Mission Oman – when it rains.

Day 11 - (17 December 2013) I struggled to sleep last night.  My slightly skinnier frame seemed not to handle all the adrenalin too well.  The focus had shifted to getting Theo onto perms, and getting some better DSLR pics of fish feeding and presentations.  We're geared up and back on the reefs.  They're gone. [...]

Mission Oman Begins -the arrival

We arrived in scorching Muscat pretty excited.  All our luggage had arrived which is always a bonus.   Just passed the iris scanners used on labour is the Visa counter, which is a thinly disguised forex beareau de change. Through the arrivals and I see Theo waiting.  All smiles.  We hustle around looking for a [...]

West African Permit

Good friend, fish-scientist and fishing-nut Fabien Forget sent me this pic from his time in Gabon. A cracking fish estimated around 25lbs that evidently gave an extremely impressive account of itself.My question is whether this is Trachinotus falcatus - the fabled Permit of the Keys and Carib - or Trachinotus maxillosus. (http://www.fishbase.org/summary/Trachinotus-maxillosus.html) - the Guinean Pompano or Permit?Any [...]

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Seychelles Tails

Found this on the vimeo Castawayfilms.com page. So so awesome - I just can't get enough of those tails... [vimeo 33841445 w=500 h=281] AMIRANTE TAILS, Fly Fishing in the Seychelles for GT, Permit, and Bluefin Trevally from Castaway Films on Vimeo.

Golden Grand Slam at Alphonse

Alphonse Island Celebrates a New World Record Achievement The almost impossible feat of a “Golden Grand Slam” has been achieved whilst fishing St François atoll. Fourth–season Alphonse fishing guide, Andrew Mayo guided Matvey Ivanov (Mat) to obtaining this coveted achievement!  To qualify for a “Golden Grand Slam” title five species of fish: Permit, Milkfish, GT, [...]

New Species: Trachinotus falcatus

Colombia was never going to be a major fishing destination on the South American odyssey - but that wouldn't stop me from swinging the long rod. I never found any flats or areas to really target Permit in Colombia. I had quietly hoped to do so... We hiked in to a beach in the middle [...]


So I’ve been trying crack the Mullet problem lately. I have been wanting to catch Mugil Cephalus (Mullet) without chum for ages now. Using bread, it’s easy. But I want one without using a starchy chum and a ‘Bread Fly’. I've been playing with floating shrimps, blood worms and variety of educated guesses but the Muggles have been difficult. There [...]