The fishing is great all year long around Namotu with different species appearing depending on water temperatures and bait. Interpreting nature and targeting the right species at the right time with the right technique sets our expert guides above the rest and puts you in the bite. The below species and techniques are available on the Mitaia Rau and our guides are expert at all.
Jigging/soft plastic: Dogtooth Tuna, Job Fish, Spanish Mackerel, Trevally, Trout, Red Bass, Yellow Fin Tuna
Trolling: Mahi Mahi, Blue & Black Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna*, Wahoo**†, Spanish Mackerel, Trevally & Sailfish
Live baiting: Spanish Mackerel, Dogtooth Tuna & Sailfish†
Popping: GT’s, Bluefin Trevally, Red Bass, Green Job Fish, Trout, Long Nose Emperor & Spanish mackerel, Yellowfin Tuna*
Fly: GT’s, Bluefin Trevally, Mack Tuna, Skip Jack Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna*
Light tackle: Bluefin Trevally, Red Bass, Long Nose Emperor, Trout & Spanish Mackerel
Game: Marlin & Yellowfin Tuna*†
Deep drop: Ruby Snapper, Flame Tail Snapper, Spotted Grouper, Gold Band Snapper, Pomfret, Rusty Job fish & lots more bottom dwellers
* December – April
**May – September
† Only available on full day charters
Each of our highly skilled guides has years of experience fishing these waters to supply the Namotu Island restaurant. All are intimately familiar with the tides, moons & seasons and will fish as hard as you want from sunrise to sunset. Get to know them here and if you want to request a specific guide feel free, we’ll do our best to accommodate.
“When they first started Namotu I went over to set up the fishing program for 1 month and ended up staying for 4 years straight, it was the time of my life and ever since I’ve spent around 3 months per year there. It’s my second home.”
Favorite type of fishing: Blue water, I live and breathe being out on the blue water and nothing gets me more excited than top water for yellow fin Tuna/GT’s and live baiting/down rigging for dogtooth tuna.
Favorite type of fishing at Namotu: I love all types of fishing, whenever I fish at Namotu I go out prepared for everything and let the ocean dictate the type of fishing I do.
Most memorable catch at Namotu: Over the years all the dogtooth tuna I’ve caught have been memorable and most recently a 50kg Yellowfin tuna on a stick bait that came completely out of the water on a stick bait right at the boat. But my all-time favorite catch was a Blue Marlin around 300kg in the International Fiji game fishing tournament that we won.
Profession: Owner/director of BWSURF
From: Merimbula, NSW, Australia
Years fishing Fiji: 20
“1989 was my first fishing adventure around Namotu Island. I was hooked after the first triple”
Favorite type of fishing: All fish of all sizes matched with the right tackle. 1,000lb blue marlin to fly fishing for bonefish on the flats.
Favorite type of fishing at Namotu: Live baiting for sea monster dogtooth tuna and Narrow Barred Spanish Mackerel.
Most memorable catch at Namotu: Triple hook up on blue marlin getting almost spooled by
Profession: Captain and guide to exotic locations chasing amazing fish on fly and conventional tackle.
From: Hawaii, USA
Years fishing Fiji: 30+
“Over the years there have been SO many memorable catches on Namotu. One that sticks out is watching a school of 150-200 pound YFT demolish a tightly packed bait ball for over two hours. Off to the side were another two football field-sized schools of smaller tuna feeding, whales, and birds all getting in on the action. It was the craziest I’ve ever seen the ocean surface with fish and marine life. We were lucky enough to land 4 tuna around the 150 pound mark. Another highlight was winning an IGFA tournament with two best mates in the last minutes of a three day comp hooking and tagging a Sailfish in horrible ocean conditions. Pressure situations and intense moments are something I thrive on when fishing!”
How did you find Namotu: I first set foot on Namotu when I was 22 in 2002 intending on working as a fisherman for one month. I ended up staying for 3 months!
Favorite type of fishing: All types of fishing excite me and I can truly say I enjoy it all from bottom dropping, popping, jigging, livebaiting and trolling with every type being equally as rewarding when all the preparations and planning come to fruition.
Favorite type of fishing at Namotu: For me the fishing that really gets my heart beating would be blue water fishing. The spectacle of big schools of Yellowfin Tuna, the sound of screaming reels from 4 and 5 way hook ups when fast trolling for Wahoo, and a Marlin bite is very hard to beat. I love the fact that things can go from quiet to chaos in a matter of seconds!
Profession: Skipper/Master 4, engineer & Shipwright/Boat Builder
From: Sydney, Australia
Years fishing Fiji: 16
“To me Namotu is true meaning of paradise; from the crystal clear waters and perfect island setting, the local Fijians making every stay amazing, to being able to participate in any ocean based activity and having amazing fishing a stone’s throw away.”
How did you find Namotu: After going on a boat trip to West Sumatra with Ben Wilson, we fished as much as we surfed and he kept talking of this place called Namotu and how good the fishing was. So after we returned I hit him up to see if I could go fishing over there. After a few false starts I made my way to paradise and the rest is history.
Favorite type of fishing: SURFACE, anything surface, from estuaries at home chasing Mangrove Jacks, to reef edges in Fiji chasing GT’s, to blue water chasing Spanish Mackerel and Yellowfin. That visual bite gets me every time.
Favorite type of fishing at Namotu: EVERYTHING! The range is so diverse; you could be live-baiting ledges in the morning, deep dropping during the day and surface fishing the afternoon. I can’t say that I like one style more than the other when I’m on Namotu.
Most memorable catch at Namotu: My first solo Dogtooth Tuna DYLLON SCHULZ
Profession : Civil Contractor
From: Sunshine Coast, Australia
Years fishing Fiji: 6
The Mitaia Rua is Namotu’s new 28ft center console South Pacific Long Boat with live bait tanks & casting platform equipped with twin Yamaha 75 horse power outboards.
Catering for 1-6 people, the Mitaia Rua is outfitted with top shelf Simrad Electronics, custom rod holders, bait tank and all new Shimano gear.
The Mitaia Rua comfortably accommodates up to 4 fishing guests at a time and can take up to 6 at a time for exploring the islands or surfing charters.
The vessel and its dedicated guide are yours so you can use it as your private surf boat, fish till you drop or explore the Mamanuca Islands. Each of our guides are experienced surfers and kiters so if you’d like to throw in some boards and head to Cloudbreak at any hour then you can! Guides handle preparing and cleaning the vessel, filleting fish, providing lunch and drinks and navigating tides and conditions. Go where you want, when you want!
Inclusions & Tackle
|All day for 7 days||1-4 Guests||$5,950 USD total|
Charter the Mitaia Rua for 1-4 people (or up to 6 people for surfing trips) and you’ll have the opportunity to fish, surf or explore the Mamanuca Islands while the Namotu kitchen fuels your adventure with packed meals. Load up the coolers with drinks and set off for the day with your guide. Not staying on Namotu? Don’t worry, we can pick up and drop you back to your resort each day providing it’s within range. Contact us for recommendations.
No refunds in the event of poor surf conditions, but refunds may be considered in the event the ocean is unsafe or just plain nasty for charter.
7 Days –but not so serious?
|All day for 7 days||1-6 guests||$3,950 USD total|
Charter the Mitaia Rua for 1-6 people so you have the added flexibility of your own personal boat to surf, fish, dive, island & bar hop. Or just add its services into your groups program for everybody to enjoy. Load up the coolers with drinks and set off for the day.
For this package there is no dedicated Fishing Guide. You will have a local captain qualified to handle Mataia Rua who know the local waters, can run fishing lines, get you to all the surf spots and have fun on the water every day, but he is not an expert fishing guide.
No refunds in the event of poor surf conditions, but refunds may be considered in the event the ocean is unsafe or just plain nasty for the full duration of your stay.
|4 hours||1-4 guests||$550 USD total|
If the weather is looking good why not head out fishing for a half day? With fishing spots so close by there’s no need to spend all day chasing if you have limited time, a few hours with our guide is normally enough to experience the thrill of South Pacific fishing.
You don’t need to be a guest on Namotu to book this package, if you’re staying close by we can drop you to/from your resort (check your location prior to booking). Guide, equipment, bait and boat supplied.
No refunds in the event of poor surf conditions, but refunds may be considered in the event the ocean is unsafe, or just plain nasty for charter.
*Lunch/food not provided on half days.
|8 hours||1-6 guests||$950 USD total|
Checking out but don’t fly till the evening? Why not spend your Saturday on the water instead of the mainland?
Includes lunch, fruit platter, case of beer, 6 waters or sodas and return airport transfer. Your luggage, except for one surfboard and a small day bag, will be taken directly from the island to the airport for your departure.
This is an excellent option for small groups of friends or family to enjoy a bonus day of surfing/fishing. No refunds are available if surf conditions are unfavorable, but may be considered if the ocean is unsafe, or just plain nasty.