その先駆者的な役割を担ったのがデンマークのエージェントであるGetAway Toursで、ツアーリーダーを含む6人が乗合シェアでツアーを組み、3人+3人でショアのフライフィッシングとボートでのルアーフィッシング組と分かれて行うのが一つのパターンとして確立してきました。 ボーンフィッシュは天候によって深場に潜ってしまったりもしますが、良い天候になるとサイトフィッシングがクリスマス島やセイシェルの様に可能と成ります。モルディブの純白なホワイトサンドビーチでのウェイディングしながらのフィッシングは気分も最高です。
Our fly anglers were dragged all over the boat!
2014-05-28: Last winter we had two groups exploring the fly fishing possibilities in the Maldives, fishing from shore as well as from the boat. Only on the second trip did we find the bonefish, our target species, and overall results were pretty thin with the fly rods. In short, two test trips that shows exactly why it is called “test trips”.
The limited success with the fly rods didn’t result in a bad fishing trips. The fly anglers just had to put down their long rods and pick up the heavy spinning tackle instead and throw some big poppers. Then they got some real action! We heard plenty of stories about the poor fy fishers being dragged up and down the boat, getting bruises in strange places (fly anglers don’t know what a fighting belt is), aching arms and smashed lines.
Catches included lots of groupers, snappers and GTs – up to more than 40 kilos! – and not least a huge dogtooth tuna, jumping out of the water as it went for the popper and finally fighting itself to death. As a consequence, it ended up as on the dinner table several nights in a row.
The feedback from those trips was “had we just had the range of a lure angler when shore fishing, being able to reach the other side of the surf, it would have been a completely different story”. This – and the fact that our German employee Robert has already shore fished for GTs in the Maldives with success – inspired us to do the “Maldives-Special” program.
The pictures below are from the fly angler’s second test trip.