Game fishing in the Cook Islands – a fisherman’s paradise!

Posted on June 28, 2016


If you are looking for an exciting experience the next time you visit the Cook Islands, then a fishing charter could be just the ticket. Whether you’re a fishing fanatic or a complete novice, the fishing charters are fully equipped and all have experienced crews who will take you to the best spots throughout the islands where you will experience some world-class fame fishing.

Deep water fishing on your doorstep

Most of the biggest charters leave from Rarotonga as you would expect and there is no shortage of boats willing to take you out for a day on the water. In many places, you will have a 1-2 hour boat ride to get you out into the deeper waters where the biggest and best game fish can be found but the beauty of Rarotonga is that once you get out past the outer reef that circles the island. Departing from the harbour in Avarua, it’s only a few hundred metres before you are out into the deeper waters so within 5 minutes, you will be fishing for the big game fish.

A great day out

Big game fishing is often a new experience even for the most seasoned angler – the opportunity to fish for big game fish doesn’t happen too often and that’s what makes the Cook Islands such an attractive destination to give it a whirl. Small fish anglers and complete beginners often pack the boats out for a chance to land the ultimate catch and the thrill never leaves you once you catch your first game fish.

As well as the opportunity to fish for some stunning game fish, the proximity to the island means that you get to enjoy a day of wonderful views looking back towards the island with great scenic views of the mountains and lagoons – a definite photo opportunity of you fishing in one of the most beautiful locations on the world.

What can I expect to catch?

Deep sea fish are migratory so some species are more abundant at certain times of the year than others. The main season for the larger wahoo fish is from early June to October. They will average around 20kg which is a feisty fish to catch however they can grow up to as big as 60kg which is a whopper. Marlin season is from November to the end of March. Blue marlin are the most common off the shores of Rarotonga, however blacks and stripeys are also caught.

Whatever you manage to catch on your trip out on a charter, you’re pretty much guaranteed an awesome day out with great weather, great views and hopefully one of two big catches. It’s definitely a favourite with our guests at Pacific Resort Rarotonga and something to think about on your next visit.

Bone Fishing

If fly fishing is more your scene, then Pacific Resort Aitutaki could be the place for you. Aitutaki has the world’s best bone fishing and the tropical lagoon waters that surround Aitutaki are home to the world’s largest bonefish.

For those who don’t know, bonefish are known as one of the world’s most prized fighting fish and people are willing to travel a log way for the opportunity to put up a fight. Bonefishing is not for the feint hearted – it requires skill and finesse like no other fishing but we can’t think of a better place anywhere in the world to give it a go. Find out more on our Aitutaki pages.

Whatever you fancy, fishing in the Cook Islands is an amazing activity whether you’re a pro or a first timer. Speak to our staff to find out more the next time you’re staying in the Cook Islands.

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