|The quintessential Polynesian paradise, Samoa couples the exotic island experience with an almost untouched blue-water fishery. It just needs more anglers.|
I grew up surrounded by cold-water fish and could not understand the draw of the deep ocean, until I was given a book called Pacific Blue by Steve Lomas. The story depicts a young boy who has a passion for fishing. He desires nothing but to fish in a marlin tournament and win. As such stories often go, he is given his chance and comes out victorious. I read this book over and over again for several years straight and would dream nightly of one day being able to fish (and win) a marlin tournament. As the former marketing manager for Shimano and the host of a television show, I’ve spent plenty of time fishing for marlin in the Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific, but until recently, I had never fished in the Far East or in a marlin tournament.
I saw a post on Facebook one afternoon by Capt. Chris Donato, a friend I hadn’t seen since we had deep-dropped for broadbills together out of Florida many years earlier. His post stated that he needed an angler to fish the 2012 Samoa International Game Fishing Association (SIGFA) marlin tournament, which was three weeks away. The opportunity had presented itself. I immediately posted a reply expressing my sincere interest. I was given dates of arrival and departure, and the trip was booked. Luckily, I was able to schedule the trip so that I could spend a few days fishing and exploring before the tournament.
|Although most blues here average around 300 pounds, they are frequently much bigger than that.|