The Tags Limited - The Maldives’ finest reef and sport fishing charters.

Tags Fishing Maldives.

Not only is the Maldives a stunning tropical paradise ideal for any age group or family vacation, it also boasts some of the most exciting game fishing the Indian Ocean has to offer. Whether you’re the keenest fisherman or an interested novice, why not treat yourself to this world class fishing experience.

The Tags are members of the Billfish Foundation and fully support “Tag & Release”, “Tag & Brag”.

Big Game Fishing

Experience the thrill of catching some of the biggest fish in the Indian Ocean. Incredible sport fishing awaits as you chance your luck at Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo, Sailfish and the elusive Marlin.

Fly Fishing

Sport Fishing at its most refined, Tags can introduce you to the best fishing spots for fly fishing in the Maldives, and join you in an unforgetable day of high energy fishing for Blue Fin Jack and Giant Trevally.

Popping

The Maldives offers some of the most exciting and challenging popper casting in the world today. Blue and black giant trevally, empire fish and yellow fin tuna can be easily caught all year round.



The Boats and Crew

The Tags – Sports Fishing own three fabulous fishing boats - “Keyolha”, a 31’ Bertram –Kanuhura Resort in Lhaviyani Atoll plus “Gotcha” a ……. and “Lady Lou”, a 47’ Buddy Davis, located at One & Only Reethi Rah in North Male Atoll. Surrounding islands in both atolls can also be serviced by our boats and friendly crew.

Keyolha – Kanuhura Resort

Has have been completely refurbished and fitted with twin inboard Volvo Penta engines and cruises at around 20 knots through the deep blue waters of the outer reefs. It is of fibreglass construction and weighs in at 15 tons. An added advantage is the deck which is big across the beam giving anglers plenty of room to move around.

It can accommodate up to 4 fishermen and comes complete with fighting chair, outrigger, Penn rods and reels, the latest in lures and game fishing equipment. Keyolha are not lacking in the electronics department either, with state of the art sounder/plotter, GPS, radar and VHF/UHF radio, we are sure to find the fishing hot spots for our anglers.

Gotcha – Kanuhura Resort

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Lady Lou – One & Only Reethi Rah

Davis Yachts firmly believes that the best boats are built start to finish in one facility by expert craftsmen following the same set of high standards. Davis is one of the only major builders of sportfishing yachts today where a vessel is completely engineered, manufactured, finished and outfitted in one place. From the initial specifications and engineering to fiberglass lay up, to the exquisite interior joinerwork, to the final welds on the tuna tower, each component is meticulously built with the watchful eyes of the Buddy Davis team.

Known throughout the world for its legendary ride, the Buddy Davis hull is designed to cut through monster head seas, run on rails in following seas, and lie still while drifting in deep troughs waiting for a strike. When that white water is fast approaching, you'll keep going with a sense of safety knowing that your Buddy Davis bow will rise to the occasion. But getting there is only half the fun on a Buddy Davis. Back down. Throttle up. Turn on a dime. Spin a 180.

Davis Yachts firmly believes that the best boats are built start to finish in one facility by expert craftsmen following the same set of high standards. Davis is one of the only major builders of sportfishing yachts today where a vessel is completely engineered, manufactured, finished and outfitted in one place. From the initial specifications and engineering to fiberglass lay up, to the exquisite interior joinerwork, to the final welds on the tuna tower, each component is meticulously built with the watchful eyes of the Buddy Davis team. Everything fits cleanly and smoothly, creating a boat that is lighter, stronger, faster and more reliable than one built of bits and pieces from outside suppliers. Even hidden areas are perfectly finished. The engine room is faired as meticulously as the outside hull and finished with the same attention.

The Crew

The Tags – Sports Fishing is owned by husband and wife team, Mario and Louise Tagliante from Italy and Australia respectively. Mario has been living and fishing in the tropical Maldivian waters since 1992 and is an expert big game as well as fly fisherman. Mario’s knowledge and experience has placed The Tags Sports Fishing in the category of one of the leading game fishing charters in the Maldives. Mario is the current IGFA Representative for Maldives, an IGFA Certified Captain, Vice President Maldives Fishing Club, a prize winner in the 2004 Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic, Australia and fluent in Italian, Dhivehi (Maldivian), English, French and Spanish.

Mario is supported by a friendly and experienced Maldivian crew. Not only do they captain & crew the boat, they have extensive knowledge of the surrounding Maldivian waters and local fishing hotspots. Their invaluable local knowledge and experience will put you at ease and assist you with that big catch of a lifetime.

Light Tackle

The bluewater sport fishing off the Maldives is generally excellent year round, providing great action and good eating. These stunningly beautiful warm waters provide good fishing for sailfish, wahoo, mahi mahi, yellowfin tuna, dog fish, rainbow runner and barracuda.

Maldives is recognised as on of the top spots in the world to catch sailfish and wahoo which can be caught from November to April on the east side of the country and from May to October on the west side.

The Tags crew use Pakula lures, and dead bait including mullet, bonito and garfish which are extremely effective with most fish.

Tackle consists of trolling rigs with line classes varying between 10 to 24 kg depending on the size of the fish being sought.

Light tackle equipment is of the highest quality including Penn and Shimano TLD reels with matching Shimano, Murray Brothers and Penn light tackle rods in all line classes.







Heavy Tackle

On request, full and half day trips can be arranged to target both black and blue marlin. Marlin can be anywhere between 100-350 kgs and are rarely found to be much bigger than this in the Maldives.

The best times to tag and brag are between January and March on the east side and July and September on the west side.

Black and blue marlin fishing in the Maldives is the same as blue marlin fisheries elsewhere in the world, as far as methods are concerned. Trolling in waters up to 1,000 meters in depth, with large Australian and American lures, at speeds of 8-9 knots, seems to be the most effective way of attracting aggressive bites from these fish. Dead bait can also be used at trolling speeds of between 3 and 4 knots. Traditionally tackle includes 80 or 130lb Jack Erskine or Fin-nor rods together with Penn and Fin-nor reels.









Popping

The Maldives offers some of the most exciting and challenging popper casting in the world today. Popping can be done along the reefs inside the atoll and with good weather conditions from the reefs outside of the atoll providing spectacular action from any number of different species. Blue and black giant trevally, empire fish and yellow fin tuna can be easily caught all year round.

Popper fishing tackle consists of stiff 7 to 8 foot spinning rods and large capacity reels. The best line to use is the 40-80lbs braided line. Large surface poppers have proven to be the most popular.











Fly Fishing

The Maldives offers some of the most exciting and challenging popper casting in the world today. Popping can be done along the reefs inside the atoll and with good weather conditions from the reefs outside of the atoll providing spectacular action from any number of different species. Blue and black giant trevally, empire fish and yellow fin tuna can be easily caught all year round.

Popper fishing tackle consists of stiff 7 to 8 foot spinning rods and large capacity reels. The best line to use is the 40-80lbs braided line. Large surface poppers have proven to be the most popular.











Maldives

The perfect holiday destination! One that’s all about sea and peace on small and quiet islands cloaked in palms and mangroves, with ribbons of the finest sand lapped by water which is always warm and teeming with life.

Thirty years ago the islands of the Maldives were virtually deserted, occasionally visited by fishermen and others who came to gather coconuts. Over 1,190 islands make up this extraordinary archipelago which is surrounded by the Indian Ocean. Only about 202 of these islands are inhabited, 87 of which have been transformed into exclusive resorts and spas.

The Maldives consists of a twin series of 26 atolls standing on a wide submerged platform located at a depth of 27-500 metres, bounded by waters which reach a depth of 2,500 metres on the east side and approximately 4,000 metres on the west side which is ideal for deep sea fishing.

The capital and centre for all commercial and administrative activity is Male, the only real city of the Maldives. It is located a 15 minute dhoni (traditional Maldivian boat) ride from Male International Airport located on Hulule island.

The resorts located close to the airport can be reached by fast motor boats while other more distant resorts and atolls can be reached by seaplane. The aerial panorama of the Maldives is breathtaking: a continuous necklace of atolls with the brilliant turquoise and emerald colouring of the shoals and coral reefs which encircle the islands contrasting with the surrounding sea of a deeper blue. Private tours and charters can be easily arranged.



Where is it?

The Maldives chain of atolls lies 400 nautical miles south-west of the southern tip of India and Sri Lanka and represents the largest and most impressive reef-formation in the world. Maldives stretch along the 73rd meridian between latitudes 0 42’ south and 8 10’ north, for a distance of approx 820 km with a width of 120 km from east to west.

Facts about the Maldives
Size1,190 islands – land surface approx 298 sq. km
– sea area approx 108,000 sq. km
Population 250,000
CapitalMale – population over 65,000
ReligionSunni Muslim
LanguageDhivehi (Maldivian) and English
CurrencyMaldivian Rufiyaa and Laaree, US$ commonly accepted
PoliticsRepublic
TourismContributes close to 20% of GDP
ClimateSunshine all year round. Average temperature 24-33° C
WeekendFriday and Saturday


Monsoon Season

From May to September the south-west monsoon (hulhangu) can bring some rain, high winds and thunder-storms. From December through April, the driest months, the north-east monsoon (iruvai) is in residence.

Money

The Maldive Rufiyaa and US dollars are preferable. The government applied conversion rate is pegged between 12.75 to 15.42 Rufiyaa to the USD.

Major credit cards are generally accepted. A few international banks including HSBC, Bank of India have branches in Male.

Banks are closed on Friday and Saturday.

All major credit cards are accepted on the resorts.

Electricity

230-240 Volts AC

Time

GMT +5
Some resorts operate on “island time” which is one hour ahead of local time.

Documents & Visas

Passport with residual validity of 3 months. 30 day tourist visa automatically issued on arrival which can, for a fee be extended for up to another 60 days. Check visa requirements with your travel agent prior to travelling.

Alcohol & Customs

Alcohol cannot be brought into the country. Alcohol, while not available in Male, can be purchased at all of the resorts and at the airport hotel, Hulhule.

It is forbidden to import pork, meat products, dogs and pornography.

Religion

As the Maldives is a Muslim state, Friday is its holy day and most shops and banks in Male are closed.

Nude and topless bathing is prohibited on all islands and should you decide to visit Male, conservative dress is preferred.

Communications

Most resorts provide access to the internet, have direct international dialling and support use of mobile telephones (Dhiraagu, GSM).

Country code – 960

Websites

Maldives Tourism Promotion Board - www.visitmaldives.com/
Local newspapers - www.aafathisnews.com.mv/ or www.miadhu.com
Male International Airport - www.airports.com.mv
Map - www.maps.com

Hotels & Resorts

It is essential to book into a hotel before leaving home otherwise you may be disappointed and you may have to pay top price upon arrival.

For business travellers who want to stay in and around Male there are a number of hotels to choose from including Hulhule Hotel which is near to the airport.

Big Game Fishing

Resorts which have access to The Tags – Sport Fishing charters include:

North Ari Atoll One & Only Reethi Rah Lhaviyani Atoll Kanuhura Resort Palm Beach

Clothing & Equipment

Life on most of the islands and resorts is casual and relaxed. Light cotton or linen clothes together with flat sandals and shoes are recommended. On many of the islands shoes are dispensed with as the floors are made of soft, smooth island sand.

Remember to bring with you a good sun-hat, bathing costumes, a high protection sun block and screen, after-sun lotion and good diving mask and fins although the latter can be rented from the resort dive centre.

Emergencies & Insurance

It is recommended you have adequate travel, emergency evacuation & health insurance as there are limited medical and hospital facilities in Male which means that for serious injuries medical evacuation to India or Singapore may be necessary.

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