If any fishing destination is deserving of the term “unique experience”, fishing Vanuatu it is. Best known for targeting a variety of fish species and it’s year round fisheries.

Last month saw Anglers enjoy a truly interactive adventure, experiencing the adrenalin rush of seeing big fish taking surface popper and stick bait as well as adding new fish species to their repertoire.

The island life at the anglers lodge, Trees and Fishes, a secluded little paradise hidden amongst native landscape. An ancient Tamanu tree located near the waterfront fare, where at night guests gather for drinks, exchanging fishing stories of the day’s discoveries and of past trips.

Last month we were privilege to host a variety of guests varying from group of friends, families, couples, single anglers with all looking for the sense of adventure and making memories. Some were novice and some were seasoned anglers with most anglers getting hooked onto that fish of a lifetime.

With our guides job done for another month, see below what some of the guests had to say and their nice catches caught on popper, jigs, stickbait and live bait.

Congratulations to all anglers. Lukem Yu in Vanuatu!

“Sensational way to spend a week. 5 Star operation.”

Chris Ryan – Victoria

“We came, We Saw and We Caught.”

Tom Hill – Australia

“An excellent way to tick off one of the “bucket list” items.”

Darren Ryan – Sunshine Coast

“So relaxing, thank you everyone.”

Heather Robinson – Perth

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It was over a year ago when Leon Key (well travelled angler) first contacted Ocean Blue to arrange a bluewater sports fishing adventure to Vanuatu. This adventure consisted of 11 mates including John Horton, Andrew Gormanns, David Hill, Martin Parker, Matt Gallichio, Haydn O’Leary, Dominic McGrath, Harbir Khurana, Robert Ricupero, Chris Tsalamangos and Leon Key.

Taking time off from our day to day lives means time away from work, family commitments and time preparing to make it all possible and worth while.

Despite all the pre preparation, was this trip worth the wait?

The mission for the week for our 3 Ocean Blue guides, Eric Festa, Stephen Moderan and Andrea Traverso was to get all 11 men onto any kind of fish whether it be on bluewater chasing blue marlin and yellowfin, jigging and popping for GT’s and doggies or bottom bashing for reef species.

The week saw Robert land one of his long time dream fish, a 80kg blue marlin & an 18kg+ coral trout on 150g jig. Chris who has fished throughout the south pacific for doggies landed his 1st one ever this week on a 200g jig. On topwater, David landed a 25kg yellowfin tuna with his father’s rod & reel that he had borrowed for the week. Matt Gallichio was re united with his A$130 popper that he thought he had lost to shark, then managed to catch the same shark a day later and retrieved his popper. Not so big an ocean after all.

Vanuatu’s islands are dormant volcanoes (a few still active), the marine charts & seabed shows current fed pinnacles, seamounts, reefs and drop offs beside steep islands that rise steeply out of deep cobalt water, perfect hunting environment for the many packs of fish species that can be found in our waters including our dogtooth tuna. Doggies will smash metal jigs worked fast & deep, raise to surface poppers & stick baits, plus hit a range of trolling lures. They will gobble a soft plastic presented on light tackle and they can’t resist a sizeable live or dead bait down rigged in the zone, so rainbow runners, jellybean yellowfin tuna, even smaller dogtooth get chomped.

Nothing this good comes easy however despite the many bust offs, broken backs persistence and determination saw the guys manage some nice doggies on jigs.

Other rewards included golden mahi mahi, green GT caught on jig, monster coral trout, 10kg skipjack and red bass. Off the water the gentlemen enjoyed Trees and Fishes facilities, it’s gourmet dinners, cold drinks and each one were treated like royalty, with the team looking after their every need.

We’re glad the trip was worth the wait and enjoyed by all. John Horton rated his Ocean Blue experience as AAA.

It surely was our pleasure in hosting the guys and sharing our little piece of paradise with them all.

“An outstanding venue in a magnificent location. Fishing was extremely well organised with great boats and good equipment. Looking forward to coming back soon.”

Leon Key – Victoria

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The fishing for yellowfin tuna, was amazing last week for Steven Mai, Luan Pham, Mitchell Catling, Aiden Werry, Duy Lam and Adam Siotor. With a large number of fish caught on on popper between 25 – 50kg out off Trees and Fishes, with the season continuing until April. Ocean Blue guide Andrea Traverso recently installed a number of FAD’s which are aggregating the fish making them easy to find.  Not only did they land some great fish on topwater, but also a 95kg blue marlin by Adam. The week also saw a lot more species caught on the bycatch, adding to the boys fish species repertoire. Steven Mai best described his Ocean Blue experience as “Sex on rods”  with wonderful hospitality and crew.

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Adam Siotor – Australia

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For some, escaping the daily grind means getting the adrenaline pumping. Paul White, Kevin Hartin and Daniel Simicevic chose a Vanuatu fishing adventure and change of scenery staying at Trees and Fishes private retreat as their escape. After exploring the retreat and it’s amazing ocean background overlooking the islands of Lelepa and Moso, the anglers were ready to begin their 4 days sportsfishing adventure. Although initially intimidated by this new experience/adventure, Paul, Kevin & Daniel took it one strike at a time and became comfortable in the open ocean enjoying some unbelievable fish encounters. Of course, they experienced the many fish species that inhabit our Vanuatu Ocean, landing stripped marlin, a nice blue marlin or what was left of it after the shark feast, yellowfin tuna, mahi mahi, red bass, 10kg skipjack and experiencing some dogtooth strike all near the lodge.

Congratulations to Paul White, Kevin Hartin and Daniel Simicevic on all your catches.

Monday 23rd – 28th November 2015:

During their time in Vanuatu, these anglers developed a clear vision of all they could accomplish: spending time in good company/good friends and gaining a new appreciation for fishing through our local guides wealth of knowledge. But, perhaps most importantly, they learned that such an escape is a must do for all true adventurers looking for that memorable on & off the water experience.

“Resort staff, accommodation and food 10/10. Fishing was unbelievable and excellent company. All the team were all wonderful, the food amazing, fishing brilliant. We will be back.”

Paul White, Kevin Hartin and Daniel Simicevic – Sydney, Australia

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Join our Ocean Blue fishing adventures to Vanuatu that target individual anglers wishing to share their passion with like minded anglers. This adventure consisted of 4 individual angler, John Shearman, Matt Brandenburg, Sean Cragan & Neville Haglund. Based out of Trees and Fishes anglers lodge, these 4 anglers got to experience fishing a variety of reef systems and underwater sea mounts targeting and landing a variety of species including dogtooth, red bass (on popper) and GT’s. On light tackle using small jigs, poppers and soft plastics around the lodge offshore FAD’s, the guys were rewarded with some nice fish including yellowfin tuna on popper, mahi mahi & wahoo.

A successful trip by all anglers and what a great introduction to fishing Vanuatu!

“Great trip, good hospitality, great people, good fishing. Thanks for the experience”

Sean Cragan – Australia

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We had the pleasure in hosting four couples, Michael & Libby Fennessy, Simon & Jo Lowe, Paul & Jacqui Klein along with Jim & Anna Wright-Smith at Trees and Fishes for a 7 day couples fishing vacation. The week was filled with relaxation, cooking tips from Jo, a waterfall adventure, down town shopping and a local themed soiree.

Despite experiencing tough weather conditions and a new style of fishing, both girls and guys managed to land some personal bests including 25kg mahi mahi, 20kg dogtooth, yellowfin tuna and with the highlight of the week being Jacqui’s sailfish and Michael Fennessy 37kg GT. Great effort by all anglers and thank you for the memorable week and look forward to your return for some unfinished business ie:big wahoo and dogtooth.

“A truly fabulous week at a remarkable location. A wonderful week spent with special friends. Thank you to all the staff for such wonderful attention to detail and genuine interest in making our stay as comfortable as possible. We will be back”

Libby & Michael Fennessy – Melbourne, Australia

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“The recent trip to Vanuatu with Fishing Addiction Member Mark Brazzale was simply amazing! We spent a week on board the Ocean Blue mother ship and sailed from Efate to Santo with some huge fish caught along the way. Mark Berg

The most amazing capture was a 50kg Dogtooth Tuna on 40lb Daiwa J Braid and a 3500 Saltiga. Well done to Mark for a capture of a lifetime.
The trip was a huge success with some world first footage that I’m sure will blow peoples minds when it screens in 2016.”

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A bucks celebration before a grooms wedding is something to remember for a lifetime. For Damian Murfitt’s induction into married life his mates Kevin Altera, Jason Spohn, Lou Rummer and Matt Beveridge threw a few essentials in a bag (more like a bucket load of fishing gear) and headed for Trees and Fishes private retreat for an all out Vanuatu sportfishing adventure!

Now over the years, we have hosted hundreds of anglers at Trees & Fishes, but these 5 men were arguably the quietest & most well behaved of them all. Possibly that was due to their dedication and all out fishing focus, but not what your typical Bucks Adventure is all about!

The week saw some great fish being landed including mahi mahi, 23kg wahoo on popper, doggies, red bass plus connecting with some nice blue marlin & sailfish.

“Trees and Fishes was fantastic, great food and perfect staff, such a magic place”

Kevin Altera, Damian Murfitt, Jason Spohn, Lou Rummer and Matt Beveridge – Brisbane – Australia

Thank you all for a great week, all the best Damian, and hope to see you guys again soon!

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The Ultra Coral Australia Xmas party with Ocean Blue fishing adventures! What an amazing time we had!

Thanks to everyone including Andrea Traverso and team for putting us onto the fish, we gained heaps of knowledge and that there is more pain beyond the pain you think you know, and also the crew at Trees and fishes private retreat for the 5 star food and stay. Big thanks to boss man Nic Dos Santos for making the trip possible!

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“While working as a professional crewman and now making fishing television shows, I’ve been pretty fortunate to have experienced some of the best sport fishing destinations on the planet, each being special for a particular type of fish, but to my mind nowhere has such a wide range of quality game and sport fish species as Vanuatu. On a 6 day live aboard trip with Ocean Blue we visited reefs, seamounts, canyons and islands between Port Vila and Santo and encountered blue and black marlin up to 500lb, dozens of yellowfin tuna up to 130lb, dogtooth tuna up to 80lb, countless big wahoo, giant and bluefin trevally as well as a whole range of reef species that climbed on our flies and soft plastic baits. For variety it’s unbeatable and the team at Ocean Blue are the guys to see if you want to experience everything these remote and beautiful islands have to offer.

Matt Watson

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