David, Didier, Gilles & Jean-Christophe (France)
As a first tropical fishing experience, this great team made of a family with David, really stroke hard. “It never rains in Rodrigues”… Not that often! Just ask them! It rained a whole week long, and there had no cyclone… They leave for the Eastern Bank in the rain, with a crossing swell and a strong wind. It was very hard to fish at night in these conditions, especially in such a harsh rain. The following day, they are rewarded as they make a draught of fishes ever on Black Marlin, concerning yellowfin tunas: 6 between 40kg and 60kg on trolling. One of them got crunched with a “longimanus shark”. As a matter of fact, activity was great on the Eastern Bank, but tempered because forage fish was quite abundant. 3 overeaten marlins came along the lines without touching anything.
Then it was the Hawkins Bank, still in the rain! Jigging or baiting is too painful to insist on it. So they caught yellowfin tunas and more yellowfin tunas… with an average between 20kg and 35kg for the biggest. To vary a little, wahoos and doggies came along as well, respectively of 18kg and 34kg for the biggest, as well as sharks, seriolas and tunas. The atmosphere was great for this team who quickly collided thanks to (or because) of the difficult weather conditions.