A slow week for the Dion Group

With the return of 7 angler this year out of last years 8 things were set for a good trip. Day one saw the Dion group make an early start leaving Port vila at 5.00 with a 4.30 pick up from Le Lagoon. A few of the boys managed to get an hour and a half sleep before heading out on V-Factor and Shogun in Perfect conditions. The first hookup was a wahoo on v-Factor out off Hat Island and then they lost a mahi-mahi at the back of the boat not much further on. Just past 366 Shogun had a blue marlin swim into the gear and pop the line out of the clip however it wasn’t seen again. Fifteen minutes later a sail pulled a similar stunt on the other side.
About 25 miles north of Port Vila out from Nguna Island we detected some birds playing close attention to some activity in the water and the boys on V-Factor radioed to say they were hooked up on a good fish. as we circled the work up the long rigger gets eaten by a mahi-mahi and Joel nails his first. Five minutes later we had a strike on the short corner and started losing line to again drop the fish. that instant the longer corner started screaming off line. This time it looked like we had a solid hook up. Mark jumped to battle stations and it was obvious by the amount of line we were pealing off we were on a good fish. Ten minutes into the battle the rod flicks straight and we have a pulled hook. With the gear reset we are off again after the workups of birds and the odd jumping yellow fin. ten minutes later we are on again, this time with Dion being victorious and boating a 37kg yellow fin.
With the fish moving south and us heading north a lot of miles still to cover it was time to move on. The rest of the day proved to be very quite, the only activity being Joel catching a baracootta and a few workups of bait turning up no bigger fish.
Everyone settled at Lamen Bay for the night for a well earnt couple of beers and a big feed.
Day 2. V-Factor and ourselves headed west. V-Factor making for DeChauliac Bank and we headed straight for the Maskelyne Islands. The V-Factor boy caught a small dogtooth on a jig at DeChauliac only to have it munched by a shark. We fished all round the Maskelyne’s with one bite from
a fair sized G.T only to have it fall off ½ way to the boat. V-Factor arrived and we all got stuck into some solid jigging still with no luck. We on Shogun decided to head back to Lamen Bay and have a shot on the sea-mounds for a doggy. To add insult to injury for the day a 100 odd kg marlin jumped on and off close to Pigeon Reef. It just wasn’t going our way!!!! Another solid effort was put in on the jigs to no avail. Lure were set again and about a mile from Lamen Island a reef shark ate a lure for a solid hookup. The first for the day and I have never seen a reef shark take a lure.

Day 3 both boats headed out of Lamen Bay heading towards Lapevi Volcano. Shogun had 3 strikes just a couple of miles from the mooring however as luck would have it nothing stuck.V-Factor caught a wahoo at the volcano and a yellow fin close to Ambrym and Shogun ended up with 9 mack tuna, still a slow day.

Day 4 was head back to Vila day with a nice early start. The Shogun team had a shot for a doggy close to Lamen Island without as much as a bite and then we turned for home. The yellow fin we appearing again at about the half way mark however were hard to catch. The V-Factor crew nailed a 62kg yellow fin just off Hat Island and had a couple of marlin bites a little further on then picked up a mahi-mahi just off Tuki-Tuk F.A.D to finish off the trip. All in all it was a great trip despite the slow fishing.

5 Day Masuino Family Holiday

The Masuino family fish with us on a regular basis and this year Maurice booked the family for a 5 day trip to the Maskelyne Islands for late November. Day 1 was very slow with a sail fish jumping on then off near Epi. The only other action was some bonito action which we made the most of on light tackle back near Hat Island. A great night was had by all at Chief Tasso’s guest house in Lamen Bay.
Day 2 saw us fishing across to Malekula with still slow action. We all went ashore at lunch time to drop all our gear at Chief Carlo’s at Sandalai Village. This is a new stay for our live-away charters, very basic however more that adequate for a meal and sleep at the end of the day. After getting everyone settled we headed out again for the afternoon bit which was much better with a couple of nice wahoo and a couple of doggies found around the inlets to this amazing island group.
The day ended well with Prue, Callum and Maurice bringing mahi-mahi, wahoo and doggie to the table.
Day three we headed out in a large loop south of Malekula to DeChauliac Bank, still slow then late morning our first marlin for the trip showed its head. It was all action for about 15 minuets then a pulled hook at the back of the boat saw and end to an approx 65kg blue marlin. Baits were deployed at the bank only to be sharked. We rounded the day out with some more fishing in close to the Maskelyne’s for some more wahoo, yellowfin and wahoo action.
Day 4 was a trip to Port Sandwich on the east coast of Malekula. We had a mystery bit just outside the entrance with line pealing off at the speed of light only to have the fish drop off. From there it was back to the good old trust Meskelyne’s for more mahi, wahoo and doggy action.
With a nice early start on day 5 we once again headed to the DeChauliac. We had a brisk morning with wahoo and mahi on early then another better sized marlin climbed on. This time we got a tag into an aprox 95kg fish. Well done Callum. There was a heap of bait on the DeChauliac with rainbow runners and skippies being caught however we still had a long trip home so we had to keep moving. Just after midday we came across a work up being followed by birds at about the ½ way point of the trip. A couple of circles were made around the bait then screaming reels for a few seconds as a couple of the smallest marlin had a shot at eating a couple of large lures with no joy. The rest of the day was slow with no action at the F.A.D’s. All in all the fish count wasn’t overly high however we saw some action most days and a ton of fun was had by all.
Fishing in Vanuatu is like everywhere in the world some days its awesome, some a little slow.

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Day one saw the boat get away at 4.45am for a nice leisurely trip heading north to Epi in ideal conditions. Shogun run to Tuki-Tuk Fad to try and get the jump on the rest of the team however it was dead on arrival. Nevergiveup started fishing from Devils Point with V-Factor following up the rear. By weigh point 366 Shogun had a marlin in the gear only to pull off a heap of string then fall off. Some hour or so later Nevergiveup had a triple strike of Short Bill Spearfish to tag one. Well up the Marlin Highway a wahoo decided to become sashimi that evening and jumped on the Pursuit Jelly bean lure on shogun. On resetting the gear another marlin came in and had a pull on the short corner and popped it out of the clip then came back and had another pull on the same lure then hit it again and made a blistering run only to drop off again. (bugger). V-Factor was traveling just in front of Shogun and from or position I could see the boys go to battle stations. 85 kg yellow fin and they followed that up with another at about 70kg. Shogun picked up another wahoo and had a mahi-mahi rip off into the yonder and fell off. On arrival at Lamen bay on Epi Island we found Nevergiveup had already arrived and had picked up a mahi-mahi late in the day. A few cold beers and a great evening meal all ended a great first day.
Day two started with a couple of wahoo strikes first up as we left Lamen Bay and headed toward DeChauliac Bank. V-factor stuck the first blow with a couple of mahi-mahi early in the day. Nevergiveup turned east and headed up toward Lapevi Volcano and picked up a wahoo and mahi-mahi early before lunch and were then forced back to Lamen Bay with a mechanical problem. The boys from Nevergiveup ended up have a great day out with local skipper Douglas on his fishing boat and had a close encounter with a couple of G.Ts and then hooked up on a nice floating log. These guys had to take the sense of humor award as they got through the day unfazed. Shogun ended up with a couple mahi-mahi and 2 wahoo dropped and a mystery bit that pulled off 400m of string in moments and then fell of due to a broken hook. The V-Factor crew with Fishing News Assistant Editor Mark Kittredge aboard decided to break out the jigs on the DeChauliac Bank and they hammered it hard for hours however the doggies were not playing ball. Mark boated only a small one.
Day three we awoke to see a 4th boat in the harbor. Horizon had been driven up through the night to replace Nevergiveup which had developed a recurring fuel problem from some dirty fuel picked up out of drums up on a previous trip. After the boys changed some gear from one boat to the other the headed out of the harbor and east toward Lapevi Volcano and were keen to catch up on some lost ground in the fishing stakes and catch up they did. First up they nail a good wahoo and went on to tag a nice 60 odd Kg sail fish and then managed 4 x mahi-mahi, a blue fined travalley on a jig and another couple of wahoo to round out a pretty good day. V-Factor went west to the Maskelyne Islands. They had a slow day with some fish in the gear, one being a marlin and caught a wahoo, They got into some popper casting and hooked a couple of reef fish then a G.T jumped onto a popper and sped off only to break off caused by a reel failure with a drag seizure from a borrowed rod and reel. Shogun had a similar day to V-Factor with no less than 8 fish in the gear but no hookup until lunch time when a wahoo jumped onto a 15 kg rig.
Day four saw conditions unfavorable for venturing very far from Lamen Bay. We all chose to stay in close with jigging for doggies and trolling minnows and swimmers in and around the reef close to Lamen Island. There was a few fish caught on each boat but a little slow overall.
Day five was return to Port Vila with a nice early start. Shogun chose to stay for an extra hour to drift some bonito around the end of Lamen Island to have a last ditched try on turning up a good sized dogtooth tuna however luck didn’t go our way so we headed off after the rest of the fleet.
Once we were out of the lee of the island of Epi conditions were pretty rough with a good 3 to 4 meter sea on the beam. Shogun took first blood with as mahi-mahi jumping on then Horizon with a wahoo and a little later they tagged a small marlin. V-Factor picked up a treble of mahi-mahi a little closer to home.
The day was rounded out with a dinner at Moorings Hotel and some great stories exchanged and plenty of threats from anglers to come again.
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