New Caledonia

New Caledonia

New Caledonia is located in the southwest Pacific Ocean, 1,000 kms north-east of New Zealand.

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The New Caledonia Barrier Reef is the second-longest double-barrier coral reef in the world, after the Belize Barrier Reef. 

Inside the reef you can enjoy light tackle fishing or outside the reef, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, marlin, spanish mackerell & mahimahi are popular targets.

Probably the most sought after species by many keen anglers is the Giatnt Trevally or 'GT' which average 30+kg and get up into the 50+kg range for a real trophy.

The water temperature provides ideal conditions for coral, shells and fish life. The lagoon is home for an amazing array of exotic fish and sea-life. The many marine reserves around New Caledonia protect the marine eco-system, but outside the reserves, and probably because of the reserves, fishing is exciting. The barrier reef is a short boat ride from the harbour. The water is deep and clear and schools of pelagic fish attract the bigger more exciting predatory fish.

Most charter boats depart from Noumea harbour for day or extended overnight trips to nearby seamounts and offer a range of great fishing options including jigging, topwater fishing, trolling and livebaiting.  

Fishing in New Caledonia
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New Caledonia - GT fishing 101
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Chesterfield Islands
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