Sports Fishing In Fiji | The Reel Passion Of Angling

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Two Spear fishermen at Namotu Island with their catch (Courtesy of Management)

Fishing in Fiji: Its warm, tropical waters and rich oceanic ecosystems make Fiji an excellent place for sports 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.

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Different Types of Fishing available in Fiji?

Spearfishing Fiji

Spearfishing is the discipline that allows you to rediscover the way our ancestors used to target fish. Mixed together with modern spearfishing underwater swimming gear and powered spearguns, you are sure to have an adrenaline-filled adventure. Spearfishing can be experienced using free diving, snorkelling, or scuba diving techniques, depending on your skill level.

Fishing Charters

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 it with an ice-cold beverage. Simply Perfection…

Handline Fishing

Fishing with a handline enables you to enjoy the sport with the absolute minimum amount of gear, making it 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.

Types of Fish in Fiji


Barracuda
Bohar Snapper
Coral Trout
Mahi Mahi
Jobfish (Green)
Marlin (Black)
Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (Striped)
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Rainbow Runner
Sailfish
Spanish Mackerel
Spearfish (Shortbill)
Swordfish
Trevally (Bluefin)
Trevally (Giant)
Tuna (Dogtooth)
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Tuna (Skipjack)
Tuna (Yellowfin)
Wahoo
Snapper
Sweet Lip
Coral Trout
Leather Jacket
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How To Choose a Fishing Operator?


Overview photography of Guest reeling in a Marlin on their Fishing Excursion with Hidden Gem Fiji.
Guest reeling in a Marlin on their Fishing Excursion with Hidden Gem Fiji | Image: Supplied

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:

Consider the Type of fishing.

In Fiji, you will find everything from resort-based guides that lean heavily on beginner-level and localised excursions to specialty Fishing Guides with the gear and experience for professional Sportsmen and Sportswomen. Create a list that best fits your interests and experience level. Some important things to look at are the size and number of their boats, their availability, and the quality of their fishing gear.

Are They Established?

In some parts of the world, you may find Fishing Guides that look respectable online but turn out to be little more than a guy with a tin boat and rod, and these types of operations may not have the training or equipment to cope with unforeseen emergencies. A good rule of thumb is to book through a resort or booking platform online, such as https://fishingbooker.com/, as they have to meet rigorous requirements on service and safety protocols before being allowed to promote their services.

Check out online reviews.

The next step is checking online reviews, keeping in mind that every business will have its share of good and bad reviews. The important thing to look for is multiple reviews describing the same experiences; for example, consistently positive comments about the skill and attentiveness of the staff or a reputation for overcrowded boats or poorly maintained equipment. Also, most review websites allow businesses to respond to reviews. A venue picking a fight with a past customer over a bad review is a red flag, while measured responses that show a willingness to solve the problem are a good sign.

Get in Touch

Once you’ve narrowed your choice to two or three venues, pick up the phone, send an email, or send a Facebook message. There’s no substitute for actually speaking with someone; any reputable operator should be more than happy to tell you all about their boats, safety procedures, regular fishing spots, how they conduct their tours, and any other questions you might have.

Visit in Person

Once you arrive at your destination, visit the fishing venue before your first trip. The afternoon of your arrival day is the perfect time to visit, especially once the boats have returned. Confirm your reservations, and don’t be afraid to chat with a member of the crew. The good guide loves talking about the day’s catch, ocean conditions, and what to expect on the boat.

Professional Fishing Charters in Fiji


Malolo Fishing Charter, Denarau Island, Fiji
Father and Son reeling in a Mahi Mahi and Tuna on their Fishing Excursion with Malolo Fishing Charter, Denarau Island, Fiji | Image: Supplied
Fishing ChartersLocated
Hidden Gem FijiDENARAU ISLAND, MAMANUCA ISLANDS
Nadi Fishing ChartersDENARAU ISLAND, MAMANUCA ISLANDS
Malolo Fisher Sports
DENARAU ISLAND, MAMANUCA ISLANDS
Pj's Fishing Tours FijiDENARAU ISLAND, MAMANUCA ISLANDS
Half Cast Fishing ChartersSUNCOAST
Coral Coast Fishing ChartersCORAL COAST
Sigatoka Fishing ChartersCORAL COAST
Immersion FijiSAVUSAVU, VANUA LEVU

Fishing Resorts in Fiji


Guest holding his catch sports fishing in Nukubati island Resort in Fiji
Sports Fishing at Nukubati Island Resort | Image: Supplied
VenueDestinationTypes of Fishing
Namotu Island ResortMamanuca IslandsSports Fishing
Oneta Eco ResortKadavuSports Fishing
First Landing Beach ResortVudaSports Fishing
Tides Reach ResortTaveuniSpear Fishing
Makaira ResortTaveuniSpear Fishing
Nukubati Island ResortTaveuniSports Fishing
Remote Island ResortVanau LevuSports Fishing
Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort Vanau LevuSports Fishing
Mantaray Island ResortYasawa IslandsSpear Fishing
Hand Fishing
Naqalia LodgeYasawa IslandsSpear Fishing
Hand Fishing
Trolling Tour

Minimum Catch Sizes And Protection Periods


Fishing at Tavarua Island Resort, Mamanuca Island, Fiji
Fishing at Tavarua Island Resort, Mamanuca Island, Fiji | Image: Supplied
Common NameFijian(MM)
BarracudaOgo300
Crevally, Trevally, PompanoSaqa (Excluding vilu/Saqa)300
Grey MulletKanace
200
Glassperch, AholeholeIka Droka
150
Ketang, Spinefoot RabbitfishNuqa200
Long-jawed Mackerel
Salala200
Longtom, Garfish, GreengarSaku Busa
300
Milk Fish
Yawa300
Mojarra
Matu100
Parrotfish
Ulavi
250
Pouter, Slimy, Soapy, Peperek
Kaikai100
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
Sabutu200
Surgeon Fish
Balagi200
Surmullet, Goatfish, Whiskercod
Ki, Ose
150
Snapper
Damu
300
Unicorn-Fish, Leather jacket
Ta
300

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, along with the Fijian Name equivalent. (PART V: SIZE AND LIMITS OF FISH AND PROHIBITIONS)

No person shall kill, take, sell, 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. (Minimum Size Limits for Fish Table, Government Source)

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International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Fiji World Records


Line ClassWeightLocationCatch DateAngler
Barracuda, GreatW-24 kg (50 lb)28.30 kg (62 lb 6 oz)Serua, Fiji28-Jul-1988Ms. Sharon Light
Sailfish, PacificW-60 kg (130 lb)85.72 kg (189 lb 0 oz)Yanuca, Fiji07-Dec-1967C. Foster
WahooM-04 kg (8 lb)31.60 kg (69 lb 10 oz)Kadavu Island, Fiji17-Jun-2009Tim Simpson
W-03 kg (6 lb)21.00 kg (46 lb 4 oz)Kadavu Island, Fiji30-Aug-2010Fiona 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.

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