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Fishing trip to Mahajunga, Madagascar on 13 -12-09 was pretty good; my fishing mate Johnny's last trip and it was my birthday so the fishing gods would have to payup (family is on holiday in St Francis Bay so I was free to fish myself silly).

The morning started off pretty shaky as we were heading straight into an electrical storm and the look on Johnny's face every time a lightning bolt would discharge into the water was one of grave concern for life and limb…..my course never altered however as our spot was there so the storm would have to move, which fortunately it did!

Jigging started off pretty slow and fish readings were sparse on the bottom, but as the morning progressed we had consistent strikes fishing the 140-100m drop-offs and I started off with a good size AJ that pulled very hard and Johnny caught some really amazing colored red snapper's; I am sure those hot rod car customizers would love to have that color on those snapper.

AJ Department...







Snapper Department....



I love this picture; check out me and my shark in the background



Other unknow red fish Department.....



Incomplete catch Department....





GT Department....





Barely bigger than the jig Department....

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Grouper Department....

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At about mid morning I hooked into a really big fish in 85m of water on a orange Benthos 400g that pulled extremely hard and I was fearing that it was going to reef me so I really turned up the drag on my Stella 20K and put the hurt to the beast. On the way up he made a few more runs, but nothing spectacular for the weight of the fish that was on the end of the line; I was really expecting a monster doggie, possibly a massive GT or some other respectable gamefish, but it ended up being a white colar tax man and a beast at that.

The fish made some really strong runs toward the deep at the surface, but my Blue Rose S60MD manhandled him back to the boat where I could haul him on board and get some good photo's….or so o thought! Johnny questioned my sanity at that point as the shark was close to 90kgs and was brutally strong; after nearly loosing my rod and going overboard a couple of times while trying to haul the fish close enough for the skipper and Johnny to grab it's tail I decided that just getting my jig back would be acceptable.

Louis (our skipper) reluctantly took my crimping pliers and cut off the assist hook much to all of our relief; that shark sure made our lives difficult around the boat and was an excellent catch on a jig.

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We ended up with about 25 fish between the two of us including many different groupers, snapper, GT's and interestingly enough not one Rosy Job fish which has never happened before?

While we were jigging we saw a group of birds and the splashes below them were larger than the normal bonny action so we chased down the birds and I had 2 massive attacks on my first throw on a 2oz chisel plug and when tight on the second cast on a nice size yellow fin tuna which quickly reminded me why it is my all time favorite fish to catch.

The rig that I was using is a Graph-cast 1 with a Stella 8000 and YGK 33lb braid and the fish sure made some reel screeching runs; I missed a further 5 smashes from yellow fin and Johnny lost one on a skitter pop which was a real pitty as he has not caught one yet.

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All in all an another awesome jigging trip concluded by a good number of THB's on the 8 hour drive back to Tana; will be back at it on the 24th for 4 days of jigging- can't wait!
 

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WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!

THAT IS ONE WICKED LOOKING HUMP YOUR FISHING.

LOVE THAT DROPP OFF....

HOW FAR OFF SHORE ARE YOU FISHING? FROM THE ISLAND OF MADAGASCAR?

AND ONE MORE QUESTION WHAT KIND OF BOAT IS THAT?

HARD CORE GENTS

AS WE SAY IN THE SOUTH EAST STATES "PRETTY WORK"
 
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