Well with Gilis out of our system we hammered south and west in the big Yamaha leaving the storm and the Gilis in our wake. Immediate destination: Labuan Poh.
Sun after the storm. Looking back on the Gilis
Having dropped off the non-hardcore; Nic and the 2 Robbies headed out for a late afternoon session. Rounding the corner past Bangko Bangko had all the adrenaline of a good rollercoaster ride as we plowed up one side and surfed down the other of wave after wave after wave. Never doubted the diesel would let us down but thought about that last scene from the “Perfect Storm” quite a bit just then.
Rob Christie's first Dog
An hour past the corner and on our way back we hit fish after fish after fish, here Rob Christie shows a nice puppy. Dogtooth tuna #1 for him.
The next day we headed out to the grounds en masse. Eight of us on the boat and a carefully orchestrated roster of “at bats” and “on decks”. We didn’t have to wait long:
James Christie and his Barra
James Christie with the first of the trip’s many Barracuda.
James Christie and GT
Again, James after a hard-won battle with a Giant Trevally.
John Oven with his Catch-and-Release GT
John Oven with the biggest damned fish he’s caught since – well – ever. A monster battle with a big GT that was kept alive and released soon after the photo session. Something that made the young angler feel great about the whole thing.
John Oven Bending a rod
And John bends a big rod during the fight he lost with what I estimate was a 30-kilo specimen. Hard luck but he took it well.
Kai Mountfort (L) and Rob hold Kai's Doggie
Kai Mountfort got hold of a nice 10-kilo dogtooth.
Niko has help holding the Barracuda he soloed. Longer than him ...
And Niko Mountfort with a big Barracuda that came out of the water 4 times during the fight. Like a damned Tarpon. But he soloed it. Great show.