Taking rod to Raro

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Going to Raro next week, and have booked in on a game fishing charter (Akura) - however also would love to try for a GT. Is it worth taking a spin set with some poppers? I notice nobody is offering this sort of fishing in Raro and wonder why that is? 

And nope not gonna go to Aitutaki.
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You can see some massive GT's at the wharf (same one you are going to) when they throw scraps over the side after filleting.
Quite amazing.
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The GT's at the wharf are indeed impressive, but if you fish for them the locals will most likely chuck you in!
It is difficult to fish for the reef GT's without a boat, you can fish the channels through the reef but you need to pick the tides as they can be a dangerous place to be!
If you talk to the locals at the wharf you might find someone willing to take you out for a shot.
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Originally posted by revilo revilo wrote:

Going to Raro next week, and have booked in on a game fishing charter (Akura) - however also would love to try for a GT. Is it worth taking a spin set with some poppers? I notice nobody is offering this sort of fishing in Raro and wonder why that is? 

And nope not gonna go to Aitutaki.


Hi Revilo,

Short answers to your question is;

1.GTs in Raro have ciguatera, so no good for eating, hence locals not interested. Fish equals food in the Cooks.
2. There are not that many GTs in Raro aside from the wharf(s) in comparison to many other pacific islands. There are many more consistent places to catch GTs than Raro.
3. None of the charter fleet currently have much gear suitable for GTs on top water.
4. Fishing for GTs is not widely understood there, charter fleet are after tuna, wahoo, mahi mahi etc


5. You can fish for the wharf GTs, but poppers are ineffective there. Fish scraps are the best, but if you want to do this, the local fishing guys drink Heineken :) George and Cam from Akura especially!
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