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Our one of most favorite customers 3 months ago from Japan nicely documented a series of essays from their fishing expeditions with us based in South Male Atoll - Maafushi Island Guesthouse followed by nice water villa stay at resort hotels. First 4 series were only Japanese but this time she did bilingual journal for us!  Let me not edit anything but just simply convey her own words below with pictures of her choices as well.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.647837168562304.1073741859.404651689547521&type=1


Though it became late,,,
Those are post script about GT trip in maldive May-June

some pictures below

1,  Only three lures left........for our poor techniques.
 feel too much guilty for brilliant lagoon. (T_T)
 and sinking type are not needed.
 It cannot use often stuck bottom .
2,  I broken my favorite rod for stukking not by GT ,,,orz
 but had a extra .
3~9, We enjoy traditional meal with crew and often eat japanese
snacks on the sea!
Galdia-maldivian stiyle tuna soup dish is very nice and healthy,
we love that.Yummy~!!
10,11 You should be care about sunburn and mosguito.my dear
burning his arm and damaged
12,13 Too much belonging is no good for fishing life.
14~ maldive marine blessing beyond my discription.
I cannot forgotten such a memorial days.
missmissmiss !!!! maldives !

モルディブGT後記 追記です。
海外のアングラーにもお伝えできるように
英語表記にしています
シャローエリアが多かったので張り切ってたくさん持って行った
パンドラの出番がなく、トップのルアーもかなりの数
持っていったにも関わらず、残ったフローティングメンバーは
ご覧のような姿になってしまいました。
ロッドは予備が絶対必要だと思います。
釣りメインだったので、着替えとかそんなにいらなかったなぁ、と
荷物についてはいろいろ見直すところがありそうです。(・。・;
クルーにお願いして、ガルディアというモルディブのお食事につれていって
もらいました。カツオの澄んだスープは絶品☆

日焼けと虫さされには注意したほうがよいです。
主人は右腕の日焼けがほぼやけど状態になってしまいました。

とにかく恵みの海で、忘れられない釣行ができました!!
ルアーのロストで海を汚してしまったかと思うと
申し訳なさでいっぱいです。

次回、その点をしっかり反省と心において
素晴らしい景色に戻れたらと思います

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Sorry I had not put so much contents in English part of blog...  During this offseason, it actually turned out to be busy season and busy booking for forthcoming high season.  Also gone some expeditions ourselves.

Anyway, one interesting contents I thought about sharing is that some typical customer inquiries.  65% of inquiries ask more or less similar questions.  So let me share our recent chain of inquiry Q&A:



8/5/2013
Picture of Mark Micallef
Your a legend!

Thanks so much

I will review over the coming few days and revert to you

Cheers!

M.M.

Dear Mr. M.M,

Thanks sincerely for your inquiry and love to have comprehensive list of questions v. one line question at the time by iphone/smartphone that continues endlessly then finally end up cancelling which recently experienced with one client in Singapore.... Let me respond to each question as I myself had a lot of confusions in early days and even now!


From: M.M.
To: info@gtfishers.com
Subject: Help Needed
Date: 4 Aug 2013

Hi There

I am looking at a fishing trip to the madlives in October and came across your web site.

I need some clarification please

a) There seem to be so many islands in the Maldives so where do you charter from?
We are based in Male City Island right next to Airport Island located in southern end of North Male Atoll.  Majority of resorts are located in either North/South Male Atolls with speedboat transfer; other remote islands are for airtaxi (water landing small aircraft) or domestic air for even further locations.  We can take charters at almost any atolls or resorts/guesthouses but transferring the boat from Male requires "remote atoll fuel surcharge" that is just simply paying the fuel required to get there and come back to Male with no margin added.  Remember that speedboat engine consume huge gas compared to cars.  I think you need to get yourself familiarize with maps of Maldives and which atolls are located relative to Male etc.  You can find the map in our homepage at: https://www.gtfishers.com/en/user_data/map.php or you can google search any Maldives map images to fit your style.

b) There is a lot of talk on your web site of south or north atoll but what does that mean exactly?
By looking at map you learning which atoll is located where.  Also look at the price table in attached PDF file for "remote atoll fuel surcharge".  Much of contents of each atoll is organized somewhat in our blog at: http://gtfishersmaldives.doorblog.jp/ that help you to decide which atoll you may want to go.  South/North Male show constant results without going far or no fuel surcharge, this is good for first timers.  Some decide to go a bit further to Rasdhoo/North Ari or Vaavu/Meemu. 

c) Do we have the luxury to stay at a resort of our choosing and then the charter boat will pick us up every morning to fish and drop us back? If so where is the most convenient to do this from? South or North?
You can stay at any resorts you want and we can pick you up from our base Male or if remote atoll we find our guesthouse nearby base to service you.  Again North/South Male is convenient.  One thing to pay attention is our daily rate include the daily limit to fuel consumption up to 150 USD worth of petro including pickup/dropoff - if exceed, you are responsible to pay excess petro.  So, if some resorts are so far from our wherever the base we find, it consume more gas just for pickup/dropoff, unless you prepare the resort stays for our crews.  One more thing is that you are responsible to get resort permission to have our access to their jetty to pick you up which sometime resorts do not like it though we have never unable to pickup customers in the past 2 years of operations.

D) What about the Hilton? Is that convenient for you?
E) Is it possible to go fly fishing? or you only do spinning with lures?
Let me reply these two questions together.  Hilton is quite far away as located in Noonu Atoll with significant fuel surcharge though we can find nearby base guesthouse for our crews.  I have myself stayed twice there but I am not impressed with them especially for cost performance.  For the amount of beach villa there, I can find water villa in elsewhere.  Food is not all inclusive and a cup of noodle soup cost 25 USD - turn off.  On the other hand, if you want to do fly fishing, particularly for bone fish, our recommendation is to go Lhaviyani Atoll or Noonu Atoll.  Please check our blog about the contents: http://gtfishersmaldives.doorblog.jp/archives/28421558.html If you have 6-7 days and dedicate 2-3 days for fly fishing, you should stay at either atoll.  Personally I like Lhaviyani Atoll that you can cover Baa Atoll and perhaps Raa Atoll as well.  My research shows most of fly fisherman go to Lhaviyani Atoll.  Kuredu Island Resort - not the best but biggest resort we have our friends working so that jetty access can be arranged from our side.

F) Pricing for 7 days fishing for 2 people in early Oct. Can you help?
Again, please take a look at our price table attached.  Basically XXX USD daily x 7 days then other additional costs are based on where you are going.  I hope this is good to start planning. 

Sorry for all the questions but there seems to be some complexity in the Maldives in terms of all of the different islands and the associated logistics so just trying to get more clarity



Thanks in advance
M.M.

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As we complete our first year, we are now preparing to make another line of services - Fly Fishing

Bone Fish in particular has been very popular targets for Salt Fly Fishermen.  We have been receiving several inquiries about this and started making some research and now we are working with Japanese and Denmark Agents to start our new services of Fly Fishing.

First of all, we have found that A Few Northern Atolls have the most concentration of Bone Fish and several anglers have mostly tried in those atolls.  In our last GT Fishing Expedition, we have seen so many bone fishes just around the Resort we stayed.  Our Japan Agent Mr. Kashiwagi of Free Ride Anglers took exploration expedition in 2009.

https://www.worldfishing.co.jp/record2.php?i=60

We have learned that some German, Malaysians, and other countries' anglers have gone there also on a periodical manner. 

Bone Fish, it is mostly sight fishing that you need to find the groups of fishes.  Then again, going with slow Dhoni becomes a problem to run fast from one point/island to another to find those fishes.  Thoese fishes seem to migrate many different locations; so we have to find where they are TODAY!  Speedboat can do much better on that than 5 knot dhoni which cannot even approach the island to land to the shore.

So our aim is to revolutionalize the bone fish fishing and other fly fishing in the area.

Bone fish flying destinations elsewhere has been rather far and expensive.  We believe we can offer significantly cheaper fishing with better access from the most of countries.  For example, for Japanese, Bone Fish expedition is Christmas Island (11 day journey starting from Monday, corporate people unfriendly..), Bahama, Seychelle, New Caledonia - all very far and expensive destinations.  Maldives can be cheaper alternative destination with shorter days required. 

Next challenge is that there is no budget guesthouses in those Atolls...    So we are now planning to make 3 room guesthouse ourselves.  Our local managing director moved his family to Male from this area for child middle education.  So we have one house available and empty.  All we have to do is to clean up and install aircondition units.  We think we can offer somewhere far cheaper accommodation than staying at Resorts around.  This way, we can contain the budget of expedition quite low rather than staying at resorts for 3-400 USD per night.  We can transport the customers with our boat also if seaplane is additional 3-400 USD per peson for roundtrip with unpredictable time.  It is only 2-2.5 hours to transport from Male Airport, assuming seas are not overly rough for global warming!

Anyway, please wait for a bit and we will soon report our first expedition.  If you are interested in, you can contact us or our Fly Fishing Passionate agent Thomas at GetAway Tours

http://www.getawaytours.eu/about/index.php

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Can someone do anything about Global Warming?  Malidives is no exception to big impact of estranged weather conditions happenning worldwide.

Our 11 day expedition first in Lhaviyani and then Vaavu Atoll were in the middle of 3 week continous storm rain, 20mph+ winds, and Thunder storm.  Old men in Maldives with full of weather and nature knowledge have no more understanding of this new weather.  Maldives's monsoon seasons typically spot storm with mild winds just for a few hours - not a few weeks!  We can even go to areas a few kilometers away to avoid those spot rains whereas this time clouds and rain together with rain covered the entire Malidves territory...  What the Hell is Going on?!

Regardless of weather conditions, we invested to go to fishing so we need to manage the optimum results under the severest conditions and we managed to do well.  Here is how:

7 days in Lhaviyani Atoll, we managed to go to fishing everyday.  Strong winds.  So we could cover only a half of Atoll behind the winds throughout 7 days.  Our initial plan was to cover all plus extend to Baa and Nuunu Atolls.  Thus, very limited points we could go in this weather.  However, speedboat was a great mean to effectively approach those limited points we can try.  Our Captain Mohamed deployed his utmost experiences and knowledge to daily design our routes and points to hunt GTs. 

Results were more than encouraging.  My motto is to land over 10 fishes including several GTs hopefully more than half.  Not only we could do that everyday but 1 day we capture over 50 fishes and next day over 30, topped with 30kg GT (measured).  This explosive fishing dates were 3rd and 4th day; 3rd day morning suddenly stopped all strong winds but again started in afternoon around 1pm.  Then weather started worsening again that later we hit to worst in the following week in Vaavu Atoll...

Overall throughtout Lhaviyani and Vaavu, we could catch fairly good numbrer of fishes every day but size of GTs were not very good, highly influenced with limited points we could go due to 20mph+ winds.  In fact, 1 day in Vaavu we could not go to fishing for the first time in this weather.  20kg+ GTs were less than 10 throughout 11 days while we landed well over 100 fishes.

Vaavu Atoll 4 days were joined by our new exclusive agent GetAway Tours (http://www.getawaytours.eu/) from Denmark who will represent us for 4 countries - Denmark, Sweden, Norwey, and Germany.  GetAway Tours' President organize the trips frequently to Maldives going forward so that if you are interested in joininig the trip to share the cost, please contact Thomas.  Of course we can do individual charter anytime whenever available. 

Throughout this terrible weather, especially the winds!, superiority of speedboat for fishing had been well proven.  In Vaavu atoll, there was Dhoni based Japanese customers were fishing around in Vaavu and saw us in Eastern outter reef one day (that is basically only parts we could fish in Vaavu though we initially wanted to go to Meemu Atoll's long reef with full of big GTs!).  Dhoni with 5 knot speed with large body under 20mph winds, they cannot do anything.  4 days tour on Dhoni they could capture only 3 fishes by 5 people...  They wanted to charter us to begin us but not available so that they took an old dhoni (not Hariyana), we felt bad...

By the way, terrible weather started 1 week before our arrival.  One party from Japan did 4 day tour in Rasdhoo/Ari Atolls.  They could land only a few fishes daily topped with 20kg GT.  Tour leader was prominent Japanese offshore fisherman with his padres.  They were a bit older than us with constrained physical strength and endurance capacity. 

What we learned again the very basics is that If you do not cast, you cannot get fishes.  More casts, more chance to capture more.  Japanese party before us were doing only 3+ hours of fishing everyday at incurrent time and they stopped fishing going back to guesthouse for nap and sight seeing.

It is true that theoretical and usually good time for fishing is "Incurrent" time from low to high tide.  Currents are inflowing into Atolls thru outter reef corners and channels.  We have had a lot of good time in this.  However, it is not only time we can score the fishes.  In this tough conditions, we kept casting and got some good and explosive results in different time...
- "Outcurrent time" in inner reef around corals"
- "High Tide" with little current activities at super shallow points.
- "Low Tide" also in both outter reef and inner reef.
Logically what we can draw the modest conclusion is that there are a lot of more factors than tides working to determine that fish's activities.  Our Capt. Mohamed has been going to seas for fishing for last nearly 10 years in all atolls in Maldives and experienced many different phenomenons.  With his compounding experiences, he does his best to try to hunt the time/spots for scoring the trophy fishes.  In other words, you just need to keep casting.  You never know when you start explosive fishing.  Tide plans a big factor but not only one single factor.  Never give up is the attitude successful fishermen need to drive the results.

We were using more Stick Bait (Pencil) than Popper under strong winds.  Stick Bait typically has faster cycle of casting probably every 1.5 minutes.  Keep casting continously except a few minutes boat transfers from one point to the next and lunch (we skipped several days! but just ate small granola crackers), you probably end up casting 3-400 for 8-10 hours.  You need your physical strength though important to manage with appropriate rests as required with close communication with Captain so that he will embed your physical factors into his course strategy and menu for the day.  If you cast only 2-3 hours, much of Captain's expertise gets wasted.  Choosing tackles to enable longer fishing is also important also.  Now I started using partial short rods around 7'9" v. 8'2" and smaller reel Stella SW 8000-10000 v. 18000. Using of Stick Bait is another offload choice. 

Above all, we have learned how to contruct our fishing in bad weather as nature throw occasional bad weather even in Maldives which probably has the most stable weather conditions throughout the world with GT fishing.  No Typhoon or Cycron with very moderate rainy seasons disregarding the global warming effects. 

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GT Fishers Maldives welcomed Italian "Wild Fishing Anglers" led by Vincenzo Caccico for the first time with Speed Boat Magic Life.  Vincenzo and his customers have been long royal clients for our Dhoni Hariyana for Fishing Safari.  Thus, it was Vincenzo's first trial fishing with speedboat with his customers.  He brought 2 gruops of Italian fishermen - 1 week each - throughout 2 weeks based in Lhavyani Atoll.  From Lhaviyani, daily reach to Baa, Raa, Noonu Atolls are also possible.

http://wildfishinganglers.blogspot.it/

http://www.facebook.com/vincenzo.caccico?group_id=0

The results were just explosive fishing with so many GTs and other fishes with good sizes.  At one time, there were triple hits continuous and landed 6 GTs within a few minutes!

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By the way, we safely released all fishes after taking a photo.  We should however be more careful how to hold the fishes; if holding fish from tail hanging down, it damages the backbone and spinal codes so that survival rates drastically reduce.  We will ask and educate all our customers to gently and properly handle fishes in order to safely release with shortest cycle time.

Italian Fishermen are very savvy in terms of not wasting any unnecessary expenditure.  Organizer Vincenzo also has to cater those requirements to construct the tour in a compliant manner.  So he has to be at times a very tough negotiator!  He wanted to go to Lhaviyani Atoll this time that as we see resulted very well.  However, the problem about staying in Lhaviyani Atoll as a base location is that there is no Guesthouse.  There are several resort hotels including Kuredu Island Resort - Largest resort in Maldives and very reasonable rates.  However, he wanted to make more economical for his customers.

After some discussion and creating thinking, we came up with the idea of "Home Stay".  How?!  Well, it turned out that all of our GT Fishers Maldives guys are from Lhaviyani and our family and many of them still live there.  So we asked our managing director Hameed's brother to allow his 4 guestrooms to use as host our guests at reasonble rates, including some Maldivian home cooking.  It was also very successful and well appreciated by our customers to enjoy the local culture and life exposure whereas they used to stay on dhoni boat over nights with no cultural experiences other than dhoni crews.

Since this trip was very successful, we decided to go to Lhaviyani ourselves next month for our own fishing expedition.  We are also planning to work on resort development so that we are also going to check some islands for potential resort developments.  This is also a family vacation including a kid so that we decided to stay at Kuredu Island Resort that we found bargain rates for offseason.  We found at agoda.com.  For the same time range, Expedia.com did not have availability.  Booking.com was also available at similar rates.  Agoda.com has good functions for identifying the attributes of resorts like narrowing down or filtering by each Atoll or if Children are allowed.  These are very important criteria for the search.  I could however not find any watervilla that allow children.  So if you planning your vacation in Maldives, please watch out those factors.  Bargain hunting, online agencies are very good.  At high and peak season, local wholesale prices tend to be more reliably low that we can provide.  Let us be savvy tourists like these Italian guys!!

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Our Italian Dude Friend Vincenzo!

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