Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, John Llances, the co-owner of Makaira is a fisherman, par excellence.
In fact, one of Makaira's claims to fame is John's skill as a fisherman.
When I told Allan Gortan of Paradise Taveuni that I was going to Makaira, Allan chimed in that not only was John the best fisherman in northern Fiji but that he excells as a chef to boot.
That sentiment was echoed by the Fijians standing close by. On the taxi ride north, the taxi driver volunteered, when I told him to drive me to Makaira, that John was a "fantastic fisherman" and he asked me if I was going to Makaira to fish.
My response was perhaps a bit tepid. As I mentioned in an earlier posting, I grew up in fishing country--some of the best in California. However, my passion lies more in shooting fish with a video camera.
That said, I really do appreciate watching a skilled fisherman bring in the big ones. As as you'll see in these videos. There are no shortage of big fish in the waters off of Taveuni.