Live the dream and fish Vanuatu with Ocean Blue this winter. Stay at the superb Trees and Fishes Anglers Lodge and take advantage of this special offer. When you book a 5 day/6 night fishing adventure you will receive an extra days fishing and nights lodging absolutely FREE!. Fish aboard one of our EdgeWater 32 Sportfishers on an extreme GT and Dogtooth trip or chase pelagics on our sport or game fishing adventures. Beat the cold this winter, experience great fishing, superb dining and personalised local hospitality!

Check out below some of their trophy catches below:

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Giant Trevally are without doubt one of the toughest sportfish found in tropical waters. For anglers, GT popping is all about spectacular strikes, intense powerful fights and a safe release after a quick photo.

It’s great when it all goes to plan, but these majestic fish live around sharp reefs and nasty territory, and instinctively run for cover once hooked. Then the result then is your trophy fish finds it’s freedom, and the angler reaches into his popper collection again for another expensive surface lure.

To target GT’s effectively, having the right tackle, guide and boat positioning techniques is a good start. GT popping Vanuatu is best onboard our 2 x EdgeWater centre consoles, Azzurra or Al Dente. These boats are fast & maneuverable, have a shallow draft, 360 degree walkaround access for anglers and raised casting platform at the bow to assist long casting and best fighting position.

Experienced guides Andrea Traverso and Eric Festa have their favourite spots, both in shallow and deep water around islands, reefs, flats and bommies fed by fast currents. By-catch when GT popping includes Vanuatu’s famous dogtooth tuna plus coral trout, red bass, bluefin trevally etc.

Here are a few recent client captures of solid Vanuatu GT’s from recent groups on our Extreme Dogtooth and GT Popping Safari, and also our Vanuatu Live on Board Expedition. Check our gallery & video’s for trip reports, and join the Ocean Blue Fishing Facebook page to keep in touch with all the latest action!

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More & more anglers have been getting their arms stretched by big GT’s and dogtooth tuna in Vanuatu than ever seen before! As an all out popping and jigging destination, sportfishing Vanuatu now has a lot to offer.

It’s not that the fish have suddenly appeared, however targeting them and converting chances is what it’s all about when doing battle with these 2 powerful reef adversaries.

Over the last 18 months Ocean Blue guides Andrea Traverso & Eric Festa have put countless anglers on to trophy fish, with GT’s over 50kg becoming a regular occurance and dogtooth tuna between 30-60kg being landed on poppers. There are bigger fish regularly encountered defeating both tackle and angler but it won’t be long before 100kg + dogtooth will be bought boatside.

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We’ve been hosting anglers of all ages & levels of experience and backgrounds, from popping and jigging first-timers through to seasoned experts with the skill & knowledge that comes with years of experience. All of them have loved the Trees & Fishes Lodge experience plus the sportfishing & variety available from the tranquil angler lodge base.

The recent October & November scheduled trips which coincided with the onset of warm tropical waters really turned on the topwater action.

Read David Lorenzato’s trip report here

Read Josh Singer and Steve Hannan testimonial here

Read Peter Morris November trip report here.

As can be expected, the fitter and more experienced anglers have been converting more opportunities particularly on the most powerful & bigger fish. Big GT’s and dogtooth aren’t easy….or forgiving!

Fortunately there are a range of options & locations for those who want to mix it up with a bit of variety.

But for those chasing monster class GT’s and dogtooth in the one location, no need to travel across the world, Vanuatu is the place for the chance to join the 60kg club!

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Most anglers dream of a remote tropical expedition offering world class sportfishing & untapped big fish potential. The central Vanuatu islands & surrounding waters are rich habitats that have been ‘just out of reach’ until now.

With a focus on popping & jigging for the biggest of reef dwellers, such as XOS dogtooth tuna, GT’s, monster coral trout, wahoo and much more, we now have all the ingredients to make this fishery accessible, and comfortable.

Fishing Vessels: On this trip you’ll spend your days fishing on our 2 x 32ft Edgewaters ‘Al Dente’ & ‘Azzurra’ exploring Vanuatu’s remote islands, untouched reefs, deep sea mounts & bluewater currents for a variety of hard hitting tropical sport and game fish. Powered by twin 250’s, these centre consoles will get you to where you want to be.

Our mothership is an immaculately presented Fontaine Pajot, Eleuthera catamaran, ‘Rendezvous’. It’s 60ft length & massive beam offers huge social & living spaces. 8 anglers stay in 4 twin share cabins, each with own ensuite. The main social area is the huge rear deck space which offers sit down dining area. Carefully prepared meals and great hospitality are managed onboard by our first class team, so you’ll have all the comforts and hospitality required for your expedition through the Vanuatu islands. Discover remote islands and untouched fishing grounds with this superb vessel as your base.

Day 1

Arrive into Port Vila Vanuatu, (most Australian flights arrive 2-3pm local time) transfer to Port Havannah to board vessels and head out to fish the afternoon / dusk dogtooth bite! First night onboard ‘Rendezvous,’ settle in for a great dinner, drinks and warm hospitality onboard.

Fishing Days

Anglers fishing onboard 2 x 32ft centre consoles, while the mothership makes passage further into the island chain. Target a variety of species from yellowfin tuna, wahoo, mahi mahi and giant trevally. If jigging is your thing then massive dogtooth tuna, coral trout, jobfish and red bass will test your will and tackle. The big dogtooth tuna fishery in these islands is very exciting. Targeted with good results on topwater poppers & jigs by our expert team.

After a big days fishing you will regroup with the mothership at one of the secluded anchorages for a relaxing evening, great meal & few cold refreshing drinks.

Final Day

On your final morning of your charter arrive back to Port Havannah to wrap up a truly unique adventure. Transfer back to the airport in time for international flight home.

With the stunning mothership providing all the comforts for the week, you’ll have the ultimate accommodation & fishing platforms at your disposal. It doesn’t get any better than this!

Ocean Blue is offering this adventure commencing July 2013, all 3 vessels are available for groups to sole charter, view more. Solo’s or smaller groups can simply join onto one of our Scheduled Trips, these trips will cater for 8 anglers, 4 anglers fishing each boat. For $4695 per angler to fish untapped waters, this expedition is exceptional value!

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Discover our hidden Vanuatu, online! Introducing Trees & Fishes new website, where you can hear the tranquil warm waters lapping on the shores only meters away, & the aromas of espresso coffee, fresh local products & the catch of the day hover around the dining area.

This small boutique lodge nestled on the shores of Port Havannah fits perfectly into its surroundings & creates a relaxing & cosy atmosphere, ideal for anglers, family groups and corporates alike.

View at www.treesandfishes.com it’s well worth taking an online tour here!

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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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We recently hosted fishing show presenter Mark Berg and his crew from ‘Fishing Addiction’, the guys spent 5 days sport & gamefishing with us out of Trees & Fishes Anglers Retreat.

We have a few photos only and small report for now, with 2 full episodes from this trip for Mark to edit he has plenty of action of what this adventure is all about – fishing spectacular locations, screaming reels and (quite a lot of) mega bustoffs… Can’t wait to see the footage once it goes to air.

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Conor Cogan was the lucky angler selected for this trip of a lifetime, & ecstatic to find out he was off to Vanuatu to chase big dogtooth tuna, wahoo and other species on offer.

The postscript: Conor is super keen to return back to Vanuatu, & already putting the wheels in motion for another week of great fishing and being spoiled at our anglers lodge. He say’s there are quite a few scores to settle with some of our fish…

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‘Azzurra’ simply means ‘blue’ in Italian, but over in Port Vila Vanuatu, it is now recognised as Ocean Blue’s sensational new 32ft EdgeWater centre console, which is putting anglers onto all manner of sport and gamefish. The vessel itself is a real head turner and an absolute pleasure to fish from; it is a fast, dry purpose built fishing vessel ideal for fishing Vanuatu’s waters.

Stepping on board a well equipped boat like this is a confidence inspiring experience alone, I think I counted 19 rod holders onboard, plenty of drink holders, huge storage compartments and bait tanks, massive bow casting platform and space for 5 anglers jigging comfortably down 1 side. Comforts include padded gunwales, toilet, good seating layout, marine stereo while full electronics and twin 250’s get anglers quickly to the best fishing spots with no time wasted.

Skipper / guide Andrea Traverso is all about jigging Vanuatu’s seamounts for dogtooth tuna, chasing pelagics like yellowfin, wahoo on sports gear, trolling for sailfish, blue marlin and popping for GT’s, dogtooth, red bass and coral trout.

With Andrea at the helm and top quality tackle onboard, it ticks all the boxes for fishing Vanuatu, either out of Trees & Fishes Anglers Lodge or alongside our mothership on remote island fishing adventures.

For more information on Ocean Blue’s Vanuatu day charters and fishing packages, read more on the following links;

Vanuatu Extreme Dogtooth & GT Popping Safari
Port Vila Blue Water Sportfishing Adventures 
Vanuatu Remote Live on Board Expedition

Update – We’ll be taking delivery of our 2nd 32ft EdgeWater in November 2012. Al Dente will be joining Azzurra in our lineup, allowing larger groups to take 2 boat trips from Trees & Fishes or the Live on Board Expeditions.

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Our friends from Singapore, tackle store Kaiser Pro Shop, Kingfisher Magazine and Ocean Blue’s Rob Chang were our guests last week for some Vanuatu style sportfishing. The guys were keen to tangle with our big GT’s and dogtooth on heavy tackle, aswell as explore the potential for micro jigging with us.

The guys came in via Sydney on the evening flight to Vanuatu, the comforts of Trees & Fishes’ well appointed cabins, smiling hosts & comfortable beds would have been most welcome to our guests arriving at 1am.

Needless to say, they immediately switched to island time, sleeping in late and enjoying a big cooked breakfast, delicious French pastries and good coffee to kick them into gear for their first days fishing!

Anglers, fishing gear & camera’s were all loaded into the boat & skipper Andrea finally turned the big twin 250’s over as they headed out across Port Havannah’s sheltered waters on day 1 of their search for fast and powerful fish. First stop was a steep island rising out of deep water. Nguna, like so many of Vanuatu’s islands was once an active volcano. Action started immediately, hooking up on a big doggy on only the second drop (jigging) which ended after a blistering 150m run.

Being armed with a selection of some of the best fishing tackle available anywhere, it soon became apparent that hooking fish wasn’t going to be a problem, but stopping the bigger unstoppable fish would be!

More fish came onboard, solid dogtooth, coral trout, jobfish etc. The bite waned in the middle of the day so the afternoon turned into a popping session resulting in GT’s, red bass, bluefin trevally etc.

The following days saw similar action & the guys were able to use a huge range of gear. Everything from big El Toro cup faced poppers, stickbaits, heavy jigs, soft plastics & micro sized jigs caught fish. The latter is a new technique Richard Tong and the Kaiser guys specialise in. We have a number of areas, reefs & seamounts perfect for this style of fishing, and discovered some more great spots with this last group of anglers.

Rob even landed a nice little jobfish from the jetty at Trees & Fishes one afternoon as the crew were washing down the boat. The water in front of the lodge drops into 60m deep within casting distance (300m in the middle) so plenty of good fish in the harbour!

Highlights from the trip included watching a 40kg dogtooth fearlessly cruise under our boat ‘Azzurra’, aggressively take a jig as soon as it appeared, then hit the afterburners to find it’s freedom back in the reef!!

Fishing another island was like being in an aquarium, with wahoo grabbing lures all around the boat in crystal clear waters. One time Rob’s stickbait was attacked by a 25kg wahoo close to the boat, the fish became airborne and left a decent gouge in the outboard engine cover before it made a re-entry into the water. The biggest GT smashed the ever reliable El Toro orange popper and would have gone close to 50kg. Angler Wee (Kaiser tester) did a great job to get her onboard in very short time, allowing a quick photo and release.

Species for the week included black jack trevally, emperors, coral and coronation trout, ever present red bass, GT’s and dogtooth tuna and more. With so many islands, reefs & places to fish it’s hard to do everything in 1 trip, so our guests from Singapore are already planning a return trip!

Contact Rob Chang or Kaiser Pro Shop to get onboard their next Vanuatu adventure!

Thanks for a great trip guys and see you all again soon!

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While those of us back home are experiencing the big chill and the onset of another winter, Sydney angler Vic Jokovic spent the last weekend in May sailfishing the tropical waters of Kuala Rompin, Malaysia.

A whirlwind adventure, Vic’s schedule only allowed for 2 days fishing & he encountered first hand the world class sailfishing available at this unique sportfishing destination.

Last weekends trip delivered the usual superb conditions, sunny, hot and glassy waters offshore. Fishing solo, he had no less than 3 double hookups to contend with on day 1, what a start! Day 2 was more about honing techniques as the experience gained with this many opportunity presents an excellent learning curve for light tackle billfish anglers.

Trip was topped off by great local cuisine in town and excellent hospitality & Singapore door to door airport transfers by Ocean Blue Asia representative, Rob Chang.

The sails have now well and truly arrived and this September’s Adventure and the season ahead looks to be one of the best in a long time. Ocean Blue’s Kuala Rompin Sailfish trip is a blast and should be on the must-do list for any angler!

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