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Oli, David, Philippe, James & Adam in Kirinda

Oli, David, Philippe, James & Adam in Kirinda

This was the most diverse Single Angler group that we’ve had. 5 fishermen from all around the world: Oli is Belgian and arrives from France as does Philippe, David comes from Australia, James is from Singapore but arrives from England and Adam who is English arrives from Singapore. For Oli and Adam it is their first GT fishing trip. David has fished for GT in Australia and has come to Kirinda to catch a big one. James and Philippe have already made several fishing trips and they’re here to enjoy GT fishing in Sri Lanka. First day: Great weather & I take the opportunity to fish our jigging spot. On the first spot the sonar show us lots of bait and nice marks. They have a couple of bites but they miss the fish. Finally Oli has a serious bite and lands a nice GT. I decide to try our deeper jigging spots and there, on the first drift, right on the drop off, Adam catches a Doggie. Next drift, Oli catches an Amberjack and Philippe loses a big fish. We try again but the fish aren’t looking so active. We have lunch and reach some popping spots. I advise James and Adam to prepare their light jigging rods and on the second drift, while the other guys are popping, Adam has a serious bite on his light tackle jigging set and after a couple of minutes lands a nice Rainbow Runner, a great catch on PE 1 rod. They catch some other species on light jigging but there aren’t any bites on popper at the deep water spot....
GT Rampage in the Andamans

GT Rampage in the Andamans

Hamad and his friends had been here last season for their first experience with the Andaman GTs and they were back to have another round. The guys run a tackle shop back in Kuwait and had the brands they had in the shop to try out as well as some new lures. There were a couple of guys in the group who had never caught GT’s before and all of them were pretty new to popping and jigging. This was the first big combined group we handled this season and with the amount of tackle the guys had to try out rigging up the first day took a while. Aziz and Hamad made the plan for the rest of the group to follow after discussing with boat skippers and we set of the next day a bit later than planned after a good breakfast. As is usual on the first day the guys were getting used to the conditions and casting with 4 people on the boat. Instructions were given to spread the lures out when casting open water drifts and how not to get in each other’s way, we landed quite a few GTs, Twin spot Snapper and a Grouper with a nice 25kg GT topping the day and two bust offs on much larger fish. The group was after both GT and Dogtooth and we planned to hit as many spots as possible for best results with these two species. We decided to split the boats up for the next day’s fishing and focus on different fishing at each part of the tide. We managed to get...
Hong Kong guys in Kirinda

Hong Kong guys in Kirinda

We had Ben Lai, Patsy Fung, Bill Chu and Kam Chan from Hong Kong join us for a couple of days fishing. We are just kicking off Round Two of our season here after the winter weather and we were lucky to have some great days out as well as a couple of windy ones. The Ocean current pushed in nice and close from about day 2 bringing clean blue water to the reefs which is generally a good sign even though it can make the GTs a bit temperamental. We raised a lot of fish each day mostly having tentative bites from smaller fish but there were a few monster hits that we unfortunately missed with the guys only capitalising on 2 big hits and putting 20 to 25 kilo fish on the deck. The group were very focused on top water fishing and only brought one other light setup which provided a lot of fun when someone wanted to take a break. Catching a variety of species such as Yellow dot Trevally, Lady Fish, Maori Perch and Bluefin Trevally. We also landed the biggest Maori Perch I’ve ever seen on a Carpenter Pandora which was a great surprise. Kirinda has a lot to offer besides the GTs as we see on almost every trip out and we unlock more and more on every trip....
Tackle Porn in Kirinda

Tackle Porn in Kirinda

I met up with the group in Colombo and we travelled together to Kirinda talking fishing during most of the journey there. To guide Japanese anglers is always a pleasure, they fish very hard and generally very well (especially for GT) and always come with high end rods, reels, lures and accessories not available on the western market. The leader of the group was Morizo San who runs a charter boat for GT fishing off Okinawa Japan, the four others guys were clients who had mostly started fishing for GT with him. Morning of the first day: the Japanese arrived with 15 popping rods and dozens of pouches packed with lures. Each guy had 3 dedicated rods, one to fish popper, one for stickbait and the last one with a Carpenter Pandora or Zeus. Tackle Porn!!! We don’t see this kind of arsenal onboard of No Limit very often. All the lures where rigged with the new Japanese system of twin short assist hooks, which according to the group increase the hook up compared to the classic treble hook. I have seen these kinds of hook with previous groups earlier in the season and my conclusion after their trips was 50/50, I believe this system has merit but with bigger hooks especially for big fish. We start at one of our deep water spots. The water was very clear and we found some schools of bait. On the first drift Ryosuke caught the first GT of the trip with a Pandora. At the same spot they caught some GTs, missed a big Spanish Mackerel and a Sailfish followed Tomohiro...
Single Angler Trip 2 – Andamans 2016

Single Angler Trip 2 – Andamans 2016

It is always good to have groups of anglers from different backgrounds and with a good sense of humour. That’s exactly what we got with our second group of Single Anglers. Alex and Caspar came in from the UK, Andre from Germany and Axel from France. It was their first trip to the Andaman Islands for everyone except Alex. He has fished with Gamefishing Asia once in the Andamans and once in Sri Lanka before this. 8 a.m. on day one and Alex was into the first GT of the trip. A couple more fish were landed by everyone else before the boat stopped for lunch. When the fishing resumed there was some action amidst bait schools. Popping brought in some Jobfish along with lots of GT. Andre’s GT was the largest for the day. On the second day the fishing started rather slow with a strong North east wind blowing but picked up later on in the day. Alex caught a nice Dogtooth Tuna while jigging and more fish were caught on poppers towards the end of the day After a two hour boat ride the anglers were in their fishing grounds on day three. Little did Alex know what awaited him. He hooked into a big tuna or GT while jigging and in the fight that ensued the fish smashed his rod and broke his line. Alex cut his finger in this frenzy. When he showed his bleeding finger to Andre he got a very unsympathetic response. Andre said ”It’s just a superficial cut! “ and carried on fishing, much to everyone’s amusement. Except Alex of course....