First crack at jigging in Pohnpei

Took the boat out for some trolling, with the plan to dive and jig at the closest atoll while the sun was at its highest. Didn't even get a sniff in a combined three hours of trolling.

 

Had an absolute awesome dive though with about 40 metres of vis. A million different fish, great cave with fan coral and I scored a massive conch shell (what the islanders used to use as vocal horns). Spewen I didn't take the underwater case for the camera - next time.

 

Best part of the day for me was the fishing. I hadn't tried jigging at any length before today but decided today was a bait free day. The local that I went out with laughed at me as he dropped his baited hook. First drop of the jig a little Coral Trout jumped on. A little later I caught a nice Napoleon Wrasse and then a Brown-Marbled Grouper. None of them were big fish but it was definately another first. First time I caught all three fish and on a jig makes it even better. In case you're wondering my local friend didn't catch a fish on bait all day.

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Good Stuff Soupster..

Sat, 2010-07-03 19:06

Some nice colours and interesting fish there..

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Hey nice work, I wish I got

Sat, 2010-07-03 19:08

Hey nice work, I wish I got anything the first couple of times I went jigging, Sgt Bakers don't count!

Is that a little zest? They're nice and cheap to boot, so you don't have to sweat their loss.

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Zest

Sat, 2010-07-03 19:12

Yeah Mate. Pretty sure it's a little zest. Threw the packet away before moving over. There isn't any markings on it. Ask Chinny the next time your at Oceanside, he'll know for sure.

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excellent colours

Sat, 2010-07-03 19:11

The best thing about jigging there I guess is you just never know whats going to jump on next. That would be exciting enough for me.

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Well done

Sat, 2010-07-03 19:29

That Napoleon Wrasse is a pretty fish.

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The life

Sat, 2010-07-03 19:55

You got the life over there mate. Good effort!

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nice fish

Sat, 2010-07-03 21:11

great looking fish there soupster51 ,news ones to the list mate got to be happy with that mate and on jiggs as well ,good work mate good work

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What a life!   Great way to

Sat, 2010-07-03 22:58

What a life!

 

Great way to get into jigging!  The Napoleon Wrasse is top tucker too!

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sounds like it was a magical

Sat, 2010-07-03 23:01

sounds like it was a magical dive. pity you didnt have the housing. at least you got the memories of it and will make you want to go back with the camera . the wrasse looks great and well done on the jig for the first time

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some sexy fish there, looks

Sun, 2010-07-04 11:15

some sexy fish there, looks like your having an absolute ball

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Hi Soupster, I think that is

Mon, 2010-07-12 22:52

Hi Soupster,

I think that is the smallest Napolean Wrasse I have ever seen on a jig or popper! Have you seen the sizes they grow up to?

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Wrasse

Tue, 2010-07-13 04:57

What are you saying Casey..... Sounds like you are questioning my manhood..... LOL. Mate I'm taking the day off for a dedicated jigging/casting day tomorrow, lets hope I can upgrade.

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Good luck!

Tue, 2010-07-13 08:19

Good luck!

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Some pretty fish there

Tue, 2010-07-13 06:40

Some pretty fish there Soupy...now to find something that puts a bend in the rod....leave the aquarium fish alone mate hahaha

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Pete just wants the aquarium

Tue, 2010-07-13 08:26

Pete just wants the aquarium fish for his video work =0

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Some beautiful fish there Soupy

Tue, 2010-07-13 15:35

Do you ever have to go to work (Lol).

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Gotta love them markings!

Tue, 2010-07-13 16:33

that 2nd one is amazing good quality pics...

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Very good looking fish

Tue, 2010-07-13 19:27

Very good looking fish there. Well done!