The latest Vanuatu trip report just in from the team at Trees & Fishes, our guests David Grandia (6 angler group) catching a variety of bluewater and reef species last week.

Targeting big dogtooth tuna each day was a main focus for the guys, while the other usual suspects came onboard in pretty good numbers too, including red bass, bluefin trevally, wahoo, coral trout and GT’s.

Check out below some of their trophy catches below:

Fishing 6 days on 2 boats allowed the guys maximum rod time, comfort onboard & wide range of areas & techniques available. Skipper Andrea’s efforts paid off trying to isolate the larger fish from the smaller ones. In his words…

“We went to one of my favourite doggy spot and landed 2 nice doggies between 25 and 30 kgs and 3 smaller ones. Also on popper the boys got some more red bass and a nice coral tout. Moving then to a good GT area Dave’s popper got attacked by a big black shadow that left a huge splash behind his popper, another cast to the same spot and that big fish came back up, struck and missed the popper again (all that only 5 m from the boat). So Chris grabbed the rod rigged with a bait and immediately he was on to a nice 55kgs doggy. Not a bad switch bait and great action boatside!!”

Putting the brakes on a big doggies blistering first run is a combination of skill, luck & muscle (ie hang on) while the skipper does everything to change the angle of the run near nasty territory. A true team effort and well earnt to all onboard.

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Day 1: Quick run to our first mark & as soon as the jigs were dropped the boys hooked into some solid dogtooth, got cut off on a few wahoo (landing 1) & pulled in a couple of reef sharks… Welcome to Vanuatu!!

Then we moved to a popping spot and landed a nice green jobfish, a bluefin trevally and got reefed a few times by red bass etc. Next we stopped at another doggy spot, taking a break from jigging we put a small mack tuna on the downrigger & it didn’t last long before that was taken, huge run on heavy drag and we lost another big dogtooth. Then we jigged and Adam straightened his jig hook on a nice doggy just a few meters from the boat. Tackle failure is the worst..

Day 2: We trolled to one of the islands and got a marlin strike on the way. We had a look at a small seamount which can be hot or cold. This time we didn’t have too much success jigging except a few rainbow runners. Then we trolled to one of my favourite islands and right on the mark got spooled convincingly by a doggy on the way that took an X-rap on a Shimano Stella 8000 / Terez set-up. On the other spot we got a quadruple hook-up wahoo but only landed one. We then lost and pulled the hooks on a few doggys on bait and jigs and got another couple of sharks.

Day 3: Headed off to yet another reef and it was just full of bait everywhere. We started the day with 2 wahoos, a few barracudas, a lot of mack tuna including some big ones and got spooled again by a doggy on a halco on the same set-up as yesterday. Then we started jigging and got a jobfish, a small doggy, a few other reef fishes and lost a few big doggys. Then we put some bait down and got another doggy and pulled the hooks on another couple. We finished with a quick pop before going and Adam landed a nice red bass.

Day 4: The guys were a bit dusty (hungover) from the previous evening, so it was going to be an easy day! We went to Nguna volcano and as soon as we arrived we hooked up to a big wahoo but got sharked not long after. Then we jigged and lost a few doggys, got some big rainbow runners and a few other reef fishes (coral trouts, emperor etc.).

Day 5: The guys wanted to chase big fish so decided we’d target big dogtooth downrigging live baits! The dogtooth weren’t playing today so a white tip shark took one of the baits. Sportfishing resulted in a nice jobfish and a few barracuda.

We pulled the lines in early as the guys were ready to return to Trees & Fishes for a few drinks and dogtooth sashimi before dinner. Another great bunch of guys and good variety of fishing. Conditions were great so we fished many seamounts, reefs and islands over the 5 days. The guys loved the action but missed getting the bigger fish to the boat, so are already planning a return trip early next year to settle the score!

Andrea Traverso,
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Three of Ocean Blue VIP clients recently spent 5 days on a living board trip fishing the islands of Vanuatu.

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Day 1, The plan was to troll all the way to Epi in order to spend the night in lamen bay. We started fishing at 7 am and at 8:30am we were hooked to small blue marlin on 50lb stand-up. After a 45 min fight, we got the fish to the boat and tagged Rich’s first blue marlin.

Day 2, whilst trolling around Port Havannah the anglers hooked up some yellowfin and tried their luck jigging aroung Nugna where Paddy (returned OB client) caught a nice coral trout on popper.

Day 3, saw more popping around Undine Bay for Red Bass and Blue Fin trevally then it was time for live baiting for some almighty dogtooth where a big doggy was sharked just at the boat.

Day 4, After missing on that big dogtooth the day before and with the angler’s adrenaline pumping it was time to try for some more doggie on bait, jigs and soft plastic at Scott’s rock. After loosing a dozen or so dogtooth, Clive (returned OB client) managed to land one whilst jigging. That afternoon whilst trolling towards monument rock Clive tagged a nice 120kg blue marlin (clive’s first marlin) with another marlin strike on the way back to Port-Havanna.

Day 5, We started by fishing around Hat island and while we were trolling dead baits and small bait lures on the shotgun a big doggie hate them and after a 200m run, broke the leader. Then it was time to experience the FAD. At the FAD we had a marlin strike then we saw a floating marlin on the surface so I took it and put it in the boat (he was around 180kgs). Around the FAD Richard (OB returned client) hooked a 20kg yellowfin and a nice bull mahi mahi.

What a way to finish up this fishing adventure!
Andrea Traverso

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