After a week of diving at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, (more on that soon), we met up with our sister boat, Golden Glow, in Savusavu. A quick turn around and we were off to Paradise in Fiji on Taveuni Island again. This time, diving the Great White Wall at Rainbow Reef was on the agenda. The tides, currents, moon and weather were supposed to be aligned for the wall on May 24th.
We left Savusavu at 0600 and winds were only about 3 to 5 knots, on the nose, so we motored with one engine. For a nice change, the current was with us!
Monty put out four fishing lines, changing the lures a few times to see if we could get some action. We saw very few birds on the way, unlike the times we had been in the dive boats. Golden Glow who were few miles ahead said they saw a pod of whales so we kept an eye out. We did see some dolphins. We crossed through some tide lines with lots of kelp on the surface, under which mahimahi sometime reside, but no bites! The wind had picked up to 10 knots and an uncomfortable chop had developed as the island got closer. When we were about three miles from Paradise Resort, we started the second engine to give us better maneuverability for picking up a mooring.
Giving up on the fishing, Monty reeled in the first line. Then, ZINNNNNNG! It created the usual panic (our guests know the scene) to slow the boat down and bring in the other lines. Monty began slowly reeling in the fish, but it wasn’t coming without a fight! We weren’t sure what it was at first as it had pulled out a lot of line and was a fair distance from the boat. I got snapping with the camera as it got closer.
She was not happy about coming close to the boat and made some spectacular maneuvers to try to free herself!
If you look closely, in the following shots, she regurgitates some squid in an attempt to spit out the hook!
More desperate leaps clear out of the water!
It is sad to take one of these beauties out of the ocean, but she will not be wasted, providing us with several tasty meals!
For lunch today, we enjoyed panko encrusted mahimahi and homemade chips! Might serve a tropical fruit salsa with the fish or whip up a Thai curry for our next Mahimahi dinner! What a nice present she was!
Awesome! Great job Monty!!
Thanks, Rachelle! Appreciate the note!
We call them Dorado’s in Panama. They are definitely delicious. Good job Monty.
Thanks, Gwen. Yes, Dorado she was! All the best!
Looks like you had a work out to bring that fish into the boat – some great fish meals to be had al la Whistler!!
Thanks for your nice note, Brad. Enjoy Bali! We hope to get there one day!
Those were terrific pictures of the fish jumping. That was a big fish! Monty you have great fishing skills.
Thanks, Don! It was a nice finish to an otherwise boring 7-hour motoring day. We still have room for more fish in the freezer, Monty said, so I think he is keen to fish again.
Great pictures Margy of an impressive fish and skilled fisherman on a beautiful day.
Happy birthday Monty.
Hi, nice to hear from you, Rick. I will pass this message on to Monty who is diving the Great White Wall this morning. Hope you and your family are all well!
Spectacular pictures of the fish fighting for her life. I have to admit, I rather felt for the fish. But then, I’m not depending on an ocean catch for my dinner. And what a spendid dinner you made. Great job, Monty, on the catch and the feast, and kudos to Margy for capturing it all for us.
Nice fish and photos
Happy birthday bro!
ps – it’s still your birthday here lol
So my quick frozen fillet of Mahi Mahi from Costco doesn’t look anything like that beauty. Little disappointed you didn’t bust out a big fat smile… speaking of big fat I’m doing well… Margy keep the blog going. Oh ya and Happy Bidet from us too
Smee and Rae
Incredible action shots, Margy. You’re a superb photographer! And thanks for sharing the catch with us. Delicious! Ellen & Rand, Golden Glow
Spectacular catch & perfect photos.I could almost feel some of the splashes. Thanks for sharing such
an exciting experience. Enjoy every morsel!!!!!
I’m grateful to your Dad,Margy, for forwarding the ‘catch’. We had a nice phone chat tonight.
Continue to enjoy your adventures.