CAPTAIN... LOOTA RESTURE
Born and raised in Tuvalu, Loota spent his entire childhood hunting fish. Catching yellowfin tuna and the many other pelagic species found in the wters surrounding his island home became second nature.. Lootas passion for the sea saw him graduate from the marine academy at 17, travel the world and go on to become a professional Captain. In 2000 Loota moved to Samoa with his Family and started chasing Tuna. He soon became one of Samoa's most sought after commercial captains and racked up many years working out of Apia and Pago Pago. In 2011 knowing Loota's experience in fishing the waters around the Samoa's, Greg approached him to become his co captain. Greg was on the money with Loota putting many anglers on their dream fish whether it be their first or largest marlin or a session popping Gt;s off the bow. Lootas wealth of experience and local knowledge are invaluable to Team Troppo and our Anglers.
FIRST MATE/DECKY... DANIEL LYONS
Daniel hails from Wyong on the central coast of NSW.. He is a third generation fisherman.. Since he could cast a line he has been fishing the waters around his home town. He bought his first boat when he was 16yrs and started fishing the waters wide of Swansea targeting everything from marlin to kingies. His tackle knowledge is second to none.one He's fearless on a leader and not afraid to mix it up trolling, switching, jigging, popping, bait or fly fishing to ensure our anglers are always on the hunt and plenty of fish hit the deck.
CO OWNER - MANAGER... CAPT GREG “HOPPO” HOPPING
Greg was born in Australia and raised in Sydney. He has been fishing since he could hold a hand line. His early years were spent fishing the Parramatta River and Sydney Harbour with his Pop and his Dad. He was introduced to game fishing by his friend John Davis in the late 80’s. In 1991 he was a member of Team Wave Dancer which won the NSW Interclub Tag & Release Tournament held out of Port Stephens. In the late 90’s Greg started guiding fishing adventures to Vanuatu and Fiji. In 2003 , he fell in love with Samoa and decided to concentrate all efforts here in "The Heart of Polynesia"
Greg has always been an avid conservationist and a huge advocate of the Tag & Release of Billfish and other sustainable fishing practices. Apart from sitting on the commitee of the Samoan International Game Fishing Association (SIGFA) as Vice President and beingthe the major sponsor of the tag and release component of the SIGFA International Tournament, he is also an active member of The Billfish Foundation and a longtime member of the International Game Fishing Association (IGFA). Greg is also a certified IGFA Captain who is highly respected by his peers. He is a dedicated sport fisherman who encourages a true "team" philosophy to all he undertakes. He believes that the combined experiences of Loota, Dan, Randy and himself help make every charter a more productive and enjoyable experience for all those who fish with Team Troppo aboard MV Pure Indulgence.
CO OWNER & GUIDE... RANDY SIZEMORE
Randy was born in southern USA. Ever since he could walk his father would take him and his brother Andy fishing for large mouth bass in the creeks around the family homestead. . As time passed Randy started looking for waters holding bigger fish.. In his teens he started fishing the waters off Florida and The Gulf of Mexico targeting everything from wahoo and yellofin to bottom dwellers such as grouper and red snapper. Moving overseas he started fishing waters as diverse as the Mediterainian Sea. Agean Sea, Andaman Sea, The Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. Big Game and Sport Fishing had taken over his soul. Eventually he decided to fish the middle of the Pacific Ocean and the islands of Samoa.. This is where he met Greg and decided to become a partner in Troppo Fishing Adventures Samoa. To find out more you will have to come on a trip with the boys and GET THE FULL STORY!!