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José Delgado Group – Kirinda – 19th to 24th November 2014

José Delgado Group – Kirinda – 19th to 24th November 2014

Day 1: GT Popping after a 12 month break is always hard especially from a boat rocking in choppy seas but our 5 fishermen manage a very respectable 2 GTs and 1 King Mackrel on Popper from 12 bites. Gerard’s trip gets off to a good start with a powerful GT estimated at about 35kg (127cm/100cm) caught on a Halco Roosta Popper 195 with a homemade full pink colour. Day 2: Rain, wind and discoloured water make for slow fishing with only 2 small GT’s from 7 bites Day 3: It’s raining but there’s no wind and we manage to find spots with better water colour where the fish are active. 14 fish are caught from 28 bites on popper with some nice 20kg GT and a couple of Blue Trevally and Malabar Trevally. Day 4: Our fishermen want to try some jigging but the fish don’t want to play. We finish the day popping and Lionel catches a nice 30kg GT with the pink coloured Gerard Roosta. It was the only fish of the day from 4 bites and had a remora on the side of her belly like the GT Gerard caught the first day…we’re seriously thinking that GT’s are pelagic. Day 5: We return to the spots with good water colour and fish activity from day 3. It’s a good decision, there are plenty of fish about and plenty of action on board. Bait schools hovering on the reef and predators all around. 46 bites lead to 12 fish being brought on board. Most of them are GT’s between 10 & 15kg. José loses a really...
Jerome Lenagard Group – Kirinda – 09 – 13 & 15 – 20 November 2014

Jerome Lenagard Group – Kirinda – 09 – 13 & 15 – 20 November 2014

Day 1 – Gets off to an amazing start! First drift, first drop and Guillaume catches a decent Doggie. The rest of the day continues to be amazing with a jigging score of 37 bites and 26 fish landed. There are plenty of Gold Spot Trevally, Bludger Trevally, Doggies and GT. Day 2 – A repeat of day 1 with 33 bites and 16 fish landed on Jig. Some of the big fish are unstoppable breaking line on the reef. Day 3 – If day 1 was amazing, day 3 is unbelievable! The most incredible day since the start of the season in Kirinda. We start fishing on jig and the guys have 33 bites and land 20 fish. Then in 3 hours popping they manage another 29 bites but with only 6 fish landed weighing in at an average of 15-20kg. By the end of the day our 3 fisherman are understandably tired and miss 2 big ones and quite a few more fish manage a getaway. Day 4 – The plan for a morning of jigging and an afternoon of popping is named <<El Classico>> by the guys and it’s scheduled for Day 4 but with more popping. The jigging comes up trumps with 29 bites and 20 fish landed but the popping is a bit disappointing with only 5 bites and 1 GT landed. Day 5 – Is another <<El Classico>> day with 18 bites and 16 fish landed on jig and 8 bites and 2 GT on popper. Guillaume has a monster GT bite, which takes out a lot of line on the first rush...
Sami Ghandour’s Fishing Report – Kirinda – 02 – 07 November 2014

Sami Ghandour’s Fishing Report – Kirinda – 02 – 07 November 2014

Gamefishing Asia would like to thank Sami Ghandour for his great report. In Sami’s own words: It is going to be very hard to sum up this trip and put it into its right perspective as I would have not thought for a second that GT could exist in such good numbers and sizes in Sri Lanka! In about 2 years ago Darran approached me and invited me to come and fish for GT’s in Sri Lanka and as usual my schedule was tight and I could not make it last year. But, when we met up in the Andaman we set up the dates for November 2014. The excitement was on my face and I was looking forward to wet a line in a new destination. It is always a challenge to fish a new destination as it keeps you on your feet and alert at all times. I meet Farid in Dubai and we both took the flight to Colombo to meet up with Colin and his wife Georgina at the airport. Darran was also waiting for us to greet us. We took the 5 hours ride to Kirinda in a very comfortable van that Farid and I literally passed out for 3 hours straight, the jet lag was taking its toll on us. Upon our arrival to the beach resort we were greeted with a fresh squeezed orange juice that made the long journey at ease, we set up our equipment waiting for tomorrow to start. At night our skipper Nicolas and his first mate Anthony met us at dinner to brief and update us with...
Tania & Seamus

Tania & Seamus

Visiting us from Australia, Tania and Seamus had clubbed a GT fishing trip with their annual vacation. They wisely choose to get the fishing out of the way before they carried on with their holiday. It isn’t often we get anglers from Australia but the number of Australian anglers visiting us has been steadily on the rise. Tania and Seamus came with very set goals in terms of what they wanted to catch. They showed us pictures on their mobile phones of various fishermen with their prized catches and hoped they’d get the same. The great part about the Andaman Islands is that relatively novice GT anglers like this couple can very easily achieve the goals they set for themselves because we have plenty of GT in our waters. As Tania and Seamus were on an extended holiday, they did not want to get stuck lugging their rod tubes with them after their fishing trip. They carried their reels, terminal tackle and lures and hired popping and jigging rods from us. Like with most clients, the first day was spent tackling up and discussing the fishing for the week ahead. Our first day was spent fishing off a nearby Island and was primarily an introductory session so they could get comfortable casting large poppers. They were pretty happy with the results and had a double hook up with a small GT and a small Dogtooth Tuna. They also caught some Bluefin Trevally and more GT while fishing off shallow reefs. Now that they were comfortable casting poppers and got a hang of GT fishing pretty fast we went down...