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Suresh and Gang save the best for last

Suresh and Gang save the best for last

Suresh and his buddies, all from Chennai – off the east coast of India – had many hours fishing from dinghies, perfecting their skills to the tune of catching small monsters from the murky waters off the coast of Chennai. They wanted to put it to the test in the Andamans catching GT’s. They had put together an action plan of sorts to catch that one fish they had heard a lot of – the GT. But alas, the weather had a different plan for them. Windy conditions and choppy seas did not help the best tackle gear they had brought, as they had come in the aftermath of a storm and the waters were still green. It was tough getting the fish to bite as they tend to be less active in these conditions and less inclined to take surface lure. We on our part tried multiple fishing spots and techniques while keeping them motivated, but it was hard going the first few days. When the weather gods finally did smile we pushed farther and Suresh hooked into his very first Marlin – estimated at about 150-200 kilo – that too on the jig. The crew were eager to call the fish landed but on light gear it was a most difficult ask. So it was not a surprise when the line bust, much to the dismay of Suresh, and he lost a chance to nail his first Marlin and strike one off his bucket list. On the last day we fished a fabled fishing spot as a last chance to nail what they had come looking for...
Zip Toh and Group do a record 9th round

Zip Toh and Group do a record 9th round

We had our old friends, led by Zip from Singapore, returning for a record 9th round of fishing with GFA. This was a trip carried over from May when our season was interrupted by a temporary ban that has since been lifted. The guys were getting in just after the cyclone “Titli” had passed, so we were sure that the weather gods would at least smile on us this week. The idea for this trip was to target deep spots with heavy lures and hope we could raise a few monster GT’s on topwater and couple this with a bit of jigging action for the Dogtooth that we know are about. We were hoping that the green water would have cleared out and the fish would come up to feed, giving us a chance on the surface lures. Having fished with the guys so many times before, they knew what to expect and had the right kit for the job on hand. We set out hoping the un-fished spots we were about to target would provide the necessary action. Enroute to our first spot we came upon a school of Yellowfin tuna feeding with spinner dolphins and birds. The guys got set up and as the lures got into the water they had a few hits. Thomas hooked up on his Craft Bait one we thought was a really good size; however, it was only hooked in the tail, as we saw on landing it. The picture was another challenge though…poor Thomas was shaken up like a rag doll as he tried to hold the fish steady for the...
First timers, Fishing Legends and a Cyclone

First timers, Fishing Legends and a Cyclone

After the great catch report we had for the first trip of the season, we had a group of Indian anglers – Samrat, Prateek and Pradeep – and joining them for a few days was our own Suprio Mukherjee. Samrat and Prateek had planned on fishing the Andaman Islands a number of times before but it just had not worked out for one reason or another, so the guys were super excited when they did finally touch down. We had Captain Rama guiding them on the Reef Raider and had made up a plan for them that included a variety of fishing options, with the focus being on popping and jigging which is what the guys were most eager to do. We had perfect weather for this trip; in fact, it was almost too good to be true, as we would find out in a few days’ time. We however made the most of it with this group. It does take a while to get the hang of setting the hooks with GT angling. The guys were quick learners and soon got into the thick of the action. A day earlier Suprio had said the only fish missing from his wall was a Grouper and, on his day out on the boat, guess what he got? It was a 20-kilo topwater-caught one as well. Prateek missed a few hooks set on the first few days but then more than made up for it by catching the most GTs, including a couple of 20-kilo specimens. Samrat did increasingly well and now has to return after his GT’s kept getting bigger...
Big GT’s, Grouper and Giant Barracuda set off 2018-19

Big GT’s, Grouper and Giant Barracuda set off 2018-19

It is always a great feeling to have the first group of the year arrive and get started with a new season. The area is well rested and new fish have come onto the reefs and the drop-offs. The skippers are also all raring to go and get some fish, in particular, Geets, landed for our clients. To kick off the 2018-19 season we had the brothers Sultan and Ahmed, along with their friend Khaled, join us for what was their first trip away from home, to go after GT’s. The guys had carefully done their research and had come well kitted-out with a great selection of tackle and we could not wait to get started. Heading out on the first day of the new season we managed to get them off to a good start with a lot of topwater and jigging action. Smaller Geets regularly crashed the lures and we landed fish up to the 20-kilo mark on day one and the guys got a sense of what the action was going to be like. The jigging also turned out to be hot, with plenty of species and a few runaways that set the tone for rest of the trip nicely. Heading out to a different area we got into a great topwater bite and had plenty of action with lots of the smaller GTs around and a few big ones coming in as well. For the day we had the two biggest fish come in at 26kg and 20 kg while there were a few bigger ones that dropped after the hook-up, which was disappointing. We...
Koh samples the Andaman Islands

Koh samples the Andaman Islands

Koh from Singapore was joined by Cephus, James and Ben on the Rampage for a pure top-water experience, while his friends Tony, Kevin, Mugilan and Freddie, opting for a more combined trip that would have both popping and jigging, were on the Reef Raider. Talk about being kitted up! These guys had the best, with an array of heavy duty top-water rods from Carpenter, Hammer Head and Ripple Fisher. With an accompanying lure selection to call up monsters from the depths, they were good to go. In fishing, your tackle and lure selection play a big part. However, there is the element of luck and if you don’t have it on your side, boy, are you in for a rough week. From our last week’s report, we saw that there were instances of feeding frenzies with small rat GT’s climbing all over the lures. This week it reached a point of pure frustration as they would literally snatch lures away from big GT’s and we actually had instances of a huge GT trying to get the popper out of the mouth of a hooked small one. The smaller GT’s being faster and more agile meant they got the lures first and big GT’s missed out, much to our and the team’s frustration. These were not the only instances of things not going our way. Ben, the silent assassin fishing from the back of the boat, had his E-Cup nailed in shallow water to a beast that could not be stopped as it rushed back to the safety of the reef, though Ben in his quiet way did make amends...