Sensational Samoa – Above and Below the Surface

Renowned fish photographer and SF contributor Al McGlashan recenty traveled from his home in Australia to fish Samoa. He wasn't disappointed. Mahi from 20 to 40 pounds were so thick, "in the end we were trying to stay away from them." He says, "The problem with Samoa is it's so underfished and with just two charter boats, there's so much ground to explore. The opportunities are endless!" He shares with SF here a sampling of some of the photos he took there. For more, visit Al McGlashan shows off a typical Samoan wahoo caught trolling close to the steep edge of the reef.
Casting Roosta Poppers over dropoffs and reef edges is guaranteed to produce trevally like this lovely bluefin.
Mahi are beautiful at any time, but in the cobalt blue waters of Samoa, they’re magic.
Mahi are available in numbers around the island and make great light-tackle targets.
There are only a couple of charters boats fishing the whole island.
Wahoo are abundant both on the reef edge and offshore on the marlin grounds.
School-size yellowfin are common, but fish to more than 150 pounds are caught here as well.
Any piece of floating flotsam attracts small fish and predators such as skipjack.
A careful release is expected for all billfish caught by anglers off Samoa.
Big mahi to 40 pounds are anything but rare.
Al with a typical mahi (after he had been swimming with it!).
Sunset Samoa style.