Fishing in Fiji: When to Go, Where to Go and What to Catch
Fiji is a big game angler’s paradise. The underwater ecosystem boasts a huge variety with more than 1,200 species of reef fish and a whole array of exciting game fish. While many of us like to relax in Fiji, getting out on the water is likely to be one of the most exciting (and exhausting) adventures you have. However, nothing beats the pride of successfully reeling in a big one. In this complete fishing guide to Fiji, we’ll go over the fishing regions, best times to go fishing, as well as other important information you need to go fishing in Fiji.
10 Things to Know About Fishing in Fiji
- Fiji is home to game fish species including mahimahi, giant trevally, yellowfin tuna, dogtooth tuna, blue marlin and much more
- Fishing is available in Fiji from almost anywhere that you have a fishing charter available
- Some resorts specialise in certain types of fishing, like spearfishing – see the 5 Best Spearfishing Resorts in Fiji
- Reef fishing is a great option for those who want a taste of fishing or who are fishing with kids – see 10 Best Fishing Tours in Fiji to see who offers reef fishing
- Handline fishing is a traditional Fijian fishing technique and is sometimes on offer at resorts to try for free (or very cheap)
- Villages have their own fishing grounds, so you will need the permission of the village chief in order to fish there (don’t worry, that’s what fishing charters are for)
- While fishing is available all year round in Fiji, the best time to target most game fish is from November to March
- Billfish are “catch and release” only
- Some fishing charters clean up your catch and deal with local restaurants to prepare your catch for dinner
- Find a shared charter to reduce the cost of a fishing charter per person.
For more details, see 10 Things to Know About Fishing in Fiji.
The Best Places to Go Fishing in Fiji
All of the resorts in Fiji will tell you that where they are is the best place to go fishing in Fiji. That’s mainly because there isn’t really a bad place for fishing in Fiji! Highly sought game fish like marlin, sailfish, tuna, mahimahi, wahoo and giant trevally can be accessed from every island group and region in Fiji, as long as you have a fishing charter to get you to the deeper waters. As for reef fishing, there’s 6,400km² (2,470m²) of coral reef in Fiji’s waters. Enough said.
The Best Places for Fishing in Fiji
Because fishing tours are available just about everywhere in Fiji, we recommend choosing a destination that has other things that you want to do to complement your trip. Here is a list of all the regions linking to more information on what each place can offer:
- Denarau – see 9 Best Fishing Trips from Denarau
- Coral Coast
- Pacific Harbour & Beqa
- Mamanuca Islands
- Yasawa Islands
- Lomaiviti Islands
- Vanua Levu
The Best Resorts for Fishing in Fiji
Sometimes, just picking a fishing destination in Fiji is as simple as choosing a resort that specialises in all types of fishing. As shown in our 10 Best Fishing Resorts in Fiji, there excellent fishing resorts on the Coral Coast, Nadi, the Yasawa Islands, Mamanuca Islands and Vanua Levu.
The Types of Fish in Fiji
Fiji’s waters are home to some of the most exciting predator fish to target. Popular game fish in Fiji include:
- Blue Marlin
- Black Marlin
- Striped Marlin
- Pacific Sailfish
- Yellowfin Tuna
- Dogtooth Tuna
- Spanish Mackerel
- Giant Trevally
Reef fishing is also available in Fiji, which includes species such as:
- Sweet Lip
- Coral Trout
- Leather Jacket
Learn more about the types of fish you can fish for in Fiji here.
The Best Time for Fishing in Fiji
Fishing can be enjoyed in Fiji all year round. While skipjack tuna, Spanish mackerel, giant trevally, wahoo and mahimahi are in Fiji’s waters year-round, there are better times of the year to target these fish, as well as other seasonal game fish. Here are some of the best seasons to target Fiji’s most popular game fish:
- Blue Marlin: November to January
- Black Marlin: November and December
- Sailfish: June to September
- Yellowfin Tuna: November to March
- Dogtooth Tuna: October to March
- Skipjack: January to February and August to October
- Mahimahi: October to January
- Spanish Mackerel: October to December
- Wahoo: June to September
- Giant Trevally: June to September.
For more information, see What is the Best Time of Year for Fishing in Fiji?
Fishing Sustainability in Fiji
Fishing has a few restrictions in Fiji in order to preserve the fish populations, so there is enough fish in the waters for future generations. One of the restrictions is the minimum size limits for fish. There are certain fish species that must be returned to the water if they are too small. Check out the list of minimum fish size limited for Fiji here.
In addition, billfish, for instance, Marlins and Sailfish, are for “catch and release only” in order to boost conservation efforts. Many fishing charters in Fiji operate with a “Tag and Release” programme working with The Billfish Foundation.
Some areas around Fiji are marine reserves, meaning fishing is banned. It is illegal to fish in these areas.
Finally, a fishing license along with permission to fish in your chosen village fishing ground is required in order to fish independently in Fiji. For this reason, we recommend either fishing with the locals or jumping on a fishing charter to ensure you are following the right protocol.
Types of Fishing Techniques Available
Finally, what types of fishing can you do in Fiji? The standard fishing charter offers trolling, which is essentially a number of fishing lines doing the work for you and all you need to do is be strong enough to reel in the big one. This is the best option for first-time fishers.
Some fishing charters offer specialities like spearfishing, popping and jigging and handline fishing. Learn more about spearfishing in The Complete Guide to Spearfishing in Fiji. For tours that offer different fishing techniques, see 10 Best Fishing Tours in Fiji.