In The Dog Pound!!!
November 07, 2019 Port Vila 15 photos

Trip Summary

It was a crazy trip with our regulars and good friends from New Zealand. The guys were blessed with the weather and we really made the most of it. These guys came super prepared with everything they needed for an Jigging and Popping trip of a lifetime, and these guys put the work in. Contrary to what you see on most TV shows Jigging is hard work with lots of lows, whether it be the sheer exhaustion or getting destroyed by sharks or getting out gunned by monster fish that are just unstoppable. You have to work hard to get the most out of a serious Jigging and Popping trip. Over the series of days we cast, jigged, trolled, live baited, you name it and the guys got what they were after and more... One of the highlights had to be a 55KG Doggie on the Jig which Daniel fought his heart out for. The guys caught far too many fish to mention but they had some of the most exciting top water Dogtooth action we have seen in a while. It really was mental with multiple Doggies pushing each other out of the way to try and smash the Poppers and Stickbaits. There were some truly huge fish cruising around, and several of these destroyed us in the process. We also caught several Sailfish, Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin, GTs, Jobfish Wahoo. It really was an awesome trip and we enjoyed it as much as the guys did,
Russ Housby
Port-vila, Vanuatu
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