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Fishing around Aitutaki

The Cook Islands offer exceptional opportunities for deepsea game fishing as well as saltwater fly and light tackle sports fishing. Both Rarotonga and Aitutaki remain virtually undiscovered by the world's sea angling fraternity, much to the delight of aficionadoes who have been keeping the secret safe for the past 30 or so years.

A bonus for visitors from July to October is the strong possibility of seeing humpback whales which often come very close to Rarotonga's shoreline on their migration route north from the Antarctic. Sometimes these whales will breach and those lucky enough to witness this will have another permanent memory of their trip to the Cook Islands.

Deepsea game fishing is a speciality in Rarotonga and Aitutaki. Both enjoy the advantage of immediate access. There is no tedious journey to the fishing grounds, once out of the harbour the fishing begins. Big fish of many species are abundant. The currents, reefs and submarine topography supply ideal conditions for wahoo, barracuda, dolphin fish, yellowfin and skipjack tuna, sailfish and marlin. The Cook Island record for marlin is 616 lb (280 kg).

Aitutaki's magnificent 12,500-acre lagoon is particularly suitable for fly, lures or bait for world class bonefish, trevally, cod, snapper and other reef fish. It holds the world all-tackle record for Hump Head Maori Wrasse, set in October 1989.

Both Rarotonga and Aitutaki have game fishing clubs at which visitors are made very welcome – phone the Cook Islands Game Fishing Club on 682 21419.
The clubs are affiliated to the International Game Fishing Association. Fishing trip operators cater both for novices and experienced anglers. The charter boats on Aitutaki and Rarotonga are fully equipped with up-to-date safety gear and can handle between four and six lines.

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