Something Fishy About Vanuatu
By Ian Heydon
Vanuatu offers some of the best fishing in the South Pacific. Sports and game anglers pull in marlin, wahoo, dorado, yellowfin tuna, swordfish and a host of other fighting fish. While the harbour and Erakor Lagoon are pretty much fished out and you’d have to be lucky to hook a good fish (it does happen though!), the offshore reefs and ocean offer one of the best blue water and coral fishing playgrounds in the world.
There are some excellent boats that leave from the Waterfront Bar and Grill. They usually return with a variety of flags flapping in the breeze to denote a multiple catch. The catch belongs to the boat but anglers are invited to dine at the Waterfront that evening with their guests paying 1000vt to join in eating the catch.
Nautilus, located on the main road into town (down the hill from the Melanesian) has two boats. One is the Jay-R – 28ft Bertram Game Boat (Toilet, Galley & Fly Bridge) which takes up to 6 anglers. It’s fully equipped with gear for sport and game fishing you’re also pretty much guaranteed fish (they go after reef fish, trevally, wahoo, mahi-mahi, sailfish, skipjack, tuna and marlin). The cost is from AUD$625.00 for four hours for the whole boat, morning or afternoon tea provided. The other boat is Wild Blue – a 9 Metre Reef master Sports Fisher (No Toilet) – Cost 4hrs AUD$500.00 for the whole boat, morning or afternoon tea provided. Peter and Leanne will look after you – the phone number is 22398. Best to take cash as they do have a fee for using credit cards. This is fantastic fun if you have a group going over and they want a bit of spirited competition. Email us if you’d like something arranged.
Ocean Blue operates a small fleet of boats of various sizes and capabilities from a 23ft custom centre-console to a 40ft Black Watch Bolero and provide day trips and liveaboards throughout the prolific fishing grounds of the Vanuatu archipelago. BlueWater Magazine recently profiled a day with these guys – read the article.