Fiji Islands Saltwater Fishing Report - January 2009

    Fiji Islands Saltwater Fishing Report - January 2009

    Phil Calderon from Costa Rica with an 80lb GT

    A superb start to the summer season has seen glassy seas and acres of Yellowfin and skipjack tuna smashing bait balls as far as the eye can see. Most of the yellowfin Tuna are schoolie fish to 30lbs but lurking a little further offshore are good sized yellowfin to 100lbs. These school fish are excellent fun on light tackle and of course even better as livebaits and skipbaits for the blue and black marlin. Average blue size right now is
    around 300lbs but expect that to climb rapidly by February.

    The popper casting and deepwater jigging fans are in seventh heaven with the millpond conditions. Best GT so far was an 80lb model which fell to Phil Calderon visiting from California with angler Dan Ryan coming in a close second with a beautiful GT of about 70lbs. Right now and for the next few months, anglers casting poppers can expect to catch GTs, dogtooth tuna, jobfish, red bass, bluefin Trevally, barracuda and even the occasional grey reef shark. The bite is so good you never now what's going to smash your lure next.


    Dan Ryan with a healthy GT


    Phil takes a nice Dogtooth Tuna on the popper


    Dan and Joeli with a 70lb GT

    A burst of monsoonal rain run-off early January has filled Fiji waters with all manner of floating FADs and the mahi mahi are everywhere. The current difficulty is deciding which log holds mahi mahi and which log holds a school of baitfish with a lurking blue marlin.

    Capt Adrian Watt
    Bite Me Gamefishing
    GameFishingFiji.com
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    Die Leute auf diesen Bildern hatten mit Sicherheit richtig Spaß. GT´s um 40 kg und dazu noch Dogtooth auf Popper, was will man mehr. Den Popperfreunden wird der rechte Arm zucken, und der Rücken schmerzt schon jetzt. Ich will fischen, jetzt! Danke für die tollen Bilder.
    ppp Carsten
    Some excellent fishing Adrian, and a superb web site. Well done!

    Could you perhaps confirm whether or not the charter rates shown on your web site are expressed in Fijian Dollars?

    (If so for others reading the thread, at current rates, a day's offshore charter, 1300, equates to about 540 Euros and inshore for the GTs, etc to just 42 an hour based on a minimum 3 hour charter.

    And getting there? It's in the South Pacific, one of the stop-over points for airlines like Air New Zealand flight west, via the 'States, from the UK and Europe. Having got to the main island in the archipelago, Viti Levu, you catch the daily 'island hopper' to Kadavu.)
    Dave
    Honorary Life President
    Sportfishing Club of the British Isles
    sportfishingclub.co.uk