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Big Fish in the week of the Cold front:12-17 Feb, 2017

Big Fish in the week of the Cold front:12-17 Feb, 2017

Carrying over from our last week, with near perfect calm conditions and with just the right current, we moved into the full moon phase and had two groups running together – a group of single anglers comprising of Kurt, Kenny and Oli, all of whom have fished with us before, were joined by Peter, who is just getting into the popping and jigging game, on one boat and three Italian anglers led by Angelo, along with Nicola and Massimo, on the other boat. With all the guys very eager to get on the boats after having spoken to Hout, David and Chris, who had just finished their trip, we decided to fish different areas with each boat so as to increase our chances of a shot at the big fish which both groups were looking for. We had been looking at the forecast which showed an increase in wind for the following days but was nothing that looked like it would make fishing not possible. So we set off the next morning into slightly choppy conditions. Halfway through the trip out to the fishing spot we were met by a passing front and for the first time that I have ever experienced a front like this, as we passed through it we were hit with a blast of cold air which was at least 10 degrees cooler and felt as if we had opened a freezer door – in the tropics of all places! It was followed by a couple of showers of rain, one which gave us all a proper soaking. However, in the rain the GT bite...
A First Time Tropical Fishing Adventure

A First Time Tropical Fishing Adventure

Hout Ly had booked a trip with us, along with brothers David and Chris, and made the long trip across from New York to fish with us here in the Andaman Islands. They had seen all our videos and were eager to give popping and jigging a try, as this was a style of fishing they had never tried before except for a single trip out to Cape Cod to try for Bluefin Tuna. They had spoken to Sami Ghandour from Saltywater Tackle for advice and he had set them up with the best kit possible. They literally had a selection of lures, jigs and terminals that would make even an experienced tropical angler envious. With Hammerheads, Amegari’s and Carpenter Gamma’s aplenty, and light jigging kits with Carpenter PSC jig rods rated at 170 grams with small Saltiga Reels, we really had great setups as well. However, as is the case always, the fish don’t care what you are using. As long as your lure and presentation look good they will nail it and then the rest is up to the angler. Most first time GT anglers will make mistakes and there is no harm in saying this. We need to try and iron out the most common errors like striking or setting the hook, working the lures and short pumping the fish so that you don’t give them time to rest. Top water fishing is an adrenalin rush and the first experiences are what will keep you coming back for more. The guys were as usual in a for a learning experience, as they soon got smoked with...
Japanese Blue Hunter Team wallop the GT

Japanese Blue Hunter Team wallop the GT

We have been seeing a growing number of Japanese anglers over the last two years and have been actively talking with Yamada San, who has been visiting us at both at Kirinda and Bolgoda in Sri Lanka, to come over and give the Andaman Islands a try. We had our first experience with none other than Japanese fishing legend Kozo Okubo back in 2012 and know how anglers from Japan like to fish. So when we heard that Yamada San was on his way with some members of Japan’s Bluefin Tuna Team we knew it was going to be a hardcore trip. Along with Yamada, we had Makoto, Takeuchi and Taruya and the best part was that they had the latest lures from the just completed Japan Tackle Show to use here, which looked very interesting, to say the least. We had great action throughout the trip. Some of the new lures worked incredibly well and within the first hour of fishing one very expensive stickbait was lost to an unstoppable GT, with Makoto-San cheerfully saying, “There goes one day’s salary.” Pretty much every place we stopped to fish produced multiple strikes, hook ups and landed fish. We came upon a GT feeding frenzy one morning in open water, where we could clearly see the GT’s breaching as they smashed some unfortunate bait. That made Captain Kantha’s work easy for a while as he just had to position the boat and let the anglers do the rest. With experienced anglers, who can read the water and cast and work the lures well, we had some pretty insane action in...
Seth Hartwick and group in the Andaman Islands

Seth Hartwick and group in the Andaman Islands

Seth joined us last season on one of our single angler trips. He had a blast and decided to come back again this season with friends Dan and Tony as well as Seth’s old man Bill, who had heard about the GT’s power and wanted to go toe to toe with one personally. We set off for Little Andaman as soon as the permissions arrived from the Fisheries department and decided to fish along the way. Tony was on his first trip and Dan had some prior experience with GT’s from his trip in PNG and the Maldives. Seth, who was the most experienced of the anglers, took no time to start the ribbing which continued through the trip with lots of laughs and cursing when fish came off. The plan was to get everyone into a fish asap and then get the bucket species off the list i.e the GT and Dogtooth tuna, which we accomplished in short time. The doggie spot was full of marks and there was excitement that we would get them on topwater, but this was not to be as they ended up liking the small jigs and gave Bill a good run around as they took off on the light gear he was using. We were covering new areas that we were fishing for the first time this season and the expectation was high to see what would come up. We were not disappointed as strike after strike followed through the day and we got loads of GT’s, Bohar Snapper and some Dogtooth Tuna to keep the action going, the biggest were in...