Its warm, tropical waters and rich oceanic ecosystems, make Fiji an excellent place for fishing all year round. Fiji is teeming with various types of fish of all sizes, great fishing spots, and a wide variety of marine life, making game fishing on these islands an adrenaline-pumping and memorable experience…
Spearfishing is the discipline that allows you to rediscover the way our ancestors use to target fish, mixed together with the modern spearfishing underwater swimming gear and powered spearguns you are sure to have an adrenaline-filled adventure. Spearfishing can be experienced using free diving, snorkeling, or scuba diving techniques, depending on your skill level.
Fiji has to be the best place on earth to explore the sport. Grab a few friends book the half day, full day or evening charter, and be blown away by the knowledge, fish diversity and crystal clear seas, that Fiji has to offer. On your return home, cook up your catch of the day and eat merely with a ice cold beverage. Simply Perfection…
Fishing with a handline enables you to enjoy the sport with the absolute minimum amount of gear, a great introduction to the sport for first-timers and the young, you can catch a variety of fish via the shoreline, jetty or boat. A majority of resorts with fishing packages and charters listed below will provide this activity.
The minimum catch size is the shortest allowed length for a caught fish. Minimum catch sizes are set to ensure the sustainable use of fish stocks and promote the recovery of certain stocks. The Table opposite details the type of fish and minimum size with the Fijian Name equivalent.
PART V — SIZE AND LIMITS OF FISH AND PROHIBITIONS
No person shall kill, take, sell or offer or expose for sale, any fish listed in the Sixth Schedule of less than the lengths therein set out, measured in each case from the point of the snout to the middle of the tailfin when the fish is laid flat:
Provided that this regulation shall not apply to fish caught by children under the age of sixteen years when fishing with hook and line from the shore or wading near the shore and not offered or exposed for sale.
|Common Name||Fijian||Maximum Length (mm)|
|Crevally, Trevally, Pompano||Saqa (Excluding vilu/Saqa)||300|
|Glassperch, Aholehole||Ika Droka||150|
|Ketang, Spinefoot Rabbitfish||Nuqa||200|
|Longtom, Garfish, Greengar||Saku Busa||300|
|Pouter, Slimy, Soapy, Peperek||Kaikai||100|
|Rock Cod, Grouper, Salmon Cod||Donu, Kawakawa, Kavu (Excluding small red Spotted cod)||250|
|Sea Bream, Pig-faced Bream||Kawago, Dokonivudi, Musubi||250|
|Small Sea Bream||Kabatia, Kake||150|
|Small Sea Bream||Sabutu||200|
|Surmullet, Goatfish, Whiskercod||Ki, Ose||150|
|Unicorn-Fish, Leather jacket||Ta||300|
Choosing the correct Fishing Venue or Specialist Tour Guide can make all the difference between an amazing Fijian adventure in the crystal clear waters that surround the coast; and an average day’s excursion that doesn’t meet your expectations.
This is especially true for less experienced fishermen who need guidance and an additional helping hand from the crew.
How do you know which is the right one for you? To help you out, here are four steps for doing your homework before your trip.
|1||Hidden Gem Fiji||DENARAU ISLAND, MAMANUCA ISLANDS|
|2||Nadi Fishing Charters||DENARAU ISLAND, MAMANUCA ISLANDS|
|3||Malolo Fisher Sports||DENARAU ISLAND, MAMANUCA ISLANDS|
|4||Pj's Fishing Tours Fiji||DENARAU ISLAND, MAMANUCA ISLANDS|
|5||Half Cast Fishing Charters||SUNCOAST|
|6||Coral Coast Fishing Charters||CORAL COAST|
|7||Sigatoka Fishing Charters||CORAL COAST|
|8||Immersion Fiji||SAVUSAVU, VANUA LEVU|
|Line Class||Weight||Location||Catch Date||Angler|
|Barracuda, Great||W-24 kg (50 lb)||28.30 kg (62 lb 6 oz)||Serua, Fiji||28-Jul-1988||Ms. Sharon Light|
|Sailfish, Pacific||W-60 kg (130 lb)||85.72 kg (189 lb 0 oz)||Yanuca, Fiji||07-Dec-1967||C. Foster|
|Wahoo||M-04 kg (8 lb)||31.60 kg (69 lb 10 oz)||Kadavu Island, Fiji||17-Jun-2009||Tim Simpson|
|W-03 kg (6 lb)||21.00 kg (46 lb 4 oz)||Kadavu Island, Fiji||30-Aug-2010||Fiona Stallard|
The IGFA is a nonprofit organization committed to conserving game fish and promoting responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule-making, record-keeping, and recognition of outstanding accomplishments in the field of angling.
It’s a little difficult to say, now: probably some chap in a pith helmet standing in a lap-strake dory in what is the hub of the South Pacific, somewhere among Fiji’s 332 islands. Of course it could have been the nation’s legendary chief Lutunasobasoba, dragging a line behind his voyaging canoe that, according to tradition, was the means the islands were populated in the first place. But that wouldn’t have been game fishing – it would have been part of the effort to feed people aboard the giant double-hulled canoe.
It would appear that some of the first attempts at Game Fishing were made by the Harbour Master in Fiji’s old capital of Levuka about 1918. His name was Captain Sanders and it is interesting that the top prize in the annual Fiji International Game Fishing Tournament is the Captain Sanders Game Fishing reel, now mounted in a glass case.
Other well-known identities were to follow in his wake, usually in the same area between Ovalau island (where Levuka is); Wakaya Island (which has wild deer and where the German raider Baron Von Luckner was captured during Second World War) and the former lepper colony of Makogai Island.
Fish move through the group on migratory tracks, giving anglers year-round fishing activity as the fish move through and back again. Since there aren’t any long coastlines to monitor fish migration, and because of Fiji’s mid-Pacific geographic location, the problem is in knowing whether these pelagics are migrating north or south – coming or going – or whether they’re just visiting to feed. But a little sleuthing around by the fishing experts during other world-class fishing contests – in New Zealand, Cairns (Queensland), and Kona (Hawaii) – has indicated that Fiji’s winter months of June, July, and August produce the best catches of Striped Marlin (Tetrapturus andax); that Blue and Black Marlin are taken practically any time of year (Makaira migricans and Makaira indica) and captures of over 900 pounds are not uncommon. Sailfish (Istophorus platypterus) have been hauled aboard every month of the year.
Some game fishermen come to Fiji only for the Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri) which is such a common catch from May to August that it has become synonymous with the nation’s game fishing programs; and for tuna species of Yellowfin, Big Eye, Dogtooth, Kawakawa and Bonito.
Yellowfin tuna occur from November to March and migrate back through the group from May to August, in schools with Skipjack and Kawakawa. The start of the season seems to coincide with the blooming of the ‘flame tree’ Poinciana (Delonix regal). Big Eye tuna are usually caught on the live bait at depth, when fishing for Yellowfin or Marlin. Dogtooth, too, seem to prefer the deeper depths and are fished with down riggers or drop lines near ridges and sea mounts.
Shipjacks are easily caught, often used as lures and the biggest specimens occur during the sinter months; Kawakawa or Mackeral Tuna occur about passages and large areas of lagoons, often where they feed on herring, squid and crustaceans in less than clear water.
Dolphin fish (Coruphaena hippurus linnaeus), often called ‘mahimahi’, are abundant most of the year, attain an average adult weight of 19kg and are still occasionally taken on Fiji’s traditional ‘viavia’ lure, a plant which has a silver shiny texture and is rolled around the hook and trace.
Other common catches: barracuda (a world record for agrioposphyraena barracuda caught in Fiji waters exists, the fish weighing more than 100 pounds) but averages about 30 lbs.; mackeral, scomberomorus, (known locally as ‘walu’ and a highly-priced item in markets as the basis of Fiji’s traditional raw fish delicacy known as ‘kokoda’, which occurs in numbers from February to July.
All species of trevally, Caranx, listed by the International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) are taken quite regularly, but the giant of them all Caranx ignobilis, has been recorded in Fiji weighing 150 pounds (it was not a world record) and can be taken when spinning from a beach, pier, wharf or boat.
The IGFA list of other Fiji gamefish includes freshwater largemouth bass; rainbow runners; bonefish; hammerhead; thresher and tiger sharks. Existing and previous world records for Fiji gamefish include Barracuda, Pacific sailfish, Kawakawa, Dogtooth tuna, giant trevally and wahoo.
If Fiji’s very first game fisherman is a little unclear, the country’s most prominent fisherman (and fishing family) is pretty well understood. Albert Threadingham, Fiji’s IGFA representative for the past 22 years has fished the group extensively and competed in such big-name fishing events as the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournaments; Bay of Islands Billfish Tournaments and game fishing tournaments in Australia. Presently a governor of the Hawaiian International Billfish Association and the Pacific Ocean Research Foundation, Albert founded the Royal Suva Yacht Club Game Fishing Association in 1974 and is currently in his seventh term as Commodore of the Royal Suva Yacht Club.
But it is his son Melvin who holds the national all-tackle record for billfish in the Fiji Islands, after Melvin landed a 447kg Pacific Blue Marlin on 37kg tackle in January of 1997. Pauline Threadingham is a previous world-record holder for her capture of a 30kg giant trevally a few years back. It’s truly a fishing family.
Now, there are six active game fishing clubs in Fiji – located at the Royal Suva Yacht Club, Pacific Harbour, Taveuni, Savusavu, Musket Cove and Lautoka, nicely representing many of the Fiji Islands.
Fiji enthusiastically carries out tag-and-release game fishing, introduced to this island nation a decade ago, a conservation measure that helped enhance the knowledge of some of these magnificent species.
IMPORTANT DATABASE OF ALL THE FISH WITH IMAGES – https://igfa.org/game-fish-database/
The History of Game Fishing in Fiji
Fiji Fishing Competitions
ADD FISHING UPCOMING EVENTS AND LATEST NEWS COLUMN
|Venue||Destination||Star Rating||Types of Fishing|
|1||Namotu Island Resort||Mamanuca Islands||5 Star|
|2||Oneta Eco Resort||Kadavu||3 Star|
|3||First Landing Beach Resort||Vuda||3.5 Star|
|4||Tides Reach Resort||Taveuni||4 Star||Spear Fishing|
|5||Makaira Resort||Taveuni||2 Star||Spear Fishing|
|6||Nukubati Island Resort||Taveuni||4 Star|
|7||Remote Island Resort||Vanau Levu||4.5 Star|
|8||Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort||Vanua Levu||3.5 Star|
|9||Mantaray Island Resort||Yasawa Islands||3 Star||Spear Fishing Hand Fishing|
|10||Naqalia Lodge||Yasawa Islands||2.5 Star||Spear Fishing Hand Fishing Trolling Tour|
Fishing around Namotu is great all year long with many different species on offer. Our fishing boat, the Mai Kana, supplies fish for our restaurant and each week has a resident fisherman who is in charge of ensuring we are fully stocked so guests can enjoy fresh Yellowfin tuna Spanish Mackerel sashimi, and many more tasty delights.
The fisherman will usually head out in the morning and afternoon and guests are more than welcome to jump on board and do some angling. There is no better place to get a taste of fishing than Namotu because it’s so close; most of the time our fishing boat is within sight of the island so you’re not trapped on lengthy charters and can always head back in for lunch. If you’d like a more customized experience, why not book a fishing charter on board one of our charter boats?
Come fish the Great Astrolabe Reef with us for a fishing experience you will remember forever. The ocean waters around Oneta hold a huge variety of sport fish, including monster Giant Trevally and Bluefin Trevally, fierce Dogtooth Tuna and Yellowfin Tuna, beautiful Red Bass, Spanish Mackerel, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, etc.
We encounter huge GTs -up to 50kg – and these Trevally are pound-for-pound the heavyweights of the reef. These brutes push anglers’ skills to the limit and require a great crew onboard to land them. Whenever possible and especially for trophy-sized fish, we have a catch-and-release policy (after we take your pictures of course).
When you stay at First Landing Resort there’s plenty of action and adventure to be enjoyed. You can explore the waters of Fiji with Underwater World Fiji, which offers Diving, Surfing, Fishing, and Island Day Trips.
Fish for wahoo, marlin, and mahi-mahi whilst sightseeing around the small islands that make up this beautiful tropical paradise.
Guest can choose to experience hand line fishing, deep-sea fishing in our 28 foot Edgewater, or spearfishing in the crystal clear water around Taveuni.
We provide all equipment, guides, and our boats will leave directly from the beach, steps from your villa.
Try your hand at trawling the fertile waters around Qamea Island. Yellowfin tunas, Mahi-mahi, Walu, Wahoo, Dogtooth tuna, snapper, and many other species are abundant in these pristine waters.
Our kitchen will be happy to cook you up to your catch to your liking.
We offer half and full-day fishing expeditions with Makaira owner and pro fisherman Captain John on our custom-built boat The Sea Dancer.
The Sea Afare was built by Islander Boats in October 2019. She is a purpose-built boat designed specifically for Fijian waters and all types of anglers and techniques to pursue the large selection of sport fishing species in our surrounding waters.
Charter one of our fully equipped sport fishing boats and go out to the Great Sea Reef for the really big ones!
Salt Water Fly Fishing – Whether you stand on the beach or take the punt and cast around the mangroves, you are sure to enjoy this increasingly popular style of fishing.
Bring your own lures or select from Nukubati’s proven range. Authentic Spear Fishing – using a Fijian native spear, not a spear gun.
Join our team for a shot at the big one. The type of fish in the region is quite seasonal with the most common catches being Tuna (Yellowfin, Bluefin, Dogtooth), Walu (Spanish mackerel), Wahoo, or Mahi Mahi.
The resort offers a fully-equipped boat with a fishing chair, outriggers, and rod holders suitable for trawling and casting.
If you love to fish and you want to enjoy a few hours of pure fun Naqalia Lodge is the right place. Our professional guides are Fijian and they know all the best fishing spots.
Spearfishing is an ancient method of fishing that has been used throughout the world for millennia. Early civilizations were familiar with the custom of spearing fish from rivers and streams using sharpened sticks. Today modern spearfishing makes use of elastic powered and slings. Try to catch your own dinner while experiencing amazing underwater views
The resort offers a fully-equipped boat with a fishing chair, outriggers, and rod holders suitable for trawling and casting.
We offer two different types of spearfishing in Fiji experiences, one is reef or green water spearing and the other is blue water spearing.
If you want to try your hand at catching your own dinner, hand fishing adventures go most afternoons, weather permitting. Grab a few cold drinks from the bar and head off in to the afternoon sun as we troll the nearby reefs and try our luck.
This section is continually updated through out the year
The simple answer is from late October to the end of March. If you wish to target a particular fish specie, you should read the fishing season section above, and shoot a message to one of the passionate professionals they would be pleased to answer any detailed questions you might have. Facebook Messenger has to be one of the best platforms to use in this regard.