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Blue Marlin on Fly in Vanuatu - IGFA 20L
Blue Marlin on Fly in Vanuatu - IGFA 20L
December 9, 2019
Terry Carter has fished all over the world armed only with his Fly Rod. Travelling all the way to Vanuatu from Cincinnati in the USA was nothing for a man on a mission. Terry wanted to chase Blue Marlin on the fly and that was what he got. Terry brought all his own gear including his Sage Fly Rod and Mako reel, along with an assortment of tippets and lines. The teasers had only been in the water around 15 minutes one morning when we raised a perfect sized Blue Marlin on the long teaser pole. The short teaser was quickly cleared and the fish teased beautifully to the back of the boat. When the boat was out of gear Terry made an almost textbook cast and the Blue Marlin inhaled the fly and was hooked. Completely perfect! But hey this is fly fishing, as the fish started ripping line off suddenly we were not connected anymore!!!! It turned out Terry's connection from braid to fly line had decided to fail us. Gutted is an understatement. We made good later in the trip raising another perfect sized Blue Marlin which smashed the short teaser. Having that temptation cleared out of his way he switched onto the long and the crew teased him to the back of the boat, the wind had started to pick up but Terry got the cast and the fish nailed the fly beautifully. Line started streaming and off we went chasing in reverse, everyone getting drenched in the process. The fish gave us an incredible show on the surface with countless acrobatics before finally sounding. Terry had to fight hard to lift the fish on the fly rod but he did an amazing angling job and was not going to give in. Terry had decided at the start of the trip that he wanted to release any Marlin he caught on the fly...this is easier said than done as it's not like you have a long strong leader to hang onto. This fish helped us out and the hook pulled boat side giving a perfect end to a great day. It wasn't our last shot either, the following day we raised another two Blue Marlin, the first fish was around 500lbs and really far bigger than you want to mess with on a fly rod. It teased and despite the wind the cast was made but thankfully it wasn't that interested in the fly. It was quite happy swimming around the transom lit up neon blue which gave us a great show. It was joined by a smaller fish that again teased several times but was not loving the fly. Any day you get to see multiple Blue Marlin swimming round the back of the boat is a pretty good day though! Terry is already planning his next trip and we are looking forward to fishing with him next year!
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What anglers said about fishing in Port Vila

Weather is always an issue, if you get seasick, take the tablets or whatever a few hours before. Dont expect miracles as there are no guarantees when fishing.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Weather is always an issue, if you get seasick, take the tablets or whatever a few hours before. Dont expect miracles as there are no guarantees when fishing.
Crusoe Fishing - Reel Capture 34'
Crusoe Fishing - Reel Capture 34' Auckland, AUK
Make sure you know what your target fish are and if you are in fact able to fish for them at the time of year you intend to travel.
Very good
4.0 / 5
Make sure you know what your target fish are and if you are in fact able to fish for them at the time of year you intend to travel.
Crusoe Fishing - Nevagivup 34'
Crusoe Fishing - Nevagivup 34' Matamata, Waikato
Expect to have a good time and remember if you catch a fish that’s a bonus..... enjoy the experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Expect to have a good time and remember if you catch a fish that’s a bonus..... enjoy the experience.
Crusoe Fishing - Nevagivup 34'
Crusoe Fishing - Nevagivup 34' Hamilton, Waikato
Just enjoy the experience and go with someone professional like crusoe fishing charters. Some people went with locals and their boats look very small and no catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just enjoy the experience and go with someone professional like crusoe fishing charters. Some people went with locals and their boats look very small and no catch.
Crusoe Fishing - Reel Capture 34'
Crusoe Fishing - Reel Capture 34' Australia