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Posted on Oct 29, 2007 in Top Shots
First Look at a Land of Contradictions

New Caledonia is a land of contradictions. Its very tropical fishing with lush reefs (forming one of the largest encircling lagoons in the world) takes place around an island surprisingly arid and surprisingly moderate in climate. Its placement in the midst of Melanesia (north of New Zealand), suggests dark-skinned natives speaking some local dialect, but in fact it's trés European - French to be specific, since this large island is a French colony. Another contradiction: vast areas of beautiful flats but, so far, rather limited access to it all.

Fishing as a serious sport is still in its infancy here, so it's largely about describing the possible and the potential. And the potential is pretty amazing, both in terms of habitat and the size of bonefish here. Beyond that, I'll ask you to stand by and read the fine print in my feature of visiting/fishing New Caledonia, tentatively scheduled for the May issue of Sport Fishing. But in the meantime, here are a few images from my visit in October, to give you some idea what you'll see in that article.



Rudy Boué-Mandil / Poisson Banane, New Caledonia

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