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The Vikings are back in Kirinda

The Vikings are back in Kirinda

It was with great pleasure that I welcomed back Michael, Per and Per, plus one of their friends who joined them for this 2nd trip in Kirinda. Their previous trip was a success. Only Michael didn’t enjoy the first trip fully, due to a pain in the shoulder. But for this trip, Michael was ready; no more problems with his shoulder, a new rod and a large range of GT lures. The first two days, the fishing was tough. The fish weren’t keen on biting, but all the same, the guys took some fish. On the 3rd day, by the end of the afternoon, the fish woke up and the guys caught several GTs with multiple hook ups. From my experience, I knew that at any time a big one would come. This is exactly what happened when Per hooked a big GT with his Master Bomb Patriot Design popper. The fish took the current and put up a strong fight for Per. And this was finally a monster GT that Per landed, his biggest GT ever. After a quick picture, we released the fish and went back to the reef. On the next drift, I spotted a school of baits, just on the edge of the reef and I asked Michael to cast his Hammer Head G-cup close to them. On the 3rd pop, a huge GT came up but missed the lure. On the same drift, a big Spanish mackerel jumped on Per’s popper but missed it. The reef was on fire! I made a new drift and Per had his revenge and hooked another big GT....
Daniel and Emad in the Andamans

Daniel and Emad in the Andamans

After hearing about us for a long time, Daniel, who does a lot of fishing in Australia, and Emad, who is relatively new to the sport in Dubai, decided to experience big GT action in the Andamans. Our popper board display, along with a selection of photographs of anglers with their big GTs, was the focal point for our new friends as they walked into the guest house. After a quick lunch that didn’t seem to draw their attention away from the photographs on the board, both of them got busy pulling out their tackle. Emad had some new vertical jig lures which he was quite eager to feed to the fish and Daniel had done his homework and brought along famous stickbaits and poppers that we had recommended. With the north-east winds blowing at a little over 10 knots, the sea was going to be choppy and with their first day starting off a bit late in the morning there was not much fishing to be had on day 1. The following day was a different story altogether, with Emad’s first experience fighting a medium sized GT. It tired him out pretty soon and I reckon he will be putting in some time at his local gym before he visits us again. Daniel, on the other hand, fished like a boss and hooked himself a nice 30 kilo fish. He tamed the GT pretty soon and brought it alongside our boat while Emad hooked into a nice Grouper. The count was 15 fish before their day ended, with a couple of Jobfish adding to the variety. Day three...
Kirinda First Group of Season 2016-17

Kirinda First Group of Season 2016-17

We started off our 2016-17 season with a Single Angler group that comprised 4 anglers – Andrew and Edmond from Dubai, Gary from Abu Dhabi and Alexandre, a French angler who has fished with us before in Trincomalee and had come in from Shanghai. All the guys had fished GTs before and were aware of their chances of landing the prize fish. I met the guys the evening of their arrival, at their hotel in Kirinda, and they peppered me with questions about the fishing, the sea and the weather conditions. They listened patiently while I discussed the strategies we would need to employ considering all conditions that might prevail. I mentioned to them that when conditions are choppy GT’s are more active and the chances for raising large GT’s are greater. On the first day, we reached our fishing spot in less than 45 minutes. On the first drift, I spotted a nice bait ball on the reef drop off; Edmond cast his popper near to the ball and we had the first strike of the trip. On the next drift, around the same bait ball, we had a double hook up and Edmond and Gary were off to a great start. From then on the fish were more and more active and all the anglers were casting for the big one. With the action getting hotter, Gary had a serious bite on his stickbait; the fish took lots of line and fought hard, the Yamaga rod taking a nice curve. We waited while Gary battled it out, eager to see this fish; finally, it was a black GT,...