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Single Angler Group in Trinco

Single Angler Group in Trinco

With the start of the onset of the Southwest monsoon we’ve moved our operations to Sri Lanka’s North East Coast and started off the season in Trincomalee with a group of Single Anglers. Four guys from across the world landed at Colombo airport, all with previous GT fishing experience in their baggage. Kurt and Christiaan had both flown all the way from South Africa to spend 6 days Popping for GT in the Indian Ocean while Alexandre arrived from Hong Kong. Assad flew in from Israel and combined his travelling plans in Sri Lanka with a 4 day fishing trip. The wind was forecast to be quite strong but still fishable, and from experience, both Kirinda and Trincomalee work well in choppy conditions. Looking at previous records, we see that Trincomalee is a place where patience and perseverance pays off and although you might not see a frenzy of activity you are quite likely to catch a very big one…if you can hold on to it! As a warm up Kurt missed a bigger GT already on his first day as it tried to grab his popper on the top of a wave causing it to jump through the air while being tangled, instead of setting the hook. With the water color slightly less green the next morning the group decides to go jigging with great results. Kurt catches a beautifully colored grouper while soon after Assad manages to land a nice, silvery GT on his jig. The day continues with popping and shows a good result in the choppy conditions, landing 6 GT and among them a great...
Wild Fishing Anglers – Group 2

Wild Fishing Anglers – Group 2

When the last group of the season (in Kirinda) arrived at the resort on Kirinda beach there was a distinct feeling of the impending arrival of the South West monsoon season. Having the monsoon knocking on the door, the weather conditions change fast which can have a great impact on the fishing but it’s also an excellent time for feeding GT’s with poppers and jigs. Excited, the Italian fishermen all greeted the boat crew with a smile and filled the rod holders with both jigging rods and popping rods, before setting out on the sun kissed Indian Ocean. The first few days brought calm conditions and catching a good variety of species on jigging. Landing everything from Blue Trevally to Malabar Trevally to Bludger trevally & also King Mackerel which most of the time were taxing the guys by taking their jigs. Last but not least the guys got some beautiful GT, jigging in deep water. As is normal for this time of year, during the afternoons, the wind picked up and it was time to start popping. A lot of Hammerhead G-cups and Craft bait got chucked into the water, making it possible for the guys to have some top water action with a few fish landed at around 15kg. Andrea missed one just on top of the reef in the slowly rising swell, estimated at 25kg. We decided to switch location for the second half of the week in the search of more intense surface action. Finding a lot of bait fish on the surface in the north east, Andrea, Francesco and Yvan were in for some...
Dutch Anglers in Kirinda

Dutch Anglers in Kirinda

At 08.00am the two big fish anglers, Michel and Jon arrived in Kirinda Harbour for their first day’s fishing. Greeted by the crew, all their gear was loaded in to the boat and the engines fired up. The aim for the trip was to target GT and to catch one over 30kg, so popping was the main tactic to go to. Trying some Jigging during their first day they managed one GT in the morning. Switching over to popping in the late hours of the day, Michel and Jon were able to end the day on a total of 11 bites. The following days brought a lot of sun and calm weather. The mornings gave the usual slow activity with the action arriving in the afternoon treating the Dutch men with 44bites during day 2-4. In the middle of the action the scales slowly ticked closer to the 30kg mark with weights of 18, 24 and 28kg. Jon’s fish of 28kg took just over the reef in only 6 meters of water and displayed a massive strength, trying to reach the rocks below. Having popped hard all week, Michel was still waiting for that 30kg with two days to go. On the last day, the captain started his last drift of the trip with only minutes to sundown. Suddenly Michel gets a big hit on his popper and the rod immediately bends over. The Shimano Stella starts screaming like a pig and Michel realizes that it’s the fish of the trip. After a back breaking fight, the deckhand can finally net Michel’s personal best GT at 30kg! They returned...
Kirill’s Group in the Andamans

Kirill’s Group in the Andamans

Early this year we were visited by a Russian group of tropical fishermen led by Kirill Tuchapsky who was very keen to sample the GT fishing in the Andaman Islands. They had previously fished at some exotic locations like Panama, Maldives, Cuba and Madagascar. It was initially to be a group of 4 anglers but as word got around the group size grew and we were almost at maximum capacity with 8 on board our two boats. This trip was planned and executed by us and was one of the first big groups of the season. We received them at the airport, checked them into their hotel and gave them a briefing of what the week ahead would be. The clients were picked up from their hotel and escorted to the jetty where the boats were ready and waiting for them. We sorted out equipment as the clients decided who would be on which boat. It was decided that on some days the boats would fish together and on other days we would fish completely different locations based on prevailing tides and conditions to make the most of the week. We were keen to get them into a big fish the first day and did just that. The group was also making a small film of the trip so we got the big GT out of the way straight away. Our primary target species while popping is the GT but we have numerous popper munching fish in our waters. In this case we fished a corner of an island with a ripping current and were rewarded with this Barracuda....
Genady Group in the Andamans

Genady Group in the Andamans

Way back in June 2013, we received an email enquiry regarding a possible fishing trip in the Andaman Islands. After about a week of communication the trail went cold. A year and half later Genady was back with a definite plan and it just so happened that we had the space to accommodate him and his mates. We often get many questions from anglers before they come out fishing with us.  We couldn’t help chuckle when Genady asked us if they would ‘100% catch a GT on their trip’. Things we take for granted could be a concern for clients who don’t know what they’re getting into.  They were reassured GT would be the least of their worries, as as GT were 100% guaranteed The other concern they had were popping rods as they were travelling to various destinations before and after fishing with us and did not want to carry a rod tube. Luckily for them we now have a whole range of Saltywater Tackle Race Point popping rods for hire and sale in the Andaman Islands. These rods are up for the job and are pretty much indestructible. So it was decided they would carry their popping reels, lures and terminal tackle and hire the rods off us that made their holiday a whole lot easier. The team comprising of Genady, Alex and Boris arrived in the Andaman Islands well before their fishing trip with us. They spent the first part of their vacation relaxing in Havelock. When we did pick them up from the ferry, they were pretty eager to get out on the boat with...