Fishing in Tahiti
I woke just before sunrise, another beautiful day on my own private island in French Polynesia. Today I am determined to catch the big one today. Searching through my tackle box, I choose a soft silicon lure, that looks like a real fish, multi-colored, about 4 ½ inches long. This hopefully will attract one of the game fish that cruise the edge of the outer reef, just off the end of the motu. I insert a single hook into the silicone and attach it to a wire leader. You never know when a barracuda will take the line; they can easily bite through standard line with their sharp jagged teeth. The fish I am really after is one of the common species of Jack or Carangue, as the Tahitians call it. They can get up to 100 pounds and more. Out to the sports bungalow, where we keep the fishing gear, I select the rod that is both strong and flexible enough to cast. I attach a plastic float to the end of the line, and the wire leader to that. As I walk out toward the reef, the sun is just coming up. I am dressed in shorts, t-shirt and water shoes, strong enough to protect my feet from the sharp coral. A nylon rope is tied around my waist, to help carry my catch back. Reaching the end of the motu, I step onto the dead reef, and cross over and into the shallow water out to the living reef. The depth varies from knee to just over waist deep. It’s about 100 yards, and I navigate the coral heads, then step up to the reef. The living reef is fairly flat, the width is 10-20 yards in this area, and just below the sea level. The tropics have a minimal tidal change, less than a foot, so the level of the reef is always about sea level. Since it is made up of living coral, it requires both sunlight and nutrients from the sea. The wave surge varies, but today is relatively calm. As I approach the outer edge, 1 to 2 foot waves washing over the reef, and my legs. The water is clear, and I see fish swimming just below my feet. These are not the ones I am after; today I am after something big. I open the plug on the plastic float, and reach down and fill it half way. This gives enough weight to cast, but enough weight to float. I release the bail on my real, and give a hefty toss. The rig lands on the crest of a wave, maybe 30 yards beyond the reef’s edge. I let it settle, and then start reeling in, with occasional jerks, that cause the float to splash- hopefully attracting my desired fish. Nothing on the first two casts. Then on the third, with a big splash, something grabs my lure, and takes off to my right, still out about 20 yards. I can tell right away that it is big. I fight to get my footing in the coral, and set the hood with a tug. Now the real fun begins. Want to find out how this turns out? Purchase this Tahiti island, and see for yourself how great fishing in Tahiti can be.
Fishing in Tahiti is one of the best places on the planet. Catching lunch or dinner from Motu Moie can be a daily routine. Casting or spearfishing from the island or barrier reef, offers the ultimate fishing experience. Deep sea fishing charters are also available.