Devan guided us on Thursday, and due to the high tide, we boated and beached on St. Francois Lagoon. Devan knew an area where Bluefin Trevallys conglomerated abundantly. We were all working hard to set the IGFA record, so the morning was dedicated to the Bluefins. The sun shone resplendently, so we fished for them until noon, and then headed to Helmut Knoll and the channel east of Bijoutier for lunch and dredging.
Friday was our last day to fish, and Devan knew that I really wanted that IGFA record, so he paired us with Andrew Mayo. We again spent the morning fishing for the Bluefin Trevally on St. Francois Lagoon, and just as the tide was receding past the point of no return, I hooked a fish that could set the record. We followed all the IGFA requirements, and then began fishing for something other than a record.
The weather and the light were not to our advantage. The storms blew in around lunch time, and since we were near Tam Tam, we made a run for her to have lunch in a dry setting. Devan, Alex, and Robert and Ian (father and son from Johannesburg, South Africa), Scoty, Jared, and Will all had the same idea, so we ate a nice lunch and waited for the bad weather to abate. Eventually, the rains stopped, but the cloud cover remained. Andrew asked if I wanted to try to set another IGFA record, which I did, so we targeted some more Bluefin Trevallys. The winds were too high for us to dredge Helmut Knoll, so we stayed near the coral reefs around Bijoutier. Cody did catch a few Peacock Groupers, Russell Snappers, and a small Moontail Sea Bass. I caught a couple of Russell Snappers, but I was just worn out from stripping so hard all week long, so I mainly enjoyed watching Cody fish. Even though the conditions were unfavorable, Friday was a great day! Andrew worked really hard to help me catch a record fish, and we caught some beautiful species, which Cody and I dubbed "Aquarium" fishing.