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Chasing the elusive GT records

Chasing the elusive GT records

Here we are in the prime of our GT season and not a day goes by when we don’t hear tales of epic battles being fought in the Andamans, by our guests who focus only on one thing and we mean one thing only – GT fishing. This week we had Joakim & friends return from Sweden, alongside Jong Woo Jung & friends, another returning group, this time from South Korea. We also had first timers Jinil Kim and crew, who had heard about GT skirmishes of biblical proportions and had come to partake some of it in the Andamans. Joakim, being an old hand, did not waste time but took the advice of Captain Rama and was instantly rewarded when a 37 kg plus GT (his biggest in the Andamans) smacked his stick bait as soon as it hit the water. A combination of a Westin W6 with a Stella 14000 did an easy job of reeling it in for a quick photo and release. Lucas, the muscle in the group, with active service in the military, paid complete attention to the tide and wind conditions. His training was evident, and he had even brought his own navigation device. He landed several GT’s and was quite satisfied with his haul, for he knew from his experience of GT fishing off the east coast of Africa how unpredictable it could be. Jessica, who was new to GT fishing on this trip, could not have asked for a better start to the trip. Fishing from the top front of the boat she had a bite from a fish that at...
An Unexpected Monster

An Unexpected Monster

This ongoing season we had some of our regular guys come back to fish, bringing with them some newbies who had heard of these fabled fishing grounds but had not had the opportunity to fish as the window is narrow, and slots get filled up fast (about a year ahead). The weather, as predicted, was slightly windy with lightly rippled seas, conditions that are best for GT fishing. We had 3 groups fishing simultaneously, each vying for the biggest catch and the highest tally of fish landed, so you can imagine how the discussions at the dining table went each evening. We had Hout from the States, leading the brothers David and Chris, who had planned a mammoth 8-day fishing trip with us. This was the second trip that the guys were doing with us and it was great to see how far they had come since their first trip with us, back in 2016. This time around, they had done ample research on the best lures to carry for the trip. With the best gear on hand the guys were all set and ready to go and we had planned the trip so as to fish in different areas. The trip started slowly, with a few GT’s up to the 25-kilo mark being landed, and the usual few missed. The highlight was Hout getting in on the action with his light casting setup and landing a 30-kilo Geet on a PE6, after a great fight. On the fourth day we made a trip down to one of the southern islands and were immediately rewarded with top water strikes....
GT Craze In January

GT Craze In January

It is such a pleasure for us when we know that guys from different spectra of life have come together to do that one activity that few know about and even fewer understand why is so addictive – the world of GT fishing. January is the start of the season for GT fishing in the Andamans and the groups we had in Jan were a mix of first-timers and regulars who had fished with us in Sri Lanka. David had fished with us in both the Andaman Islands and Sri Lanka and is a regular in the Oman GT circles. He knew exactly what to expect and so had briefed Paul and Mark, who had joined him and were first-timers. David had encountered big GT’s in Oman and now he wanted his brother Paul to experience the nuances of tackling a big geet in the Andamans. Simon Harper and group, on their first trip to the Andamans to fish for GT’s, were open to all possibilities and the third boat had the dynamic pair of Alex – who had done his fishing miles with us in Sri Lanka – and Robert, who was on his maiden trip with us in the Andaman Islands. Alex and Robert were particular that they were here only for GT action. What was common among all was their sense of humour, especially when Simon joked at the dinner table about how friendly the members of the Sentinelese Tribe were and how it would be a privilege if one could meet them in person! The first few days looked choppy, weather-wise, but the BOYS didn’t...
Kicking off the new year with some family fun

Kicking off the new year with some family fun

This trip was what we call a miracle in the happening. A delayed flight resulting in a missed connecting flight, problems with immigration AND, to top it all off, a cyclone to upset all your plans!! But, as they say, there is a silver lining to all black clouds and this trip certainly defined it. It was a bit of a wild-and-woolly the first week of January, with Cyclone Pabuk giving the Andaman Archipelago a shake-up. The best news to come out of it was the absence of fatalities, and that property damage from the cyclone was relatively less. For those of us who have done our time in the Bay of Bengal region, it was much the same as any other decent-sized cyclone, but for the first-timers it was a bit scary. The hot windless days after the cyclone are prime to get out and chase GT’s and other great ones. Some good reports had also come in of big large-mouth nannies and quicksilver Doggie’s at a few of the regular spots, while grouper and trout were also on the menu. GT’s and Dogtooth Tuna were both on the chew; to them every day is a work day and these little events only make them more eager to find a feed. After rescheduling their tickets to get some fishing in after Pabuk disrupted their planned fishing days, the Mason Law family from Singapore were down a day of fishing but raring to go. They caught quite a number of fish down the passage, around several reefs and drop offs which were producing some fine catch. A combination of...