Sydney based angler Marcello Bo and 4 of his good mates recently escaped the cold in favour of a weeks hot fishing onboard our July mothership expedition. A week prior to the trip Marcello realised he needed a mid weight jigging outfit to handle ‘more manageable’ sized fish encountered. So we had a chat and soon a new Daiwa Saltiga 63s jig rod rated PE4 and Shimano Biomaster 10000 reel running 50lb braid was purchased, ready to do battle. All went to plan fishing wise with both boats catching everything including yellowfin, GT’s, wahoo, jobfish, blue marlin & ofcourse countless encounters with Vanuatu’s famous dogtooth tuna, in all sizes!

On the penultimate day of the adventure, Marcello’s heavy PE8 rod unfortunately became a 2 piece due to a caring and sharing mate, an optimistic rod angle, heavy drag settings and a feisty dogtooth that just wouldn’t listen. That left Marcello to use this new ‘backup’ rod during a session that had the anglers against the ropes & the big doggies winning hands down.

Feeling undergunned, he was running 50lb braid, 60lb fluro leader and a River2Sea Spike jig when he hooked up, once it ‘woke up’ the doggies first run shred 200m off the spool in seconds. With the skipper leading the fish into deeper water to get control of the situation, they avoided being cut off while gear performed perfectly & luck stayed in favour of the angler. A 68kg is an incredible capture on any gear but Marcello landed this on what is effectively an inshore kingfish setup. Congratulations mate couldn’t happen to a nicer bloke, just don’t know how you’re going to top that next year?

Anglers: Marcello Bo, Victor Issa, Philip Elmowy, George Catsaros & James Panselinos, Michael Wessels, Jarred Farrugia, Robert Lowther

“Having fished for over 30 years in various destinations across the world, the Ocean Blue live aboard mothership expedition was by far the best experience yet! Not only due to the amount of fish and variety of species we caught but the remoteness and beauty was something to behold. The luxurious mothership proved to be a welcoming sight everyday after a hard 12 hour session fighting massive dogtooth tuna, GT’s, marlin, wahoo, yellowfin and a plethora of reef species. The Battle: After my good friend George snapped his rod on an angry fish I felt obliged to give him my heavy jigging rod and Stella 20000 with 100 pound braid and 150 pound leader, which was the norm, though seldom stopped the monster dogtooth. I swapped to my new Diawa Saltiga 63s and Shimano Biomaster 10000 combo & proceeded to hook what I thought was a larger than average dogtooth tuna. After a grueling 45 min epic battle and nearly being spooled on more than one occasion, I caught my first glimpse. Shortly after, we were all screaming out ‘colour’ and it finally appeared from the deep and broke the surface – a huge 68kg dogtooth tuna, it’s more than a dream come true.”

Anglers: Marcello Bo, Victor Issa, Philip Elmowy, George Catsaros & James Panselinos, Michael Wessels, Jarred Farrugia, Robert Lowther

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