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Howzit Guys; i posted a number of articles on Madagascar on the other South African web site on which i am a member, but i am sure you guys will enjoy these too seing as you are most likely stuck indoors with the bad weather you are having.

I read an article a long time ago in a fly fishing magazine on these 2 guys who went to Diego Suarez in North East Madagascar and have wanted to go there ever since so during my 2 year contract here in Madagascar I have made a point of going there and have fantastic fishing on 3 weekend trips.

Quite interesting that it was actually the scene of a World War 2 battle between the Allies and Japanese mini-subs; I went there armed with my Japanese Stella's to do battle with the GT's!

The place to go in Diego is definitely Ramena beach or Baie De Sakalava (translated means "long cat beach"). Best time to go Late October to March/April

Don't go any other time as the wind blows like hell.

Ocean conditions are like a milk pond during the low wind periods, but very rough in the wind season. $30 for a taxi to the beach.



Ramena Beach From Ramena beach you can rent a local wood boat with a 15hp outboard for Ar 100 000 for the day (U$D 50) which is very cheap and drift the mouth of the bay for big GT popping.

Diego bay is the 2nd largest natural harbor in the world and the mouth funnels out of a very narrow headland at which there is an awesome reef that you drift for about 400m then run up again for another drift.

The GT's are very, very big here, but we only caught the smaller ones; 20kg model is the biggest that I landed, but the busses were cleaning us up big time and 2 to 4 strikes per drift are common. The guy that normally takes us has a pic on the restaurant wall of a 57kg specimen that he caught there on a live bait.

The last time I went we saw an absolute monster chasing a bonito on the surface for a considerable time which was an awesome spectacle to witness. On my last trip I hooked a real monster that pulled about 200m of string before it broke my 80lb flouro leader. My mates were totally under gunned and had many huge fish on with no hope of ever bringing them near the boat.

One rather comical feature of Diego is that everyone walks around with a bushel of "CAT" which is a narcotic plant that they chew; our skipper fell asleep many times when driving to the entrance of the bay and we had keep waking him up at the end of each drift.









There are shoals of big bonnies in Diego bay which had us in stitches laughing at how they melt line off a Stella 3000; the best day I left my freaking fly rod in the room after lugging it all over the show!





The local boats will also take you camping around the islands of the Emerald Sea which is just a couple of miles beyond the entrance to the bay all of which will have GT's.

We stayed at this hotel called St Tro pes for $25 per day, but it is not the best as on my last trip I had a case of bed bugs! Next time I will take my tent and put it up on the bed.



An awesome place at the end of the day to down a couple of THB's and wash them down with tasty lobsters!



Baie de Sakalava

This is an awesome bay with small islands just offshore that you can walk to on low tide and arrange a local to come and pick you up with a pirogue on high tide.

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There is a very nice hotel with beach bungalows there called Royal Beach Hotel or Bungalows, not sure on exact name?

The 1st day we went there my 1st cast I flicked a 1/2oz jighead with a 5" jerk shad on my Stella 3000 off the point only to have a 20kg plus GT inhale the thing right in front of my feet; talk about an adrenalin rush - needless to say that the 8lb braid popped like a rifle bullet going off over my head!

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Roastie, wave washed me off my feet and took a slice out of my hand
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There is an awesome ledge in front of the main island in front of the bay and low tide is the best time to fish; the rocks are like razor blades here and if you fall you will be injured so it is necessary to take precautions and a good medical kit.

http://i944.photobucket.com/albums/ad281/blaasoppie/P3130096.jpg On the low tide on the right side of the island there are many Blue fin GT's and in front of the island on the left side the water is deeper and this is where the GT's mainly hang out. You also need to take plenty of liquid with you as it is very hot in Diego.

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http://i944.photobucket.com/albums/ad281/blaasoppie/L1020313.jpg Jigging

Jigging has to be very good off Diego, but we had limited time to hook up with a boat which is available for about Euro 300 from Hotel Blue Note (not the correct spelling, but you can find it on google) Diego is a beautiful (little rough, certainly would not take my wife there) and cheap destination to explore and fish and I have certainly not spent enough time up there.
 

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Excellent report again. Nice pics too. The rock fishing environment is just like what we have here
 

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saqa,

yea i have seen some videos of your land based big game fishing and it is exactly the same. Was in Perth a couple of years ago on holiday and wanted to go up the west coast, but did not have time.
 

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Awsome ledges Mark
Nice photos & fish
Funny thing about the 'stones'..........98% of them are either, sharp, slippery or just plain life threatening.
The 2% nice ones are always in the wrong places for anglers !!!!!
 

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I have fished off the stones most of my life, but those stones in Diego will eat you alive; you need to think about every step you take as you will be cut if you fall and there are no doctors or hospitals around there.

Man those GT's were smashing the poppers the one day; i missed most of them , but it was such a rush. They wack the poppers so hard that they push them out the way most of the time.
 
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