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October 10, 2008

Fiji Islands Saltwater Fishing Report - September 2008

Wahoo and sails have dominated with plenty of winter Yellowfin for added variety. Still seeing a few nice black marlin along the reef edge.

Charter Operator - Matava Resort Gamefishing
Average Water Temp - 26.0
Average Weather - Yes, decidedly average. Often 20kts and rough, Occasional excellent days
Water Clarity - Variable inshore, good offshore

The fickle winter weather conditions continued to frustrate with weeks of trade wind chop separated by perfect weather days and big fish numbers. Wahoo and sails have dominated with plenty of winter Yellowfin for added variety. Warmer water currents moved through in August to quiet the wahoo bite a little but with it came huge numbers of mahi mahi for excellent light tackle action. Most are small around 20lbs but some good bulls mixed in to 50lbs. All in all, the winter wahoo season didn't live up to early expectations, mostly because of unusually poor weather. The GTs however love nothing more than crashing barrier reefs breakers and the popper casting has been and continues to be absolutely outstanding.

Still seeing a few nice black marlin along the reef edge for the heavy tackle fans who don't mind spending all day watching their carefully rigged baits being smashed by the razor gang. Its usually worth the effort when a big black gobbles a bait and puts on the normal spectacular airborne display.

October will see game boats start to move offshore and dust off the heavy tackle with blue marlin and Yellowfin the main targets. Expect the usual by-catch of mahi mahi, wahoo and the occasional spearfish making a valiant attempt at eating an 18" marlin lure.

Captain Adrian Watt - Matava Resort Gamefishing
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