Anyone who has ever fished Christmas Island knows the name Moana Kofe.
Yesterday we heard the very sad news that Moana had passed away.
Anglers far more experienced and competent than myself will tell you that Moana was arguably the world’s greatest flats guide. I can attest to the man’s incredible fishiness, patience, especially with me, and his true love for the paradise that he called home.
I was fortunate to have fished with Moana over the years but on my last trip to the island, I fished with him pretty much every day. The flats fishing was really tough due the weather, the mother of all El Ninos was sitting smack dab on top of the island. As a result, Moana and I spent a lot more time talking than we did fishing. Through those talks, I came to further appreciate the man and his incredible skills, the island just won’t quite be the same without him.
To quote Tim Pask who knew him as well as anyone, “Moana was one of a kind for sure, and definitely not replaceable. If he would’ve been a golfer or some other pro athlete the whole world would be crying. But those who know him know he lived his life exactly the way he wanted to. If we could all be so lucky.”
There are no details on how Moana passed, I hope that it was in his sleep while dreaming of perfect sand flats teeming with fish.
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