Juliet Coombe stays at Jetwing Beach Hotel and gets hooked up with an amazing Jetwing Tailor Made family fishing experience.
To get to our fishing trip organized by Jetwing Beach naturalist we had to take a three wheeler to a secret spot with a hidden entrance to outlet of the Indian Ocean, which parted as made our way to get to the boat – it was a gap in the fence covered by foliage that one could so very early miss. Jude our fishing teacher doubled up as helmsman and chief fisherman, accompanied also by Hemantha, Jetwing’s highly accomplished no-nonsense naturalist.
We found our bit of beach on a small island and settled into some casting lessons with two rods and all looked good until one’s reel suddenly completely unwound and got so knotted up no-one could fix it.
After a while, when the boys were totally absorbed with being the best fishermen and also trying to fish out hermit crabs as they were snappier and more exciting to hook on the line, I decided to have a look at the other side of the island as I could hear the sound of the sea behind us. I was rewarded with an amazing sunset but with very black foreboding clouds on the other horizon behind us. All kinds of birds were flying around in all directions as a chipmunk scuttled across the sand as if they all knew well in advance about the coming storm.
When both our fly fishing rods got snarled up, one by me I have to admit, on account of ignoring the longsuffering Jude’s advice not to use the freewheeling mechanism, he calmly produced a plastic water bottle and wrapped some fishing line around it to produce the most amazing bit of improvisation I’ve seen in a long time, which worked brilliantly as we finally caught a fish.
The enthusiasm of the boys, all aged between seven and ten was highly infectious and even though we caught only one catfish it was all very exciting and all the more so as the fish was caught with the Sprite bottle and a home made line. At one point when throwing out the line we wrapped it about ten times round a stick, another time nearly around Jude’s head and one more time around the other cast line causing a nasty snarl up but it was a really fun to learn what not to do when you go on a tropical fishing expedition.