Fish in the Aitutaki Lagoon have been over netted for years however there are still many beautiful tropical fish amongst and protected from netting by extensive live coral. Even more beautiful tropical fish are on the outer slopes of Aitutaki's reef. I recommend you book Neil Mitchell's Aitutaki Scuba to dive with either SCUBA tanks or snorkel to see and underwater photograph fish near Aitutaki. Fish of the South Pacific ocean near Aitutaki are the staple protein food of the Cook Islands
Photos of Aitutaki Fish
Recreational sport fishing Aitutaki and game
fishing Aitutaki is a favourite tourist activity. There are quite a few
fishing charter boat operators on Aitutaki. If you haven't booked a
fishing trip online before you arrive at Aitutaki you could enquire at
the Aitutaki Game Fishing Club to find the next available member taking
a fishing charter. All fishing charter trips are outside the Aitutaki
reef. Some troll close to outside the reef but wisely most target
pelagic fish such as tuna and big game fish such as marlin and
swordfish. Some fishing charters in calm weather will even go far from
Aitutaki to the small, uninhabited mid south Pacific islet of
Manuai which is relatively untouched.
A storey about fishing in Aitutaki would not be complete without homage to skillful Polynesian fishermen. One day near the Aitutaki airport short runway I saw an Aitutakian warrior allow for refraction of light, throw a hand spear through the air to stick into a big parrot fish more than 20 metres away! Jaw dropping fishing.
Matai Simiona, chief of the Aitutaki, was my fishing partner when power boats in a fishing completion unsuccessfully buzzed boiling water under diving birds half a kilometre west of mutu Maina. We sailed in with 4 lines at the back of my Hobie 16 catamaran. After filling big bags full of tuna, ourselves and lower part of sails covered in fish blood, with the boat weighed down with fish we retired to the harbour at Arutunga.
After catching a couple of mahimahi (dolphin-fish, double strike, on game fishing rods) kilomtres south east of Aitutaki, with a Sydney tourist fisherman with one glass eye on board, in an Aitutaki Game Fishing Club fishing contest, a storm blew up from the north west of Aitutaki. After two failed attempts at surfing waves right at the almost dry reef and the whole Hobie 16 leaping high over the lip of oncoming waves on both retreats, on the third attempt, I let go the tiller, ran up the bow, jumped off onto the reef in knee deep water, dragged the boat across the top of the reef, sailed this short cut across the Aitutaki lagoon to beat some of the storm battered fishing boats which rounded the longer way outside of Maina islet to home.
One day my small 8 horsepowered boat got dragged backwards by simultaneous hook up of five tuna fish. This meant some fishing lines sagged and wrapped the propeller. With prop out the water, shark fins cruised under my elbow as I unwound fishing line from the jammed propeller. Other fishing stories such as my small catamaran being dragged around the Pacific Ocean by a shark will have to wait till when I get time to write more about fishing and fish of Aitutaki or better still after I find time to proof read and fix mistakes.
It's not only photos of Aitutaki fish that you can take but other Aitutaki marine life too including:
Unlike South Pacific Islands west of Aitutaki, sea snakes are VERY rare. I only saw one in ten years on the Aitutaki lagoon nearly every day and that was a dead one washed up on the beach.
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