Cocos Bones - The Return

Had another cracking trip to the Cocos Islands in January, product testing several new Flig colour schemes.

Went for a fortnight and lined up a couple of mates who were keen to do a week each, back to back. We did six days with the guide (Rizan from Chasing Island Tails) and the rest was self guided. We caught fish every day.

As always the hospitality and warmth of the local Cocos Malay population was first class. Had a new phenomenom this trip with the local kids (and several adults) keen to clean me out of any spare fligs I had. Sold a few mid trip but held them off till the afternoon before I flew home when they cleaned me out of everything I had left. Their instagram feeds since then have been a joy to look at.

Highlights were plenty but some of the main ones were Brad's PB of 72cm on the first day, Brad raising the bat at 50 bones on his maiden trip, Brad's cracker permit on flig, Eric's nice sightcast barracuda and plenty of good bones, a 3kg mud crab that Eric (a chef) turned into a feast, a 75cm bone for myself, sight cast flats fugu and so on.

I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

If you're after any specific info on the trip, send me a message. 

 

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 Unreal! That is the stuff of

Thu, 2024-02-29 11:23

 Unreal! That is the stuff of dreams! Awesome pics!

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World class bone fishery

Thu, 2024-02-29 11:39

 We loved our stay there precovid and the Malays made us so so welcome even cooking us meals without chilli, garlic or strong spices. Brilliant snorkelling and diving too particularly the mantas 

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Good to see

Thu, 2024-02-29 12:22

 all the pies together, great post

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 Slugger would have spat his

Sat, 2024-03-02 08:59

 Slugger would have spat his breakfast out with that comment uncle. Nice fishing boys .

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Identifying

Sat, 2024-03-02 10:08

Like a lot of people I know, Brad is no longer identifying as a West Coast supporter. 

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 He will come back around,

Sun, 2024-03-03 07:12

 He will come back around, but not this year.

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dont put me in that pies basket

Sat, 2024-03-02 17:42

 ive got all my teeth, a straight nose and clean rap sheet 

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Another great trip BJ

Thu, 2024-02-29 13:25

As has been said - awesome pics

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Looks like a magic place to

Thu, 2024-02-29 13:59

Looks like a magic place to go. It's on my bucket list but it seems to be bloody deep.

Some crackers there. Great fish and as usual great pics.

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Nice pics

Thu, 2024-02-29 17:53

 I went there in november and loved it. We found the bones love hermit crabs.

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Haha

Thu, 2024-02-29 20:26

No real challenge in that Crano.

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 Mate what a trip. Location,

Thu, 2024-02-29 19:54

 Mate what a trip. Location, flats fishing heaven and tackling  a 3kg mud crab would be life and death match awesome

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Jurassic Park

Thu, 2024-02-29 20:27

Crab was straight out of Jurassic Park. 

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Did you measure the shell.

Fri, 2024-03-01 08:01

 John, These days if a crab is bigger than 200mm across the caracapce it is officially big.

Hard to tell. A 203mm crab won a comp here last year but guessing a 3 KG crab would be 220mm or bigger.

I weighed a 170mm last year because it was heavy and it went 1.4KG

Did you measure it ?

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Estimate

Fri, 2024-03-01 09:16

Nah, didn't measure or weigh it. Just cooked it and ate it.

Weight estimate was from my offsider Eric, who is a chef. 

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 Some great fish and

Fri, 2024-03-01 11:43

 Some great fish and beautiful photos BJ!

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Looks a very relaxing few

Sat, 2024-03-02 09:20

Looks a very relaxing few days, that food does look tasty.

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cracking trip

Sat, 2024-03-02 12:37

 First time chasing bones, big learning curve sighting them but BJ was a wealth of knowledge and after nailing a few on BJ's Captain Smith Size # 1, tried a few different lures, complete waste of time, as 'Smithy' just nailed Bone after Bone. Wont waste my time or money using anything else from now on, John makes a highly durable and effective flig. Thanks BJ

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 try fly fishing ,the choice

Sat, 2024-03-02 16:37

 try fly fishing ,the choice of flies is mind boggling. ;)

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 try fly fishing ,the choice

Sat, 2024-03-02 16:37

 try fly fishing ,the choice of flies is mind boggling. ;)

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That was supposed

Sat, 2024-03-02 18:31

 To read pics, billy

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 That makes sense now uncle.

Sun, 2024-03-03 07:10

 That makes sense now uncle. Could never see him being a pies supporter. He has been pretty quiet about the trip but will no doubt be hearing a lot more now the report is here.