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The start of 2020 was set to be great, with fantastic tides and a group of guests who had been planning their trip to Astove for over a year. Most of the guests had fished a fair deal around the world but none had fished for the mighty GT.
On arrival all the gear was set up and guests were given some tips on what to do and what to expect during the week of fishing.
David Moeller the veteran of the group showed his experience landing one GT in the morning and followed that up by another two in the afternoon. Whilst the permit got the better of the group, they were happy to have seen them and had a few shots.
Timothy Johnston was the least experienced of the group having fished a few times for bass so he was excited for his first day. Soon after some training and direction his casting was improving, and he showed off his natural talent by raking up five different species for the day.
After spending the first day on the species numbers and having had a few lessons from the GT’s in the surf Timothy was seriously driven to get his first GT. By the end of day two, he had broken that barrier and had landed three beautiful GT’s.
As the week progressed and the nerves settled down the fish numbers went up making the species count endless and the spirits of the group were high!
The week went on with guests being more specific to species and all the guests getting their fair share of the Astove action. One afternoon stood out with Lowry Mays achieving a Flats Slam with a GT, giant triggerfish and a fantastic five-pound bonefish.
A brilliant week was had by all and a fantastic result after more than a year of waiting for this trip.
The Alphonse Fishing Co. Team on Astove Atoll
TOTAL CATCH STATS FROM 6 ANGLERS THIS WEEK: