After a busy end of season then getting married and our honeymoon adventures we are finally starting to catch up on our blog posts.
We had the pleasure of hosting Hena and his lovely wife Mary. Travelling all the way from Australia Hena was on a round the world fishing trip, stopping at all the top fly fishing destinations. Starting in the Seychelles fishing Cosmoledo atoll and Alphonse Island he then ventured over to us in Oman to chase some Omani gold as well as target multiple species from our boat location near Salalah. Upon landing he was already exciting us with his tales of travel and fishing around the world so we knew this would be a fun filled 10 days.
Leaving early the boys were on the water by 8am walking the beach in search of the beautiful Indo Pacific permit. By lunch time they had spotted a few fish but no takers to the fly so they men sat and talked tactics over lunch. The conditions were great and the tides was just right too. The fish clearly were not wanting to cooperate and the day ended with one chomped hook and a very large permit breaking off as he aggressively took the fly.
Day two and the boys were on a mission, by lunchtime they had spotted and cast at no less than 14 permit landing one fish making this our first tagged ‘client’ permit so spirits were high.
As the day drew to a close they were just checking out the area where they had lost the very large fish the day before. Low and behold there he was surfing in and out on the waves chomping away at tasty morsels as he went. Laying out the perfect cast Hena waited, moved the fly gently and as the fish saw it he started to strip it away from him. Enraged this bad boy swooped in, eyes wide and mouth agape. His tail shot out of the water as he tilted his head down to have a better look. Hena left the fly stationary for a second and he sucked it straight into his crusher plates. One swift strip strike from Hena and the water erupted, infuriated this big boy span round and took off, taking with him all the fly line and screaming off towards the deep well into the backing as the boys wooped from shore.
After a few minutes Hena had him under control and bought him sulkily in to shore. Landing him Brandon had a look of confusion on his face, the fly line went in to his mouth and the fly appeared to be stuck to his rear end. Closer inspection revealed this was actually the exact same fish from yesterday and it became clear that he had been foul hooked in the rear. Elated Brandon retrieved both his flies and handed this beautiful golden beast to Hena for a few pictures before tagging him and releasing him on his way….another epic day.
Day three saw some clouds start to roll in and the permit fishing was slow and hard going with the boys working the water hard to no avail. Many miles were covered with little permit sightings.By some strange luck there was however numerous shoals of Bream appear, however their speed and agility resulted in 2 tired men and no fish landed. As the day drew to a close it seemed that these fish had other ideas.
Brandon decided to stick around and persevere as it was the last day on the permit beaches, and it payed off. As the light was starting to fade the final hour saw an exodus of fish with both Hena and Brandon running back and forth along the waters edge. Hena landing 3 Indo-Pacific permit and losing the 4th fish. A superb day for our tagging program and one for the history books in terms of catching permit. A very happy two men returned triumphantly to the hotel for a well earned drink!
We packed up and all headed south towards Salalah to our boat based operation for 5 days fishing offshore.
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