15 Sep 2010
13 Sep 2010
For over 8 years the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Ladies 3kg line class wahoo World Record has stood at 13.18kg. A very respectable fish caught by Ms Dianne Cross in Papua New Guinea. That record now has a challenger, currently undergoing the IGFA record application process.
Fiona Stallard and her partner Mark Lacey were staying at Matava Eco-Adventure Resort on Kadavu Island, Fiji. There to enjoy some diving, snorkeling and a week of relaxation in the warm Fiji Islands tropical sunshine. Every evening, Australian anglers Graeme McKinnell and Owen Spalding, then fishing aboard the resorts charterboat 'Bite Me', would entertain all the guests with tales of their days light tackle exploits. When Owen returned one evening with a new M-10 Barracuda Fiji National Record and colourful stories of leaping wahoo packs, Mark and Fiona decided have a go and see for themselves. Plans were set and soon we were heading out.
By lunch time, with several nice wahoo and dolphinfish on deck, dinner was secured so I invited them to try a little record hunting. Conditions were ideal and Mark & Fiona were keen to have a go....
Fiona first landed a wahoo on 8kg with no problem at all so we went one step further and broke out the ultra-light tackle, Avet SX reels on Stickfacewrangler custom rods hand made for Bite Me by Glen Gardener in Sydney. Our prefered set-up, a short double, a 14ft Platypus 80lb leader and single strand wire bite leader terminating in the wahoo's favourite snack, a Halco Laser-Pro.
Our first hook-up was a short lived affair. The wahoo screamed off across the surface in one direction then abruptly stopped, changed direction and bust us off in an instant. The next hook-up was a double but Mark and Fiona had the fish to the boat within minutes and a scad and rainbow runner were quickly released. All excellent practice for the real thing...
Not a record fish but would have been an excellent catch on 3kg. Still, now Mark could pick up the video camera we were able to chase down Fiona's fish that still cruised away from us on the surface heading for open water. A battle ensued with Bite Me charging backwards across the calm waters and Fiona cranking on every inch of line she could as the wahoo made the fatal mistake of staying on the surface. At 3.18pm, 23 minutes after hook-up, deckie Joeli Tuku, standing on the marlin board of a hard charging Bite Me, stretched out, grabbed the flimsy leader and gaffed the fish. Whoops of delight, high fives all round and a new pending W-03 World Record Wahoo hit the deck.
Halco Laser-Pro does the business
Later, back at the resort, (an IGFA Weighstation) the wahoo weighed in at 21.0kg on the certified scales.
Angler - Fiona Stallard (Australian)
Species - Wahoo
Weight - 21.0kg
Video to follow shortly....
4 Sep 2010
Anglers Graeme and Owen from Australia caught a lucky break with the Fiji winter weather for their week of fishing aboard Bite Me. They made the most of it fishing all the best areas around Kadavu island such as Solo attol and the seamount landing dolphinfish, mackerel, barracuda and a boatload of rocket propelled wahoo, many of which we released.
Fishing 15kg line class at first, we quickly moved down to 10kg and then 8kg for some great sporting action with the wahoo packs.
On day 4 Owen was on strike when a ball of spray erupted engulfing a small Williamson skirt on the 10kg line class rod on the long rigger. At first we thought it was a dogtooth tuna but as soon as we got colour we saw the huge gnarley head and gnashing teeth of a Great Barracuda. After a 10 minute fight the fish came aboard and soon we were celebrating a new Fiji National Record (pending FIGFA Line Testing)
On Day 5 I sounded out the guys on the possibility of having a go at the IGFA 3kg line class Wahoo World Record. We had the ideal opportunity to give it a go and the guys having worked their way down from 15kg to 8kg were up for it....So the ultra-light gear I had stashed away on Bite Me for just such an occasion came out. The Avet SX reels on Stickfacewrangler rods custom made by Glen Gardener in Sydney and specially rigged, carefully measured Halco Lazer-Pro rigs were put into action...
But this fight ends in disappointment when a potential World Record fish is 'sharked' close to the boat. Undaunted we try again....
Graeme again hooks up and a new fight begins. This time we succeed ! The wahoo comes aboard but its clear that this one won't make the grade with the current IGFA World Record standing at 23.13kg
Never the less, an excellent catch on 3kg (6 lb) line class !
Thanks for the week of light tackle sportfishing guys, I think everybody had a lot of fun !
Next time we will get that World Record....