Well it was back to the hard work of actually being a mate for a couple of weeks on my annual trip to Fiji to fish with my old captain Greg Edwards (from Assegai days and all over the world) on the Megumi.
After a nice and easy 4 hour flight direct from Brisbane to Nadi in Fiji we had an easy night catching up before heading out the next day with Garth the owner for a day on the water.
We ran up Viewa Island (about 46 nm northwest of Denaru where the boat lives behind the house) we spent the day chasing schools of Yellowfin tuna around and got 9 to 50lbs as well as a nice 40lb dogtooth tuna.
The next 2 days we fished out of one of the resorts where our friend Johnny from Brisbane, who fishes with us on the GBR, had his friends and families there for a week of fun. We had the kids out with their dads and managed to keep the rods bent pretty much solid for the 2 days. We kept 7 nice yellowfin up to 50 lbs and tagged a really nice blue of around 375 lbs with a nice Billfish Foundation tag. that night back at the resort the kids ran around cracking open coconuts, swimming the pool and eating fresh yellowfin for dinner.
Next day was back out and although a little slower still got 2 dolpin fish and 5 more nice yellowfin for the table and freezer for us!!!
April 4 we left Denaru with full tanks and ran up to Viewa and then fished the next 50 miles up to the Garth and Maggies resort www.yasawa.com for a week of fishing and fun in the sun.
Garth and Maggie got a nice bit of fresh fish for the resort sushi and sashimi menu of wahoo and yellowfin tuna. If you are looking for a beautiful getaway this is one place to put on your list. Beautiful food, beaches and the bure’s are incredible. Let me know if you want to go , I can make sure you get taken care of. And we can also arrange for Megumi to be there for your time as well. The tuna will slow down a bit in the next month, and then the big wahoo and dogtooth tunas show up in force. For the next 5 days we fished the huge yellowfin schools, some up to 30 acres in area with big fish free feeding and jumping up to 10 feet in the air. Unfortunately they were a bit far away to get on film.
After a trip home we went sufing for a couple of days and although the camera man sucked!!! Got some really good surf, which was great after a slow summer here.
Well back to TRADITION this week for a new teak deck and paint the cockpit next month before getting ready for Cairns.