Congratulations to Ocean Blue regular Michael Bonnici for landing this monster 101kg Dogtooth Tuna while fishing on one of our Vanuatu exploratory live on board expedition.

The fish was caught on jig, raised within 20 minutes while exploring new grounds off the island of Malekula.

Special mention to SeanTieck, guide AndreaTraverso and crew who have been close to this holy grail on numerous occasions.

Weighed .. Proud as hell of Mike . No one deserves this fish more . No one I know helps so many people out with his knowledge and skills . Always happy to help and if you have fished with him you know he always is just as happy to put you on the fish rather than catching them himself . Was great to see him land this monster !

Sean Tieck

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“The only way to get a smile like that is to earn it”, Sean Tieck

The above sentence along with the below gallery showcases what these Ocean Sevens (Sean Tieck, Michael Bonnici, Hayley Bonnici, Campbell Ellis, Steve Joannidis, James Jackson, Andrew Giardina) experienced during their 10 day live on board expedition with Ocean Blue fishing Vanuatu.

Some special moments shared by all with the below gallery showcasing some amazing captures, release along with the experience delivered by Ocean Blue crew, Andrea Traverso, Eric Festa, Ingrid Lamoureux and Justin Jenkins.

Thank you Ocean Blue Fishing and the crew for another trip that was nothing short of spectacular, you guys go above and beyond to ensure we catch fish, and most of all, have a great experience.

Andrew Giardina – Australia

Just wanted to say thanks again for all Ocean Blue’s efforts in making our recent mothership trip the huge success it was. As always all your efforts are greatly appreciated. Really was 1st class trip in every aspect.

Sean Tieck – Australia

Pictures captured through the lens of Andrew Giardina.

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Indulge yourself both on and off the water with a personalised fishing getaway that combines first-class  blue water sportsfishing; all within easy reach of our unique and secluded Trees and Fishes Anglers Retreat.

The Fishing Trip

During this adventure you will be literally on the doorstep of Vanuatu’s famous Marlin Highway, Moso, Hat island and Nguna Volcano offering sport & game anglers access to a range of fisheries including canyons,FAD’s and seamounts. Based at Port Havannah, you will be fishing productive waters within minutes of boarding your vessel. For anglers chasing billfish and tuna, this trip is perfect. The waters adjacent to our Port Havannah base offer some of the best blue marlin fishing found anywhere in the world. Other species you can encounter include sailfish, yellowfin tuna, mahi mahi, wahoo and big dogtooth tuna. You also get to fish on the islands lee side making the fishing as comfortable as it is exciting.

The Experience

From the moment you arrive, you will be met at the airport and transferred in our private bus to Trees and Fishes Angler’s Retreat. Located on the secluded north west coast of Efate, our location is unique in that anglers can cover such a variety of fishing grounds within close proximity from our base. On a typical day we will have you out fishing at dawn and back to the lodge late afternoon for that well earned ale waiting for you. Then sit down to a superb meal while enjoying a few more beers or a bottle of wine while discussing strategy in anticipation for your next day.

This trip is perfect for…

  • Bluewater and Sportfishing enthusiasts wanting to fish Vanuatu with like minded anglers.
  • Anglers unable to charter the whole boat who wish to experience the simplicity of a scheduled charter.
  • Anglers wanting to experience an all round adventure including bluewater, reef, dogtooth tuna, GT’s & more.

Trees and Fishes Private Retreat

With excellent proximity to remote fishing grounds, our Trees & Fishes Anglers Retreat is a private and secluded waterfront retreat nestled on the shores of picturesque Port Havannah. Accommodation is beautifully appointed, air-conditioned, each with own private ensuite. The social hub and laid back dining area is situated right on the waters edge, with your boat stationed only a few steps away at the end of your private jetty. After each days fishing, wind down with a relaxing massage or enjoy a few well earned drinks with friends while you watch the sun setting over the turquoise waters of the Coral Sea. Dining is a highlight of your stay, with hearty cooked breakfasts each morning and 3 course dinners every evening.

Our Edgewater 32 Sportfishers

Bluewater and sports fishing on board our beautiful 32ft EdgeWater centre consoles provide a fully equipped sportfishing vessel ideally suited for up to 4 anglers. Tackle is provided including a full range of Shimano gear for gamefishing, medium and light tackle. Top of the range popping and jigging gear is provided (Replace if lost or Broken basis). Andrea Traverso & his team of guides offer genuine hospitality onboard, and we’ll customise the trip to suit the groups requests.

Getting There

You’ll fly into Vanuatu’s capital Port Vila. Our team meets you on arrival and it’s a short 35 minute drive in air conditioned comfort to Trees & Fishes, located on the pristine waters of Port Havannah on the north west coast of Efate. Direct flights from Australia are with Air Vanuatu (codeshare Qantas) aswell as Virgin, also relevant when flying from Asia. New Zealand guests fly with Air New Zealand or Virgin. US travellers look at Fiji Airways (via Fiji). European travellers connections via Australia or New Caledonia.

Itinerary: December 12th – 17th, 2016

12th December 2016

Upon arrival into Port Vila you will be transferred to ‘Trees and Fishes’ Anglers Retreat, after a warm welcome anglers have time to familiarise themselves with the lodge, prepare fishing gear & relax with a cold drink. Angler’s are comfortably accommodated in twin share cabins each with own ensuite. Excellent meals are prepared using the freshest island grown ingredients which keep anglers taste buds and energy levels up for the week.

13th – 16th December 2016

After breakfast and initial briefing from the skipper & crew, board the 32ft EdgeWater & commence your charter. During this adventure you’ll fish offshore FAD’s, pristine reef systems, underwater sea mounts and remote volcanic islands with steep cliff faces not only offering superb fishing but spectacular scenery. Target Vanuatu’s premier bluewater species including yellowfin tuna, red bass, coral trout, jobfish, wahoo and of course Vanuatu’s blue marlin.

We have many offshore FAD’s and waters for great yellowfin tuna action, which we specialise in casting poppers aswell as jigging. Other bluewater pelagics include wahoo, mahi mahi while billfish are always around. You’ll have a range of options, including catching a wide variety of tropical, pelagic & reef species, including yellowfin tuna. We can mix it up from light to heavy tackle & can tailor the fishing to suit all experience levels.

After each enjoyable days fishing you will return to Trees & Fishes where you can enjoy the evening at your own leisure, have a swim or enjoy a few cold beers before a great dinner.

17th December 2016

After breakfast & morning at leisure, a representative of Trees & Fishes will transfer you to Port Vila Airport in time for your return international flight.

Inclusions

  • Stay 5 nights twin share at Trees & Fishes Anglers Lodge
  • Continental & cooked breakfast
  • Dinners at Anglers’ Lodge
  • 4 days fishing onboard 32ft EdgeWater centre console.
  • Lunches, snacks whilst on board
  • All ground transfers
  • Tackle available**
  • Renowned guides & crew

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Think back to your most memorable adventure experience. Who did you travel with? Where did you go?

Check out below some of their trophy catches below:

Regardless of destination or purpose, at Trees and Fishes/Ocean Blue we force you to step out of your comfort zone, experience our Vanuatu culture, and most importantly take time out for yourselves. Our adventures are all about you and this can only be achieved in a private setting like ours.

Thank you for delivering a trip of a lifetime. Memories are made of this, and stories for generations. Thank you tumas!

Bernie Garvey – Wodonga – Australia

We had the pleasure in hosting six corporate anglers to Trees and Fishes last week, Bernie Garvey, Greg Murdoch, Paul Kavanagh, Peter Palmer, Marc Lidgerwood and Andrew Ennis for four days of “Ballistic” sessions fishing with OB guide Stephen Moderan and Andrea Traverso.

A massive thank you for a memorable “Tick a Box” experience. Many memories made!

Paul Kavanagh – Australia

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We had the pleasure in hosting back to Trees and Fishes, Ocean Blue regular Toby Browne & Chris Logan for their yearly father & son adventure, fishing Vanuatu. What a week for this party of 9 anglers who fished with OB guide Stephen Moderan & Eric Festa.

Day one saw a tally of 15 yellowfin tuna, with double hook ups on topwater with the fish ranging from 25kg to 61kg along with a big wahoo, caught on a 60g jig.

Day two dogtooth mayhem, Vanuatu sea mount. Geared up with 170lb leaders, 100lb braid and despite having there drag locked up so tight, the dog tooth pulled this like it was cotton and in no time were busted off.  “These doggies are big and unfriendly. Huge hit after huge hit, drags screaming rods buckled over, and backs and arms aching. Not one got landed. Frustration all around. We had double hook ups, triple hook ups and one quadruple hook up where all four were going for a big one. All busted off. Amongst the 5 of us we would have lost $500 worth of jigs!”, reports Toby Browne.  The sea mount lived up to its reputation and so did the doggies.

Day 3 & 4 saw more yellowfin ranging between 25kg and 40kg as well as a 150kg blue marlin, 25kg dogtooth and a 30kg GT caught out the front of the lodge just on dusk.

Congratulations to all anglers on some great catches and thank you again for visiting our little piece of paradise. Lukem Yu!

We had a fantastic time fishing with the Ocean Blue team. The fishing was first class with plenty of variety on offer. The guides are very friendly and knowledgable of the area and worked hard to put us on the fish. The tree’s and fishes lodge was also superb with great food and staff….. We’ll be back! Thanks again for a great time to all the crew at ocean blue!

Tim Angus – Sydney – Australia

Just back from 5 days in Vanuatu staying at Trees & Fishes and fishing with the Ocean Blue team. To say I’m impressed is an understatement. From the moment we were picked up at Port Vila airport the staff were super friendly and helpful. The fishing guides were on point – their local knowledge and experience was obvious as they worked tirelessly to put us on the fish each day, and the boats are very well appointed for sport and game fishing. The resort itself is in a stunning location, and the food served was mind blowing. Everyone here works hard to ensure its a great experience – I will certainly be back!

Nick Clark – Sydney – Australia

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Last month, father & son James, Sam and Graham Benson along with good mates Julian Mahood and Ken Jaaback, travelled to Vanuatu for a five nights, four days Sportsfishing experience. All best of friends, and were here to target a variety of fish and have fun along their adventure fishing with OB guide Andrea Traverso.

Seas were calm and they were able to get out to our FAD’s to fish for the elusive yellowfin tuna. Not 10 minutes into dropping their bait, BANG, the outrigger went off and the reel was screaming! Finally they were hooked up!  The BANG was big and loud. Average fish landed by each of the anglers during the week ranging from 35kg to 60kg+. On one of the days, James jumped into the harness, the tuna was a good fish with a lot of power. Finally, after 20 minutes or so they saw color, and brought the fish alongside the boat. It was a fatty, 70kg yellowfin.

With saw many yellowfin caught the boys targeted other species to be rewarded with seven different types including, Ken’s bull Mahi Mahi and GT, Julian 18kg Wahoo, Graham’s Coral Trout and Sam’s Rose Jobfish. I am sure these five good friends have returned home with plenty of fish stories to be talked about.

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Inshore fishing in Vanuatu is within a few miles from our anglers lodge, Trees and Fishes. The close estuaries and coastal bays from our base are popular inshore fishing spots when chasing fish on the close reefs.

The difference between inshore and offshore fishing is the depth of the water, with 30 meters of water being the border between the two. Is one better than the other? Absolutely not. Over the years Ocean Blue has been able to cater for every angler and now seeing more and more couples like Mark and Sonia Boyle who escaped from their busy lifestyle wanting to experience fishing Vanuatu with a variety of sports fishing techniques.

When fishing inshore, our guides will usually take you fishing within a few miles of shore and, more often than not, within casting distance of popular spots/seamounts and islands with light tackle. Fishing with Ocean Blue guide Stephen Moderan onboard our smaller vessel, Edgewater 17ft, Mark and Sonia, three day fishing adventure saw them land some nice fish including Yellowfin tuna ranging from 40kg to 50kg+, GT, bluefin Trevally along with ample coastal bay catches. “We had a blast”, Mark Boyle.

For their apres fish Mark & Sonia experienced our island life along with our wellness service which was much needed after  each day on the water. The couple dined under the stars and indulged with our island luxury dining.

What an incredible experience! Thank you for an unforgettable time and for all the little touches that made our trip so memorable. We will be back.

Mark & Sonia Boyle – Victoria – Australia

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Yellowfin Tuna are a beautiful and great eating fish found throughout the world in warm waters. Over the last months our guests have been fortunate to land some nice yellowfin tuna ranging from 25kg to 70kg.

Yellowfin tuna almost never jump when hooked, although do come out of the water to grab a bait or lure. Yellowfins are well known to anglers for pulling hard for their size simply ask Danny Beyer (Ocean Blue regular), Jamie Beyer and father Frank Beyer who experienced fishing in Vanuatu for big yellowfin tuna with Ocean Blue guide Eric Festa.

The boys found it quite challenging to bring in the larger fish in quickly no matter what tackle was used as well known for turning sideways when near the boat and for swimming in large circles making it a long process to land them. Small schoolies of yellowfin are great fun on light tackle, while the large ones require heavy gear and braid.

“Rule of thumb when fishing is that you scale your tackle to the size of fish targeted. When chasing any pelagic fish especially on light gear, a lot of patience and persistence is needed from the angler. All the effort or that extra cast, drop or throw is all worth it when anglers hard work/pain is rewarded with that dream fish “, Andrea Traverso.

“Great experience, thank you so much.”

Danny, Jamie & Frank Beyer

Father & Sons five nights and four days fishing based out of our anglers lodge, Trees and Fishes, saw a variety of fish species landed from big Yellowfin tuna, Wahoo, Red Bass and Danny’s 130kg+ blue marlin on the last day which took over 5 hours to bring to the boat. Great effort guys!

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