Hook a big one off Guam coast

by Rafael Vargas
Stripes Guam

Editor’s Note: Rafael Vargas is a kayak fisherman who enjoys maneuvering his 14-footer off the coast of Guam to reel in game fish. Here’s his take on a recent day a sea. If you want to get hooked on kayak fishing, check out “Guam Kayak Fishing - Guam Yakers” on Facebook.

This day was an unforgettable day for me! I hauled in my first Wahoo from a kayak, as well as two unforgettable mahis, including a giant bull.

My day started at 4:30 a.m., arriving at one of my favorite spots on the northwest of the island, Tanguisson Beach. As I got my gear ready, the breeze and the sound of the crashing waves on the reef line, which is the gateway to the ocean at about 300 yards from the shore, engulfed me with some doubt on my chances to punch through to the open sea.

Since I could not see the conditions in the dark and knowing that safety must always come first, I decided to get ready and wait for first light to give me the ability to determine whether I would have to seek another spot to enter. After the first ray of sun showed me a path, I committed. Once again with my Hobie Pro Angler 14, I was on my way to the big deep blue.

This day, I decided to visit a FAD (Fishing Attraction Device) called the Haputo buoy, which is about five miles from shore. On my way there, I hooked into my Wahoo within 30 minutes of letting my lines in the water. After that, the bite went cold and I had no strikes for a few hours.

So I decided to mix it up and parallel the ridge line within a mile or two of the shore, which is about 300 feet deep. It was a good decision! Soon after, a fish hit my lure, making my favorite Truth Reel LGN scream like never before.

At the other end of the line, I had the biggest mahi I have ever seen. A personal best and a kayak record here on Guam. Mahis are an amazing fish that can grow up to 30 inches in just one year. At the end of the season, while all of the Mahis move out of the region, you can still find that lonely bull that decided to stay in the area for a bit longer. Amazing creatures for sure.

The island of Guam is full of amazing adventures and if you are an ocean lover, this is definitely heaven.

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