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First tropical adventure for Raymond, Philippe and Elie

First tropical adventure for Raymond, Philippe and Elie

Philippe had booked this trip for the end of April 2017, way back in 2016. This was a family trip with father Raymond accompanying sons Philippe and Elie on their first tropical adventure, specifically going after the infamous Caranx Ignoblis or Giant Trevally that the Andaman Islands are well known for. The guys had been reading our Facebook posts and website regularly and were really excited to get out and give GT fishing a shot. Their target was a conservative one – to land a 30 kilo GT for the trip. The guys had some good tackle with them and the awesome Fisherman GT Travel rod was one of the rods in the selection. On checking their tackle we saw that some of the setups had only 80 lb braided lines on them. 80 lb braided line is not good enough for many of our spots, as you not only risk losing the lure but also of hurting the fish. We discussed this and decided that they could give it a try on day one but if there were any bust-offs we would need to upgrade to 100 lb line at the minimum. We had a long discussion with the guys over tactics and common mistakes when fishing for GT and how the whole game is about getting the lures into the water for as much time as possible. Our experience with most French anglers we have fished with is that they want to have more action when fishing, in terms of strikes and quantity, as compared to quality fish. It took a bit of convincing to get the...
A Big Yellowfin Tuna Out of the Blue

A Big Yellowfin Tuna Out of the Blue

Our agency from Poland – Eventur – regularly sends us a couple of groups a year. This group was from Belarus and consisted of father and son team Yuri and Anatoli, with Aliaksandr and Andrei joining them. The guys had been in touch with us on their tackle requirements and were keen to get the variety of species that the Andaman islands are known for, as well as some nice trophy sized fish. The group arrived two days earlier than their scheduled trip start date as they wanted to get over the jet lag as well as pack in a small holiday on the island of Havelock. Captain Rama had briefed them and sorted them out with rigging up their tackle. We also had to give Anatoli one of our Racepoint 200 combos as his rod reel combo did not look like it could do the job, which was just as well as you will read about in a bit. The first day out fishing and we were immediately into the action. There were lots of strikes and small GT’s landed when suddenly there was a big take on Anatoli’s Hammer Head popper on the Racepoint 200 and after a great fight and a bit of panting on the angler’s side we put a really nice 35 kg Giant Trevally on deck. The action continued through the day and we had a happy bunch of anglers return back to the guesthouse, which is always good on day 1 of the trip. Running to the south the next day, Captain Rama decided to fish a combination of deep and shallow...
Moncho is back with Peter and Todd’s Gang

Moncho is back with Peter and Todd’s Gang

With five first timers to the Andamans, it was only Moncho from this group who knew what to expect from the GT in this part of the world. After being introduced to each other and exchanging fishing experiences, everyone was keyed up to land their personal best. Our previous groups’ catch reports had us all expecting GT in the 40 kilos plus range, as we set out on day one. Getting acquainted with our boats and crew was a quick task and now it was time to introduce our GT’s to the guests. On the first day we were fishing not too far from home – just to give the anglers a feel of things and get accustomed to the relentless casting and setting hooks into bony jaws. With 16 fish landed by the end of the day and the biggest GT weighing 25 kilos, we were ready to hit our monster grounds on day two. After a long ride on the second day, we started casting a mix of stickbaits and poppers and soon found what the GT’s favoured. While Peter landed some decent size fish, Moncho and I each lost fish and lure with line busts. Shortly afterwards Moncho hooked into a brute that inhaled the stick bait and ran like a train, taking him around the boat twice before we could grab the leader. He was soon posing with his personal best GT at 44 kilos! It might have been a good idea to remove his buff to get a glimpse of his content smile! Next time, I suppose. His BKK trebles had been opened out by...