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Faisal’s Good Luck Continues

Faisal’s Good Luck Continues

On his first trip here to the Andamans Faisal landed a 40 plus kilo GT, was spoiled rotten by the whole experience and has been wanting to come back ever since. It’s been four years since then, and this time he had three buddies with him to share this new experience. At that time he had fished with Rama on another charter and now that Rama had joined our forces Faisal insisted he wanted the lucky captain to guide him and we obliged. It would be Reef Raider carrying the enthusiastic anglers to our famous monster grounds and it was time to see if they were prepared for the action that was about to unfold. The next six days had good tides and great weather and a guesthouse full of anglers from different parts of the world with a common passion. While the tackle was being set up we briefed our guests about the areas they were going to fish. Since three of our boats were going to be fishing at the same time we wanted them all to have an equal opportunity in these fishing grounds. Fishing in Oman is quite different from fishing here in the Andamans and with this trip having been finalized almost a year ago, the anticipation ran high in their blood. Kick off was scheduled for six thirty a.m. and day one of their trip was underway. Just to remind the guys what they were dealing with, we had a monster open the trebles on one of the poppers and that too a treble hook that came highly recommended. Apart from over half...
The Middle Eastern Fishing Week

The Middle Eastern Fishing Week

After the insane action filled week we had with Hamad and his group from Kuwait last season, the news spread quickly and this year we had a complete week booked by anglers from the Middle East. Hesh from the tackle shop KBE Anglers Hub (KnotBigEnuff.com @kbe anglers hub and @kbe expeditions) in Dubai had also booked a boat for the week, so we had a full house – Moe Mourad and Mohammed Kahawati on the Reef Raider, our Kuwaiti friends Nadji, Aziz, Sultan, Naser and Abdul Rehman on Rampage and Hesh, Hamad and Moamen on the Tropical Star. With three full boats and all the guys eager to get out and sample what the Andaman Islands had in store for them, we were going to have to work our schedule so that everyone would get a chance to have opportunities with some of the big boys that we knew so well were waiting for us. To simplify this report, we will go over the highlights from all three boats and the stories we overheard back at the guesthouse. That we had some insane action was part of it. Did we land the biggest fish we hooked?… No; this year we pretty much got annihilated. Most of the guys on this trip have hooked and landed big fish, so when Moe was smoked on PE10 with his Amegari Dzanga by a dogtooth that everyone on board estimated over 70 kilo, in a blistering run that took off over 100 meters of PE 10 at GT locked down drag before the mainline burst, it was lesson in humility that some fish...
Stu Walker’s fantastic Andaman week

Stu Walker’s fantastic Andaman week

We have had Stu Walker fish with us for the sixth time now and this time around he was accompanied by Adam Randall and Matt Powney. We had planned this trip a long while back so we did our best to get some awesome footage and turn it into not-just-another jigging-and-popping movie. The trip did not start too well, with Stu’s baggage getting lost. With no sign of it arriving in the following few days we kitted him out properly, which was probably the reason for his success! Talk about nailing a trip! We really got way more than we planned for. We experienced an incredible top-water bite but the real icing on the cake was landing a huge dogtooth tuna on a rod rated for PE 1.4 with 10lb line. These fish are hard enough to land on heavy tackle where they literally smoke the heaviest of gear and you barely see one landed out of five hooked. A huge pat on the back and congratulations to Adam for managing this, in a fight lasting over an hour with the fish finally being landed more than a mile from where it was hooked. All the guys got their personal bests and experienced a few humbling moments as the usual unstoppable fish put on a show for the camera. We will stay short with this report and you will need to wait for the movie to see a recap of the incredible action. The report in short from Stuart Walker Just got back from the Andaman Islands after the most amazing GT fishing trip ever! It didn’t start too...
Zambofishing is back in the Andamans

Zambofishing is back in the Andamans

After a sensational trip last year, our friends from Italy – Andrea, Pietro, Luca and Carlo – were back this season to try and better their records and see if this round could top last season. They would be fishing on the 37-foot Reef Raider and with four anglers on board it was going to be a comfortable few days. They started off their trip with clear skies and a 5 knot wind gently blowing from the north east. Pietro, as well as the rest of guys, takes his fishing seriously as also his golf, which he plays at professional level. Gian Luca loves his big poppers and stick-baits which are highly recommended when fishing for Giant Trevally in these waters. The guys were really well kitted and knew how to fish, which makes a big difference when you chase GT’s and dogtooth tuna. We started off the trip popping for most of the day, with some jigging thrown in. It was a good day activity-wise, with 19 Giant Trevally and a big barracuda, that was over the 20-kilo mark, for Luca and a couple of bluefin trevally, green jobfish and red snapper. The next two days were not much of a numbers day but with a 30-kilo plus specimen and a missed opportunity at another fish that might have been bigger, the large Giant trevally were telling us that they were around. The dogtooth tuna were always chipping in to add to the variety of fish, which is always a welcome break. The boys had five tuna amongst themselves and two sharks to make the day more exciting....
Chasing Ronin Aji Samurai style

Chasing Ronin Aji Samurai style

The second and third week of February saw Yamada San’s groups from Anglers Nest agency in Japan returning to fish with us as we move into the most hectic and busy part of the season. Also joining in with his own group of friends was Makoto San, the Zenaq field tester whose group included the owner/ manufacturer of D-claw hooks. Makoto San had fished with us last season and based on the large numbers of GT bites we experienced, he was very keen to do a testing of the latest hooks being tested for big poppers and stick-baits, as well as compare a report on hook up ratios for various kinds of treble and single hooks. It is always a treat for us to see the some of the latest GT fishing gear on display, especially just after the tackle shows are over in Japan. We decided to run this trip in two parts, with Yamada San’s group going first followed by Makoto San’s group. There is no need to mention how Japanese anglers can expertly work their stick-baits, but what is more incredible is the number of strikes they are able to generate. The trip had its share of highlight moments and the two that really stand out are Sakata San’s great take that happened literally just before the lure left the water to be recast, when we all clearly saw this big very long GT swim up from the depths, inhale the lure, turn around and take off. Hooking a GT close to the boat is one thing; hooking a big GT two meters from the rod...