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Sorry Craig, I should have said that GT was at Aitutaki, not CXI.

Saw bugger all decent GTs at CXI, and didn't see many small ones either. Saw truckloads at Aitutaki, and no small ones at all. Couldn't get over the numbers actually. But the problem there was 99% were in and around the coral bommies. I got lucky with the one I landed as it was on the sand flats of Tekopua.
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Wow! What time of year were you there? I have seen only about two or three big ones each trip when I have been there. And most of them there is not a hope in hell of getting a cast away to them. Either the GT fishing has suddenly got seriously good at Aitutaki or sometimes they maybe invade the lagoon en-masse? That's great fishing wherever you find it   
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Not sure Craig? Maybe it is the specific locations within Aitutaki where the GTs are? I didn't see many/any while wandering the Bonefish flats by myself. But I saw big numbers when being poled by Rua around the bommies, and even more when Itu and I walked the reef at the bottom of the island. 

Very unnerving climbing over and weaving through coral in knee to waist deep water, casting at GTs up to 80lb, with a flimsy bit of carbon fibre and an even more flimsy plastic fly line. And downright scary when you hook one of them. Try running after a 50lb GT in waist deep water, over and around sharp coral while said GT is pulling string on a locked up Hatch 11 Plus, and having a 9 foot lever to contend with as well.

Definitely not for the faint-hearted, and I don't say that lightly. I got away with a few coral cuts, a bruised knee, a newly textured fly line, and a bent out 6/0 after the perfection loop knot at the fly line end of the leader got jammed in a coral bommie.
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Ah yes, the famed reefs at the bottom end of the island. Tough country, you need a skilled boat man to get in there, and then much of the time they are wiped out by swell. I've never been there. Could have gone on some days when swell was low but always doing things as a group. You really do need rare weather to get in there.

I walked to the very southeast corner of the island from one-foot on an exceptional day with flat seas. I stood right on the edge of the reef and cast out across a very low surf. I hooked a big black GT fairly quickly and got ripped to shreds!
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Yea I encountered the GTs at Aitutaki a couple of times.  Once I was wading with Butch and I spotted what I though was a couple of small reef sharks with the dorsal out the water.  When I got closer I realized it was a pack of GT's.

I tried throwing everything I had in the box at them, but id left the 12# back on the beach, and only had an 8# and bones flys.   I pulled them right past their noses, but they just flicked me the bird and shot off 

I had another similar experience on the flats a few days later. Would have been amazing to hook up, but what a handful!

Funny Will, but you look to nearly get the upper hand on that fish, in the first few seconds........ then it works out whats going on LOL
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Yep, that's the place LOL! I imagine that would be a very rare opportunity to be able to cast a fly into the open ocean from the reef edge! I'm sure the hook up was very exciting, if not short-lived!

Can't wait to get back there.......

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Piscisfly yes i was lucky. I noticed the flats pro line is less stretchy and needs more drag on the reel when hooking up. I lost 2 big fish because of this. I will have more drag in the reel next time and also will start carrying my 12 weight as the encounters with gts out of the petting zone are getting more frequent..
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That's good to hear about the GT's showing up more Will. I want to focus more on them next trip, but away from the tackle destroying bommies if I can - but not at the petting zone LOL!
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Nice Fish Piscis!

Thats exactly what i meant,
i cant be arsed with chasing them in bommies, just not my thing,
But to get a shot while wading over sand, hell yeah.

like ya say, best chance is to commit to them,[pretty hard to ignore a big bone tho]
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here is some footage of those 2 GT missiles attacking bones on the flat behind one foot. you will need to play it in 4k and full screen and keep replaying the video, you will be able to see the black missiles moving in from right to left before the hit. They chased this bone 400 yards before coralling it on the flats by the sand bank but the gopro only captured the last part as auto record just wasnt fast enough for those guys.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tlGzUVUgGE
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Originally posted by WillP WillP wrote:

here is some footage of those 2 GT missiles attacking bones on the flat behind one foot. you will need to play it in 4k and full screen and keep replaying the video, you will be able to see the black missiles moving in from right to left before the hit. They chased this bone 400 yards before coralling it on the flats by the sand bank but the gopro only captured the last part as auto record just wasnt fast enough for those guys.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tlGzUVUgGE


Mate, I'm also not fast enough. That vid is literally 1 second long Confused. I replayed it about ten times and still only saw a gorgeous looking flat.
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Yup that is about the total length of time you get to realise that a GT is in your vicinity. Time to cast or maybe switch rods to a 12wt doesn't exist. I know one sand flat spot in Aitutaki where I reckon you could sit on a step ladder and wait for a GT... if I had a step ladder in Aitutaki
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I got about 10sec to have a shot at a 80-100lber at CXI while throwing my 12wgt - what luck - if only I could cast accurately!
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Casting accurately with a 12 weight is an underestimated skill. I now spend a lot of time pre-trip practicing with the big gun. I learned the hard way.
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