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.

Last Day at Delphi

Tuesday was our last day.  I’m not sure if I showed you pictures of the great room.  9A82BA98-9199-47BB-92FF-C58A73CD4B5FThis is the great room in the morning after the ladies have swabbed the floors.  There is a lot of cleaning going on here.  The weather is brutal on furniture and metal due to the constant sea air rotting everything.  The Christmas tree is all set up. My job was was to plug it in in the morning and unplug it at night.  No one else thought to do so, and since my Profession is Lifestyle Enhancement Coordinator, I took the job pro bono.  I also arranged to have the tree put in water.  Max, the manager thought that the tree would be fine nailed to some wood.  Then the staff was supposed to spray the branches with water.  I was horrified at this idea, and convinced staff resaw an inch off the bottom of the tree, place it in a bucket of water and replenish the water daily.  I am sorry I didn’t photograph the original tree setting, it was really hysterical.

Here you can see all the old fishing line that was used to keep the tree erect.  678FA8BB-E873-4033-A156-EFED582BA962After a last breakfast and lunch we headed to the airport.  Thats the guide board, noting the weather and which guests were with which guide.  Guerin was from France but lived in England.  It was so funny to hear him say English expressions with a French accent.  His son was with him and he spoke with quite the posh accent.  He attended the same school as Catherine and Pippa Middleton!  As expected I was quite excited about that tidbit.  The son had just gotten married, so there was quite the joking around about him leaving his wife for this vacation. She is a school teacher and couldn’t get the time off.

One of our credit cards give us access to airport clubs, I enquired and Yes, we were in! It was a nice place to rest and have a soda, and a piece of fruit.  C5FA1154-618C-4271-A353-7F0D041F3679Along with all the other bone fisherman we got in line and boarded our plane.  EF45550E-7F00-49FF-BACF-1BE138FED121These planes are very small, Steve calls them buzz boxes!AA055444-7A50-40EC-8B9A-2B4A33D54EC4Good bye Abaco until next year!

Our next adventure starts tomorrow!  We are heading to the Maldives for ten days.  We are hoping that Steve catches some fish for January, he needs to keep his streak going.  Plus we are having a blizzard in Poughkeepsie, and we both want to get out of town. I am not sure when I will be able to get internet to post.

Delphi Club Monday December 4, 2017

Today was our last full day at Delphi. I took a walk on the limestone drive way, when I wanted to walk it was high tide. There is nothing worse than slogging through the wet sand. All I could think about then is what a wimp I am. Those Navy Seals in training run in the surf, loaded down with gear. I am such a snowflake, that I won’t even try.

Here is a picture of Poisonwood. I wasn’t sure if you get sick if you touch it, or if you can make dangerous concoctions and put the whammy on people you hate. I steered clear never the less.

The brush along side the road was really dense. Only wild hogs and the native parrots can pass through that. Along the path I found some ammo casings. I was all excited and thought that there must have been a wild boar hunt. Peter told me “No, it was from a bird hunt.”

This tree must have been twisted in one of the hurricanes. The trees grow nice and straight normally. Walk all over, I returned to the club for lunch. Now isn’t this a beautiful place to have lunch? Well you can too. Delphi-Bahamas.com. This is a non sponsored link. They do give us a small discount when we stay as we are repeat customers. We are also offered after dinner drinks once in awhile, but I am usually too tired and boozed up from my one glass of wine at dinner to partake. You ask if Steve caught any fish while we were there? Why yes, he caught 55 fish, the largest was pushing seven pounds. For the year his total was 1858. He caught fish on 119 different days! This was dinner. It was served clockwise! Ha Ha. Best part as always was dessert, I think a chocolate mousse. I think the entree was fish. As this was last month and I didn’t take a picture of the menu, and we will never know what we ate. I think we had another nice moon rise, as there was a full moon that week. Next time Steve wants to arrange our time so that the fish want to go into the flats for sexy time, don’t ask me, I don’t understand.

Truck ride with Donnie to Cherokee Sound.

After having problems posting pictures on my blog, I decided to go all out and get the professional version.  This way I can add all the pictures and video that I desire! Yay!

On our way to Cherokee Sound with Delphi I decided to record a little video of our guide Donnie.  Donnie wakes up everyday all excited about fishing. He is never grumpy and doesn’t get upset if you screw up unlike some of the guides that Steve has had.

Donnnie’s family has been living in Abaco for generations.  A number of Loyalists fled the Colonies during the American Revolution in 1783.  Steve thinks that Donnie speaks like a pirate!  What do you think?

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Saturday December 2, 2017 Delphi Lodge continued

IMG_7291 copy 2I left you wondering what was going to happen with our onland boat accident. Would we fish? Of course we would attempt it!  After all, Donnie had no worries, it was not his trailer that had a malfunction!  Donnie and Steve would be able to hand launch the boat, and I would be able to document. The trailer would be left at the launch site and some how Max would have to figure out how to get the trailer fixed. As Max was out fishing with Pablo the unsexy non polo playingArgentinian, Max was not called right away.  Pablo was an agent who wanted to include Delphi to his stable of either wing shooting or fishing properties he left copies of his flashy brochures at the lodge. Pablo’s smiling visage  was on every other page. The alternate page had the slogan”you should be next!”, on it.  Being a non hunter, I thought the pictures of hundreds of dead birds, surrounded by a shot gun casings a bit much.

Steve and Donnie successfully launched the boat and I climbed in. boat in waterThe  boat was clean and pretty comfortable. Seats were of a bucket type, with nice cushioning. Donnie sat behind us and motored the boat. He had a tower that he would climb up on and push the boat with a long pole to move short distances. 292BA562-D4E5-4AC6-8017-D8AF72927F25He would clamber down when we were done with the fishing spot. Upon arriving a locations where Donnie thought a fish would be, Steve would be up on the slightly raised front deck. There was a metal bar to prevent accidental falls into the boat, or it could act as a place to rest and hold on while Donnie poled. This front deck was where Steve would “take his shot” (cast his fly line out and attract the fish).19F84C85-568C-4BFC-BB54-AF96015CADED.jpeg

We didn’t have too much action that day, Cherokee Sound is a place to see wildlife, not fish.  There was lots of mangrove, and if the hooked fish headed in that direction there was a good chance you would lose the fish. Losing a fish would happen also when the line ran across the limestone that was everywhere. So between few fish in the sound and lots of mangrove, Steve was able to only catch two fish for the morning.

We did get a chance to see several large starfish.  They were a pretty orange and much larger than I expected them to be.

I  bundled up in my buff, looking cute as could be!

On the way back Steve asked Donnie to show me a blue hole.  These are large marine caverns. Peering over the side of the boat to look at it gave me the willies!

Donnie left us off at the launch site and Steve got a chance to drive the truck. Donnie was going to leave the boat at his friends dock. Steve has been salivating at pictures of trucks, but he really doesn’t want one. He really has no need for one, as we don’t haul anything.

Back to the lodge for the afternoon, a nice moon rise and another great dinner.  We had more great canapés, watermelon feta salad, lobster two ways for me and roast pork for Steve. Dessert was a brownie with ice cream and raspberry sauce. Yum!

Saturday December 2, 2017 Delphi Lodge continued

We have returned home and I have three suitcases to unpack, a broken rod to ship to Sage, mountains of mail to go through! Here is a tidbit of the truck ride to Cherokee with Donnie our guide. Steve thinks he talks like a pirate, and I have to agree. As background the white settlers of The Bahamas were loyalists, who left The Carolinas during Revolutionary Times. Donnie is talking about the schools of Bonefish who gather in early December before they spawn.