The Cook Islands is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean in 'free association' with New Zealand. It comprises 15 small islands whose total land area is 240 square kilometres. The Cook Islands' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), however, covers 1,800,000 square kilometres of ocean. The Cook Islands' defence and foreign affairs are the responsibility of New Zealand, which is exercised in consultation with the Cook Islands. In recent times, the Cook Islands have adopted an increasingly independent foreign policy. Although Cook Islanders are citizens of New Zealand.
The Cook Islands' main population centres are on the island of Rarotonga where there is an international airport. There is a much larger population of Cook Islanders in New Zealand, particularly the North Island. With about 100,000 visitors travelling to the islands (2011) tourism is the country's main industry, and the leading element of the economy, far ahead of offshore banking, pearls, and marine and fruit exports.
The Cook Islands are in the South Pacific Ocean, northeast of New Zealand, between French Polynesia and American Samoa. There are 15 major islands spread over 2.2 million sq km of ocean, divided into two distinct groups: the Southern Cook Islands and the Northern Cook Islands of coral atolls. The islands were formed by volcanic activity; the northern group is older and consists of six atolls, which are sunken volcanoes topped by coral growth. The climate is moderate to tropical.
Bonefish are the jewel in the crown of the lagoon fish but there are also several species of Trevally. Large streamer flies and poppers are the most popular choice of lure and a heavier leader is always a good idea as the trevally can be monsters. Out in the blue water fish can be targeted just out of the lagoon with one of the experienced charter operators. As soon as you leave the Avatiu Harbour the water gets very deep, very quickly so no time is wasted getting into the water as within minutes of leaving the harbour you are fishing. There many different type of fish in the ocean around Rarotonga. What is around at what time though depends on season on also what bait is around. Species include Skip Jack Tuna, Yellow Fin Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin and Sailfish.
Cook Islands Game Fishing ClubInformation
Ara Tapu Avarua District Tel: +682 21 419
Aitutaki Sports & Fly Fishing LodgeAccommodation
Imagine a place so stunning that every direction you look is a photo opportunity, then add the friendliest and laid back people you will ever meet. Sounds perfect!!!! Ok now add a lagoon that has large amounts of sand flats that hold Bonefish, not just any old Bonefish but big Bonefish, trophy Bonefish!!! Sound too good to be true? Well welcome to Aitutaki in the Cook Islands....
Akaiami Beach Lodgehttp://www.akaiamiflyfish.com
Whilst Gina's Akaiami Beach Lodge is the ideal location for bonefishing, you can also stay at Gina's Garden Lodges on the main island and fish from there on a day basis...
Akaiami Fishing Lodgehttp://www.akaiamifishinglodge.com
Come Stay With Us At Akaiami Fishing Lodge - Our Aitutaki Lagoon Paradise - Deep In the Heart of the Blue Lagoon at Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, South Pacific...
Aitutaki Lagoon - Black Pearl ChartersCharter
Telephone: +68 2 31125 or +68 2 52125 - E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The fishing grounds surrounding Aitutaki provide some of the most exciting pelagic fishing in the South Pacific. Target species include Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Yellow Fin Tuna and the Giant Trevally...
Aitutaki Lagoon - Slice of HeavenCharter
Imported from NZ, built by Bluewater Boats, Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand - She’s 7.7 mtr aluminium hardtop with spacious cockpit area. Powered by a 225 HP Four Stroke Yamaha outboard motor, equipped with all approved safety equipment from life jackets, EPIRB, flares, floaters, VHF, fire extinguisher and first aid kit for minor cuts. For your convenient it has a lockup cabin, flush toilet and comfortable built in seating...
Rarotonga - Akura Chartershttp://www.akurafishingcharters.com
Akura - The Cook Islands Maori word for "Marlin". As the name suggests, Akura are specialists in Marlin & big game fishing.Our boat is a 45 foot Pelin hull sportsfisher with full amenities and can carry up to 16 anglers comfortably...
Rarotonga - Capt Moko's Fishing ChartersCharter
Don't fall into the tourist trap... fish with a real local charter...
Rarotonga - Delano Adventure FishingCharter
Welcome to the website of Delano Adventure Fishing based in beautiful Rarotonga. The crew have made the waters of Rarotonga their home using their tried and true game fishing techniques to ensure you have the best experience possible. Fishing is a ‘way of life’ and a year round sport in the Cook Islands, there is always a local game fish in season. Game fish you’ll get a chance to reel in are Bill Fish, Mai-Mai, Tuna & Wahoo...
Rarotonga - Marlin QueenCharter
Fishing aboard Marlin Queen is the ultimate game fishing experience in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. A successful blend of Rarotonga’s best known and most trusted Captain (Junior) with a purpose built deep sea boat means a day out on the ocean doesn’t get any better! We work extra hard to make sure your fishing trip is an unforgettable experience! Rain, hail or shine – we go fishing...
Rarotonga - Reel Time Fishing ChartersFacebook Page
Experience the excitement of fishing for tuna, mahimahi, wahoo and marlin in the crystal clear waters around picturesque Rarotonga. We offer half day or full day share or private charters. All the fishing gear, bait, lures etc are provided and lunch and cold drinks are also included...
Rarotonga - Seafari Chartershttp://www.seafari.co.ck
The MV Seafari is the hottest game fishing boat in Rarotonga and is fully equipped with all fishing and safety equipment as well as an onboard toilet for the comfort of visitors...
Rarotonga - Wahoo Fishing ChartersCharter
Come try your luck at catching big game fish in the deep blue waters surrounding Rarotonga. Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi and even Marlin. Offering a high quality and professional service from the moment you come aboard and receive our safety briefing ensuring your comfort and safety throughout the tour. Deep sea game fishing starts within minutes or leaving the Avatiu Harbour. Our local fishing ground knowledge ensures the best catch of the day.
Aitutaki Blue Lagoon FlyfishInformation
Owner-Guide Butch Leone of Aitutaki Blue Lagoon Fly fish is located on the beautiful Island of Aitutaki in the Cook Islands in the Southern Pacific ocean. Butch Leone is the most experienced fly fisherman and fly fishing guide on the Aitutaki lagoon along with having the longest running fly fishing guide service on Aitutaki. Butch started and learned to fly fish in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California and then refined his skills on the blue ribbon waters of Central and Coastal Oregon on trout. His saltwater skills were helped out by fishing for strippers and other species on the Outer Banks area of the East Coast of the United States....
Welcome to Aitutaki fishing, cook islands fishing and spear fishing, where endless fun and good treats abound. Aitutaki fishing offers something for all anglers, and all experience levels...
Pure relaxation, right on the waters edge. Perfect for the romantic escape with great sunset views and large timber decking for all you fishing gear...
Cook Islands Bone FishingArticle
Imagine a place so stunning that every place you look is a photo opportunity, then add the friendliest and laid back people you will ever meet. Sounds perfect! OK now add a lagoon that has large amounts of sand flats that hold Bonefish, not just any old Bonefish but big Bonefish, trophy Bonefish! Sounds to good to be true? Well, welcome to Aitutaki, Cook Islands. A place you can either lay back and relax or hold on for dear life as your fly line and backing disappears at a speed that make you think you have hooked a passing speed boat.
Aitutaki Bonefishing ToursGuide
The Aitutaki Islands’ offer exceptional bonefishing opportunities at one of the South Pacific’s best kept secrets. Complete with modern fully-equipped bonefishing boats, our expert fishing guides will provide all you need for a great fishing experience on the Aitutaki lagoon...
... livebaiting for tuna - Black Pearl Charters
Fly Fishing Penrhyn Atoll, Cook Islands, 2003Video
An exploratory fly fishing trip to Tongareva back in 2003 with Aussie mates, Rob Watts and Graham Rowles produced many fond memories, lasting friendships, and some very lovely bonefish. Were we the first to take bonefish on the fly at Penrhyn? I'm not sure, but we were the first to give it a serious look over and document it in FlyLife issue #34. Music by John Legend.