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Big GT on a Handcrafted Lure

Big GT on a Handcrafted Lure

Leave it to the Japanese if you want to see a holistic approach to any activity, for they take great pains to set high standards for themselves and motivate others in the process. Their approach to fishing is no different and it’s a pure joy watching them fish. Good fishing conditions returned after what was the most unpredictable couple of weeks at the end of the year, giving a new year fillip to the season. Fishing proved to be good across the board, with some days better than others, depending also on the species that were targeted. The Anglers Nest group led by Nakamura San reported fantastic top-water action and they took full benefit of the captain’s expertise, utilizing the combination of proper tactics and equipment appropriately, to gain the maximum benefit of fishing several reefs and drop-offs. The Andaman Islands gave the group lots of options, with varying weather, tide and current conditions and Kokari Guest House was home to some happy anglers at the beginning of the year. The thrill and hope of landing a big GT spurred the anglers on, and they encountered much more than GT’s at the end of their lines by the close of the week. Fishing the reef edge the captain and his first mate put them on to several GT’s, besides Groupers, Jobfish, Red Bass, Spanish Mackerel and Dogtooth Tuna, mostly caught on stick-baits, which the Japanese are masters at using adeptly. Day one of the trip and the group had their GT fix – with 22 Giant Trevally landed – but there were none of the larger ones they were...
Fishing Mayhem as we close 2018

Fishing Mayhem as we close 2018

Clarence Lee was back with group of “pinkies” from Singapore. This was one group that had come over-prepared, as usual, for a fishing trip, and the tackle arsenal they had with them would have put a reputable tackle shop to shame. They were thoroughly briefed, well-rested and eager to get into action right away. Two Vessels, 37-feet long and with 500 Hp Yamaha engines, departed from the jetty with somewhat a fanfare, with onlookers looking in amazement at the plethora of equipment being loaded, compared to the somewhat clandestine departure we had the last few trips. It was as if all the stars were aligned for this trip, for as soon as we hit open waters and started casting our anglers were getting strikes, one after the other. Under the commandership of Captain Kantha & Rama, Clarence and boys were reeling in some of their biggest catches. On day one, in the evening jigging session, Gerald hooked one which pushed him to the limit of his endurance, as what could only be a monster Grouper latched onto a smaller fish on his PE4 outfit. In the ensuing tug-of-war that lasted over an hour and made the boat drift a mile, we made no headway with this beast. In the end Gerald had to pass his rod to his buddy Werner, who was more than willing to help, but it would not be as easy as it seemed. There is seldom any fish that could tire out two seasoned anglers and after a while the rod broke. Even then the fight was not given up as Captain Kantha – with...