Captain
Russ Housby

Member since August 2015 Port Vila, Vanuatu
Background
Capt. Russ has been born and raised on fishing. Son to a famous angling journalist, Capt. Russ has fished for a variety of species worldwide. Fly fishing for Trout in English chalk streams, going after Porbeagle Shark in the English Channel, then moving onto game fishing in Madeira. Capt. Russ spent his summer holidays lure fishing for Blue Marlin for some nine years. He has and caught and released many of these massive fish. He has also fished around top Marlin destinations, including Cairns, Bom Bom Island, Ghana, and Brazil. He's a specialist in ultra light, light, and heavy tackle, and has worked with some of the most skillful captains around the world. Capt. Russ has been fishing the local waters of Vanuatu for the past 12 years, and has set many world records.
Techniques
Vanuatu offers some of the most exciting and varied fishing in the world and for this reason we use a full range of different techniques to best suit the situation or species we're targeting. That means over the course of single day we often troll lures, live & dead bait, drop Jig's or popper fish. I love the visual aspect, so for me bait and switching billfish on to either fly or conventional gear or casting poppers to Big dogtooth and GT's has to be some of the most fun things we do. Having said that, live baiting or jigging can both be very productive, and always interesting as you never know what you can hook. Live baiting can be particularly successful and whether its outside at one of the FAD's or on top of a shallow seamount, it often produces the best fish. We carry a full range of tackle onboard Nambas from #130 chair rods to popping, jigging & fly rods but also are happy to use customers tackle as long as its of a high quality to deal with the monsters Vanuatu is famous for.

Hey, I'm Captain Russ Housby

Port Vila, Vanuatu
Background
Capt. Russ has been born and raised on fishing. Son to a famous angling journalist, Capt. Russ has fished for a variety of species worldwide. Fly fishing for Trout in English chalk streams, going after Porbeagle Shark in the English Channel, then moving onto game fishing in Madeira. Capt. Russ spent his summer holidays lure fishing for Blue Marlin for some nine years. He has and caught and released many of these massive fish. He has also fished around top Marlin destinations, including Cairns, Bom Bom Island, Ghana, and Brazil. He's a specialist in ultra light, light, and heavy tackle, and has worked with some of the most skillful captains around the world. Capt. Russ has been fishing the local waters of Vanuatu for the past 12 years, and has set many world records.
Techniques
Vanuatu offers some of the most exciting and varied fishing in the world and for this reason we use a full range of different techniques to best suit the situation or species we're targeting. That means over the course of single day we often troll lures, live & dead bait, drop Jig's or popper fish. I love the visual aspect, so for me bait and switching billfish on to either fly or conventional gear or casting poppers to Big dogtooth and GT's has to be some of the most fun things we do. Having said that, live baiting or jigging can both be very productive, and always interesting as you never know what you can hook. Live baiting can be particularly successful and whether its outside at one of the FAD's or on top of a shallow seamount, it often produces the best fish. We carry a full range of tackle onboard Nambas from #130 chair rods to popping, jigging & fly rods but also are happy to use customers tackle as long as its of a high quality to deal with the monsters Vanuatu is famous for.

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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
Port Vila
trips from $209

Fishing Reports

460Lbs Marlin for Christmas
460Lbs Marlin for Christmas
Dec 23, 2017 Port Vila
Well today was a good day for the Geddes family from Sydney who are enjoying the festive season in Vanuatu. The weather was perfect with flat calm seas and clear skies. It was only a 4 hour charter today so the pressure was on to try and get Mark a fish in a small window. A quick chair demonstration to show 1st time heavy tackle angler Mark the ropes and we were away. As usual at the FADs the Yellowfin Tuna were busting all around us, with lots of birds working the area. In the calm weather it was hard to tempt the Tuna and despite a couple of tackle changes they were not biting. We decided to stick to chasing the ultimate goal of a Blue Marlin so left the temptation of the birds and Tunas to work our usual Marlin spots. As usual the lure spread was representing some of the best lure craftsmen in the business with Koya's and Crampton lures taking the short corner and long corner. It wasn't long before a good sized marlin appeared inside of the long corner, the fish was lit up with electric blue tail on full display. Just as the Captain gave the shout, the fish piled on the Crampton Hog lure and line started to peel off the Shimano 130. The fish gave a short display of thrashing turning the water white before screaming off into the distance. The crew had to move fast to clear the gear as this Marlin was not waiting for anyone. The speed of the run was blistering! In no time at all the top shot was off the reel and we were well into the dacron! Russ started chasing down on the fish to try and get some line back, despite it being his first time fishing out of the chair Mark put on a masterful display of angling with excellent technique and plenty of grit. As the top shot was safely back on the reel Russ made a few manoeuvres with the boat to encourage the fish to co-operate which she did and up she came. The look on the anglers face and the whole family as they saw a decent sized Blue Marlin swimming along was priceless. In around 30 minutes of fight Laura grabbed the leader and got the fish under control at the side of the boat and Lani deployed the flying gaff with a solid shot to secure the fish. We would normally release the fish but a local village was desperately in need of food for there community Christmas lunch and we thought we would give them a helping hand. The fish was boated and measured and using the IGFA formula had an estimated weight of 213 KG (468lbs). To say that Mark and family were happy is an understatement, and the local islanders from Lelepa have already been calling to thank the Nambas Team and the Geddes family for their Christmas feast. Merry Christmas Everyone!
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Rating Summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
out of 5 stars from 12 reviews
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Excellent
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Crew
Excellent
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Experience
Excellent
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4hr trip of a life time
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Appropriate for children
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Catch intended fish
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Peter H.
Vanuatu
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6 Hour fishing trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on August 15, 2019
Great day with very experienced captain and crew. Fantastic boat and equipment. Real pride taken in presentation...
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Brett E.
Brisbane, QLD
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The noise crew

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on July 14, 2019
Russ Laura Lani Could not be any more helpful in providing one of our crew the birthday boy greedy graham with the fish...
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Giralang, Australian Capital Territory
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Simpy The Best!

Full Day Trip on March 28, 2018
We have fished with Russ and Laura a number of times now and never been disappointed.  They run a truly first class operation. ...
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Brett E.
Brisbane, QLD
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4 x8 hour day trips

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on July 11, 2019
Totally professionally run show would recommend it to any one thinking of fishing Vanuatu Our main game was for mate to catch...
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Mark G.
Gladesville, New South Wales
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4hr trip of a life time

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on December 24, 2017
On xmas eve we ventured out on a 4hr trip hoping to catch something memorable for xmas dinner, the fish were not co operating,...
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