a blue marlin in Vanuatu

Matt Watson about to set the gear and catch a blue marlin in Vanuatu

The Ultimate Shared Charter

When Glenn Proebsh booked in for a shared 8 hour charter I’m sure he had no idea of how lucky he would be. About 6 minuites into his first stint on the rod on his very first game fishing charter he hooked up on a nice blue marlin. Forty Minutes later it was tagged and released and we had one very happy angler.

Sannon’s first Mahi-Mahi


Shannon Copper is following in his fathers footsteps. Shannon spent a few hours with the family on Shogun and caught his first game fish during a recent holiday. His dad Allan is a mad keen angler and has done the Epi 7 day trip in the past. I’m looking forward to seeing more action from these two in the future.

Epi: Fishing News Trip

Want to get away from it all? That is what a group of New Zealand Fishing News readers did recently, catching an Air Vanuatu fight to Port Vila, then boarding three game boats for a further day’s travel north to the island of Epi.
The occasion was the third readers trip, hosted by New Zealand Fishing News as part of the magazine’s ’30 Years of Publication’ celebrations, and largely organised by Leanne and Peter Phillipps of Wild Blue Fishing Charters in Vanuatu.
You don’t want to rush into things though, and a couple of days were first spent shopping, eating fabulous meals, drinking and lazing around the pool at the comfortable Moorings Hotel in cosmopolitan Port Vila. For the rest of the story: Click Here