Near the end of October, we got a decent weather window, and Hodgson had a bunch of his hard-fishing South African buddies with him, so we planned a trip out to Bassas da India. Bassas is an atoll 240 miles due east out into the Indian Ocean that creates a beautiful six-mile-wide oasis. It looked unbelievable on the chart, so we left for the long trip out there. The day we arrived, the bite was on! We saw a few blues, catching one at least 600 pounds, as well as sails, spearfish and yellowfin tuna, all a couple of hours before dark. The next day, we couldn’t wait to get back out, and half of us went in search of marlin while the other half stayed to fish the reef, which was a natural aquarium full of untouched life.