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FIJI - Matava Offshore Fishing Report – April 2007

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FIJI - Matava Offshore Fishing Report – April 2007

Postby BiteMeFiji » Mon May 21, 2007 4:18 am

For the waters around Kadavu Island- Fiji Islands
Charter Operator – Matava Resort Gamefishing
Boat Names – Bite Me
Average Water Temp – 29.0
Average Sea State – Calm / mild chop
Average Winds – 5-10kts
Water Clarity – Variable inshore, good offshore

Offshore


The blue marlin fishing has gone quiet as the surface water temp finally spiked up to 29 degrees during a long calm sunny spell. Quite normal for March / April though I am happy to say that the water is already cooling and is now back down to 28 degrees and falling. Sometimes the water temp in April can go as high as 31 degrees which means a late start to the winter wahoo and sailfish season but this year, like last, the South Pacific is experiencing a La Nina event and the first wahoo and sailfish have started to show.

Though not here in big numbers yet, it’s a good sign for the approaching season.

The Yellowfin are still around with lots of fish around 30lbs close in to the barrier reef. They are being a bit sneaky and coming right into the lagoons feeding on the inside lagoon slopes. Tricky to find them as they are not balling bait on the surface but very rewarding when you do hook up on inshore light tackle.

Summary:

Water – Spiked up to 29 degrees but is now 28 degrees and falling.

Pacific Blue Marlin – Gone quiet as they feed deeper in cooler water and roam farther South

Sailfish – First few starting to congregate along the barrier reef

Wahoo - First few now congregating on barrier reef points

Yellowfin Tuna - Here in good numbers but often not surface feeding.

Mackerel – Plenty of small ones inshore, the bigger guys just starting to bite.

Mahi Mahi – Yes, lots to 20lbs about 3 miles offshore.

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