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Mel, Steve and Peter touch down before the storm

Mel, Steve and Peter touch down before the storm

After our last group of Singaporean friends left, we had a bit of a breather and time to service Rampage before Mel, Steve and Peter arrived at our Kokari Guest house. The trio were good friends who had fished together numerous years, all over the world in places like Oman, Tanzania and Indonesia. This would be their first fishing experience with GFA and the first few days were not looking too good weather-wise. They didn’t mind, so long as we had a stock of lager in the refrigerator. Mel and Steve had encountered big GT in Oman and now they wanted Peter to experience the ache of handling a big geet. The rough weather was not a concern once they knew they were in capable hands. Captain Kantha proved his mettle, handling the boat in massive swells. We knew we were going to sit it out on one day with the approaching storm but our hopes lay in fish feeding after it passed. We squeezed in a trip before the storm and fished in very choppy waters to try and raise a decent fish. Small GT responded and a big barracuda as well. Mel got a take on his popper and set the hook solid, unaware that he had just got himself a double hookup with two small GTs. He pulled Peter’s leg, saying this was the only way to do it and single fish on a popper didn’t count! Although this was a first for him, the highlight of the day was still the beauty of fishing these scenic islands knowing we had monsters lurking beneath the surface....
The Kayak Gang’s GT Perspective

The Kayak Gang’s GT Perspective

It was kayaking that brought this group of Singapore anglers together and Merv decided to bring his friends to the Andamans for a lifetime experience. Being a dealer of Hobie kayaks from Australia, he has a large group of like-minded friends who explore the seas in their kayaks and fish from them as well. This trip was going to be a learning curve for the three newbies at popping and they had chosen their location wisely. A quick inspection of their tackle revealed a defect in the new leader they had selected. After changing leaders and a one-on-one knot-tying session, the gang was all set for their first day out. The task was very simple: for the anglers to keep going and for us to put them onto fish. Now here is another thing with popping for the first time – you get new aches and pains from muscles you didn’t know exist in your body. It normally takes you just a couple of days to get used to. Day one was a teaser, with decent-sized GTs getting the better of the anglers (they pick the newbies every time!!), but the consolation fish were ever ready to oblige, with lots of smaller fish and species including jobfish, a nice grouper and a feisty red bass just under 10 kilos. On days like this, one realizes how important converting what one knows in theory to reality is. What seems simple and taken for granted has to be reinforced time and again. The anglers were fast learning about the bony jaws of GT and their immense power when they hit your...