The flat calm, sunny conditions from the previous week followed through into week three. Neap tides early in the week moving into full moon springs towards the end meant that the guests could look forward to some good water movements as the week wore on. The weather took a slight turn for the worse as a low-pressure system seemed to settle over the atoll making for some difficult sight fishing conditions.
Aaron and Lacey Chaus made the most of their long journey from New York and got to sample some great fishing both on the flats and on the reefs around Cosmoledo. In one particular session, Aaron landed some great grouper species including a monster 50lb camouflage grouper. His day to remember came on day two, however. After landing a couple of Giant Trevally’s and some bonefish Aaron managed to come tight with a monster Yellowmargin triggerfish that measured 52cm to complete his first “Flats Slam”.
The GT of the week belonged to Ben Pierce. After warming up on a few good fish Ben hooked up on a fish that tested his tackle and his stamina in the cooking heat. The fish measured in at 105cm and was the biggest of the week. Uwe Holzkamp had a good week on the water and finished strong. After racking up a good tally of GT’s and a Napoleon wrasse his fish of the trip was found offshore. Chasing down diving birds and busting tuna, Uwe made the perfect shot and the beast engulfed his popper. After a long tug-of-war, Uwe boated a great yellowfin tuna estimated at 45lbs.
All in all, the fishing was slow by Cosmo standards but the moral was kept high by some good banter on and off the water with a great group of guests.