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 Post subject: Aitutaki
PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:38 pm 
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Just returned to the UK having had 2 weeks after the elusive Bonefish of the Island.

The fishing was hard the Bonefish noted for their absents on the flats.
Even Itu couldn’t find them and resorted to putting a small weight onto the fly lines and dragging the fly along the bottom of what he called the milk the deeper water in the centre of the lagoon.

We did managed to pick up a couple in 6-8lb range using this method, and I had a much bigger fish according to Itu, but after a unstoppable run of about 175meters my backing for some unknown reason had looped itself under the rest of the backing on the reel. In over 30 years of fly fishing and 12 years of chasing Bones all over the world I have never had this happen to me before, the 20lb leader just snapped like cotton when everything seized up.
My fishing buddy did manage to get a GT on a popping rod that went 15 kilo but he was well cuffed as it was the first GT he had caught.

We had 2 days with Itu and 2 days with Butch Leone.
What a character that guy is his fishing platform is not as bad as it looks and is in fact quite comfortable. Butch only wades the flats and is a purest when it comes to fly fishing for Bones and during the 2 days we had with him he managed to find us just 2 Bones and both of those were beyond our casting distance .

We also had a couple of days out with Mike on the Black Pearl although he is mainly a lure and bait fishing man it is well worth while taking your 12 weight out with you as he is quite willing to let you have a crack at Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Yellow Fin Tuna and the Giant Trevally,On the fly.

In all it was a good trip even if it was a bit short on fish it was made up for by the beauty of the island and the friendliness of the people.

We stayed at Ranginui's Retreat which is right on the beach but at 100$nz at night 2 sharing is very basic a bed a microwave a 2 ring hob and a shower. You will need to cater about a 100nz a day for food, unless you are going full board. A beer a main course and a sweet at the Boat Shed will set you back about 50bucks.
If you require any more info let me know.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:46 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 2:25 pm 
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well, it may have been thin on fish, but it's a stunning looking place, and 10 out of 10 for perseverance!

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:46 am 
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Nice report mate.

Third pic down, I took a very quick look and thought 'That's the strangest looking Shortbill Spearfish I've ever seen'. :oops:

It was the spit of land that put me off. :lol:

Nice Dolphin/Mahi Mahi mate, and fairly different colours as well compared to some when 'Lit' up.

Cheers Tony.


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