Astove Atoll News – Huge GTs Galore!







It was a wet and windy start to the week but boy did the fishing start off well!

Harrald Claessen and Robert Gilchrist were quick out of the blocks with 18 GTs for the day, with seven of them over 100 cm. Robert landed the biggest fish of the week, measuring a whopping 124cm, while Harrald came close on the same day with a fish of 118cm.

Later in the week Harrald hooked one of the biggest GTs ever seen on the flats, a fish estimated at over 150cm. We sadly have to say ‘estimated’ because despite Harrald’s best efforts it proceeded in an unperturbed manner to just swim off the flats and snap the line like cotton…

The Gods did, however, smile upon Ross Brawn and Jan Hradecky as they both landed a marvellous Indo-Pacific permit each. Not only did they get a permit but they also managed to hook up at the same time, landing both fish – a feat that is unheard of and almost impossible to repeat.

In total for the week 92 GTs were landed with a staggering 12 measuring over the 100cm mark and the week ended in a superb manner with Harald catching a ‘Flats Grand Slam’ comprising a GT, bonefish and an impressive triggerfish.

So, despite the foul weather, it was a fun week enjoyed by all of the guests and guides alike.

Until next week, tight lines from the Astove Atoll team.


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