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Catch Report: The Maldives Pilgrimage 2016 (Part 2)

Each year, a group of hardcore Gomoku jiggers would descend upon The Maldives for a week-long metal-bouncing pilgrimage. This year, Fred Goh and friends are back once again on Mas Hibaru in search of jig-munching species. Here’s Part 2 of their photo catch report.

Paradise on earth

Paradise on earth

Ready for the battles ahead

Ready for the battles ahead

Getting the rhythm going with the Storm Gomoku Adajo slow jigging rod

Getting the rhythm going with the Storm Gomoku Adajo slow jigging rod

Not exactly huge but definitely hard fighting and super fun!

Not exactly huge but definitely hard fighting and super fun!

Splendid Coral Trout by Thomas

Splendid Coral Trout by Thomas

Drop-offs always produced surprises!

Drop-offs always produced surprises!

A keeper for the table!

A keeper for the table!

Many Yellowfin Grouper were caught on this trip

Many Yellowfin Grouper were caught on this trip

A new species for Andy!

A new species for Andy!

This GT still has a bit of growing up to do

This GT still has a bit of growing up to do

The team were pampered with excellent food on Mas Hibaru throughout the trip

The team were pampered with excellent food on Mas Hibaru throughout the trip

Does this get your mouth watering?

Does this get your mouth watering?

Fresh sashimi!

Fresh sashimi!

The team also hit a Coral Trout patch

The team also hit a Coral Trout patch

Solid Coral Trout by Noel

Solid Coral Trout by Noel

No sweat!

No sweat!

Bananas - an instant energy booster!

Bananas – instant energy booster!

Although there were lesser numbers of Emperors this year compared to last year, they certainly made up in size.

Although there were lesser numbers of Emperors this year compared to last year, they certainly made up in size.

Fred's smile is contagious!

Fred’s smile is contagious!

One of the bigger Yellowfin Groupers caught by Siang. On Koika Orange Zebra

One of the bigger Yellowfin Groupers caught by Siang. On Koika Orange Zebra

Another cracker Job by Thomas

Another cracker Job by Thomas

Solid GT jigged up by Noel

Solid GT jigged up by Noel

Piggy-back jigging!

Piggy-back jigging!

Fred playing the Pied Piper of Maldives!

Fred playing the Pied Piper of Maldives!

Gomoku Koika Green Sardine working very well for Andy

Gomoku Koika Green Sardine working very well for Andy

Amazing colours!

Amazing colours!

Seeing double...

Seeing double…

Somehow the Amberjacks had a penchant for the speedier jigs.

Somehow the Amberjacks had a penchant for the speedier jigs.

Barry's thumper Amberjack from the deeper parts

Barry’s thumper Amberjack from the deeper parts

Green Jobfish were really aggresive and hard fighting

Green Jobfish were really aggresive and hard fighting

Storm Koika is a consistent producer in the Maldives

Storm Koika is a consistent producer in the Maldives

Superb Yellowfin by Thomas

Superb Yellowfin by Thomas

A little Red Bass from the reefs

A little Red Bass from the reefs

Rusty Jobfish offered plenty of fun!

Rusty Jobfish offered plenty of fun!

Many good-sized Jobfish were landed on this trip

Many good-sized Jobfish were landed on this trip

Little rats were still good fun!

Little rats were still good fun!

The Super Gomoku SGS 100g UVSI wielding it's charm

The Super Gomoku SGS 100g UVSI wielding it’s charm

"Hip, hip hoooray!!"

“Hip, hip hoooray!!”

This Amberjack gave Daniel Soh a good run for the money!

This Amberjack gave Daniel Soh a good run for the money!

Tense moments as a biggie takes off!

Tense moments as a biggie takes off!

The deckies patiently waiting as Fred battles an unknown fighter from the deep.

The deckies patiently waiting as Fred battles an unknown fighter from the deep.

It's a Dogtooth!

It’s a Dogtooth!

The Super Gomoku (SGS) 100g jig in UVSI never disappoints!

The Super Gomoku (SGS) 100g jig in UVSI never disappoints!

Another Rosy Job fooled by the Super Gomoku jig (SGS)

Another Rosy Job fooled by the Super Gomoku jig (SGS)

The deeper waters yielded treasures!

The deeper waters yielded treasures!

Having a blast!

Barry and Thomas having a blast!

How's that for 'Double Jigging'?

How’s that for ‘Double Jigging’?

Speed jigging with the Super Gomoku yields results

Speed jigging with the Super Gomoku yields results

Scenes like these were common

Scenes like these were common

Dogfight winner!

Dogfight winner – the Super Gomoku (SGS) jig in UVSI!

The biggest Amberjack from the trip, caught on Super Gomoku (SGS) UVSI

The biggest Amberjack from the trip by Andy, caught on Super Gomoku (SGS)!

Alas... all good things must come to an end...

All good things must come to an end…

The 2016 Maldives 'Pilgrims'

The 2016 Maldives ‘Pilgrims’

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