Puss In Boats and Champagne

February has provided us with some incredibly calm weather and perfect sea conditions. We have been experiencing monsoonal rains for a few hours each day along with unusual northerly winds due to a stationary low hanging off the coast of Australia. This has caused a lot of debris and logs to be floating off the coast providing us with some great drifting fads if you had good fortune to come across them.
The wahoo are back in force with skirt destroying vengeance to the delight of tackle shop owners here in Port Vila.
Yellowfin have been randomly appearing in very good size up to 70kg and mahi-mahi are also on the chew.
The marlin fishing has been very good most days with 1 to 3 being seen or caught on most boats doing a full day charter.
The Port Vila Game Fishing Club held its annual PUSS IN BOATS ladies comp on the 24th. With 27 anglers competing on 7 boats in perfect conditions it shaped up to be a great showdown. The only down side to it all was it turned out to be probably the slowest days fishing for the month with only 4 barracuda and some O.S skip jack tune being caught. The winner was Crissy Nickel fishing on Topless. Robyn Masuino fishing on Shogun and Lara Neil fishing on V-Factor were also in the points at the weigh in where the champagne was flowing.
We are back in full flight on Shogun with all our 3 to 7 day trips now picking up after the Xmas, new-year lull. We just completed a 3 day charter for a couple of Aussie anglers Pete and Colin who headed home with big smiles after getting amongst a heap of wahoo, 30kg yellowfin and 5 blue marlin shots. They were staying in a resort in town and heading out each day and back in for dinner each night. For those of you that have never been here, it is 20min from the dock to the fishing grounds so you can stay in town or stay on and island or a boat. We have it all here.
For those coming up on the Fishing News Readers trip in April there is not too many more sleeps to go and for anyone interested in coming on the Sep / Oct trip please contact Grant Dixon at Fishing News New Zealand. soon as there is only a couple of spots left.
Until next time, good luck at the weigh in.
Capt Pete Phillipps