CR written by Collin
We were finally at Changi T2 waiting for the flight to Male after months of anticipation. Once we checked in our baggage, we decided to have an appetiser meal of what's to come for the next one week. Guess what the menu told us!
After the quick meal, we were onboard our flight to a week of paradise onboard the very comfortable Nooraanee-2
Oops... wrong pic. Haha. Below is the right one
It was the 1st time onboard Nooraanee for all of us. We were pleasantly surprised by the hospitality and professionalism of the crew. Check out what they did to our rooms.
The weather wasn't too good on the first 3days especially the 2nd cos it rain the whole day and night but we still managed to land some decent fishes. One of the first few fishes landed was a fat red bass by Desmond on stickbait and soon after a 15kg doggie on popping. What a great start to the trip!
We landed about 15 fishes in total on popping on the 1st day. They consist of red bass, GTs, doggies and bluefin trevallies. Even thou we had to fish in the rain, we were happy with our rewards
Time passes quckly as usual whenever you are enjoying yourself and it was soon getting dark. The captain had to quickly find a nice spot to anchor for the night as it is not safe to travel too much at night since Maldives has a few thousand shallow atolls and islands. I'm not sure if it's the same throughout the year but the sun rises especially early when we were there (about 5.30am) and sets early as well (about 4.30pm).
After a very filling dinner, we decided to set up our light tackle to try jigging for the big eye jacks that should be attracted by our floodlight behind the boat. It didn't take long for Desmond to connect to a nice fish after a strong take.
Kent who was using bait caught many of those "red snappers" one after another each drop that we decided to crown him the "Red Snapper King". It was really LJLJ for him. He was pulling out one of those red snappers (which looks very much like Ang-kway) every 30secs! At that rate, we were teasing him that he could do a red carpet display on the front of the boat the next morning. However, as we had no intentions of consuming the fish, all of them were released back.
Kent was starting to get sick of getting the same fish when his Bassterra suddenly doubled over into a wicked bend upon setting the hook. This is definately no snapper! Line was peeling out at a very fast rate and Kent being anxious to know what the fish was, cranked up the drag even higher to try to stop the run. We were all amazed at how much punishment the rod could take! The powerful fish suddenly dashed under the boat and Kent had to quickly stick his rod into the water to prevent being cut off. After a feverish 15mins fight, his trophy finally revealed itself. It was a 8.5kg GT on relatively light tackle. What a battle!