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Sami’s Kuwait Group

Sami’s Kuwait Group

We had Sami and the group of his Kuwaiti friends who had fished with us last season return. The group consisted of Sami, Sami, Salah, Fawzi, Aziz, Abu Saud and Mohammed. They we keen to go after Tuna this season but the Yellowfin Tuna seem to late this season and although we did a lot of searching they played hard to get, with sporadic hits disappearing into the depths each time we got within casting distance. On Day One we had good tides. The big GTs seemed to like deeper water and that is where we started our fishing. We raised some big fish on day one as was evident from the bite marks on the lures but the hooks did not set and there were two bustoffs on big fish for Fawzi who later discovered his line roller had corroded. We then went jigging in the afternoon to a seamount and immediately got into the Dogtooth. Reels screamed and then lines just went limp as either the dogtooth bit through or the sharks got them and we retrieved only the heads of nice sized doggies. Sami hooked into a great fish on his light setup which he fought for over twenty minutes and got it to the surface where we clearly saw it to be a nice size doggy however luck was not to be as it cut through the light leader. The current did not pick up and was in some cases non-existent even though we had some of the largest tides of the year, El Nino?? When we did get current the bites came on and...
Goonch & Golden Mahseer

Goonch & Golden Mahseer

We had the pleasure of hosting our first guests from Greece. Sakis and his wife Tsapi booked a customized 10 day expedition trip for the elusive giant Himalayan Catfish – The Goonch and the Himalayan Golden Mahseer. 8 months after the initial contact and a number of emails back and forth with tackle advice, weather and expectations we were finally picking up Sakis and his wife at 6.00 am from the Delhi International airport. We were soon driving out of a still sleeping Delhi and after a short breakfast pit stop sampling South Indian fare of Idli, Vada, sambar & chutney we were off again. Lunch was North Indian fare and then we were driving past the famous Corbett National park. We stopped for the night halt was at a beautiful small resort on the banks of the Ramganga and after an early dinner the guests were grateful for a comfortable bed to sleep on. The next morning, after an early breakfast and a couple of hours of driving through the picturesque Ramganga valley, Sakis and Tsapi began making their way down to the river bank on horses. Our group evoked a lot of interest & excitement amongst children whenever they passed through small hamlets and villages. The last part of the journey involved crossing the Ramganga River on horseback and soon they were being welcomed at the camp specifically set up for the trip. Chilled drinks and a hearty lunch followed a bit of limb stretching and then the rods were prepared and lines were cast. As soon the first rod was cast, unbelievably line started going out....
The perfect day

The perfect day

Father and son team from the USA Rene and Ryneal had seen a video of our fishing in the Andaman Islands and it became a dream for Ryneal to get a big GT on topwater. They planned and booked a trip for the two of them fishing for a week on Halcyon 3. Never having popped or jigged before this was a totally new experience for them and they had to hire all the gear they were going to use from us. We rigged up the Racepoint 150’s for them as these are standard on our charters and suit all levels of anglers being tough as well as easy to cast with. We got them into the fish from Day 1- with smaller GTs and the customary misses that accompany early starts with this type of fishing. However, Ryneal was a natural and very soon got into the act of belting out the casts and working his poppers to perfection. He could go the whole day popping and jigging. I joined them for the days fishing on the 6th day and we headed out to a deep spot. After waiting for the tide to be running we picked the moment to start our drift. A few casts into the drift and “boom” Ryneal’s popper is smashed close to the boat – setting the hook well the fight is on – it’s a big GT and midway through the fight Ryneal is feeling it – after a bit of ribbing from the crew he lands his biggest GT and is exhausted – he says this is absolutely what he came...
The Jerrys at Bolgoda

The Jerrys at Bolgoda

After a great GT fishing trip in Kirinda the Jerrys had planned to finish their trip with two days fishing at Bolgoda Lake. Early in the morning I met the guys on the pontoon where I was waiting with the Barra Boat. Quick check of tackle: rods are little bit long but the action seem good for the predators of Bolgoda Lake. Lure box is fine: with plenty of different kind of minnow – now it’s time to go. I reach the main lake and start at some spots where I had good success some days before. We fish one of my favorite spots for Mangrove Jack but unfortunately the fish are not so active, despite a large amount of bait. There are a few swirls behind the lure but no proper bites. I decide to move to another area. After a 15 minute drive we start fishing again on the lookout for Barramundi. Big Jerry catches an average size Mangrove Jack. The area is quite so I suggest checking to see if the elusive Featherback are active. We reach the spot and see a few Featherback rolling on the surface. The sight of the fish rolling make little Jerry crazy, he tries all the lures in his box to catch one of these Featherback, but the knife-fish don’t seem interested. We head back to the Villa for some lunch and a small nap before coming back to that spot later in the afternoon. Around 2:30 pm we leave the pontoon for the Featherback spot. There are a few quick stops at some Barramundi spots with a couple of...
Jerry & Jerry

Jerry & Jerry

I recently had the pleasure of taking Jerry and Jerry or as they came to be known on the boat “Big Jerry” and “Little Jerry” fishing off Kirinda, Sri Lanka. I met up with the guys the night they arrived for a few drinks and a tackle inspection. This was their popping and jigging trip so the tackle was a bit of a mishmash with some great stuff mixed in with some unsuitable gear. We quickly went through everything, binning the shaky gear and prepping the good stuff. Eventually we had to re-spool their Stellas with some decent line and the loan of a few company Racepoint 200’s put them in fine form. The guys took to popping and jigging like ducks to water. It’s rare to see anyone pick P & J gear and start banging out big casts and jigging three to four hundred gram jigs from day one but the guys did it. Weather conditions where great for the entire trip. At times they were too good, with clear glassy seas and very little wind, making for some hot days out on the water. We split our time fairly evenly between topwater and jigging and the occasional bit of light jigging for a break. With all the techniques providing great results. The jigging especially was on fire and we landed multiple species in good sizes and opened up some new areas to boot. A quick three hour afternoon session in the local estuaries even yielded two nice Mangrove jacks on the boys’ day off in the middle of the trip. The fact that the jigging is...