Tonga fishing trip - photo heavy

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    Posted: 17 Nov 2010 at 7:58pm
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Hi all,

After being roped into a fishing trip to make up numbers it finally came around. 4 of us flew up to Nuku'alofa and onto Vava'u

Staying at Hakula Lodge, We got in 2 days days on the charter boat, a days rest drinking too much Mata Maka beer. We had a morning of popper fishing with Kurt of Poppin Tonga before flying back to Akl.

Leaving base

About to get a bit rough, we didnt think this was too bad, but he was thinking it was one of his worst days out this year

1st cab of the rank

Stef's YFT

Stef's 67kg YFT on the hook

1st day's takings

Jigging Bass

Working on a Marlin

Tagged and released marlin

Working on a YFT

Luigi's 71kg YFT

Luigi's YFT on the hook, was hosing down too much for the chalkboard

Mahi mahi 12kg

Luigi's GT est 12kg+

My GT est 20kg+

Stef's GT est 35kg+

This had the Saragosa screaming, the spool was too hot to touch after the first run, It had a 2nd run half way to the boat and 
it destroyed the popper and bent out all the trebles, Was a truly awesome trip, we struck it lucky and all got into Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, GT's, YFT, and the odd marlin
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Cool report, looks like you ticked a lot of boxes for such a short time spent on the water - well done!
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awsome stuff looks like ya had a ball :)
Great place to fish aye Wink

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Good GT`s there mate, did the same in July, got my 1st GT with Kurt, hope they looked after you alright Wink, Geoff and Janine are awesome hosts aye? what else did you get on the jigs? 
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Awesome bro.... really is nothing like the islands. Great read and some cool pics.... love the hua GT and Yfin!! Thumbs Up 

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Yeah definitely a short and sweet trip,
We stayed  at Hakula Lodge, everything was sorted, flights, tranfers, taxis etc,
Geoff and Janine are truly great hosts, even taped the league and rugby for us, to give him some stick over the NZ wins, The weather was overcast, squally showers and windy, but suited us as it wasn't too hot, The jigging was off an island down southwest of vava'u, the currents were quite strong and running the wrong way for great jigging. Didnt get any dogtooth tuna, but think we lost gear to one or 2 anyway.
The Sunday was a day off so a decent drinking session ensued at the Tongan international
Monday saw us out with Kurt popper fishing on the local reefs, We took our own gear but he is looking to gear up so people can just turn up, we had saragosa's w 80lb braid on t curve gt specials and those GT's just peel line like nothing else and make kingies look like sprats, 
Forearms burning with arm pump and back breaking, but unreal once you get them in the boat!
At one point the spool was too hot to touch. You can get pretty tired casting poppers and just when your going to give up that's when you'll hook up.
Can definitely recommend Hakula lodge for accom and fishing and kurt for Popper fishing, even just for one day with kurt as your so close to some of the best GT fishing!!!
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Damn that's some mighty fine fish, damn to get some of them YFT down this way...Clap
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mate for only two days fishing that's an excellent effort.....   big ups for covering all the bases.

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Thats a sweet trip covered most species, top shelf guys!!
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nice yft and GT's, wicked tripThumbs Up thanks for sharing
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Wicked report, not to much to say as its all in the pics!Beer
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Awesome bro!! Will be heading up those ways a bit for work next year so will definately have to get into a bit of that action!
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Fantastic trip and awesome pics, some beaut fish thereClap
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Vava'u and the Ha'apais rule. Looks like you got well looked after.
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Sweet trip bro, mint fishing.  God I cant wait to get over there some time soon, Mrs has family over there been tongan an all. 
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Nice, what would it be like for non fishing partners? Looks all good to me but the Mrs?
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nice trip!! got to be stoked with that! may have to venture up there me thinks
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A dream trip. awesome photos and great catches ~! Clap

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top photos mate well done
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