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Understanding the feeding and migration patterns of the dogtooth tuna by Andrea Traverso

Born and raised in Vanuatu, Andrea Traverso’s bio speaks volumes for his passion for all styles of fishing. Andrea has pioneered the Vanuatu popping and jigging scene, successfully targeting dogtooth and GT’s, two of his favourite species. He has refined his techniques covering heavy tackle, saltwater fly, light tackle, live baiting, Andrea’s European background and cultural influences means he fluently speaks English, French, Italian and Bislama/Pidgin, very handy for adventures to remote islands and villages! He’s also made time along the way to fit in a degree in Marine Biology to further increase his knowledge of the ocean.

There have never been any studies made on doggies. But by experience, we found out that they can be caught from depth as shallow as 1m all the way down to 350m. They are mostly night feeders but also can feed quite actively during the day. Nobody knows anything about their migrations but to my opinion they are semi-pelagic. They do travel a lot but maybe not a big distance like Yellowfins and other big tunas. They can be seen by the hundreds on the reefs at some periods and completely disappear at others. They can be caught using metal jigs, casting topwater lures, trolling divers and livebaiting. They generally will always be found on the same spots so we go from spot to spot to find them. They are present all year round with periods where they are more prolific but those periods are never the same from year to year. As a guide, Andrea has encountered numerous beast over his career but his most memorable highlight was last year when one of our Ocean Blue angler, Michael Bonnici beat his PB with a 101kg dogtooth on jig. Get him talking on the subject and you’ll hear it in his voice, see it in his eyes and learn how to use brains as well as muscle to find & land that next Vanuatu 102kg plus dogtooth.


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Understanding the feeding and migration patterns of the dogtooth tuna by Andrea Traverso

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