Expedition Tales: Diary of a Live on Board Fishing Adventure

Live on Boards are a unique experience for anglers who love an adventure with a remote, frontier feel about it. On the mothership expedition you can really get away from civilisation & visit stunning islands, still keeping creature comforts with the catamaran as base, and maximise fishability with the EdgeWaters each day.

That is exactly what these 8 (Marcello Bo, Jim Panselinos, Mike Wessels, Rob Lowther, Jarred Farrugia, Tyson Loannides, Phil McCamley and Blair Bowden) fishing adventurers just experienced during their 6 nights, 5 days fishing some of the remote islands of Vanuatu. This July’s adventure was a reunion for most of these guys, who did similar this time last year. The following blog entry, gives you a day to day account of what these 8 mens experience with Ocean Blue was all about…

Day 1 – We travelled up from Port Havannah to the De Chauliac Bank, in the central island group of Malekula. Our guides knew this was a good opportunity for marlin & bluewater action, and right on queue when we got the grounds we were rewarded with a lively blue (marlin). The afternoon was left jigging for doggies, everyones favourite. We didn’t have to wait long to find the action, and by stumps had landed a dozen nice catches up to 25kg between both boats. Upon return from day 1 they enjoyed a well deserved meal in a beautiful remote bay on the edge of the Maskelyne islands. The first of many experiences onboard Rendezvous.

Day 2 – Waking up to paradise, & a day ahead of fishing the Maskelyne islands for GT and doggies. With over 30 GT strikes, 12 landed, including one of 45kg by Tyson Ionnides. The jigging session delivered broken rods, being spooled (on several occasions), hooking onto some monster, monster doggies, some we didn’t even stand a chance. The teams were rewarded with over 12 doggies averaging 25-30kg. End of day 2 was a reflection and a sense of true achievement and a moment understood by all, for as they sit together over cold drinks as they await in anticipation what Day 3 will bring.

Day 3 – Morning session for more doggies with some nice ones of 30kg then in the afternoon the teams shot across to Epi where the guides found a hot bite spot with over a dozen doggies averaging 25-30kg landed on each boat. That evening the guys dined on fresh seafood and took on some unforgettable scenery, lapping up the beauty offered by these incredible Vanuatu islands around them.

Day 4 – Popping for GT’s with some nice GT’s of 20kg and doggies averaging 25-30kg. Mixing it up the guys landed wahoo, yellowfin tuna, red bass, coral trout and job fish.

Day 5 – Emae to Port Havannah we got into some topwater action landing some yellowfin tuna on popper and topping off this day with more jigging and popping.

By the time the adventurers had returned back to port with a new found sense of personal achievement. The tally of over 60 doggies, 20 GT’s, billfish, yellowfin, wahoo and a bucket load of by-catch in the book told only a part of this story. With the unstoppables, bust offs, lost gear and broken rods, aching muscles plus a huge connection & respect for the waters, islands & fishing available in these remote parts, trip 3 is now in the planning!

Once again, thank you Ocean Blue, as it was truly an incredible experience, and one that I will be coming back for.

Rob Lowther

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Expedition Tales: Diary of a Live on Board Fishing Adventure

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