In February 2014, I visited Cosmoledo/Astove for the first time – the trip with Helmut Alleze was unforgettable. We were lucky with the weather; aside from a few brief storms, it was always beautiful. And most importantly, the fishing was simply fantastic! Helmut and I had discussed repeating the trip together in 2015. But I was captivated by the incredible experiences and encounters with the first GTs. Fishing in the surf on Astove had me spellbound: Within seconds, you're in the midst of a swarm of many, including very large GTs. When you hook that first big GT, and the action starts, your adrenaline surges. Moments that are unforgettable! And a feeling that addicts every saltwater fly fisherman. The result: I just had to fly back to the Seychelles in the fall.
The decisive factor for my decision was that the Life Aboard expedition on the Maya Dugong was only going to take place one more time. The last opportunity to fish three different atolls – Assumption, Cosmoledo, Astove – in one week! Everyone I talked to regrets it deeply.