Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Go Fishing and catch a big one with Captain John Llanes aboard The Sea Dancer.

We offer half and full day fishing expeditions with Makaira owner and pro fisherman Captain John Llanes aboard one of our fishing fleet vessels: “Sea Dancer“, “Sea Afare“, and “Slam ‘Em

Sea Afare

Boat and Equipment

Sea Afare was built by Islander Boats in October 2019. She is a luxurious purpose built boat designed specifically for Fijian waters and all types of anglers and techniques to pursue the large selection of sport fishing species in our surrounding waters. She is 33 ft (11 metres) with large casting platforms aft and fore.  Beam: 12 ft. or 3.75 meters. Accommodates up to 6  anglers for big game trolling and comfortably 4 for light tackle and casting anglers and up to 12 passengers.

Engine, Electronics, and Safety

Twin 2019 250hp 4 stroke Yamahas.  Electronics include GPS, VHS, Depth recorder and Fish Finder. She meets all international safety regulations with EPRIB, life jackets, flare guns, and standard safety equipment.

Outfitting

Reelax Fighting Chair to accommodate big game fishermen that is removable for a flush deck for those anglers that prefer a large  aft casting platform for popping, light tackle or fly fishing.   Large casting platform on the fore deck with built in insulated fish boxes that double for ample seating complete with a roll up Bimini top for shade.  Enclosed cabin includes v-berth and electric toilet. Swim step with built in retractable ladder Fresh water and salt water wash down.

Fishing Gear

1-130 Shimano, 4- 50’s Penns 1-50 Shimano 1- 80 Shimano and 2-80 Penns, 1 casting rod, bucket Seat for fighting chair, stand up fighting belt, flying and stick gaffs,  Outriggers and18 Rod holders. For Popping, Jigging, Fly Fishermen and Blue Water Hunters bring your own fishing outfits. We strongly support the live release of non-record GT’s, Billfish and all species of Sharks. For GT anglers bring only single hooks, no treble or double hooks because they inflict needless injuries on the GT’s upon release. We have released over 4,000 GT’s

Rates

Half Day Charter (4 hours)      US$710

Three Quarter day (6 hours)    US$990

Full Day Charter (8 hours)     US$1,320

(Rates not inclusive of 15% Government tax)

Sea Dancer

Boat and Equipment

The Sea Dancer was built in September 2015 and completely refurbished to Factory new in 2022. , Custom Built Fiberglass built by Islander boats that offers versatility for all angling techniques.  Length Overall 28ft or 8.75 Meters .  Beam: 9 ft. or 2.8 meters with a walk around deck.  Enclosed Cabin includes a V-Berth and Head.

Engine, Electronics, and Safety

4 stroke 200 hp Yamaha.  Electronics include GPS, Depth recorder and Fish Finder.  She meets coast guard safety standards.

Outfitting

Reelax Fighting Chair to accommodate big game fishermen that is removable for a flush deck for those anglers that prefer a large casting platform for light tackle or fly fishing.  . Transom Door for easy entry and exit and portable S/S swim ladder for easy water exit and entry

Fishing Gear

2- 130’s Shimano, 4- 50’s Shimano and Penn, 2- 80’s Shimano casting rod and reels.  Bucket Seat for fighting chair, stand up fighting belt, flying and stick gaffs, 10 Rod holders and Outriggers.

Rates

Half Day Charter (4 hours)      US$500

Three Quarter day (6 hours)    US$750

Full Day Charter (8 hours)     US$900

(Rates not inclusive of 15% Government tax)

Slam ‘Em

Boat and Equipment

Slam “em is a center console, custom built in 2022 by Islander Boats. She is 24 ft or 7.5 meters with a Yamaha 150hp engine. Center console with a walk around deck. She is ideal for 1 or 2 anglers for popping, jigging, small game trolling, fly fishing and stand up light tackle fishing

Engine, Electronics, and Safety

VHF, Touchscreen depth recorder, fish finder and GPS.

Outfitting

Outriggers, stand up fighting belt, gaff, 10 rod holders, Bimini top, tuna door with swim step with retractable ladder and life jackets.

Fishing Gear

2-50 Penns for trolling

Rates

Half Day Charter (4 hours)      US$350

Three Quarter day (6 hours)    US$450

Full Day Charter (8 hours)     US$625

(Rates not inclusive of 15% Government tax)

Your Captain: John Llanes

John Llanes is at least a 3rd generation fisherman who started fishing 50 years ago at a very young age at the knee of his father during the pioneering days of big game charter fishing in Kona, Hawaii. With that pioneering spirit in mind he came to Fiji 20 years ago to open up fishing in Taveuni as a world class fishing destination. . He has fished commercially and professionally and has held his 100 ton Master license for over 40 years.   During his Hawaiian career he has won or placed in at least 50 tournaments. He has studied and fished the Fijian waters for 20 years… He is an all-around Captain and fisherman for Big Game, light tackle, reef and bottom fishing.  This rounded experience has given him the opportunity to professionally fish internationally including Australia, Midway, Fiji and his Hawaiian home grounds of Kona. He has been featured on televised fishing shows including ESPN as well as fishing books and magazines with the topics ranging from tournament wins, techniques for catching Giant Trevally’s, Marlin, Tuna, Mahi-mahi, Wahoo and deep sea rigging for various Big Game fish and lure making. He also enjoys beginner anglers to show them the ropes and see their joy at their first fish or largest fish.The bottom line with Capt. John. is fishing is his passion and he is a great choice for the serious, or novice anglers to enjoy a fun and safe day of fishing.

For the really adventuresome that want to range further into virgin waters ask us about overnight charters.

Fishing Grounds

Pristine and abundant waters surround your home base of Taveuni, Fiji. All the various prime fishing habitats are here and begin five minutes after launching, opening up to a virtual vastness of fishing grounds in every direction. Don’t expect to find another boat out there.  You can expect to find the Somosomo straits and out laying areas to be dotted with acres of birds and teeming baitfish, primarily skipjack, small Yellow Fin Tuna, scads, flying fish, mackerel and ballyhoo. Within the day range, anglers can expect to find all types of pelagic and reef fish as the topography is varied with ribbon reefs, pinnacles, islands, channels, outer reefs, straits, drop offs and sandy flats. Every direction is full of possibilities for an exciting, productive day of fishing. Depending on the angler’s preference and with some seasonal variability, they can fish for Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi-mahi, and Yellow fin Tuna.   For the reef fisherman who enjoys casting there is Giant Trevally, Blue Fin Trevally, Barracuda, Walu, and Dogtooth Tuna as well as some other Brand X’s.