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!