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After salivating over the recent reports of 100+ GT's in an hour off Nosy Be it was with great anticipation and freakin heavy luggage...9kgs of jigs alone... that we set off to Nosy Be for 4 days of family fun to escape the boredom of Antananarivo.

My fishing mate Johnny was to join us the next day and i had a hall pass to go jigging for a day and a half which was great! We stayed at the Andilana Beach Hotel which is a Club-Med style hotel that caters mainly to Italian clientele; it is truly amazing that in this part of Madagascar even the locals speak to each other in Italian!

I actually enjoy the Italians as they are very outgoing happy-go-lucky people.... if you enjoy strutting around in your Spedo then this is definitely the place for you. Our 1st day was a bit windy from the tail end of a cyclone



Andilana is a great hotel for the family and they have what must be the beast beaches in Nosy Be and a huge swimming pool; when I was not fishing I could not escape the pool as my kids would not let me get out.

There is food and drink 24-7 (my son was in slush-heaven as they have free slushies and I am sure he drank his Euro 75 worth per day) and it is all inclusive so it works out to be a pretty good package overall for Euro 75 per person per night.

We had great snorkeling just around the corner from the hotel and saw crayfish, stone fish, octopus and many other interesting underwater sights. On our last day we went to an island 4 miles (Euro 40 plus fuel for the boat) from the hotel called Nosy Fahny and I must have caught about 12 Blue fin Trevally mixed with barracuda , snapper etc. I had a real knee shaking experience when a 30-40kg GT swam right past the rock I was standing on flipping a small 1/4oz leadhead in 3ft of water; I did not even try to hook him as my 6lb braid would have been gone in an instant.

I caught many small GT,s, barracuda, snapper around the rocks by the hotel and was totally smoked by a big GT on my Stella 3000 on the point to the left of the hotel; the bastard headed straight for the only protruding rock in the small bay next to where I was standing...how he knew that rock was there is incredible!

The only thing our jigging trip had in common with the other reported 101 GT's in an hour was the zero in the middle; not a single GT or Doggie... very disappointing to say the least. Grouper putting a smile on my dial..





It took a while, but he eventually managed to get back to the bottom ..



We did however catch some good fish and aside from my new P-66 transducer getting mashed by the propeller we had a pretty good time. The nautical chart of the area does not contain much detail so you have to spend a lot of time searching for good showings and unfortunately we went cheap (Euro 90 plus fuel) so our crew did not have any good secret spots for us to check out either. Rosy..



Bonnie with a bit of a rash on its back..



The culprit..



Johnny lost a very big fish, most likely a big grouper as I thought he hooked the bottom before it started to shake it's head and peel off line before the hook pulled and the grouper that I caught put up a very good fight.





The red snapper we caught were a 1st on the jig and the one Johnny caught was a real barrel; anyone know the names of these snapper (think the more red ones are Ruby Snapper)?



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Think this is a ruby Snapper?

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The only fish I caught on my new Hooker 1 jigs was this tiny Matahari; probably cost more per gram than gold!

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The AJ that I caught really stretched my arms and was very fortunate that I managed to wrestle him away from the deckhand and release him back to the ocean. AJ taking some string..

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The deckie wanted that AJ bad

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Mitsio islands and further up north look to be the place to go for GT's and Doggies; will be jigging Mahajunga again in 2 weeks so am looking forward to that.

John with a good size clam on the squid jig:)

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Disappointing jigging trip, but a great 4 day holiday with the family.
 

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Excellent report. I enjoyed seeing the pics of them tasty bottom dwellers. That one with the red wrap is a good looking stick
 

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Denis,

I could not believe it ended up in the prop, but fortunately i saw it in time and only the bracket got chopped. It is still working ok, but i am going to get another one when i get a new Lowrance HDS-7.
 

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saqa,

The red wrap rod is my mates JM 250g; i am a Blue Rose nut, have my 3rd on its way to me.
Excellent report. I enjoyed seeing the pics of them tasty bottom dwellers. That one with the red wrap is a good looking stick
 

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Denis,

I could not believe it ended up in the prop, but fortunately i saw it in time and only the bracket got chopped. It is still working ok, but i am going to get another one when i get a new Lowrance HDS-7.


How does that happen?

Shouldn't that be mounted to the transom?

or is this one of those portable setup that you move from charter to charter?

if this is the Airmar P66 1kw, it's a good unit; I have 2 on my boat

you're making us drool with those pics
 

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Denis,

I could not believe it ended up in the prop, but fortunately i saw it in time and only the bracket got chopped. It is still working ok, but i am going to get another one when i get a new Lowrance HDS-7.


Lucky in a way, are you able to re-mount it.
 

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Dennis,

Nothing a roll of electrical insulation tape could not fix.

Cabo, from now on its AIRMAR for me; no more standard transducers.
 
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