Nambas Fishing Charters

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Havannah Harbour
Port Vila, Vanuatu

Nambas Fishing Charters offers half day, full day & livaboard charters onboard a luxury 40ft Blackwatch, which was custom built to the highest specifications for all levels of game fishing. Based in beautiful Havannah Harbour we have fantastic access to some of the best fishing in Vanuatu, only moments from the marina. The boat carries a full selection of the finest quality Shimano tackle, with down riggers, tuna tubes, and a vast array of lures. Carrying this tackle onboard at all times means we are always ready to target some of Vanuatu’s hardest fighting and most sought after fish species, using the technique of your choice. Whether its trolling for Marlin, Popping for Gt’s, Jigging for Dogtooth or Fly fishing our internationally experienced Captain Russ Housby will ensure you have the best possible chance at catching your target fish.
We specialise in 4 to 7 day live-aboards through the spectacular volcanic islands of Vanuatu. Nambas is the perfect vessel for this, offering a comfortable and stable fishing platform to explore some of the most untouched fishing areas this country has to offer. With ample accommodation, air-conditioning and wonderful food it will truly make this an unforgettable trip of a life time.
Whether you are new to fishing or a seasoned angler, a trip on board Nambas is sure to give you one of the best fishing experiences Vanuatu has to offer.

Nambas Fishing Charters offers half day, full day & livaboard charters onboard a luxury 40ft Blackwatch, which was custom built to the highest specifications for all levels of game fishing. Based in beautiful Havannah Harbour we have fantastic ac

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Boat Specs

Black Watch (Flybridge) originally built in 2004, and restored in 2015. Powered by 2 510HP Caterpillar engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

40 ft
5 persons
Types of Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing
Kite Fishing
Targeted Species
Coral Trout
Jack (Almaco)

Jobfish (Rusty)
Marlin (Black)

Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (Striped)

Red Bass

Trevally (Giant)
Tuna (Dogtooth)

Tuna (Yellowfin)
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Lunch included on full day charters only.
Fly Fishing Equipment
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 30 days before the trip date.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
Crew Keeps Catch
But your more than welcome to take a fillet
Catch and Release Allowed

10% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Checks, Bank Transfer, American Express.

About the Captain

Russ Housby
Port Vila, Vanuatu
Member since August 2015
I was born and raised on fishing, as the son of a prominent angling journalist my future could only be in fishing. I grew up fishing for anything that swam, fly fishing for trout in the chalk streams of England, to fishing for Porbeagle sharks in the English Channel. From the age of 13, summer holidays were spent in Madeira starting my apprenticeship in Game Fishing. For 9 consecutive summers I lure fished for Blue Marlin with many fish over 800lbs caught and released. During the later part of these 9 years, I was spending the rest of my year fishing in destinations such as Cairns, Bom Bom Island, Ghana and Brazil. All of these places are renowned for Big Marlin. I refined my skills in ultra light, light and heavy tackle by fishing with some of the most well respected captains and crews in the world. For the past 12 years, he has lived in Port Vila, Vanuatu running successful charter operations, and achieving numerous world records in the process.
Response time: 11 hours
Response rate: 86%

Vanuatu Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

5 out of 5 stars from 3 reviews

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Russ worked hard to find the workups, and unlucky not to boat 2 x 50kg Yellowfin. The one we landed was magnificent. The boat and crew, boat and line handling, and overall demeanour were first class, with all top gear, so anything not caught was not their fault!

Fished December 30, 2016
Russ Housby (The Captain)
Replied to this review on January 5, 2017

Hey Nick, Thanks for the review. Was great to meet you all, we hope to see you again in Vanuatu. Russ & Laura

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We arrived in Port Vila the morning of Feb. 6th to start an eight day live aboard fishing adventure down to Santo and the surrounding islands…cannot say enough about Capt. Russ, Laura, Shawn, and Lonny….great captain…explained everything in great detail and simple enough for even farmers from the states to understand…Lol….boat was very clean and spacious… was outstanding with Russ grilling out on the deck every night….Lonny and Laura were very professional on the deck….making sure landing the fish was safe and they properly taken care of…...Laura was a pleasure to be around and is a great asset to the boat for women who love to fish…..hope to return next year for another trip of a life time.

Fished November 6, 2016
Russ Housby (The Captain)
Replied to this review on December 24, 2016

Thanks so much Neal and Toots. It was a pleasure fishing with you and can’t wait to see you next time!

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Where to even start….
From the moment I arrived at the airport I was greeted by “Russ” the skipper !
We talked about a game plan in the car on the way back to our accomodation at the wahoo fishing lodge for the next day .
Day 1, jigging mania , tried a lot of new styles and areas to jig and in no time it was game on.
Countless fish , From Dogtooth tuna , Almaco jacks , coral trouts , GT’s , rusty jobfish the list really goes on. And make sure you HOLD ON !
From spot to spot we would put the trolling gear out and in again in no time , BIG WAHOO! and even got a really nice black Marlin that went nuts !
Got my very first yellowfin tuna weighing in at close to 50kg !
The variety of fish here is amazing endless species !
I have done this trip a few times now with Russ on nambas fishing charters and highly highly recommend it for anyone travelling to Vanuatu !

Fished April 26, 2016
Russ Housby (The Captain)
Replied to this review on August 21, 2016

Hi Chris, Thank you for the review I am so pleased you enjoyed your fishing on Nambas. We look forward to fishing with you again soon.

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Fishing Reports

Stripe Marlin Hit Vanuatu

July 20, 2017

It was a dream come true for novice angler Andrea Delaney, she was clearly excited by the prospect of her first big game fishing trip. As the lures went out Captain Housby showed her the ropes and correct technique… Read Full Report →

GT Battle

June 20, 2017

It was a fantastic trip for Englishman Peter Brumby. Having only had a couple of drops with our lightweight Jigging gear, Peter soon realised he was connected to a seriously hard fighting fish. Peter being an experienced angler eventually… Read Full Report →