Reward, Motive, Excite your team. We had the pleasure in welcoming the team from Donaldson Australia to fish with us recently. Nothing like fishing together, enjoying meals together, and experiencing adventures together. Catches included Yellowfin, Big eye yellowfin, blue marlin, mahi mahi, wahoo and deep down for some poulet fish.

“All of the guys thoroughly enjoyed themselves and want to do it again, as do I.
We are sincerely grateful to your staff, particularly Janine, for making our stay very memorable. The fishing with Andrea and Stephen just made it that much better.
Hope we can do it again one day soon.”

Tony Cooper – Australia

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Another successful trip by Ocean Blue this week for 8 enthusiastic corporate anglers who fished 5 solid days with us. Some of the species landed included Blue Marlin, Shark, Dogtooth (45kg-50kg) , Wahoo, GT, Monster Cod’s and Coral Trout. An overal successful trip by all with I am sure a few trophy fish for some of the anglers. Great effort Guys!

“See you again next year”

Leon Key – Melbourne, Australia

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We had the privilege in hosting the Quinn & Greene family over the last few weeks. These anglers spent a week fishing Vanuatu from our anglers lodge, Trees and Fishes.

Each morning started off at 730am with anglers getting their cooked breakfast, coffee fix and double checking their gear for the day.

With anglers all onboard, the guides headed straight out to sea to explore our FAD’s where it often holds everything from yellowfin tuna, wahoo, bonito mahi mahi to marlin.

Excited at the sight of busting bait on the surface anglers started to cast poppers on the outside edges of these bait balls looking for the targeted species, yellowfin tuna. This was a non stop action for part of the days.

Ample of yellowfin tuna ranging from 15kg to 60kg broke the surface with the biggest fish of the week weighed in at 65kg landed on PE8. Other species landed included marlin, sailfish, GT and mahi mahi.

I am sure catching tuna on topwater will be one of the many memories these anglers will never forget!

“Amazing food, excellent staff. FAD are fun.”

Sam Greene – Brisbane, Australia

“Service:Beyond and Above, View:Breathtaking. We will be back”

Quinn & Co – Australia

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Here in Vanuatu you never have far to go to catch fish. Whether staying at our Trees and Fishes Angler’s Lodge or taking on one of our live on board expeditions there are no long runs to the grounds

Seasoned angler Anthony Dimech and a group of mates recently found that out when on a exploratory live on board trip. With unseasonable northwest winds limiting the accessible locations, the guys were limited to fishing the protected south east corner of the islands.

While this was not the plan it didn’t stop the fish from nailing the poppers and jigs. You don’t always have to travel far to experience some of the best fishing grounds in the Pacific. Targeting large GTs and Dogtooth Tuna using modern high tech heavy spin tackle, armed with state of the art poppers and jigs, the guys were able to land some nice fish. Not to mention the many that won their freedom in anticipation for next years return battle.

“Fabulous, with many fish left behind for next time.”

Anthony Dimech – Australia

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The question of when to fish with us is asked a lot. The beauty of fishing our location is that it offers great sport fishing all year round from extreme popping & jigging, bluewater, inshore or couples fishing getaways.

Vanuatu over the years has become well known for it’s consistent type of fishing with most species available all year round such as our dogtooth tuna. During the warmer month (November onwards) targeted species include Sailfish, Blue Marlin, Wahoo and GT’s.

Over the last few weeks Anglers have showcased some great fishing with variety of fish landed including John Stewart rare catch a 15kg+ Spearfish, Jay Malcolm 45kg+ GT and Brett Berger 150kg+ Blue Marlin. The highlights Fonda Panagiotopoulos & Hayden Burn solid GT’s landed right in front of our lodge, Trees and Fishes.

Anglers if you’re objective is to target a specific species, Let us know and we’ll advise the optimum time to join us.

“Great operation. Amazing food and service. Guide and deckhand are very knowledge and always try their best to put you onto the fish.
Thanks again for everything and will be back”

John Roy & Co – New Zealand

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Don’t you just love it when you experience, or discover something that brings you that “Yeah” factor.

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Vanuatu live on board expedition 31st October to 5th November 2016

Usually this feeling is associated when you find a good café; or an exclusive and charismatic bar down the road. Jacob spence, Garry Spence, Neil Sammons, Graeme Lowndes, Darren Cass, and Daniel Spence live on board expedition fishing remote trails and islands of spectacular natural beauty totally exceeded their expectations on all level. This epic adventure of a lifetime for these 6 mates fishing Vanuatu with Ocean Blue will be shared for many years to come.

On behalf of all the guys, I’d just like to send out a massive thanks to all the crew at Ocean Blue who helped make our fishing trip to Vanuatu so amazing, you have such a fantastic staff base. The live aboard experience was extremely professional and organised to perfection. Although the skippers weren’t totally satisfied with the fish available at all times it didn’t perturb us at all, particularly with our low level of skill and fitness haha. The fishing was quite unbelievable from our point of view and totally exceeded expectation in terms of the fight! Personally I can say that I’ll definitely be back again and will happily recommend the live aboard experience to anyone. We wish everyone the best and will hopefully catch up again in the near future.

Jacob Spence – Victoria – Australia

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The plan – adventure, fish and catch solid GT’s in less than 48 hours for three extreme anglers. Travelling to Vanuatu all the way from Japan included, Iwamoto, Hiroyasu and Keiji fishing with Andrea Traverso.

Vanuatu GT fishing 9th-11th November 2016:

No juvenile GT’s  for these anglers who encountered broken tackle, bending rods and aching hearts. Over the 48 hours saw them land 10 solid fish and some 40kg+ winning the battle yet again. The highlight of the trip being Iwamoto 20kg+ fish which has been on his repertoire for many years. This trip was possibly the shortest amount of time fishing and yet very rewarding by all anglers.

Vanuatu is a truly unique part of the world offering endless fishing adventures, excitement and experiences set right on the edge of our anglers lodge Trees and Fishes.

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Whether you’re a first time angler or you’ve been fishing for years, anglers are constantly on a quest to gain knowledge about the species they pursue and looking for a destination that can deliver on several levels.

Fishing Vanuatu Galllery, 24-31st October 2016

We had the pleasure in hosting three mates, Shane Cole, David Cawthray and Michael Garkaklis to fish Vanuatu. The week saw anglers pop along our coastlines for GT’s, chase pelagics around our FAD’s, jig seamounts for doggies as well as targeting big yellowfin on popper. Guided by Stephen Moderan, who was able to take the guess work out of their tackle selection which resulted in a successful fishing adventure for all three anglers.

5 out of 5 experience. Thanks to all

Shane Cole & Co – Australia

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We had the pleasure in hosting To Trees and Fishes, Doug & Leanne Read to fish Vanuatu on our couples sports fishing adventure.

Fishing with experienced guide Stephen Moderan, each day combined a variety of species being targeted. Having access to easy logistics from our anglers lodge Stephen made sure their trip was a success.

Couples that fish together stay together – 17th–26th October 2016

With the Yellowfin being plentiful around our FAD’s (fish aggregated device), Doug & Leanne wanted nothing more then to catch as many fish as they could on topwater. New to the offshore topwater, our guides often refer there anglers to the common ‘Yo Yo ‘ trick has the preferred retrieving method for topwater fishing. It is accomplished by constant rhythmic twitches of your rod tip, causing the popper to dart back and forth across the surface.

Nothing beats the adrenaline pumping like a big yellowfin chasing down a popper. When that fish comes out of nowhere, smashes that popper and makes a big wake on the surface, even most experienced anglers get that same feeling of excitement with each strikes. Some of the highlights included Leanne’s 40kg Yellowfin, Doug’s bull Mahi Mahi, GT and solid Sailfish. Great effort guys!

In addition, our nightly canapes, cold refreshments, wellness services, unique setting and tete a tete dinner along our waters edge were some of Doug’s and Leanne’s island time experience with us.

“It’s hard to add to perfection!”

Leanne & Doug Read – Canberra – Australia

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Sailfish well recognised for it’s strength and amazing acrobat spectacle have been found in numbers closer to our lodge and have certainly become perhaps the most popular fish when inshore fishing with Ocean Blue guide Stephen Moderan.

Born and raised in New Caledonia, fishing since the age of 4, one can say that Stephen is a real fishing addict. As a professional guide he’s a great resource and continues to understands their habits, patterns and locations.

Each of our guides employs different techniques, but many of the tips and secrets translate to our waters here in Vanuatu. Stephen trolls using flying fish, rigged naked to a circle hook giving anglers only one chance, if they miss a strike, all that’s left is the head. His other techniques also include jigs and casting stick bait combinations.

With a personal best, a solid 76kg Sailfish, Stephen explains that water temperature does matter when chasing Sailfish and generally focuses on early morning charts. He also looks for birds exhibiting specific behaviour ie cruising or actually diving and working the water. Once a specific area heats up, with anglers getting bit often, he works the area thoroughly. Stephen recommends never to drop the line back too early before the fish inhales the bait. Simply wait for the fish to turn away from the boat with the bait before engaging, especially with a circle hook.

“Chasing Sailfish is all about patience and not to rush with the hook up”

Stephen Moderan

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