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Rampage begins the year on a good note

Rampage begins the year on a good note

Well before GFA was started, we spent many unforgettable weeks camping and fishing for Mahseer on the river Cauvery and those memories were rekindled when Paul arrived at our destination. It all started when I asked him if this was his first trip to India. My eyes lit up the moment he mentioned that he had last come down to angle for the almighty king of freshwater fish, of our river Cauvery. Rob had fished with Paul on two occasions before this and listened patiently as we talked about our experiences with these large freshwater gamefish. He expressed his desire to see a King Cobra in the wild and since we had a day free in Port Blair before the remaining two anglers of their group arrived we decided to visit the habitat of the elusive King. We knew our chances of sighting a snake were slim, but the area was worth a visit, with stunning old trees towering above a dense rainforest. The trek was going to be a short one and at the end of it we would be treated to a spectacular view of the sea from the peninsula. The elusive King cobra remained just that, but we did manage to see a host of nice avian life such as Imperial Pigeons, Golden Orioles, Raquet-tail Drongos, Emerald Doves and Swifts. A day well spent in the Andaman jungles and we were treated to the sweetest tender coconut water at the end of it all. Iain and Jai joined us the next day and soon plans were being made on where to fish over the following six...
Welcoming 2018 with our first fishing trip for the year

Welcoming 2018 with our first fishing trip for the year

Team GFA welcomes 2018 and wishes you all the best this new year has to offer. As we prepared ourselves to welcome our first group of anglers for the new year, we were really excited, as this would be the first fishing charter trip to be run on our new 37 ft Reef Raider. Our guests had a strange arrival experience when their flight had to abort landing due to bad visibility and head back to Chennai. They did manage to get a peek at the islands before the aircraft had to turn around and head back. Fortunately, they managed to get tickets on an early morning flight and were back in Port Blair the next morning. With no more than a couple of fishing hours lost, Reef Raider was planing out into the blue on her first adventure for 2018. Aidan was the good doctor on board and his friends Dave and Ian were going to need his assistance soon, with the aches and pains that you normally experience whilst popping for GT. They had all fished for GT before and were addicted to it. Although it was a short day out at sea they managed to put six fish on deck and had close encounters with an equal number. Among the species landed were a Bluefin Trevally and a Bohar Snapper. Our plan was to take our guests to an area where we had ended our previous year on a high note, and the first day’s fishing was a mere warm-up for things to come. The trio had already fallen in love with the Andaman Islands and...
Last Trip of 2017 done, GFA Style!

Last Trip of 2017 done, GFA Style!

We had Clarence Lee leading a group from Singapore, which included Nam from Vietnam and two newbies Abdullah Han and Gerald. December is a month we personally like to fish and we have had some great action over the last few seasons in this month. Clarence was a bit worried about the catch we would have – quite a few people have the notion that December is not ideal fishing conditions. We put his fears to rest the very first day of the trip but we will come to that later. This being the last 6-day charter of 2017, we wanted so much to make it a special one, to close out 2017 – one of our most exceptional seasons – on a high and add to our tally of biggies landed in the calendar year. Clarence is now a veteran of our charters and knows how we like to fish. He had the team kitted out just to our liking, with PE 10 and the big lures including our very own 170 gm Kokari StickBaits and the new edition Kokari 130 and 160 poppers. Catching up and getting kitted out for the days ahead was fun and we actually had Singapore Chilly Crab for dinner the first night, courtesy Clarence. We knew the action was expected to ratchet up a few notches each day as we had selected the dates carefully. However, on the first day itself we ran into some serious topwater action, with Nam’s TP Kustom getting smashed by a monster dogtooth and the thing screaming off, only for it to drop the hook. Then, as...