The much-anticipated first week of the Astove season finally arrived. A full complement of six guests joined us for the kick off of another great season on one of the most remote atolls in the Indian Ocean. There is something truly breathtaking about the way Astove has formed. The abundance of volcanic rock filled with the most incredible designs of pre-historic fossilized coral, never lets you forget where you are.
Starting the week off with slower moving tides made for some fantastic bonefish action inside the lagoon and as the week progressed the tides subsided to allow some shallow water walks along the wall. It was Helmut Zaderer’s fourth trip to Astove and true to form he was the first to have a go at two GT’s, which he estimated to be bigger than he had ever seen before. Sadly the fish didn’t eat but definitely added excitement to the start of the trip. Hemut and his fishing buddy Helmut Schlagmann spent some time offshore targeting what ever came their way, managing 13 GT’s in a session with the biggest measuring in at 92cm. David Derry and Rick Krambule where not far behind doubling up on two good-sized GT on the outside.
One of the most incredible things about Astove is the sheer diversity of species and the opportunities for incredible variety in your day. The close proximity of “The Wall” allows easy access to deep water and on various days the teams found an abundance of yellowfin tuna cruising up and down the wall resulting in some incredible backing melting runs and an abundance of sashimi.
The only triggerfish of the week was landed by Andrew Wood our triggerfish champion landing a gorgeous Moustache trigger in the surf. There were some nice Permit around but sadly both fish hooked were lost late in the fight.
Tight lines from the Alphonse Fishing co. team on Astove.
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