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Monday, 5 May 2008

TACKLING THE BIG ONES THAT DON’T GET AWAY

A fishing safari  that sees your first catch of the week a fighting 55-pound (25kg) Nile Perch, is  something most anglers only dream about.

But more and more  Australians are heading to Egypt to fish for these Barramundi-like monsters that  are known locally as "buffaloes," and one who returned home recently told of a  total bag of over forty fish amongst a six-man team – the biggest catch a  whopping 103-pounds (46-plus kilograms.)

Keen amateur Andrew  Warton – an overseas-based Australian Federal Public Service officer – joined  the other international enthusiasts on Lake Nasser as part of a team with fishing  safari company, The African Angler.

Andrew landed his  55-pound Nile Perch at sunset on his first day, lost another  estimated at around 100-pounds (45kg)  the second day, and was with another angler in one of the four safari fishing  boats who landed the biggest catch of the week, a 103-pounder (46kg) on day  four.

All fish caught  during the week were photographed and released alive; Andrew Warton's diary,  from details of catches to dining experiences and the hospitality of the guide  team, can be accessed on www.fishntrips.net.au  

The African Anglers  is run by brothers Peter and Tim Baily who were born and raised in Kenya; their  'Africa style' fishing safaris use live-aboard fishing boats skippered by expert  Nubian guides, and are accompanied by well-appointed mother ships with all  facilities including excellent dining and cold drinks.

For full details and  prices phone The African Anglers' Australian office (02) 9966 9316 or email  peter@african-angler.net  

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