Angler Marc from the USA spend a couple of days GT Popping with us aboard Bite Me Too
hoping to land his first ever GT. After a few smaller to mid-sized fish his Cubera got monstered...
"That last day turned out to be the most rewarding fishing experience I've had.
Steady rain. Heavy at times, but a pleasant temperature. Relatively calm. High Tide. Conditions were perfect. Third cast of the trip, three rips of the popper and all I see is a giant gray shadow come out of the water totally engulfing the popper. The fight was on as the fish struck at the end of a very long cast. Drag screaming. Sikeli was an amazing captain, immediately maneuvering the boat away from the reef as I did battle. I 've caught plenty of big fish, but none with the brute strength of a GT
. Unbelievable. The drag of my Stella 18,000 was locked all the way and the fish was still able to take line with ease."
The GT Short Length measured a whopping 132cm (52 inches) and was caught on a Heru El-Toro.
The fish was released unharmed although the popper took a bit of a beating !
Its Wahoo Central now around Kadavu Island !
The Wahoo are thick and we are catching many Wahoo in sized up to 45kg (100lbs).
Magazine Editor Shane from Fishing SA
Magazine with a 40+kg Wahoo
Vicki & Wayne (Mine's bigger than your's - Ooops) Nice one Vicki !
Ben from Australia with a nice Wahoo caught trolling aboard Bite Me Too
Lance with a 40kg Hoo
The Wahoo are not the only species around. We are seeing some nice Pacific Sailfish mixed in as well as Mahi Mahi schooling a little off the reef.
Some anglers are even tossing a few popper at the reef and catching some great winter GTs
Vicki with a nice winter GT on Popper
The Wahoo will continue to be our main target species for the next two months as well as Sailfish along the outer barrier reef. We expect to still have great winter fishing well into October. With the water temp now hovering just above 24 anglers fishing offshore should also see some Striped Marlin and short billed Spearfish.
We are now well out of the normal summer GT Popping season
and the Trades have started to push in but so far the weather has been reasonably cooperative - So much so that we are still throwing Poppers
and seeing some nice GTs
Matt from Australia with a very nice looking GT
Father Warren no slouch with a Popper rod either !
Fair few Mahi Mahi around
The big story for the next few months of course will be the winter Wahoo run. With the water temp now hitting 26C the Wahoo are starting to gather along the Great Astrolabe Barrier Reef. We expect a good season this year with Wahoo being caught as early as May and the first few Pacific Sailfish also showing. The Wahoo packs should grow to average 25-30 fish with an average size of around 60lbs.
Skipper Joe has been having some fun casting lures to surface feeding Yellowfin Tuna
. Great fun for anglers and of course delicious shashimi for all the Resort guests !
Jarrod with a yellowfin caught casting poppers aboard Bite Me Too
The winter Wahoo
are moving in with some decent solitary fish and a few starting to school up.
Angler Steve with a very nice 30kg Narrow Barred Mackerel
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