The Maldive Islands, the famous archipelago of more than 1100 islands, are known worldwide for the thousand shades of blue and turquoise of the sea, for its very white sand beaches, for the beautiful corals and the hundreds of colored fish that can be seen snorkeling. But they are also very well known and much loved for the top class fishing that can be found. Here you can fish from the boat or wading in shallow waters the largest of all the jacks: the Giant Trevally, commonly known as GT. Its Latin name is Caranx Ignobilis, his name should suggest us something!! One of the strongest and most aggressive fish of the oceans and seas, the biggest and most extraordinary predator that a fly fisherman can challenge while fishing these waters. Gt can easily exceed 40 lbs. in weight, so we must prepare and check our equipment with manic precision!
Rods, reels, knots and leaders must be perfectly set because once hooked, the GT shows all its strength with powerful runs its strength with powerful runs, zigzagging among the corals trying to brake the line, the leader or the backing. Unfortunately this happens very often! The right equipment to fish for GT in the flats is a 9 feet rod with a floating weight forward line, a strong reel that can hold at least 250 meters of 80 lbs. backing and a very reliable clutch; the most used fly pattern is undoubtedly the Brush Fly and . the most effective colors are black, black and purple or tan. We have preferred to use dark shades, much more visible in crystal clear waters From the main island you can move with fast fishing boats with your guide, until you reach long coral sand flats, and then sightfishing for moving fish while wading between corals; In addition to GT, along these wonderful flats, you can also meet other species of fish including Bluefin and Yellow (or Golden) Spotted Trevally and Trigger fish; These smaller fish should be caught with shrimp patterns such as clouser minnows or bongo fly, bait fish pattern such as surf candy and small Puglisi style bait fish; you need to use lighter rods than those used for GTs, therefore they will be 9 feet rods with 10 WF floating line. Another incredibly satisfying situation is fishing from the reef, the barrier coral reef that surrounds the entire atoll protecting it from the ocean. With the boat you get as close as possible, then “we will wade along” these coral formations called “donkey back” up to the main reef together with our guide. Once here we will notice that on both sides the ocean waves, damped by the barrier, create real tidal currents in both directions, depending on the flow of the moment, very rich of food nutrients that feeds bait fish. This situation obviously attracts all predators, fist of all the Gt, which is at the top of the food chain. I’ve seen scenes of huge gt attacks very close to my feet….panic!! In these spots you will not find only Gt, but also Bluefin, Yellow (golden) spotted Trevally, Trigger fish, and many others; all feeding but all in alarm, being careful not to be caught by a bigger predator. But here you don’t come just to fish! In fact we must not forget that we are in one of the most beautiful seas in the world, and what would be more beautiful than bringing our family with us, maybe even children? We will often have the good luck to meet the most varied sea creatures: from the colorful reef fish, turtles, large mantas and giant whale sharks that will let you approach without any danger. Diving practicable by everyone from the neophyte to the most expert, on barriers of varying depth and on wrecks of sunken boats!
A vacation for everyone!