Advice for Fishing in Niue
There are many reasons to head out onto Niue’s blue waters, whether it’s watching Humpback Whales, scuba diving or reeling in the monsters of the deep. Incidentally, Niue’s blue water is only 100-600m from shore, practically throwing you into the action as your fishing charter begins. Learn more about fishing in Niue as a visitor in this list of fishing tips for Niue.
1. You Can Only Fish from Alofi Wharf or with a Licensed Operator
Niue has strict fishing regulations to keep Niue’s fish populations sustainable. For this reason, visitors to Niue can only fish from Sir Robert’s Wharf in Alofi, as well as with a licensed fishing charter.
2. Targeting Specific Species? Pick the Right Season
Niue’s waters are home to highly-sought game species all year round. However, some game species are seasonal, such as mahimahi that is only available in winter. As for other species, there tends to be a peak time for getting a successful catch, for instance, wahoo is better caught in winter, yellowfin tuna are better caught in summer, and Marlin is best caught on the fringes of summer. See The Best Time for Fishing in Niue for more information and when are the summer and winter seasons in Niue.
3. The Catch Stays with the Boat
The charter policy in Niue is that the catch stays with the boat. However, most charters will cut some fish for you to cook up in your accommodation. Charters like Fish Niue Charters will deliver your catch to a local restaurant where it will become their “Catch of the Day” dishes for you to try at a discount. Be sure to discuss your options before heading out.
4. Trolling, Jigging and Casting are a Standard
Niue’s fishing charters use high-quality fishing equipment, where trolling is the standard of most fishing trips. However, charters are also set up for jigging and casting should the conditions of the game species targeted require it.
5. Spearfishing is Available but Bring Your Own Gear
Some charters, like Fish Niue Charters, Niue Fishing Charters and Paul Pasisi Charters are also experienced in spearfishing at Niue’s offshore FADs, bluewater drifts and drop-offs. While Niue Fishing Charters can arrange gear rentals on request, it’s the usual custom to bring your own gear for this very specialised fishing. See The Complete Guide to Spearfishing in Niue for more information.
6. Niue’s Fishing Charters are Very Similar
With Niue’s fishing charters priding themselves on high-quality gear and safety, you’re bound to have an amazing time no matter what fishing charter you pick. The only major differences are the boat sizes and the number of passengers for each boat, so see How to Choose the Best Fishing Tour in Niue to compare your options.
7. Be Aware of the Kaloama Season
An important local tradition is fishing for kaloama (juvenile goatfish) during the unpredictable kaloama season each year. Typically occurring for a couple of weeks in February or March, kaloama spawn on the coast which locals fish individually from shore. It’s an exciting time for fishing enthusiasts to be in Niue, however, you’ll need to seek advice from a fishing charter or befriend a local who can take you to their fishing grounds to partake in the activity. See What You Need to Know About the Kaloama/Goatfish Season in Niue for more information.
8. Some Fishing Charters are Licensed for Whale Watching
While not directly related to fishing, whale watching is a breathtaking experience that some fishing charters are licensed to partake in. In Niue, only licensed whale watching operators can approach humpback whales that migrate to Niue’s waters between July and September. Find out more in the 5 Best Whale Tours in Niue.
9. Anyone can Fish in Niue
You don’t have to be an experienced angler to reel in the big ones in Niue. Likewise, there are also exciting fishing experiences for the fisherman that’s seen it all. Niue’s fishing charters are set up for any skill level, so just let your chosen fishing charter know if you have any particular fishing in mind before you head out.
10. Fishing Tours are Available for 2h30mins, 4 Hours and 5 Hours
Fishing charter lengths are typically half-day, meaning your tour lasts for four to five hours. There are also a small number of charters that offer shorter charters for around 2h30mins. However, full-day charters are not really a standard in Niue, but the beauty about a private charter is that they can be chartered to your requirements.