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.


Game Fishing In Vanuatu for your Birthday

People come Game Fishing in Vanuatu for all different reasons. Ultimately its to catch fish however the reason that the charter is booked varies. Today we conducted a charter for a birthday group from New Zealand, Australia and the U.K. This was a party group of 40 that decided to come to Vanuatu to celebrate several birthdays in the group at one location at one time. What a great idea. They booked out the Sunset Bungalow Resort for themselves and partied hard. Quite a few came scuba diving over several days and a group of 6 did a charter on Shogun today. The game fishing activity was not overly busy but a few great fish were caught and some swimming and reef fishing filled out the day.

Fishing In Vanuatu               Game Fishing In Vanuatu

ooooooooNeil caught himself a mahi-mahi.                                        Carl nailed a wahoo, both fish bound for the dinner table.

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Richard And Bonnie Back Fishing In Vanuatu

With three months of predominantly westerly through to northerly winds or should I say breeze  have kept the sea conditions amazingly calm with not much more than half a meter of gentle swell each day.

The fishing has been good most days with most of the action being to the south of Port Vila. These areas are difficult to get to when our prevailing south easterlies are blowing so it’s been great to get into these regions most days.

Marlin have been turning up in much larger sizes that previous months with most being well over the 100kg mark and some around 200kg.

Yellow fin and bonito are passing through as well however the yellow fin have been under 10 kg and bonito up to 10kg and these schools have been traveling pretty quickly making staying with them a difficult task and they have been also quite difficult to get to hook up.

The Port Vila Game Fishing Club and the Fisheries Department along with several operators are currently in the process of deploying some additional F.A.D’s in the area to replace the ones Green Piece cut off for us in an attempt to improve the world.

Dogtooth tuna have been thick and fast around the reef areas along with good sized wahoo. On a recent live-aboard trip to Erromango Island we were getting smacked by wahoo in excess of 20kg constantly and we have a great day on doggies around Goat Island. Most of these were around the 15kg mark however great fun on the appropriate tackle.

We at Wild Blue fishing charters have started doing our live away trips for the year and the first was a trip to Erromango with Richard and Bonnie



The first couple of days were spectacular taking advantage of the calm conditions and the fishing was hot with wahoo over 20kg belting us regularly. The yellow fin were on the small size even though they were abundant especially around the Vulcan Seamount.


A couple of species on Richards wish list even though this was his 6th trip fishing with me in Vanuatu were a sail fish which Bonnie has previously caught and constantly reminded Richard, a dogtooth tuna and a G.T.

First light on day one had us hooked up on a sail and tagged and released shortly after. After a day of fishing Richard landed his first doggie at last light as we were entering Dylans Bay for the night.


The end of day 2 saw Richard capturing at least 6 good 6 doggies and a G.T . Bonnie had also caught several personal best making for a great couple of days. Day three’s plane was to head on to Tanna and take in the Volcano that evening however at about 6 am Leanne contacted me from Port Vila on the satellite phone  to inform me that a tropical low had formed suddenly and we could expect 40kt plus northerly winds so it was decided to head for home. By lunch time the wind was well up there and getting worse. It turned into a long 14 hour trip home with gale force winds on the nose and it was good to see the lights of Port Vila as we rounded Pango Point.

The weather had blown through a day later so we were on our way again for another couple of days. This time we went north. The fishing on this leg was a little quite however the overnight stay at the new Wahoo Bay at Havanah  Harbour was great. Owner operator Andrew Colautti kept us entertained and his kitchen put on a great feed. The fishing was not good at all straight after the blow but a great time was had by all.

Richard and Bonnie are already talking about the next trip so I have got my thinking cap on to create another adventure for them

Peter Phillipps

Senior Skipper/G.M

Wild Blue Fishing Charters.

The Vanuatu Marlin Classic

The Grand Hotel Vanuatu Marlin Classic has been run and won again, what a change from previous years. In the past we have seen 80 plus strikes 50 plus hookups and up to 20 fish tagged and released.

This year a whole new story. The economic times saw a lesser number of overseas teams registering however there was still 12 teams entered and keen to get amongst the action.

With conditions less than favorable on day one the only marlin hook up was on Shogun with the gun local team Rats Arse Fishing only to have the marlin turn back over the 15 kg line and cut itself off close to the boat. Most other boats had a story of seeing one in the gear but no hook up.

Day two saw the torrential rain and winds from the previous day abate leaving condition ideal however the fish were not playing the game with only a couple of marlin sited and non tagged. There were a few other species caught however it was still very slow.

Day three turned up a similar result with another no marlin tagged day however there was couple of stories about marlin sightings and V-Factor dropping one close to the boat.

On Wednesday which was day four Nevergiveup broke the drought with their Supreme Team getting a tag into a marlin at 12.55 which was captured on 15kg line. The angler was Grant Hall.

Thursday or day 5 had all the boats charging off from the daily 7.00am  shotgun start in perfect condition with a light breeze blowing and flat seas. At 7.57 Shogun skipper Pete Phillipps was calling watchdog with a marlin hookup and the crew had a tag in the red hot fish in 3 minutes to put the New Zealand Fishing Council entrants on the board with a capture on 24kg line. The angler was Mike Skelly.  No other fish were tagged for the day.

With competition still wide open Friday began in still ideal conditions and boats heading in all direction trying to get onto the marlin. The silent boat radios were interrupted with Cpt. Charles Wheeler on Nevergiveup calling a hookup at 12.20 and not long after announcing he had just tagged another blue marlin on 15kg line with Vanuatu resident Shaun Winslett doing the duty on the rod. This effectively put Nevergiveup teams first and second and Shogun in third however there was still only 2 fish in it and the comp was still wide open.

The last day proved to be just as slow as only one blue marlin was raised for the day and no fish tagged leaving the results as they were the day before. A great night was had by all at the presentation dinner at naming sponsors venue, The Grand Hotel in the heart of Port Vila with everyone sharing their stories of bad luck and slow fishing but already looking forward to next year to do battle again. Prize money for the comp was $10,000 for first, $5,000 for second and $3,000 for third place.

Craig has just compled his third trip

Craig Bellgrove and his mates came in to fish Vanuatu for the third time. They took the Kakoola option this trip and caught heaps. Day one we raised three marlin and tagged two. We also picked up a mahi-mahi at the Mosso Fad  that made the dinner table that evening.

Day two had us off to the Eastern Seamound for a blinder. On arrival we were greeted by multiple strikes of yellowfin. The jigging proved just a little slow except for the first drop when Steve caught his first dogtooth at 25kg. We had a lot of fun catching wahoo on jigs close to the surface which was a first for the boys. We spent 3 hour fishing the area and headed home when we were unable to fit any more fish in the storage areas in the boat.

Day three the team opted to only do 1/2 a day as the boys had some business to conduct so we spent a bit of time a Nguna Island with no result. The score for the day was 1 x 20kg wahoo in Undine Bay.

Craig finally caught a dogtooth that he has been chasing for some time on day 4 at Monument Rock near Mataso Island however there wasn’t much else happening there. The Mataso Seamount turned up a few more yellowfin and a wahoo.

Day 5 we headed back to the Eastern Seamound again hoping to repeat the day earlier in the trip in less than favorable conditions. On arrival we found a few birds moving around but we couldn’t get a bite. After getting beaten up in the conditions for some time we decided to shorten the day and hear home. Just to ad insult to injury we had a marlin jump on and off on the way back to Kakoola.

Day six was head home day so we gave the Mosso F.A.D a good work out and caught a heap of good mah-mahi then headed further south. As the day unfolded we picked up another couple of good size mahi-mahi with one at 17kg for Steve. There was plenty of birds working however they were just following the schools of skipjack that were passing through. We picked up a couple around the 10kg mark. A good sized rainbow runner gumped on at Pango Seamound to round out our day and complete the trip. I spit of a couple of rough day the fishing once again in Vanuatu proved to be very good.