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  1. #251
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    The Undisclosed location fishing log

    Figures it would be called Cannon Point now. Thanks for keeping this thread going, always fun to see your updates.


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    "Zee damn fat skis are ruining zee piste !" -Oscar Schevlin

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  2. #252
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    We re under lockdown on the ship with all that going on with COVID. One way to still get a little taste is to launch the vessels Rescue Boat and head out to make some casts with a 11wt intermediate. The 12 is just a stick and the 11wt T&T casts like a dream. we drifted along the edge of the reef and landed a few snappers but as we were dealing with this fella they managed so sneak out the scuppers. Bilge was dry but the self bailing scuppers can allow water into the deck from time to time.
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    The grey GT's take on this amazing color when they are just below the surface(check out the forward part of the fish) Not quite as hypnotic as the bluefin trevally.........but GT's are 6-10x larger
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    The Captain was nice enough to drive me around so I let him take a picture with my fish.
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    I was taking a quick break from casting, dragging the 7/0 black GT Semper about 10 feet off the boat as we slowly moved along the edge of the reef. I glanced back and I see 2 large white objects, I immediately pulled the fly as I though they were sharks...then I realized they were 2 big GT's!!!! After a quick 20ft cast back at them, the big one ate in about 10ft below the surface.
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  3. #253
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    Fuck!
    Well maybe I'm the faggot America
    I'm not a part of a redneck agenda

  4. #254
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    Amazing
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    Can you pump oil back into a well, like they do with pumping sea water into one? Might be a good idea to explore that option...
    It's a bit like putting a shit back in someone's colon.

  5. #255
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    you fellas have any reccommendations on a shop to do annual bearing maintenance on my drift trailer in SLC?

  6. #256
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    Quote Originally Posted by BLOWhERPOW View Post
    you fellas have any reccommendations on a shop to do annual bearing maintenance on my drift trailer in SLC?
    The nearest trailer maintenance station is in the middle of the Indian Ocean.



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  7. #257
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    Holy shit bro you have no idea how happy this makes me. For a number of years I was the USG lead for DG and visited it many times over the years.

    What especially makes me happy is seeing you guys crushing the recreational fishing. About 10 years ago the British Embassy informed us they planned to make DG a marine protected area. Long story short, they wanted to ban all fishing, to include recreational fishing by those stationed on island. As a lifelong fisherman and someone that had some of the best tuna fishing of my life around DG on an MWR boat, I literally fought harder to keep recreational fishing open than any other issue I dealt with in my 15+ years as a diplomat. We were lucky the Brits were begging us for help on a separate issue and we were able to leverage that support to keep recreational fishing for you guys.

    I have had more than one drunk night with you MSC Mariners eating sashimi and telling lies.

    Finding this thread is probably the highlight of my Covid quarantine! Keep crushing it brother!
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  8. #258
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    Cspringsposer,

    Thanks for your efforts over the years to keep us fishing here, I cant even imagine this place without rec fishing. If you are looking for more pictures check out the facebook page we have: https://www.facebook.com/undisclosedlodge/ Funny hearing from you because I was pretty close to pursuing a career with the State Dept. a few years back as my wife is from Bethesda and has many close family friends that are career diplomats and a few that work for other agencies

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    One of the protected places on the island is Turtle Cove. The bonefish seem to understand that there is a hefty fine for fishing in this area. Turtle Cove is the southernmost part of the lagoon and this picture is looking south where there is a narrow canal that allows water to fill a number of tidal estuaries. There are a couple viewing stands to observe turtles and other things as they flow past. The immediate area to the north of this has what I feel is some of the best bonefishing flats on the planet. The flat here covers an immense area with enough tidal flow to create small variations in the depth but at the same time prevent silt from forming mud flats that suck for fish and wading. Maybe someday before I finally leave I will say the hell with it and head out there, it might only cost me 5K pounds.


    Since we are restricted to the ship, unless conducting official business ashore, I figured a couple of Intro To Fly Fishing classes on board would be something different to do for the crew. I have been teaching this class since 2015 or 16 and have had quite a few students over the years...maybe 200ish??? I try to offer a class once a month when I am at work and have been somewhat successful in keeping the MWR class going when I am home on vacation with the help of other son the island....although I have not had a class ashore in 6 months. All of my trained instructors and guides have moved on and I have not had time to train any new people yet. USN is usually only here a year.
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    The class of vessel I have been on since 2014 all have a conference room that's perfect for an 8-10 student class.
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    Here we are casting on the helo deck. I begin class with some basic info about fly fishing and the equipment. We have 12 rods and reels for instruction. after about a half hour in the classroom and supper, we head out for some casting instruction.

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    some students required a little more instruction than others

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    I was able to get ashore on official business for a couple hours, imagine my surprise to find the tide at an all time low allowing me access to an area I can finally fish after 10 years of looking at this location. I usually say that trying to spot fish before 0900 is a waste of time....I had my first bonefish on at 0803....maybe not such a waste?

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    Here is a shot looking towards the POL Pier from the adjacent cove to the immediate south. The inside of the cove is mud with little water movement, the outside areas where I am taking this shot from are perfect for bonefish and permit flowing in or out with the tide. I will try and put together some short video to post either in a couple days or when I return home in July.
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  9. #259
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    Have you had a chance to check out the outer islands? Im sure you sail by them during your monthly opa checks, but if you haven't had a chance to disembark you should definitely do it. I went out there a few years ago on the Brits old patrol vessel the Pacific Marlin. I know they sometimes take passengers with them if you can make it happen.

    Are you guys supporting the MPA patrols? That's something we worked out a few years ago. You guys need to do sail and they need support protecting the MPA from Sri Lankan commercial fishermen.

    Stay safe brother!

  10. #260
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    I have fished Ille du Coin(Perhos Banos) and the Egmont islands. Way back in this thread, where the pics disappeared, there were a few shots from the 2010 trip to Ille du Coin. Here are a few of them below.
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    For the trip to Ille du Coin in 2010 or 2011 we took out own RHIB in with the MPS2 Commodore and his MATO. My ship had a great relationship with the Brit Xo and he encouraged us to go in and check out the island. I fished for about 2 hours and the rest of the group walked around. I never left the beach/flat.

    There was a lapse back a few years ago when the Pacific Marlin contract expired and there was not a patrol vessel. That was when CAMDA (Chagos Archipelago Maritime Domain Awareness) started and the Royal marines began embarking their pac 24's(RHIBS) aboard the ships and launching off the islands. If that 240lbs Royal Marine corporal had not tried to tackle that 100lb GT I would have had a good fish on with nothing but sand for 500 yards in every direction......fuck that guy. Now there is the Grampian Frontier that patrols all the time and there are not as many CAMDA heavy ops. The ships still submit daily reports when they are underway or more frequently is something is spotted.
    Here are a few from the strip ashore with the brits. My pal at the time was the contracted fisheries officer, an Auzzie, and he was kind of my chaperone.
    one is looking east along the south coast of western island, the other is me and a bone looking the other direction. I only had a few minutes to fish this time but could have fished there for a few days. I have looked into putting together a trip that would leave from the Maldives, but the permitting of anything other than transients to the Northern Chagos is an issue. I have spoken with a few Seychelles guides and a few others so there would be no trouble putting a crew together, just the darn Brits...... maybe when my time here comes to a close I will explore the environmental science angle for permitting. Maybe someday.
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  11. #261
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    this thread delivers and when you didnt think it could get any better an old salt finds it and brings it full circle. cheers!
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