50KG Yellowfin for Dinner, and a Blue Ma
December 06, 2019 Port Vila 3 photos

Trip Summary

Its always nice when you can tick off some goals for your anglers. Tom and Kimberly from the USA had a couple of requests, a Blue Marlin for Kimberly and a Yellowfin for dinner! Kimberly had done a bit of fishing in Central America catching a sailfish but had never experienced the rush of fighting a Blue Marlin. The right fish came along and at around 150KG she got a work out in the chair. She did an amazing job and fought a stubborn fish. Unfortunately during its jumps the fish had got tail wrapped and didn't survive the fight. The beauty of Vanuatu is nothing goes to waste and the fish was gratefully accepted by the local villagers. Tom provided our dinner with a beautiful 50KG Yellowfin Tuna, which Russ did his magic on and did Yellowfin Tetaki 3 ways.
Russ Housby
Port-vila, Vanuatu
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