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Wild Fishing Anglers – Group 1

Wild Fishing Anglers – Group 1

Vincenzo Caccico, Professional GT fisherman and owner of WFA travel brought his first group of clients Claudio, Franco, Dino and Roberto out to Kirinda for six days fishing. Vincenzo brings his clients from all over the world and has found a special place in his heart for Sri Lanka as he has joined us in Kirinda experiencing some great jigging and popping, the same goes for his trips to Trincomalee in the north. Now, being so close to the start of the rainy season in the South West the weather shows a clear pattern, sun in the morning and incoming storms in the late afternoon. This clearly has its effect on all the wildlife above and beneath the surface. Going out on their first day, they decide to start with jigging. Shortly after arriving at the spot they find a big tree floating in the current. Dropping the jigs the activity is nonstop and more and more species from beneath the surface get to see the inside of the boat. At the end of the day, the Italian gentlemen can pride themselves with 30 landed fish in the boat including Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, King Mackerel and Trevally species such as Gold Spot, Bludger, Malabar and GT with countless missed bites. Having such a good day on the first day, the group decides to mainly go popping during day number two. Getting a few good strikes in the afternoon with the biggest GT being around 15kg they can with happy faces fight the strong wind and whipping rainstorm, on their way back to the harbour. Claudio from the northern parts...
Simon, Jordan, Shaun & Daniel in Kirinda

Simon, Jordan, Shaun & Daniel in Kirinda

On the evening of 17 April Uncle Simon, Jordan, Shaun and Daniel sat down in the restaurant at Kirinda Beach Resort after their flight from Singapore. Guides Nico and Daniel greeted them at their table and the discussions about the fishing took off like a launched rocket. We started off telling them exactly what we tell all clients – Forget all that you know about GT fishing from before! Uncle Simon, whom we have the utmost respect for, showed us what a hard working angler looks like & took this advice on very well even though he has fished for GT since the late 80s. The next morning, they loaded their Ripple Fisher and Carpenter rods together with their Shimano Stella and Daiwa reels on to the boat. “Smelling” the sea, Nico instructed the group that due to current and surface activity, jigging was going to be better in the early hours while popping would give the results in the afternoon. Agreeing to the terms and conditions the jigs where dropped and the fish came up. One after the other the hard fighting Bludger and Malabar Trevally came to the surface. Daniel managed to hook in to a beautiful Rosy Jobfish that had been hanging around in the deep water, waiting for a snack. As the morning continued Jordan also managed to set his hooks in to the mouth of an angry Dogtooth tuna hitting his jig in mid water. Afternoon arrives and so does the popping! Craft bait GT3 and Shell Shaping Manatee fly like canons through the sky and suddenly Shaun hooks in to his first GT. Experiencing...
Gerard Sacco Group

Gerard Sacco Group

Having fished in the Andaman Islands before, the four French gentlemen were very excited to try Sri Lanka for the first time, hoping to catch big. The recent weeks in Sri Lanka had been quite slow in terms of numbers but very generous in fish size, with regular catches between 30-40kg. Going out on their first day the forecast predicted strong wind and rough seas. Treated with big swells and choppy sea the plans were to go and try to catch a big one as these conditions are perfect for the big mamas frolicking over deep spots. Jean Paul slowly swept his Carpenter Pandora and suddenly a pig’s back broke the surface. With a slurp the GT inhaled the Stick bait and went for the reef. Unable to stop the fish the battle was lost and everybody felt gutted. The day ended on 1 GT landed at around 17kg with 8 bites throughout the day. Looking at the forecast for the following two days, the wind was going to remain, so the group decided to go jigging in the mornings. Catching both GT and many other hard fighting Trevally species that roam the open waters of Kirinda makes jigging a lot of fun when the action is on, the group managed 51bites during the second and third day with 16 fish in the boat, including a nice King Mackerel on popper in the afternoon. With three days remaining, the focus turned to popping and areas in coloured water. The winds had past and the surface was like a mirror, seeing around three to four sea snakes every day cruising...
Alvin Lim & friends in Kirinda

Alvin Lim & friends in Kirinda

After his first trip to Trincomalee in Sri Lanka, Alvin was back with a new set of friends to try out Kirinda and this time they brought with them sunshine and flat conditions. Having had a great trip in Trinco, Alvin and his boys had high expectations for some good action on both popping and jigging! The first day set off right away with a 30kg Doggie caught on jigging on the deeper spots. This was followed by a GT and later a GT on popping. Having warmed up their muscles for the rest of the trip the GT started coming and so did the bites from other species too, including a King mackerel of 20kg which is a new record for Alvin. Congrats! As the diversity of species is so big in Sri Lanka, they also tried light and micro jigging on the popping spots and had great, constant action when hooking up to spotted king mackerel, gold spot and all the other species that strip the line off your Stella 1000! The next few days the guys managed 40 bites popping strong in the blistering hot sun and landed several fish between 15-20kg. The last day came around far too quickly and the weather changed, with more wind and overcast skies bringing heavy rainfall. This change in the weather increased the fish activity and they had 25 bites on popping during the course of the day. Daniel was able to land a personal record at 23kg and everyone on board was really happy for him. At the end of the day Perry Tsai hooked what would have...
Andrew Wong & Group – Part 2

Andrew Wong & Group – Part 2

In Part 1 – This group from Singapore some great GT fishing and some very productive light jigging sessions. Going by the quality and quantity of fish they caught, one would consider their trip a success and completed. But we felt we could do better and focus on one of the primary reasons they were fishing with us in the Andaman Islands i.e., fishing for Yellowfin Tuna on popper. We had come across pods of dolphins on a daily basis on this trip. Typically, the dolphins, birds and Tuna are after small baitfish and squid that are plentiful during this part of the season. After pouring over sea surface temperature charts and past data logs of Tuna, we decided on a game plan and headed well off shore from Port Blair. Sure enough, we found the dolphin where they were supposed to be and going by their behavior, we knew the Tuna were there. Once, we found our spot, we were looking at a vista of hundreds of dolphin as far as the eye could see. Understanding their nature and going by their behavior, we were able to identify the dolphins that were chilling in the waters and those that were actively working with the Tuna. Sure enough, we began to see signs of Tuna crashing on the surface as they devoured baitfish. We gunned the boat ahead of the dolphin and Tuna with Andrew and his mates ready to cast. Just as the boat stopped and our crew yelled ‘CAST’ there was a frenzy on the boat as poppers were launched in to the air. BANG! We’re on!...