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Shinji & Kana with Yamada in Kirinda

Shinji & Kana with Yamada in Kirinda

The season in Kirinda has begun and on the 13 October Yamada San arrived with two of his clients from Japan; Shinji and his friend Kana. Experienced anglers, fishing for GT on Popper and deep jigging for amberjack they’d had plenty of practice in Southern Japan. During this 4 day trip the weather was perfect: blue skies, sunny, light winds and calm seas. We started popping for GT. Some bait was on the reef and we could see them on the surface. When the poppers landed close to the bait school, they were immediately attacked but the GT didn’t bite properly and Yamada, Kana and Shinji missed most of the fish. Only Kana had a proper bite from a very nice fish. Fishing for GT in Kirinda with PE4/6 tackle is very risky. This GT took a lot of line and Kana could do nothing to stop it. Her rod was fully banded and the drag was ramped up to the maximum strength of the line. A slight increase in the drag snapped the braided line and the fish was gone. On the last two days we concentrated our efforts on the deep jigging spots we had discovered last season. So far these spots have been excellent, holding some really nice fish. Kana who had fished a lot for Amberjack in Japan showed us her very good technique with a conventional rod and reel. She caught some nice Amberjack weighing in at about 10kg. During this deep jigging session Yamada caught the biggest GT of the trip, a very nice 30kg GT that fought like hell!!! On a new spot,...
Erland, Ola, Hans & Mikael in Kirinda

Erland, Ola, Hans & Mikael in Kirinda

Erland, Ola, Hans and Mikael joined us for a bit of fishing as part of their tour of Asia. The boys had just finished up with a visit to Bangkok and were looking for some R&R before heading to the next destination. Little did they know I was about to put them to work! I had the guys for two days and we mixed it up with a bit of Popping Trolling and Jigging as we explored the reef systems of Great and Little Basses and dropped jigs on the deeper reefs and ledges. The weather and sea was picture perfect but the current was a bit slow, we had bigger fish on the jig getting serious beat downs a couple of times as well as landing a number of Trevally and Grouper species most of which were new to me. All in all it was a great couple of days in a fantastic location and we’re just starting to get rolling on our season here in Kirinda. Stay tuned for more action!...
In search of the Himalyan Golden Mahseer

In search of the Himalyan Golden Mahseer

As usual it all began with an email: an invitation to fish for Mahseer in the northern most reaches of India on the border with Nepal, at the very base of the magical Himalayas. Mahseer is a fish I cut my teeth on, way back in the early nineties when we fished for the huge Tor Mussalah. This time however it was going to be a more predatory cousin, the Himalayan Mahseer or Tor Putitora. Almost at the brink of extinction there are very few wild rivers where the magnificent Mahseer remains to this day in sizeable numbers and with large specimens. Known as the largest carp in the world, THE fresh water game fish of India and for most anglers only a wish to land, this was an expedition trip which had all the highs and lows and went right down to the wire of the last session of the last day for the best reward of all, nothing less than a monster Mahseer. This report is not about numbers or species, it’s about an unparalleled experience of fishing in a wild place, I have dreamt about going to. This is the area where Jim Corbett enacted many of his daring feats with man-eating tigers and leopards of great notoriety. On 18 September 2015 the GFA team set off on an expedition to sample the Mahseer fishing in one of the remotest parts of India – to the very foothills of the Himalayan mountains. Arriving in New Delhi, India’s capital city to the maddening & chaotic traffic is an experience everyone should see to believe. We spent the...