How To Catch a 515Kg Blue Marlin

VANUATU FISHING REPORT. – (22 August 2007)

The hot news about the place at the moment and I’m sure it is old news to some of you is that a grander has captured and weighed in the waters of Vanuatu.

Late last month world famous saltwater fly fishing guide Dean Butler teamed with legendary deck hand Russ Housby arrived in Port Vila on a 15M Pleysier called Blue Dog to set up operations to fish the waters of Vanuatu. After several days of clean up and preparation they left on an 18 day trip with the owner and world record holding marlin fly fisherman Tom Evans.

We all knew these guys would prove to be a force to recon with on light tackle and salt water fly fishing as some of their previous conquests have been achieved in these waters.

On day 3 of the trip fishing just off the south west corner of Malekula, Russ noticed movement in behind the lumo sprocket teaser and called to Dean who had just completed rigging a yellow fin with a Roddy Hays 9.0 hook attached to a 500lb leader. The fish ate on its second bite swallowing the bait well.

As the fish peeled off it jumped once and the team realized they had a monster hooked up. Amazingly in all his world record capture’s Tom had never used a game chair or chair rod. Once Tom had the rod and himself settled in the chair he turned up the heat with 60lb of drag on the Tiagra130. The fish was subdued and gaffed in 30min. The next task was getting it aboard in the rough conditions and ultimately required a block and tackle to get the fish in with its bill in the saloon and tail against the transom. The monster fish was weighed ashore at South West Bay and weighed in at 1142lb or 515kg. The fish was eventually distributed amongst the local villages and enjoyed by all.

Speaking of world records New Zealand’s during early August gun angler Carl Angus and Bay of Islands skipper Bruce Martin aided by deck hand Terry Graham teamed with yours truly to fish from Shogun our 34ft Blackwatch for 8 days this month chasing a blue marlin on 3kg tackle.
The fishing was just a bit slower than expected and sloppy conditions on a couple of days slightly restricted our fishing area. The outcome of it all was 6 fish raised with 2 solid hookups. The closest was a 160kg est. blue fought for 45min and so close to the boat on a number of occasions. It was discovering that it had become partly tail-wrapped in one of its numerous jumps making it impossible to wire the fish. Close but no cigar!

Epic Fishing Adventures Epi Trip

Hi Everyone,
Just back from Epi an island 60Nm north of Port Vila here in Vanuatu.
We have had a group on New Zealand anglers on board headed up by fishing guide and charter operator Carl Muir from Epic Fishing Adventures in Tiarua in New Zealand. Dispite some roughish conditions the fishing was great. For the trip of 5 days we saw 4 marlin, losing a large black du to a pulled hook after a 30 min fight another followed the gear however didn’t hook up.
On day 2 we managed a pack attack of wahoo close to the still active volcano at Lapevi Island. We had 4 strikes and managed to capture 3 with the biggest being 26kg. On the return back to Lamen Bay we managed to tag and released a nice blue marlin at around 160Kg.
Day 3 we headed to DeChaliac sea mounds for another few wahoo and a nice 20kg yellow fin. I spite of spending a fair amount of time jigging we didn’t turn up and dogtooth tuna. We returned to the sea mound at Lamen Island for a couple hours of reef fishing and caught a variety of reef fish which most we released and a few taken to the village people for dinner.
Day 4 we traveled to the Maskalin Islands and back to DeChaliac for no result.
Day 5 we returned home to Vila from Epi and tagged another marlin 25nm from Epi. This was a blue at about 110kg. Several other small tuna were caught on the way home to round the trip out. All in all a good trip if just a little slow on the fish front.
Whilst fishing in these water we stay at the spectacular Lamen Bay Paradise Sunset Guest House with Chief Tasso and his family.

Fishing in Vanuatu: Come And Enter a Comp in 2012

Tournament Fishing In Vanuatu

If you are considering coming fishing in Vanuatu why not coincide your trip with a fishing tournament. If you are considering fishing in Vanuatu and want to enter one of the Port Vila Game Fishing Clubs well organized and well run events just email me. The Port Vila Game Fishing club cater for children and women and do their best to make these events fun for the whole family. If you want to come fishing in Vanuatu however your budget is limiting you a little you can contact me and in a lot of cases we can organize a shared charter or even make up a team to fish one of the tournament, we just need plenty of notice. We also sometime have vacancies for an angler on our week long trips through the islands so if your an angle and want to participate in a trip of a life time don’t hesitat in getting in touch with us. Fishing in Vanuatu has never been better.

Tournament Dates

Ladies and Juniors Day – Sunday 6th March 2011 Easter 6kg – Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April 2011 Vanuatu Marlin Classic 5th to the 12th of June The Big $$$ Comp. Wahoo masters – Sunday 24th July 3 species – Sunday 18th September Gamefish classic – Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November

If you want to come Fishing In Vanuatu and you need any assistance in organizing a boat please drop me a line .