FISH STILL BITING FOR THE LOCALS
As we all know, COVID-19 has impacted the number of anglers fishing the waters of Polynesia. This has most definitely been the case in Samoa, with zero overseas anglers being able to visit since a complete lockout was implemented at the beginning of the pandemic sixteen months ago.
However, it has not prevented the fish from biting, with local anglers taking advantage of the continued run of blue marlin and yellowfin tuna. Three of our SIGFA club legends Uncle Seb, Uncle Pat and their good mate have been a classic example. Each weekend, fishing aboard Lady Saele, they have hit the drop-offs north of Apia and scored plenty of hook-ups. Most of the fish have been juvenile blue marlin, with the odd mahimahi, yellowfin tuna and wahoo in the mix.
Our new Apia FAD "Dikies", deployed in April and named in memory of our dear mate Dickie Hume, has also stated to work and is producing marlin, midsized yellowfin to 30kg and mahimahi. Inshore, Spanish mackerel and the odd sailfish have been on the prowl. The Spaniards being landed have been good ones, with fish weighing between 12kg and 20kg common.
Our Kiwi mates will be glad to hear that Team Troppo has taken this opportunity to lift our legendary Bertram 35 Pure Indulgence out of the water for a major refit. After ploughing the waters of Samoa for more than sixteen years and providing hundreds of anglers with the fishing experience of a lifetime, it is well deserved.
So be assured that once Samoa is included in the "bubble", Troppo Fishing Adventures and Samoa will be ready to provide our Kiwi friends and their families with a fantastic fishing holiday. The timing should be perfect. Over the next few months, the numbers and size of most species will increase, peaking at Christmas and continuing on into the first months of the New Year.
- Greg Hopping