|2017 DigitalGlobe Google Earth Image|
|Head guide Kyle Reed tying a Bimini Twist knot|
My first cast of the whole trip was to a Giant Trevally, aka Jeet or GT. While guide Dave Marshall explained many aspects of GT fishing, I still failed to completely grasp what it meant to fish for GTs. Failing to keep the fly moving, I missed my only opportunity at an Astove GT. We fished the lagoon, blind-casted in the channel, walked the surf, where a few opportunities arose to cast to Bluefin Trevally, my favorite Trevally species, and attempted some dredging. However, I was utterly unprepared to fish the surf, as I had no experience punching a 12# cast into the wind. We caught nice Bonefish and other species, Tomato and Honeycomb Groupers, and had Triggerfish chase and then turn off our flies.
Astove demands that anglers be in good shape physically, to hike the island's perimeters searching for Permit and GTs, as well as superior casting shape to fish the surf well. It is a beautiful island full of Giant Tortoises, many different bird species, and a rich and varied history, even if limestone pools attract and hold pesky mosquitoes, whose bites are minimal.
Pauley's Island at low tide
Pauley's Island at high tide
Giant Tortoise among the palms
|Grey Heron (leeward side)|