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Catch Report: The Maldives Pilgrimage 2016 (Part 1)

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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 their photo catch report.

Andy starts the ball rolling with a Coral Trout on Storm Gomoku Koika Green Sardine

Andy starts the ball rolling with a Coral Trout on Storm Gomoku Koika Green Sardine

Followed by a Double Strike by Andy and Thomas

Followed by a Double Strike by Andy and Thomas

Koika Green Sardine scores again!

Koika Green Sardine scores again!

Daniel Soh with a rare Saddleback Grouper

Daniel Soh with a rare Saddleback Grouper

Next up it's Barry's turn to hit a demersal dweller.

Next up it’s Barry’s turn to hit a demersal dweller.

But the pelagics were active too!

But the pelagics were active too!

Guess which Koika colour is the top performer?

Guess which Koika colour is the top performer?

But the Naked Flash Koika is not too far behind too.

But the Naked Flash Koika is not too far behind too.

Photo bomb!

Photo bomb!

Storm Koika Green Sardine setting the pace ahead of the pack

Storm Koika Green Sardine setting the pace ahead of the pack

A Dogtooh Tuna landed by Barry in the wee hours of the morning

A Dogtooh Tuna landed by Barry in the wee hours of the morning

A good sized fish worth posing half-naked for ;)

A good sized fish worth posing half-naked for ;)

Thomas also lands another Doggie by slow jigging

Thomas also lands another Doggie by slow jigging

That's one hefty Yellowfin Grouper by Noel

That’s one hefty Yellowfin Grouper by Noel

Some decent surprises from deeper waters

Some decent surprises from deeper waters

Siang's Gomoku Black Kaiten cushioning the run of a speedster

Siang’s Gomoku Black Kaiten cushioning the run of a speedster

It turns out to be a little Dogtooth!

It turns out to be a little Dogtooth!

Slow jigging always yields nice surprises

Slow jigging always yields nice surprises

Hard fighting GT by Thomas

Hard fighting GT by Thomas

Playing Blackjack

Playing Blackjack

Rosy or Rusty Jobfish were plenty in this trip

Noel has good reason to smile!

Fred hit's a cute little Black Jack.

Fred hit’s a cute little Black Jack.

Three's a party!

Three’s a party!

Siang was trying out a new prototype Gomoku jig when this large Emperor decided to nail it

Siang was trying out a new prototype Gomoku jig when this large Emperor decided to nail it

A good sized Coronation Trout by local standards

A good sized Coronation Trout by local standards

This Rosy Jobfish provided great fun on the Storm Adajo PE2.

This Rosy Jobfish provided great fun on the Storm Adajo PE2.

Noel delighted to catch a new species from the deep.

Noel delighted to catch a new species from the deep.

Siang is not to be left out from the fun

Siang is not to be left out from the fun

Check out those eyes!

Check out those eyes!

Sometimes the fish preferred longer profile jigs

Sometimes the fish preferred longer profile jigs

At times a slightly fatter profile fared better

At times a slightly fatter profile fared better

Night time jigging has its own set of fun and challenges

Night time jigging has its own set of fun and challenges

Apart from the Big Eye Trevally, GTs also came out to play

Apart from the Big Eye Trevally, GTs also came out to play

Foul hookups were common

Foul hookups were common

A good GT specimen by Daniel Soh

A good GT specimen by Daniel Soh

Storm Super Gomoku jig (SGS) in UVSB worked like magic at night

Storm Super Gomoku jig (SGS) in UVSB worked like magic at night

Check out the super vibrant blue on the Bluefin!

Check out the super vibrant blue on the Bluefin!

After breakfast it's speed jigging time again. The Super Gomoku jig (SGS) does not disappoint.

After breakfast it’s speed jigging time again. The Super Gomoku jig (SGS) does not disappoint.

The speed jigged Super Gomoku also attracted GTs

The speed jigged Super Gomoku also attracted GTs

When arms are aching from speed jigging, it's time for slow jigging

When arms are aching from speed jigging, it’s time for slow jigging

Double take!

Double take!

This size of GT is fun to battle on light tackle

This size of GT is fun to battle on light tackle

Coral Trout are never jig shy

Coral Trout are never jig shy

Good job(fish)!

Good job(fish)!

Just when you think there are no sharks around... TA DA!

Just when you think there are no sharks around… TA DA!

Say "AHHHH"

Say “AHHHH”

Rusty Jobfish do take jigs quite high up from the bottom

Rusty Jobfish do take jigs quite high up from the bottom

A decent sized fellow by Thomas

A decent sized fellow by Thomas

Double strikes were becoming a norm

Double strikes were becoming a norm

The bully of the coral reefs

The bully of the coral reefs

Maldives Koika Super Gomoku

Rosy or Rusty Jobfish were abundant on this trip

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