Thursday, June 26, 2008

Fishing In Savusavu

22nd June.

I have been a little late putting up these last 2 blogs.

We had a return charter with the last family of 3, so they must have enjoyed themselves on that first charter.

There was a bit more wind on the water, when we got to the entrance, so we slowly made our way out.

Again yellow fin tuna were being caught, & again another bronze whaler was on, fortunately, this time it was on a heaver line.

Terry held the shark close to the boat, so the family could take some pictures , but it broke the line, leaving us with 1 less lure.

We had 4 Mahimahi on, but unfortunately they tried to bring the fish in too fast, & they threw the hook.

The Mahimahi that we got, into the boat, was a nice 18kg one, so they were happy with that, plus all the yellow fin tuna.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Fishing Charter

15th June
This morning our charter is for a family of thee, from a local Resort.
Once on board we headed out to the sea mount, to see if there was any sign of bird life.
If there are birds working, this usually indicates that fish are also around.
Once on the mount, there were birds working, so out came the rods, it wasn't long before we had the first yellow fin tuna.
Terry had to show the family the way to work the rod, as they had never been out fishing,they were quick learners & soon we had the fish in the boat.
A couple more were in the boat, when the line went screaming out, it took the three of them about 20 mins, to finally get the fish close, so we could get a look at it, yes, it was a big bronze whaler, it snapped the line, & we lost the lure, but they had a good work out.
We managed a couple more yellow fin, & a barracuda, before the fish went down.
Moving away from the mount, we hooked onto a Mahi mahi, & on the way in, along the reef, a nice Walu.
I think the family enjoyed themselves, they did something new, caught fish, & had a lovely day on the water.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Pacific Dawn Visits Savusavu

Our little town must have done something right, because, we are getting more cruise ships coming to our Port, this year, than I have seen, in the 14 years that I have been in Savusavu.

This morning, I think we saw the biggest ship yet to visit Savusavu, Pacific Dawn.

She is on a 28 day cruise, out of Sydney Australia.
She left on June 3rd & will be back in Sydney on July 1st.

Again the weather man gave us a beautiful day, so we could greet our visitors, in true Savusavu style.

Here are a few photos taken at the Copra Shed Marina, where the passengers disembarked today.

We had a lovely sunset, to send them off on their journey.

Hope to see you again, Pacific Dawn.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Rainbow Over Savusavu Airport

20th June

Looking out from our deck this afternoon, I saw this rainbow stretching right across in front of me.

Is this a good omen?
Today a welcome & blessing, is happening for all the heavy machinery & workers, that will be involved on the upgrading work of Savusavu Airport.

This is to commence early next month, & so the airport will be closed to all planes coming into Savusavu, for 4 months.

For visitors, booked into Savusavu the Airlines will be making arrangements, to bring you into Savusavu.

At this stage, the rumor is, the planes will land in Labasa, & a bus will bring you into Savusavu. This is all to be finalised soon.

Here is another photo of the visit of Pacific Sun on Monday.
Passengers about to disembark at the Copra Shed Marina.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Savusavu Welcomes Pacific Sun Again

The weather around the Fiji group has been really wet and windy over the last weeks, so everyone was a little worried, because today, the Pacific Sun cruise ship, was again visiting us.

A little after dawn, the wind eased to a nice cool breeze, the clouds moved away & finally, the sun came out, it was going to be a good day, for our visitors.

The girls & the band boys started arriving at 7.30, to set up & ready the Copra Shed Marina for the visitors.

The ship is bringing 2000 people in this morning, shame it is a holiday, Queens Birthday, so most shops will be closed.

All along the road, just outside the Copra Shed, little stalls have been put up, so local ladies can sell their handicraft.
It has been a hard year. for a lot of people, so this is a great opportunity for the women to earn some money.

Once again, I think most enjoyed the visit to our little town, & we certainly enjoyed having the Ship visit.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Savusavu Town

It hasn't been good enough, to be able to go out fishing for a while now.

Luckily, on Wednesday there was a break in the weather, so we took Searov out to charge her batteries & see if there was anything around as we were getting low on fish, in the freezer.

There was still big swells running out pass the lighthouse, but went a bit further, before putting out our lines.

There were a lot of small yellowfin tuna, & skippjack around & the only big one ended up minus its head by the time we got it to the boat, sharks again.

It seemed like there wasn't much bigger stuff around so headed back home.

Shots of our little town from the sea, one can walk through the town in 10 minutes, but we like it that way.