Catch Report : 2007/08

Jul | Aug | Sep | : BLUE MARLIN . WAHOO . YELLOWFIN

Apologies for the lack of feedback on the catch report front. Apart from construction here at the resort we've been super busy with charters. Had some awesome fishing although the wahoo have been a bit slow of the mark this season. Just starting to get on to some biggies now.

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Returning guest Gary Simon tagged a blue on day two of his four day charter.

2007's International Game Fishing Tournament got off to a slow start as day one was cancelled due to a strong wind warning. The winds eased on day two and all boats headed out to a shotgun start. Eleven hours later they returned with variety of good sized fish, the majority being wahoo and yellowfin, and several sailfish were tagged and released. Day three saw more yellowfin and a number mahi mahi.

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Apr | May | Jun | : BLUE MARLIN . MAHI MAHI . WAHOO

Despite the poor weather the Caelli family dug in and were well rewarded during their 7 day charter to Kadavu. Spending two nights at Nagigia and a further three at Wasialima they fished the very best of Kadavu whilst immersing themselves in the wonderful island culture. The boys were kept busy on the back deck with multiple wahoo and yellowfin hook-ups throughout the trip. Joel and Beau showed off their skills as they got onto a couple of sails on spinning gear whilst sticking the tag in one and bagging three good sized wahoo on the way back to Pacific Harbour.

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Not content with wahoo and mahi mahi of late or last trip out of Pacific Harbour produced a whooping 230kg BLUE MARLIN (official weight). After a one hour fight by female angler Billie Holmes we stuck in the tag and tried desperately to revive him only to find 45 minutes later he wasn't going to make it. Having weighed him in Billie was delighted to hear that she had beaten the mens Fiji record. Nice work Billie and not to worry Ali, we'll see if we can do one better next year.

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We certainly enjoyed the company of Dave Haigh and friends last week - a great bunch of fella's who fished hard and partied harder. Their five day holiday started pretty slow (on the fishing front) but got better as the week went on with several decent sized yellowfin, walu and a small wahoo. Saw a number of marlin but we were out of the running with so much bait already in the water. We look forward to welcoming them back for next years wahoo season.

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Bob and his son Reza had a great day yesterday as they brought in two good size yellowfin and tagged a 135kg blue marlin.

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The last couple of reef fishing trips have been loaded with rock cod, GT's, snapper and walu.

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Catch Report : 2006

Apologies for our silence over the past couple of months. This is not to say we haven't been getting on to some good fish. We've had the usual wahoo stragglers and plenty of mahi mahi on the back deck. Although the marlin have been a bit on the quiet side (not unusual for this time of year) the occasional glimpse assures us they are still around. We have just purchased a cool little resort here in Pacific Harbour so watch out for our red hot all-inclusive fishing deals next year.

Season Greeting!

Jul | Aug | Sep: BLUE MARLIN . MONSTER WAHOO

SUPERB trip to Kadavu! While sailfish were tagged and wahoo and mahi mahi were in abundance the highlight of the trip was Rich Gliganic's 1.5hr tustle with a est 750lb BLUE MARLIN.

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John Ashley, Dave and Robyn Granville spent four days with us in Kadavu as we went for a wahoo world record (4kg line). Unfortunately the wahoo decided to take a vacation and were nowhere to be found. All was not lost as a couple of small blues and sailfish provided them with great photo opportunities.

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Mahi mahi and a few good sized wahoo have kept our daily charter guests entertained.

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Our vessels have been busy with transfer work and island trips of late though we did manage to get out last week for a day of wahoo action followed by a reef fishing charter. All looking forward to the International Game Fishing Tournament where we hope to defend our title and enjoy three days of great fishing.

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Apr | May | Jun: BLUE MARLIN . MAHI MAHI . WAHOO

Latest reef fishing trips have seen an assortment of kawa kawa (rock cod), donu (coral trout), snapper and GT's, while wahoo continue to dominate the big game fishing scene.

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Dough Johnson and family enjoyed their day with wahoo in the bag and a est 190kg blue marlin tagged and released by mid afternoon.

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Our latest anglers came from the Pacific Star cruise ship as she docked in Suva Wharf to replenish and refuel. The anglers battled against the ugly weather to bring in a couple of nice sized wahoo before heading back to Suva in time for their 6pm departure.

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Locals, Helen and Cina chose to celebrate there birthdays in style as they hopped on board Wai Tadra (along with six friends) and cruised/fished down to Kadavu. With a couple of wahoo on the back deck by early afternoon the lines were picked up and troops were enjoying cocktails and a fish dinner by sundown. A mid-morning check-out and a full on fishing assault on the way back ensured all member had a go at a fish.

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After a break in the weather New Zealanders, Alistair and Billie Holmes hopped on board for a full day fishing out of Pacific Harbour and what a day. From leaving the river mouth to reaching the passage they were hooked up and fighting monster wahoo. Taking it in turns throughout the course of the day to fight one after the other with a few tasty tuna thrown in for good measure.

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A couple of local guys drove through to Pacific Harbour for a slice of the much sought after wahoo action and were not disappointed as they returned to the city with four meaty wahoo and a couple of yellowfin.

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After calling us from Australia on Wednesday night Julian and his three mates were on the back deck fighting wahoo by Friday and well into Sunday as they joined us for a three dayer down to Kadavu.

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Roy Langley and family had a superb trip down to Kadavu with his 11-year-old boy getting on to (and subsequently bringing in) a 32kg wahoo! With mahi mahi, tuna and a tagged sailfish over the course of the two days the whole family left with big smiles and a vow to return.

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Three yellowfin, the largest weighing 36kg, gave honeymoons Babs and Tom a day to remember and a much welcome respite from grey sky and rain.

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The last two trips have seen some good sized wahoo and plenty of them making a great start to the season.

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A double marlin hook-up whilst positioning to Denarau gave the crew of Wai Tadra a well deserved slice of the action.

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Although we didn't satisfy Jeff's lifelong desire to tag and release a marlin this time round, he certainly got a taste of things to come in preparation for his all-inclusive Kadavu package this year. Nevertheless his meaty wahoo made for a great dinner.

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Our regular hand line gang from Suva had another superb day out with us catching an assortment of kawa kawa (rock cod), donu (coral trout) and snapper before heading over to nearby island Yanuca for a BBQ lunch and snorkel.

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Jan | Feb | Mar: BLUE MARLIN . MAHI MAHI . YELLOWFIN TUNA

Two good sized wahoo and a mahi mahi spiced-up Gerry's holiday. All the way from the UK and desperate to get on to a big fish we saw to it - in the space of just 3 hours - that he did just that.

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Erik and friends indulged on a three day stint down to Kadavu in search of big fish and surf...and got just that. Although the fish down proved to be a bit slow day two quickly changed with a quadruple marlin strike (seven sighted in total). Female angler Cheryl did the ladies proud as she tagged a good sized blue. Throughout the remainder of the trip yellowfin and wahoo hit the back deck to provide the village, guests and crew with plenty of fresh fish.

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It's no surprise that solo angler Tony Pederson stepped off Wai Tadra with a broad bula smile. Aside from the nice sized wahoo and steady flow of strikes throughout the day he was the latest addition to the Xtasea Billfish Club with a tag and release 90kg blue marlin.

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With lots of reef fishing trips and transfers over the past month we haven't had the chance to get on to many big fish until a gigantic yellowfin took the bait weighing in at a whopping 65kg. Soon after we were back out again with a group of eight and that's when Mr. Ashton hooked up to his first blue marlin. Although small, this 90kg beauty gave him a good 30-minute jostle before allowing us to tag him and send him on his way. A further three yellowfin provided plenty more entertainment throughout the course of the day.

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Our latest three-day charter based out of Vatulele Island Resort produced a mix bag of yellowfin, wahoo and mahi mahi. The highlight of the trip was of course a blue marlin who having tormented us for several minutes finally took the lure, if only for a short time anyway.

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Another charter and another two blues (est 120kg and 180kg) for USA guests Kenneth and Patrick. Actually four marlin were sited but only two were tagged and released. Meanwhile two meaty mahi mahi were brought on board and taken home for dinner.

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What more can we say...the big game has never been better than it has over the past three weeks with marlin and sails on every trip. If ever there was a time to head out, it's NOW!

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What a great way to kick off the new year with two pacific sailfish tag and releases weighing and estimated 35kg and 50kg. Mahi mahi are still around en-mass with an untold amount of them hitting the back deck over the past few trips as well as a couple of wahoo stragglers.

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Catch Report : 2005

Our latest half day reef fishing charters have produced some awesome catches ranging from coral trout, giant trevally and rainbow runners while our big game fishing trips have produced mahi mahi of mammoth proportions and another adrenaline pumping blue marlin encounter that rounded 2005 off nicely.

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It was our absolute pleasure to welcome Hawkeye back on board and this time round he brought two of his mates. All three were on a mission to ensure Dave didn't leave without a successful marlin tag and release. So off went down to Kadavu in search of one. While a bunch of mahi mahi and walu provided the troops with plenty of activity on the back deck it wasn't until day three that a blue hit the lure providing Dave with 25 minutes of absolute glory!

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We gave Bob McCullam a day to remember when he raised two marlin. Unfortunately we only had them on for a few seconds before they disappeared never to be seen again. All was not lost as four mahi mahi made it to the back deck.

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Gary Simon's four-dayer out of Pacific Harbour proved the wahoo and mahi mahi remain the flavour of the month. A dogtooth tuna teased us for a few brief moments as it leaped out of the water and smashed the bait but unfortunately the hooks didn't stick.

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Upon returning to Pacific Harbour Wai Tadra was refueled and restocked in preparation for Cameron Rylance's day charter. After a few promising strikes a mahi mahi succumb to our lure and provided the guys with a mouth watering meal.

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It was our absolute pleasure to welcome Alan and Andy Broomhead back on board MV Wai Tadra for their second trip of the year to Kadavu. With a total of four wahoo, 11 mahi mahi, one walu, one sailfish (tag and release) and two marlin (tag and release) you don't need me to tell you that these guys had one hell of a trip!

Meanwhile Mark and Linda Warner of 'Doc Warners Alaska Fishing Adventures' where going hard on board MV Xtasea with plenty of mahi mahi, a black marlin and a 68kg yellowfin.

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Having being inundated with transfers we were happy to be heading off to Kadavu for another three day stint on the seamounts and drop offs. Catherine Tocker gave her husband a run for his money as she tagged and released a shortbill spearfish and striped marlin over the course of the trip.

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Last weeks trip to Kadavu saw somewhat of a phenomena as acres of humongous yellowfin feasted on a congregation of squid and bait fish giving anglers Rex Day, Wayne, Big Al and Co a trip to remember. All five anglers brought in one a piece (pictured below) - the biggest at 80kg - yet even bigger ones were apparently out there!

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Chris Cullen and his mates proved to be another fine bunch of anglers with a passion for big fish. Although they didn't get on to a marlin they were nevertheless satisfied with a sailfish and two meaty wahoo for the day.

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Five Aussie guys came to us with one request - blue marlin. So off we went down to Kadavu in search of the elusive blue and what can I say, we found them! While Chris Quinn tagged and released an est. 280lb blue the rest of the troops bagged a few mahi mahi and wahoo. The highlight of the trip came when Jeff fulfilled his lifelong dream by landing an est. 500 pounder!

Superb trip, superb bunch of blokes!

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Back in Kadavu Tony Stollery and friends tagged a sailfish one day and a shortbill spearfish the next before rounding off their trip with a 300kg (est.) blue marlin. Nice work guys!

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Still in Kadavu the crew of Wai Tadra were met by the Hancox party for another three-dayer on the seamounts and drop-offs. While Owen tagged and released an estimated 230kg blue marlin, Meagan bagged a Fiji record barracuda at 16kg on 10kg line.

Meanwhile MV Xtasea was cruising in the Yasawa's alongside super yacht Ophelia. While a steady supply of assorted reef fish pleased the owner and his guests a juvenile tiger shark brought to the back deck gave deckie Shaun something to smile about too.

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Loaded with prizes and still basking in the glory of their win Ginner, Hawkeye, Rob and their wives headed down for a three day stint with us to Kadavu. While Hawkeye tagged and released a sailfish, Jenny was the star of the trip as she, with a little help from her friends, reeled in a what could have been a potential world record wahoo weighing 50kg on 10kg line

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Lady Luck stayed close-by last week as we competed over four days alongside 12 boats to win the International Gamefishing Tournament 2005 held here in Pacific Harbour. Scoring over 1300 points (600 points clear of the runner-up) our return anglers of three years - Hawkeye, Ginner and Rob deserved and received gracious slaps on the back for their superb effort. The combination of tactical planning and expert angling (that's you Ginner!) over the course of the comp paid off as a steady supply of wahoo and mahi mahi maintained our lead while a tag and release sailfish secured it for the team.

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After our front cover splash on last years Blue Water mag, editor Dave Granville came back for another slice of the action bringing with him 10 of his readers.

The BlueWater Readers Trip 2005 was an absolute delight with five Fiji records in the bag grey sky and rain wasn't going to dampen anyone's spirits - not even our non-fishing guests. The first record was handed to Shane Coles on day two for his 24kg spanish mackerel (walu) caught on 8kg line class. His limelight was quickly snatched nevertheless by Matthew O'Neil who fought and caught a 23kg wahoo again 8kg line and with a further five wahoo on the back deck by dusk a very fishy dinner was enjoyed by all.

A new day brought more record-breaking action. Matt and Shane's double sailfish strike not only provided them with great video footage but also ensured Matt a place in the Xtasea Bill Fish Club (tag and release) and another Fiji record for Shane. But it didn't end there as a further three records were smashed! Mark Winter brought in a 12kg mahi mahi on 8kg line, Dean Baudendistel 27.7kg wahoo also on eight followed by Dave Granville's 14.9kg wahoo on a whooping 4kg line! Nice work boys! And congratulations once again to Dean for making Angler-Of-The-Week.

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So it's Saturday afternoon and the boys are still out on charter. It's been one hell of a week with non-stop action from start to finish - just the way we like it! Monster wahoo have been entertaining our guests on a daily basis and Wednesdays trip was no exception to the rule as Paul Collinson and his three mates rounded off their day with two wahoo and a meaty dogtooth (oh and a bottle of not so bubbly bubbly - sorry about that folks!)

Thursday saw both Xtasea and Wai Tadra out on the ocean and what better day for it with calm seas, blue sky and the promise of more wahoo action? While Paul Griffiths single-handedly took on a skipjack, mahi mahi and yes a couple of wahoo on his half day charter, Wai Tadra bagged two more before striking the big time and hooking up to a 130kg striped marlin. Ecstasy hit the back deck as everyone scrambled to take a picture before he was tagged and sent on his way. Yey!

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What better way to kick off the week than with a tagged and released blue marlin (est. 120kg)? Today's half-day charter produced just that for our ecstatic father a daughter team.

Here's to the rest of the week! And with the Blue Water Readers Trip just around the corner I reckon we have made a damn fine start to the season!

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WAAA'HOOOOOOO, it's wahoo season again and if the last week is anything to go by it's going to be an absolute ripper!

When UK based couple Sam and Beth stepped on board for a two day, one night return liveaboard trip down to Kadavu they had no reservations about what they wanted - ACTION - and plenty of it. So being the accommodating and caring operation that we are we delivered. Two hours into the trip Sam tussled with a 10kg mahi mahi that prepared him nicely for his mid-afternoon double wahoo strike. Beth on the other hand was thrown straight into the deep end when a 40kg wahoo whacked her line and presented her with an adrenaline-pumping hour of action.

Day two and the reels screeched again as we went through another school of wahoo. Non-stop action prevailed for the journey back to Pacific Harbour. With six wahoo (15kg-40kg's) a barracuda and a mutilated yellowfin in the bag, Sam and Beth left with big bula smiles and a vow to return for more next year.

The week ended off on a high as a further five wahoo gave a party of five Aussie's a day to remember.

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What an absolute pleasure it was to have Sharon and Carman onboard for a liveaboard/transfer to Yaukuve and then on to Vatulele. Although we didn't do much in the way of fishing the wonderful atmosphere, fantastic weather and spectacular sunset was well worth a mention!

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Sunday brought a high-spirited party of 10 in search of a mixed bag of activities. While we dropped the beachcombers and snorkellers off on nearby island Yanuca loaded with a picnic basket full of goodies, the majority stayed on board and headed out into the deep blue where a school of yellow fin provided them with an afternoon of entertainment and a belly full of sashmi and succulent steaks.

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After a month of high speed transfers to Fiji's outer islands, coupled with our latest TV appearance on UK based Granada Television - a four day stint in the west with six models - enough said - we finally managed to get out into the blue last week and do what we do best! What better way to get back into the swing of things than have a well rounded marlin grab the lure, well momentarily at least? After a good fight he decided enough was enough and spat the hook!

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Excessive winds and bad weather forced us to stay on anchor for the best part of our latest Kadavu package. On the few occasions that we managed to sneak out we caught a couple of nice yellowfin and jigged a little for coral trout. The nature of our guests and the atmosphere of the resort compensated for the appalling conditions and a good time was had nevertheless. We look forward to welcoming Alan and his family back on board in November where we hope to show him the full potential of this area.

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A half day trip around the back of Friggates provided us all with a morning of entertainment when a female mahi mahi hit the line within the hour scoring 10's all round for her flawless aerial display. Soon after "something big" attacked the long corner and took off to the depths spooling our tiagra 50 on its way.

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Our latest liveaboard trip based out of Musket Cove Marina (west of Port Denarau) proved to be the ultimate recipe in rest and relaxation. With a mid-morning departure from Pacific Harbour we threw a couple of lines out and took a leisurely cruise around the coast. As the ladies basked in the sunshine the guys homed in on the birds (of the feathery kind) in hot pursuit of schooling tuna. Content with a 13kg yellow fin we brought in the lines, opened up the engines and headed to Musket in time for sun downers and sashimi.

With pristine waters and a relaxed to the max atmosphere the next couple of days were spent on land with the occasional pleasure cruise to nearby islands. On returning to Pacific Harbour a speedy blue marlin whacked our 'lucky lure' (responsible for 9 marlin hook ups!) before snatching it and racing off into the blue leaving us with nothing more than a snagged line and bewildered stare...ah well there's always one that gets away!

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Sloppy seas and grey skies didn't prevent a bunch of stags from having a great day on the ocean waves. With a meaty wahoo on board by lunchtime and a frisky rainbow runner out for live bait our chances were looking good but unfortunately no luck this time round.

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A couple of skip jacks and a striped marlin (est.120kg) in just two hours gave our latest angler a run for his money. After bringing it to the side of the boat for a few holiday snaps it was lines in and homeward bound by 11am - stubby in hand and lunch in the bag. Another satisfied guest, another member of the rapidly growing Xtasea Bill Fish Club.

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New Zealand newly-weds Kaylene and Steve Murphy kicked off their Fijian adventure when they hooked up to a well rounded mahi mahi and frisky wahoo just two hours into their trip. But it didn't end there as a girthy blue marlin (190kg) gave Steve a two hour fight to remember and inducted him into the Xtasea Bill Fish Club.

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Our regular hand-lining crew from Suva joined us for their monthly respite aboard MV Xtasea. While they pulled out an assortment of kawa kawa (rock cod), donu (coral trout) and snapper their 10 friends set out aboard MV Wai Tadra for a leisurely cruise to nearby island Yanuca where a BBQ and snorkel was enjoyed by all.

Catch Report : Ending 2004

Honeymooners Gary and Maria David shot straight into the Xtasea Charters Billfish Club when they hooked up SEVEN MARLIN and a SHORTBILL SPEARFISH in just 2 DAYS down in Kadavu. Not bad going especially for Maria who reeled in her first marlin - a lazy blue est. weight 160kg - that we tagged and handed back to her to send it on its merry way. Nice work Maria!

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Our latest charter produced a beautiful black marlin est. weight 250kg that was tagged and released to fight another day. A sailfish came in for a look but unfortunately we couldn't get the hooks to stick. All was not lost as we grabbed a nice wahoo that was later cooked in six different ways and enjoyed over sun-downers.