Steve’s Como Maalifushi Fishing Narrative 2018

This is Steve’s description of his fishing experience on our vacation to The Maldives. As you can see, his writing style is much different than mine. I will insert some pictures to they story.

Linda and I took a trip to the Maldives in January, and I arranged 3 days of fishing at our second stop, Como Maalifushi, comohotels.com/maalifushi with guide Craig Richardson. Craig is a young South African with experience at other Indian Ocean locales including the Seychelles an Brandon’s atoll. He is exploring the fishing opportunities at the Thaa atoll, which is about 25 miles in diameter.

Craig explained that bonefish were scarce, having left the atoll to spawn in deep water for about a 2 month period, but that several species of trevally, triggerfish, and grouper, among others, were around.

This is a bonefish that Steve caught when we were in Abaco, The Bahamas; staying at Delphi-Bahamas.com.

The water temperature on the flats was above normal due to calm sunny weather, so on the first day, January 11, we ran 45 minutes to the other side of the atoll, where the water was 2-3 degrees cooler. We poled some gorgeous flats, but saw only a few small fast moving trevally’ I took a few shots and got a couple to follow but no hookups. In the afternoon, at low tide, we waded between 2 small islands in a shallow area with coral and eelgrass. Fish were working the area. In short order I caught a bluefin trevally,

a yellow spotted trevally and a needlescale queenfish, all 2-3 pounds. Then I hooked a big bluefin, which made a powerful run across a very shallow reef covered with coral. Craig held my line high and kept the fish from wrapping my leader and breaking off. He took at least 100 yards of line before tiring. Craig tailed him and we got some photos. He estimated him at 11-12 pounds, a beauty considering the maximum size in the Maldives is around 14 pounds.

Soon after releasing the fish, we saw a huge commotion about 200 feet away, probably a Giant Trevally (GT) attacking a school of mullet.

We grabbed the 12 weight and pursued him, but he disappeared. But we came upon scattered triggerfish. I found them very difficult to spot, unless they tailed, so many of my casts landed right on top of them and they spooked. I did get one take, but missed the strike.

Steve also caught a honeycomb grouper, but as this was a reef fish, and not a gamefish, it is not included in his narrative.

The next day was again sunny and calm, and the fishing on the flats was slow. I caught a small pipefish

and a small bluefin trevally. We spent some time dredging with a 700 grain 12 weight line in a deep channel with strong tidal current, but had no action. Craig said this technique produces very big fish, including tuna, sailfish and GTs.

With continued high water temperatures on my third day, Craig suggested we try jigging and popping with heavy spinning tackle outside the atoll. I caught a pretty peacock grouper on the jig,

Here is the closeup.

Steve also caught two immature peacock groupers.and either snagged the bottom or hooked a very big grouper before the hook popped free. He caught a lyre tail grouper and 2 yellow lipped emperors of 5-6 pounds on a big Sure Cast popper.

It was fun, but we did not see a GT. Craig’s engine began conking out every few seconds, and it was a good thing we had only a couple of miles to cover to get back. It was an interesting 3 days, with 9 counters of 6 species new to me, including a linker bluefin trevally.

Craig did post a picture on Instagram of a triggerfish a client of his caught after Steve and I left Como Mallaifushi. Steve was jealous.

Como Maalifushi Friday January 12, 2018 Dhoni Boat

Part of our arranged packaged was a sunset cruise in a Dhoni boat at Como Maalifushi. You have previously seen pictures of the dhoni boat floating calmly in the water at each of our resorts. When we arrived at the resort our itinerary only showed champagne and canapés at sunset on the beach. While Steve was off fishing and before I did my spa treatments I inquired about the discrepancy. I had brought confirmations with me in case there was a problem, and although the current packages from our travel agent as of the first of the year do not include a sunset dhoni cruise we would get one after all. So it was arranged that Friday evening would be the time of our cruise.

We arrived promptly at the beach at six, in order to board the dhoni. The marine biologist showed us to the boat. I was thinking about wearing a dress or long skirt for this festive occasion, but decided on my black Chico’s travelers pants. It was a good choice as we needed to wade to the boat to board it!

So here we are, reclining in our dhoni. Vacation hair at it’s finest!

So long Como Maalifushi! I hope that we return in time for dinner!

Here is our bottle of Tattinger, and the canapés that I had ordered.

Here is our captain, adjusting the sails. Like every sail boat that we have been on we ended up motoring most of the way as we always seem to be becalmed.

More boat rigging.

Bored captain.

Me showing how shallow the boat was. I think it was about six inches deep. I have a wee bit of anxiety and was constantly trying to tell my self, “Stay in the boat, do not jump over the side. This will be over by seven.”

Here you also see my three carat fake diamond ring. When traveling not only do I like to stay at places nicer than my house, I like to wear big diamonds. I got this one at Home Goods/Marshalls.

Now our captain was getting even more bored. I think he was checking the cricket box scores.

The sun was starting to get lower and we started to turn around and head back. Our Tattinger and canapés remained untouched.

“Steve, do you think you should ask the captain if we should open the champagne?” I was nervous about this, as every time we adjusted ourselves on our cushions the boat rocked.

Yes yes. Can’t you dolts tell that I am busy with the boat? This is something that I spoke with management after the cruise. If the marine biologist at the launch had told us to serve ourselves we would have. We were waiting for instructions.

So what was inside the containers? Fried vegetarian spring rolls with Saucy Susan sauce.

Cheese, nuts, fruit and bread. And of course the Tattinger’s.Here is my he man. He is giving me quite the saucy look isn’t he?

Sun going down even more.

Selfie with our captain. I really need to do something about those age spots.

Saucy thoughts over, Steve contemplates all of the beautiful fish that he caught. He is also thinking about the next days fishing.

In case we would have problems this boat would have rescued us.

Safely back to the resort, Steve says lets go to dinner!

Alright, alright. I will pose for another picture.

When we got off the boat, we met a family of Canadians who were inquiring about the dhoni boat ride. They were enjoying their last sunset. They had a long way home tomorrow! They had been at Como Maalifushi for two weeks. Two adults and two teenagers. The daughter looked happy, the son looked like he was eager to get home to his friends. Imagine their bill!

I told them all about it, and then mentioned the couple I saw earlier getting their pictures taken with all sorts of poses. So here I am with my fancy posing of us with a half empty bottle of Tattinger. Steve looks so happy and relaxed.

I had to do one last pose of us kissing. The gentleman taking the picture said “That was more like you kissing him!” He was right! I’m a tad aggressive! I do need to work on the gut sucking in, and proper bottle turn for optimal label placement, though!

The dhoni all ready for the next day’s excursions.

Goodbye last rays of the sun.

The Madi Restaurant all lit up at dinner. It was really romantic.

That night Madi had a special seafood buffet dinner. We ate from the regular menu as we didn’t feel like paying the $65 per person up-charge. I took a picture for you of the seafood, it did look really good!

Last photo of the day was Steve letting one of his fish swim away to be caught another day. That was the beautiful bluefin trevally.

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Como Maalifushi Thursday January 11, 2018 Linda’s Adventures

After kissing Steve goodbye and good luck fishing, I decided to return to the room and finish up my postings on Gili Lankanfushi. You must realize that these posts take almost forever and a day to complete, but I must entertain my fandom. All 28 followers not including you lurkers, you!

Here are the male and female wash rooms outside the restaurant. The stick figures on the door were a a little bit easier to interpret than those at Gili Lankanfushi. I accidentally walked in to the men’s room.

Here we have the men’s room at Gili Lankanfushi! The urinal was my first clue I was somewhere I didn’t belong. It must be quite soothing to pee here. I am sure some people would be afraid to use it, thinking that it was in fact an object d’art!

I am a big fan of investigating men’s rest rooms. We stayed one night at a hotel in California near the Hearst Estate. MadonnaInn.co Check out the rooms that you can stay in! Every room was different, one room had a jungle theme, another a cave for those channeling their Cro Magnon side, one room had a long and short bed side by side! The men’s bath room in the restaurant was a waterfall going the length of the room. Now this was over 35 years ago, when it was highly unusual to see anything other than a urinal.

When we stayed in the Hermitage in Nashville I sneaked a peak in the men’s room there. It had these high chairs where you could get a shoe shine while you were there!

Look! I found the picture! Not easy when you have over 15,000 pictures in your photo stream! But my memory for trivial details such as this is extreme, and I could find the picture in under two minutes! You go Linda!

Back to the tour of the grounds. This is where the pizzas are made at lunch. I didn’t try them, as I only had lunch one day, and it wasn’t pizza! I’m not traveling all this distance to eat pizza!

Here we have the last couple to eat breakfast, making goo goo eyes at each other. Perhaps they are on their honeymoon!

This is a view of the bar, it looks really nice. Doubtful that I will go there. I just don’t do bars.

Well maybe I will eat lunch here. Steve is off fishing, I might as well enjoy something to eat, I know that Steve’s guide arranged a lunch for him.

Bread sticks, and focaccia, oil with vinegar, butter an caponata. I tried all three toppings.

I ordered my first iced tea of the trip. Ordinarily I drink iced tea with lemonade every day. They brought me a little carafe of liquid sugar.

Now that is a serious burger with fries. I had to deconstruct it to eat it. It was wagyu beef, done medium rare, and the fries were as good as they look! Hmm, seems I will travel a long way for a good burger!

After lunch I went back to the room to read, and do more blogging as I was seriously behind. I had a lot of typos on my postings prior to those published yesterday as I was eager to send them out. Steve was fishing and wasn’t available to correct my mistakes or to prevent me from posting something that could get me in trouble. However, after sitting me down, and explaining that I need to do my best and publish Pulitzer Prize winning blog posts, I must not be in such a hurry to push send. Unlike the bozo in Hawaii who pushed a button he shouldn’t have, I have patience now and wait for Steve to approve.

Speaking of Steve, did he catch any fish?

How about this fish? A yellow spotted Trevally.

This fish is called a honeycomb grouper. It was my favorite fish to see when we were snorkeling at Gili Lankanfushi.

This monster is a bluefin trevally. It was a tremendous fish, probably 11-12 pounds, and the best one caught at comohotels.com/maalifushi by a guest. That doesn’t mean much as there hasn’t been much fishing done here yet! This is the only resort in the Maldives that offers fishing. We were lucky to find it, and God Bless our travel agent Lindsey Wallace at Linaratravel.com.

That’s it for Thursday afternoon.

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