Fishing in the Maldives

Indian Ocean fabulously rich in fish, it is a true paradise for lovers of sea fishing. Where you can catch on coral reefs and in the open ocean, all year hunt for tuna, sailfish, wahoo and big korifenoy.

Ocean rages, all seen countless flocks of tuna! Of special hoses from the stern of the traditional fishing boats water is sprayed at a high arc into the ocean. The carpet of tiny air bubbles attracts fish found in the surface layer.

They throw tiny fish-bait. It appears tuna, which is sometimes prepared to grab even a bare hook. Kaleidoscope of events causes worry and experience of all participants. Fish quickly pulled up and immediately pulls an on board. This fishing technique is practiced here since time immemorial.

Then tuna falls into the spare slot of the wooden hull, which is going to "silver and gold" of the Indian Ocean. In a short time, pulled many tuna. Here and flying tuna (Euthynnus pelamis), yellow fin tuna (Thunnus albacores) and frigate mackerel (Auxis hazard). Flying with tuna belly with black stripe is nearly 80 cm in length.

The length of yellow fin tuna in the Maldives comes to 1.50 m. The most successful period of time for fishing in the Maldives and the capture of large specimens are January and February. Tuna catches are medium in size year round. In addition, it meets big eye tuna, or Big eye (Thunnus obesus), which reaches a length of more than 90 cm.

Tuna fish with tradition. We are sailing on a traditional junk tuna about 20 m in length and width 6m- classic fishing boat residents of the Maldives. Everywhere there are constantly scurrying small junks. In the evening the guests of the hotel overlook the sea with light rods catch fish near the reef-hussars, snappers and fish-men.

If you need to get out into the open ocean, that uses large, seaworthy junks tuna. Their board felt the charm and atmosphere of the breathtaking fishing. For centuries Maldivians when fishing for tuna is not used network, and simple fishing rods made of bamboo or fiberglass without coil.

By strong fishing line tied classic silver tuna hook made of thick wire hook or Japanese. When the fish is timed, it was immediately raised to a rod in the boat and removes the hook. Despite the simplicity of the gear used, this ancient form of tuna fishing is incredibly effective.

Over the past century, it almost has not changed - it is a living cultural history and you cannot help her feel like a particle. Exit the traditional fishing boats Tuna begins late at night, when the starry sky spreads a fantastic tent. Rays of two powerful halogen spotlights placed on the sides of the boat, sent to the ocean.

The team is holding a special net ready for fishing bait. Strong light attracts the whole boat swarms of silvery fish. The network is lowered into the water on long poles, is supplied by a pack, lift, pulls and dumped the contents into the boat. Tanks for fish-bait placed in the hold and constantly supplied with fresh water.

When the bait on board is sufficient, the fishermen go out to the open ocean to places tuna parking. Residents of the Maldives are very protective of the seafood and only use environmentally friendly equipment for extraction of fish. In particular, methods of catching them are 100% safe for dolphins.

It refused to tuna nets, which in other places around the world each year is meaningless claim the lives of thousands of dolphins, small whales, manta rays, sharks and other "more trophies." If you want to fish from a boat, you should take a mild or moderate sea rod coil 20-30 lbs or, better yet, fly-fishing tackles for fishing in salt water 13 AFTMA class.

Big Dorado (Coryphaena hippuris) often goes next to the tuna. In Spanish? This hefty fish called Dorado (golden) for her appearance. The fish literally glows as if it covered with gold leaf. Its fishing requires a huge exertion. First, the angler feels a lot of strong jerks, and then - tough as a mouse bite.

After that, usually followed by jumping fireworks. Most Dorado and tuna on the hook - it literally bundles of energy. In the modern ocean-going yachts engine power 400 hp you will be taken at a speed of 22 knots with Bandos Island or Paradise on the outer reef of North Male Atoll. The boat is fully equipped with sonar, radio and navigation equipment.

Catching designed for Wahoo, one of the fastest marine fish, numerous species of tuna, occurring here in large quantities. In addition, there is a blue and black marlin. Sword absolution back mark for the research program. Who wants to can pick up your trophy?

Here we notice the first fat liquoring sailboat those three, four, five times in a row is highly jumps out of the water about 100 meters from the boat. Truly an unforgettable experience! Shortly pulled and the first trophy: a great Wahoo with light blue stripes lying on the deck. Then, under the pressure of a sailboat bend another rod.

After a few seconds, followed by a second bite at the other tackle. Another sailfish jumping rid of the bait. It emerges first sailboat. Here it is - a real test for our gear. Fierce jumps follow one another. After about 20 minutes of stretching captain gloves captures the tip of the sail and pulls a fish from the open board the boat.

A fantastic instance of a length of 2.50 meters and weighing more than 36 kg. Fish defeated, but not lost to science. Within a few seconds on her back, next to a huge fin-sail, fastened a pink marker, and then quickly let in their native element. You can catch and "track". On the "track" catch on the outside of the reef.

This requires a test rod with a weight 50-80 lbs, Penn International reel and colorful silicone bait on leashes made of durable nylon carrying capacity of 100-200 lbs. In the light of 20-pound rod skewer shrimp silicone. There it caught mackerel tuna, as well as the swordsmen and Wahoo.

Sea fishing in the area of ​​the Maldives is full of surprises. After fishing right outside the hotel on the "house reef" in front of you appears surprisingly rich world of coral. You feel as if in a giant saltwater aquarium, because around the islands home to over 800 different species of reef fish.

If you are lucky, you will see even sea bass and sea turtles. And another strong impression will stay with you from a fishing holiday in the Maldives. I mean communication with the local population of this island nation. His inhabitants distinguished by great friendliness and willingness to always help. Not for nothing here to say: "Your joy - it is our pleasure." But be careful, because the Maldives are fascinating.


Maldives. The air temperature and water year averages 28 ... + 29 ° C. Specific natural conditions: coconut palms, white coral beaches and fantastic marine life. Are found coral fish of more than 800 species. If you are arriving from Europe, you do not need any vaccinations or preventive medicines against malaria.

But protection from the sun - "compulsory" condition of stay, as the Maldivian archipelago of 823 km in length and a width of about 130 km is situated near the equator. For 50 million years of its 26 atolls have grown out of the ocean, they are scattered in the vast Indian Ocean, the color of the water changes from dark blue to turquoise - green, an area of ​​about 90 000 km2.

Of the approximately 1,190 coral islands are inhabited by only 199, including about 85 mastered the tourists. Languages ​​spoken: Maldivian, English and Arabic, in hotels sometimes also German. In the capital island Male 'state is home to 70 thousand. Residents, close to the International Airport (Hulhule Island). From there, in less than 20 minutes by speed boat will take you to the island of Bandos.

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