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Sarawak Group Lands the biggest GT of the season…so far

Sarawak Group Lands the biggest GT of the season…so far

Alwyn, Alvin, Vitton, Don and Brian from Malaysia booked this April slot last year. We had a few discussions beforehand to get them properly set up for the trip so that had all the right equipment to go after the Geets here in the Andaman Islands. What we did not expect was to see that these gents had absolutely the best selection of Carpenter Rods that we have seen in a long time. There were only Shimano Stella reels and a very good selection of lures, so these guys were kitted out and ready to go. The guys had selected a good week and we were sure the fishing would be hot as the week progressed. The first day out was a bit slow due to the tides but we were lucky to get a good dogtooth on jig near the end of the day. What we saw from day one was that the guys were prepared to keep casting and that makes a huge difference. They could cast well and work the lures; they also had prior experience from fishing in Komodo and were eager to get in amongst the big Andaman GT’s that we have had the good fortune of landing more than a few of this season. We decided to fish a combination of old and new spots as we have been fishing mainly our new spots this season. This was a good call with both Vitton and Benny getting some good fish in the in the 30-35 kilo range as well as other species apart from a lot of smaller ones. Deep water has always...
Single Angler Group and Loic & friends hit the Andamans

Single Angler Group and Loic & friends hit the Andamans

For the third week of March we were running two boats: one with single anglers Andre, Mike, Paul and Geoffrey and the other with Loic, who has fished in Kirinda before, and two friends from Dubai, Loay and Adham. We did not have the very best tides at the beginning of the trip and the wind was non existent as well the last few days. After discussing with the guys, as usual they were more interested in top water fishing for the week, so we decided on a plan to fish farther spots, in the hope of getting some good action. We tried more than a few spots the first few days and even though we were a few days before the new moon it was seriously like trying to fish in a pond. With hardly any current, flat, calm and muggy, something was definitely not right. The few fish we did raise did more or less come up for a look-see only and those that did commit were in very shallow water with Paul losing a nice one to the reef’s edge. We did try jigging and were quite happy when something big hijacked a small fish on the jig in about 80 meters of water and screamed off line. It turned out to be an estimated 60-70 kilo shark perfectly hooked in the corner of the mouth which gave Paul a workout to land. This is where you have to keep working even in difficult conditions and the anglers on both boats, much to their credit, supported us by casting and jigging non-stop. Slowly we started to...
Clarence Lee & Friends best the GT

Clarence Lee & Friends best the GT

Clarence was back with the group from last season which included Thomas, Russel, Clement, Rainer and two new friends, Daniel Wong of Amberjack Lures and Ray. As usual the guys were very excited to get out, after seeing the pictures of the fish landed the previous weeks and Jason Tan’s great fish. Clarence saw some of our new poppers – the “Kokari” range that we are in final trials of – and immediately decided to try them out. What better way to give them a full test than with 5 days of non-stop fishing. We were a bit anxious after the last week where the current had been virtually non-existent but you really can’t go wrong with summer solstice and spring tides over new moon. After discussing a plan of action with the guys we decided on a way we could maximize the fishing time and this time we decided to go for quality over quantity in terms of fishing style. We had some decent fish the first few days, with Clarence losing an estimated 30 kg plus black GT on the Kokari 160 popper on day one, which was a disappointment. Some of the others in the group were getting into the action with a few 20 plus kilo Geet’s but again the fish kept changing their feeding habits and you need to keep up with them. We tried a shallow reef and Thomas got slammed by a big GT he could barely balance as the fish was clearly in control. This is where experience comes into play: a bit of slack line and the fish gets into...