Mark had a great start with his lam cage being crushed by an Arapaima on his very first cast and then latching into a 25kg Aligator Gar taking his lam bait and being coaxed to the net within the first hour.
A nice photo of Mark with his very impressive 25kg Alligator Gar.
Mark said the fight was amazing with the fish displaying its awesome fighting strength throughout the 30 minute fight.
Every fish is checked for any damage with iodine applied if needed. These fish are in tip-top condition thanks to this constant care.
Mark's early run of good fortune continued with an Asian Redtail taking a chicken bait and coming to the net by 1100. An Amazon Redtail followed this, again on the chicken bait to make this a four fish tally by midday.
Then there followed a lull for nearly six hours with another Alligator Gar taking a lam bait at just after 1800 hours.
And lastly, to finish off a great day, Mark caught another Amazon Redtail on chicken bait just as night fell.
Our other explorer, Steve Thorne, had also got off to a brilliant start with an Arapaima taking his chicken bait and providing a lively fight for 30 minutes before it managed to take the line around one of the lake aerators. Undeterred, Steve's Gillie leapt into the lake and passed the rod around the obstruction allowing Steve to continue the fight. Unfortuately the Arapaima threw the hook just as it was being eased to the cage.
Unfortuately, as happens in angling, that was Steve's only bite for the rest of the day.