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Graham, Darren, Robin & Rick

Graham, Darren, Robin & Rick

Graham and his son Darren, Robin and Rick from the UK teamed up for their first experience popping and jigging. The guys had fished in Florida before for Tarpon and had researched the tackle they would require on the internet so they were quite prepared in terms of their setups when they got here. Their popping rods, although rated for 200 gm lures, were more suited to the 120-150 gram range of lures. We advised them to try the rods out first and if they were not up to the job we would change them for the Racepoint 150s. After setting up tackle the first priority was to give them a briefing about what to expect when jigging and popping for the reef’s bad boys, plus they also had to contend with the heat and humidity that April brings with no wind to cool you down. Briefing done we’d would need get them their first Geets and take it from there. What I like about first time groups is that the expectations are not there so they are easier to teach and vary techniques. It usually happens that first time popper & jig anglers get great results in the Andamans and this trip was no exception – they got the results and more… It’s no easy job to jig and pop all day but the guys were upto it, well done!! By the end of Day 1, Darren was casting like a pro and belting out the lures. He was getting the results too! I worked with the guys on their casting and jigging techniques which needed minor refinements...
Jigging action in Kirinda

Jigging action in Kirinda

At the end of April I had great pleasure in meeting Yamada San and 4 other Japanese fishermen in their hotel in Kirinda. As usual their equipment is ready and there are some new toys, but surprisingly there were also a few vintage lures and rods like the Ulua & Kamajan. To see these vintage rods reminded me of when I was selling them in a tackle shop in Paris. Few people know them and many have forgotten them, but before Carpenter and Ripple Fisher, these rods were a reference in GT fishing on popper. These rods may come from another time but they are still good to catch GT. The action is a little stiff and the design is dated, but I can understand these fishermen, having caught their first GTs with these rods, never wanting to part with them.  After a short briefing on their 4 day fishing trip we’re set to meet the 5 fishermen at the Kirinda harbour the next morning. We begin the first day with jigging. Indeed, given the results with the previous group, I wanted to check the fish are still there, especially GTs that I think are staying down at 60 to 80 m deep. Then we reach the first jigging spot with a beautiful weather. It’s very hot, no breeze at all. The sea is calm like a mirror, the water colour is dark blue and on the way we see some birds cruising, a whale breath and a group of spinner dolphin playing. Conditions are ideal to have the chance to meet some Yellowfin Tuna like last time. I...