This update is two trips over two days. The 1st few pictures are from day one of the trip. Left at 0600LT along with a friend Peter, Kayaking to an island (Fahal Island) 4.3km from our starting point. The sun was just starting to rise just behind us on our right. The water was perfect and not too much of waves....Once off shore we set up our lines. Peter trolls two rods with large lures as also one hand line with another lure..I trolled with just one 8wt rod and a six inch chartreuse and white clouser made at home the previous day. Reached the island in an hour and started skirting the left side (shaded side) of the island. Saw Peter casting one of his lures on my right. The water on this side of the island is quite calm and around 40ft deep. Peter had caught a 10KG king fish a few days previously. We had our hopes high. On full alert started kayaking along the island, waiting for that one savage pull......dreaming of huge dorado’s, kingfish and giant barracuda....but was not to be...the line was slack ...saw Peter in the distance kayaking and hoping for that one adrenalin rush. No Fish but had to head back. This was easy said than done...4.3KM back after almost 90 minutes of continuous kayaking is not that simple...especially if the wind is not in your favour...back we had to go....at time fingers stiff,,,,hands aching...stomach and feet cramping....as usual Peter was ahead with even strokes...me stopping almost every 10 minutes......after more than 90 minutes made it back to shore...thought my shirt was wet due to the sea water when in fact I was drenched with sweat.
Day two and decided to fish close to shore...along the rocky small hills that skirt the sea......struck something as soon as I set out from the bay and realized it was a nice juvenile barracuda....good omen...reached my favourite spot and immediately got into a lovely trevally....saw another kayak heading in my direction and realized it was Peter who was just returning from Fahal islands. The sea had roughed him up a bit....with no fish. He headed back home while I continued fishing for an hour. From time to time Trevally and One Spot Snapper on a small fly. Decided to call it a day and while kayaking back to base got one savage pull.....rod almost bending, (see two photographs) had to fight the fish for around 3 to 4 minutes b4 I was able to bring her up. A beautiful 1KG one spot snapper. Luckily I had changed my frayed tippet a few minutes earlier.
Reaching The Island
Still not willing to come up
One Spot Beauty