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First timers for GT turn out to be fish magnets

First timers for GT turn out to be fish magnets

These guys from Ireland had luck on their side although it might not have seemed so initially when, barely after arriving at our guest house and while setting up their tackle, Steve sent a treble hook deep into his calf and to make matters worse they weren’t barbless! We had to play doctor and get those hooks out and, to ensure the wound did not get infected, a visit to the local hospital for an anti-tetanus shot was our welcome gift to him. The anglers were soon back on track setting up their tackle and discussing techniques for fishing for GT. Sean was the only one who had fished for GT before; he was not too lucky at it, but it was a collective decision to come down to the Andaman Islands and experience an adventure with us here at GFA. Padraic has fished tournaments for the past twenty years, the last eight on which he had represented his country i.e. Ireland. This was to be his first leisure fishing trip in a long time; leisure until he had big GT almost yanking him overboard! Steve and Neil had been fishing together over twenty years and Padraic had joined them on their trips over the last decade. They were all very eager to know proper popping techniques and popper sizes and just about every aspect of GT fishing and waited impatiently to get onto the water. We soon realized this lot of clients were actually fish magnets. For a first-time GT fishing group to get twenty fish on deck, and fifteen GT out of that, on day one is...
Jefry Ali and Seto San try the Andamans while Loic is back for revenge…

Jefry Ali and Seto San try the Andamans while Loic is back for revenge…

For the first week of February we started off with Loic – a returning customer from last season, along with his friends Adham and Loay – and two-time Kirinda veteran Jefry Bin Ali who joined us with his team of Stephen, Firdaus and Rudy. All the guys had come fully kitted up, as we had had prior discussions on what tackle to carry and a bit of experience from having fished here before also helped. Jefry’s group was in a different league though; it’s been a long while since we have had a good look at a great collection of lures including the likes of Craft Bait, Hammer Head, numerous Carpenter Gammas and Bluefish, along with the new Amegaris. We were on full moon on arrival day and all the conditions seemed to be right as we started with a blue blood moon and a lunar eclipse – the perfect recipe for big currents and hopefully for monster fish to come out and play ball. The first day proved to be just this ripping current and breezy conditions. Deciding to make the most of the conditions, we pushed to start farther out and had a bit of a wait for the tide to change before the action started happening. The choppy conditions were making it difficult to see bait. Hwever, we did see some and immediately started to get some strikes from good-sized fish, which were all dropped due to slack line. Jefry, on his third attempt, came tight with a nice fish that took him around the boat before we got it on a deck – a great...
Topwater mayhem and bottom bashing

Topwater mayhem and bottom bashing

Chris and Paul had last fished in Costa Rica and it seemed like a pleasant experience, from what they described. They were both quite eager to get out onto the water and have themselves a great fishing experience and showed a keen interest in bottom fishing, especially after the relentless casting the whole of the first day and being eluded by any big GT that were around. We stocked up on bait the next day and took them out to an area that would cover a variety of fishing spots from shallow reefs to slightly deeper water with structure and some pristine coastline. We cast at the occasional bait balls that we saw en route and got some follows and takes from small GT. We had to load the line with lots of lead when we needed to get to the bottom with bait in the strong current and repeated drifts over areas that showed fish markings on the GPS. These guys loved their fishing and although the weather was still not ideal, with a haze still hanging over the sea and water temperatures still on the colder side, they were working really hard for their GT’s. To make things tough, the special spots we had reserved for our clients were just not firing. After setting up some paternoster rigs for bottom fishing, we started catching a variety of fish and on one occasion we pulled up a large rainbow runner which, much to Paul’s dismay, we decided to put onto the live bait rig. Nothing went for him though and part of the reason was that it was...
A Strange Fishing Week

A Strange Fishing Week

It’s going to be a bit of a challenge to write this report, as we head into the main part of the season with the month of January almost done. So much happened fishing-wise and so much did not happen as well. It had all the potential to be a great trip but ended on an average note. For this week we had we had Joakim Lind – returning with friends Alexander and Martin and joined by Frederik – on the 37ft Reef Raider, while the other two boats were booked by Tobias and his group from Germany. The first thing we noted was that the weather was hazy and cloudy. There was even a cool breeze around noon, which is pretty unusual, and it looked like it was raining in more than a few places. Activity like this normally brings the water temperature down which also slows down the fishing activity, as the fish go off the feed. We would need to deal with this. On our way out to a farther fishing spot Reef Raider came to halt as we reached the destination, only to run into a school of jumping squid that were spraying ink everywhere. We had never seen anything like this before. At another fishing spot that have not visited since October, we were having a really slow session with few bites but when Alexander was just lifting his lure out of the shallow water to cast again, a wahoo came flying out of the water after the lure and landed straight in the boat. It took a moment for us to realize what...