Matava Inshore Fishing Report – April 2007
<p>For the waters around Kadavu Island- Fiji Islands
Charter Operator – Matava Resort Gamefishing
Boat Names – Offensive Tackle
Average Water Temp – 29.0
Average Sea State – Calm / mild chop
Average Winds – 5-10kts
Water Clarity – Variable inshore, good offshore
The Narrow Barred (Spanish) Mackerel are getting more active because of the cooling water with the average size now increasing to about 30lbs. If you find a patch of schooling juveniles there is normally a big guy or two lurking nearby.
On the deepwater jigging and bait fishing side, still lots of action there. This type of fishing is good all year round and unaffected by seasons.
There are quite a few large Great Barracuda around at the moment, particularly in the inner lagoons.
The popper casting for Trevally has been average but will heat up big time in June/July. Divers recently reported seeing a school of huge Bluefin Trevally near one of our dive sites. They were cruising the shallows on top of the reef and were reported to average about 20lbs. That makes them all potential World Records.
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.
Matava Fiji, Great Barracuda
About The Author: Captain Adrian Watt
Company: MV Bite Me @ Matava, Fiji
Area Reporting: Fiji Islands
Bio: Adrian was born on the island of Cyprus and graduated to his first rod & reel at the age of five. Having fished around the world from the Arabian Gulf to the North sea and English Channel, he finally settled for the tropical waters of the South Pacific around the island of Kadavu, Fiji Islands. Director of Matava Resort Gamefishing, he skippers 'Bite Me', the resort's 31ft DeepVee Gamefishing vessel and thoroughly enjoys exploring the light and heavy tackle fishing around the island and Great Astrolabe Barrier Reef. An IGFA Certified Captain, he advocates tag & release and is a keen supporter of the IGFA and the Billfish Foundation. Adrian Watt, IGFA Captain email@example.com http://www.matava.com http://www.matava.com/pages/game-fishing/fishing-home.htm http://www.gamefishingfiji.blogspot.com/