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Popper Fishing in Vava'u, Tonga
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At Lucky's Beach, we love to fish. Our favorite type is popping for Giant Trevally (GT)
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Your guide has over 15 years experience popper fishing in Hawaii and has spent the last 6 years searching Vava'u for prime fishing locations.  He would love to take you to the remote reefs to try your luck with these bruts of the sea.
Check our Photo Album Page for more GT pictures
 
121 cm Tank
GT Machine Logo 1Land based fun
             
We Practice 100% Catch and Release for GTs
The Release
 
Your fishing platform is named Lupo.  In the Tongan Language it is the name of the smaller Trevally (quick and agile).  Lupo is a Boston Whaler, Montauk 17, which is excellent for 2 anglers,one forward and one aft.  It is powered by a 2009 Yamaha 60 HP 4-stroke for quiet cruising the reef edges.
 

 
Warning:  This kind of fishing can be physically challenging and requires reasonable fitness levels and casting abilities to be truly effective.  Some of the land based options are 20-40 minute walks to remote beaches, down somewhat steep trailes.  Please be sure to ask all possible questions before booking GT fishing trips, especially land based ones.
 
Poppin' Tonga

GT FISHING CHARTERS – Poppin' Tonga

We now have two options to cater to the experienced GT fishos with their own equipment.  Then the option for the folks that are keen to give this great type of fishing a try.  Just a word of warning, this type of fishing is quite addictive

Boat Charters - Max 3 Anglers
Full Day no equipment supplied - $800 TOP
Half Day no equipment supplied - $500 TOP
Full Day all equipment supplied - $1000 TOP
Half Day all equipment supplied - $600 TOP
 
 
Land Based
Remote locations via 4x4 and hiking - Requires a good fitness level.
No equipment is supplied for these trips.
Available upon request 
 
 
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Cool Tongan GT Trivia
GT Names in Tongan
Name
Fish Size
Comments
Lupolupo
to ~ 15cm
Very young Trevally
Lupo
15cm - 40cm
 

Hikumālohi

 
40cm - 90cm
 
English translation - Strong Tail
Tafa'uli
90cm -140cm
English translation - Black Side
'Ulua
140cm - OMG*
The ones we all dream of!!
OMG = Oh my Gosh!  
 
Tongan Proverb -  Fotu e 'Ulua pea ngalo 'a Tukuku
 
English Translation - When the GT comes around, we forget about the small black reef fish.
 
This proverb is used in many contexts - When Famous people come to visit we forget about the little people.
This information was kindly provided by Mr. Bruno Toke of the Ministry of Tourism in Vava'u
 
Great Low tide fishVictory
 
Some photos of Kenzaburou Fukui (holder of 4 IGFA GT records) on his trip to Vava'u, Tonga.  I had the honor of taking him and his cameraman "Iga" to one of the remote islands for land based popping.  What an amazing fisherman!  Not many people could have landed that fish.
 
Ken and IgaFull PressureThe Prize
 
Hope to see you in Vava'u