Well, I took a short vacation (1 week) in Maldives from january 1st to january 8th and let me tell ya this is by far the most beautiful marine place I've ever seen, clarity water is comparable to Bahamas, but marine life is a million times thicker and more colorful. Snorkeling and free diving overthere is like swimming in a giant acquarium!!! Obviously in a place like that I had to find a way to do some fishing that you might think is the easiest thing in the world...not at all!!! Fishing is forbidden to all the tourists and the only way to do it is to go with a local boat and stick with what they have in terms of gear, tackle and mostly skills
I was lucky enough since the resort I was staying had a fishing excursion that they call "Big Game", so you might guess blue marlins, sailfish, wahoos and so on...not even close!!
The boat is a local wooden boat called "Dhoni", pretty stable and solid, but slow as hell for fast pelagic fish. 2 people allowed other than the captain and the mate so it was me and a bulgarian guy who was fishing saltwater for the first time in his life....The equipment was the best you can find overthere, a senator 4/0 on a 6'6" daiwa rod and a daiwa sealine on a 6'6" penn slammer rod, can you switch them??? WTF!!!!!
Both reels were spooled with about 100 yds of 100 lbs line
and the lures they used were two octopus skirts with a single hook on a trace of cable wire....we left at 5:45 am as soon as the sun came up and we trolled those things for a while in the blue water (120' or so) looking for cudas and dolphins, no luck obviously except for a bunch of giant houndfish that the locals said to be really tasty (see, I'm not the only one
). After a while I asked if they had other lures and the captain took out 2 brand new rapala magnum that he said he never used, WTF #2!!!! So I took out the wire and put the 2 magnum on the mono line and told the captain to work the reef lines and the ledges for the last hour of fishing, we finally got some good bites and we pulled out a nice banded leopard cod, a smallish lunar-tailed rock grouper and a nice size green jobfish (kind of a mullet snapper), then I saw some movement at the surface and I started reeling one of those lures as fast as I can and immediately hooked on a nice fish, fought it for a while until it was under the boat and it was a 15-20 lbs bluefin trevally, but when the mate went for the gaff he just hooked the lure and pulled it out of the fish mouth...
It was then time to get back to the dock, we had grilled grouper and jobfish for dinner that turned out to be pretty good eating, it was definitely a great day out on the water and for 20$ per person you can't really ask more to those guys who usually fish with yo-yos and chicken chunks!
Pics to come soon