23 October, 2012

Angling in Paradise

By Al McGlashan

AT this time of year, as the seasons change over, we often suffer green water along the NSW coastline. Winter refuses to let go and summer can’t quite get a grip and take over.

As a consequence, fishing at the moment has been very up and down.

That is frustrating enough but for someone who works in the water it is not good for business.

The solution was simple hop on a plane and head to Samoa.

Found some five hours flying time east of Sydney, it has some of the best underwater visibility on the planet.

Unlike so many other tropical islands that have been smothered with fancy resorts, Samoa is largely unexploited and unspoilt by commercial overkill.

Surrounded by coral reefs that plunge down into the depths, it is the waters along the remote southern side of the island, just where the water drops down several kilometres into the Tongan Trench.

The place was alive with sea birds, whales and an amazing array of sportfish.

Trolling a spread of lures barely a few kilometres offshore we enjoyed constant action on all types of tropical delights from wahoo to blue marlin.

However it was the mahi that simply an angler’s paradise.

Teaming up with the guys from Troppo Fishing, we probed However it was the mahi that were the star of the show.

With a cobalt blue backdrop, their brilliant golden-green flanks stood out so vividly that they almost made the images appear 3D.

Even better, on one particular day the mahi went crazy and we caught fish almost non-stop.

What was really interesting was that the mahi were always accompanied by white terns.

Check out the bird hovering and a hook-up is guaranteed.

It was exciting fishing but by the end of the day I was the end of the day I was completely exhausted, having spent half the day in the water swimming with the mahi.

While mahi aren’t dangerous, I did have a close call at one stage.

With two big fish hooked up simultaneously I jumped in and immediately started filming the closest fish.

I was so focused on my subject that I completely forgot about the other fish. That was until it suddenly crashed into me.

The collision was of such force that the impact ripped the snorkel out of my mouth and left me gasping for air.

Mind you, I was lucky I didn’t end up with some huge hooks in the back of the head. And would you believe it the shots of the original fish turned out to be some of the best of the trip, making all the effort worthwhile.

AL’S MAHI TIPS 1 23 Watch the birds Use smaller lures and single hooks Photograph them as soon as possible to get their best side Don’t forget Al’s new series Big Fish Small Boats resumes on Sunday October 28 at 6pm on One.

Source: Daily Telegraph, Sydney

Image: Al McGlashan