Years turned into months, months turned into weeks, weeks turned into days and then, finally, last week Astove Atoll Lodge opened its doors for the first time to six lucky anglers.

It was no surprise when Peter Opperman started off the season by catching the first ‘Flats Grand Slam’, comprising a bonefish, triggerfish and a GT on the first day. His luck didn’t end there as he then managed another ‘Slam’, of a bonefish, GT and a milkfish!

Peter Moylan started his trip off by landing a 100cm fish on the first day, he later went on to land an impressive fish of 111cm, the biggest of the week. Unfortunately the weather didn’t play its part for the first part of the week with lots and rain, wind and heavy swell on the ‘wild side’ of the atoll.

However, once the weather eased its grip and the sun came out the fishing improved drastically, with the numbers of fish caught doubling.  The weather shifted focus on the inside of the lagoon where an uncountable amount of bonefish were caught, several permit were seen and big GTs were landed, all in skinny water.

 

The tally at the end of the week was:  93 GTs of which 5 were over 100cm, 2 triggerfish and 1 milkfish.
 

Tight lines from Keith and the Alphonse Fishing guide on Astove Atoll.

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