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The Samurai Warriors Return against the Andaman Ronin Aji

The Samurai Warriors Return against the Andaman Ronin Aji

Last season we had our first trip of the Field Gate Team from Japan, led by Isao Ichinokawa. They had already fished with us in Kirinda, Sri Lanka and were coming back after the success of the last trip, to fish with us in the Andaman Islands. Fishing with Japanese anglers is always interesting for many reasons and I will list some of them below: 1. They are extremely technical; everything has to be just right, checked and checked again. 2. They are only after GT; any other fish does not count! We did have an exasperated Rama, their skipper, come and tell us they lost a 40 kg dogtooth tuna at the boat and the clients said, “Not a GT, no problem.” Yes, guys! A 40 kg doggie on top-water too!! However, should a GT be lost it’s a different story and you can almost feel their pain… after all, they have travelled close to 8000 kilometers to fish 3 days for the Ronin Aji or Samurai Jack as the GT is fondly known in Japanese. 3. If they are fishing top-water, it’s only top-water – either popper or stick-bait, no sinking lures. How is that for being a purist? 4. They fish lighter tackle with finesse and some poppers they call huge are what some anglers from other countries call small!! One famous Japanese angler on a past trip told me, “The fish are here, if I don’t catch, I (the angler) must be doing something wrong.” In short, they keep fishing. Did they catch fish and do they fish well? The answers to both is YES!,...
Harish and Amrit’s Tryst with the Andaman Fish

Harish and Amrit’s Tryst with the Andaman Fish

Amrit and Harish got in touch with us a couple of months back and decided to fish with us in the Andamans. He conveyed his enthusiasm through numerous chats and we became friends even before he arrived at our guest house. The couple turned out to be the most eager fishing duo we have come across so far and it was a real pleasure to take them out fishing. Our first day with them was an introduction to port Blair and what the island had to offer. What better way to get a feel of the land than by doing a nice evening trek through a pristine forest and end up on a cliff overlooking a lovely bay at Chidiyatapu located to the south of Port Blair. From the edge of the cliff we could see the areas we would be fishing the next day and Harish’s eyes gleamed with anticipation. Being on the boat at 6:30 the next morning gave us an early start to head down south and fish in the shelter of the smaller islands and get them both used to popping for GT. After a couple of casts Amrit decided to settle for the PE 3 set up while Harish fished a Racepoint 150 fitted with a Shimano Saragosa 20k. I’m glad his first fish for the day turned out to be a small GT and he knew what to expect when a larger one was hooked. It wasn’t long before Amrit joined the party with a nice red bass on her lighter set up. Harish’s quest for dogtooth tuna was also met when we...
Joakim and group rock the Boat

Joakim and group rock the Boat

Joakim, Martin and Alexander picked us for their first foray into tropical fishing, going after the GT’s that the Andaman Islands are so well known for. Joakim and Martin are from a Swedish Tackle shop called Huntyard & Berras and have fished a lot for Carp, Pike and Halibut and were very keen to see what tropical fishing was all about. We started off with getting them set up and showed them the few finer niceties of tying the FG knot and rigging up for maximum strength. They were using Swedish made three piece Westin popping rods and two piece Westin Jigging rods. The guys had set a conservative target of getting a 20 kilo GT each on their first trip and if they were lucky, a 30 kilo one to top the trip. We decided to go to a place where they could get a lot of action the first day and get used to what popping and jigging was all about, how to cast, work the lures and set the hooks. They we not disappointed and came back with a lot of landed fish and missed strikes, including ticking the two main ones off the bucket list, the GT and the Dogtooth Tuna, both on topwater. I decided to join them to get some photographs and we looked at working an area over thoroughly. When we got there the tide was rising and perfect with the chop providing just what GT’s look for, the third cast into the morning and Alexander is on only for his line to part on his Stella after a good run. From...
Sam and Gary Edmonds lap it up in Sri Lanka

Sam and Gary Edmonds lap it up in Sri Lanka

At Gamefishing Asia, there’s nothing better than a trip report written by our clients. Here is the one of Sam & Gary who come fishing with us in Sri Lanka and had a really good trip over December – January. Personally, I enjoyed guiding them as they were always keen to give differents techniques a try, always happy to take some advice from their guide and had a never give up attitude!!! We hope to see you again in Lanka for another good trip and next time you will have your revenge on jigging with the big doggie you lost. Nico Full fishing Tour in Sri Lanka for Sam & Gary Back in March last year, my family and I booked up a fishing holiday with Sportquest and Gamefishing Asia to Sri Lanka. We had researched the fishing in many countries and had been looking for a trip that would give us a great chance of bumping up our species lists, and at the same time, a good chance of catching some big fish on lures, such as the Giant Trevally. The one species that really swayed our decision to go to Sri Lanka in the end was the Clown Knifefish, known in Sri Lanka as the Featherback, which was a fish Dad and I had been dreaming of catching. Sri Lanka looked like a beautiful country to visit and try for these, as well as many other species. Round 1 in Kirinda with good topwater and light jigging action We flew out on the 18th December, staying for Christmas and New Year, with five days fishing, guided by...
Andamans Fish floor Singaporean Group

Andamans Fish floor Singaporean Group

Thadd, Kenny and Nauveed are three enthusiastic anglers from Singapore who have recently taken the plunge into the world of popping and jigging. They were coming in from Sri Lanka where they had just finished celebrating the New Year. When they contacted us via email they told us they were out to get big GT, so when they landed, we had three very excited anglers ready to go out and do battle with our Andaman GTs. The Andaman GT did not disappoint and were out to prove that they are up there with the rest and the best. We ended up with smashed lures, opened hooks and broken rods, but boy, did our friends from Singapore have a smile on their faces by the end of the trip. Like all anglers from Singapore, they had the best kit for job – PE 10 rated rods, a great selection of lures and of course top end fishing reels. With Kantha skippering the boat, they were in for a hardcore set of 5 popping days. A suddenly active Northeast monsoon meant that going further offshore would have been difficult so we would have to fish and fish hard at our most likely spots. After Day one the guys came back and said they had a great day, after day two they came back and asked us what kind of fish we had here that could not be stopped, after day three one was smiling, after day four two were smiling and one was really disappointed, after day five, to end a great trip, they were knackered. A few highlights from the...