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Sober Island Resort

This private island resort, run by the Sri Lankan Navy is located on Sober Island in the middle of Trincomalee Harbour. The resort has a tropical beach and panoramic views of the harbour from it’s highest point.

The rooms have comfortable beds and ensuite toilets and showers. All rooms are air-conditioned and the restaurant serves tasty local food.



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E-MAIL ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA FISHING
info@gamefishingindia.com, or gamefishingindia@gmail.com

PHONE ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA FISHING

Darran Davis or Akshay Malavi on:
Office (+91)-3192-241610 Fax (+91)-3192-241610

MAILING ADDRESSES ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA:

Bangalore Main Address:
Sea Fishing India Pvt. Ltd.
No. 19, Victoria Road Bangalore 560047 India

Port Blair Address:
Sea Fishing India Pvt. Ltd.
2nd Floor, 03 Foreshore Road Chatham, Haddo
P.O Port Blair 744102, Andaman & Nicobar Islands India

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We had Vincent, Georges, Herve and Jean-Micheal from France book a trip with us in the Andaman Islands. The guys were relatively new to popping and Jean was on his first popping / jigging trip. We are starting to see a lot of anglers carrying travel popping rods and a lot of it has to with the fact that airlines are charging large sums for carrying rod tubes as part of checked-in luggage. Again, this is why we are offering quality popping rods from the Saltywater Tackle Selection for rent, to our clientele. The southerly winds of the previous week had dirtied the water in a number of areas, as we were to find out when we started fishing with the group, making the fish move into different areas with clear water. The guys had arrived two days early to acclimatize and get over the jet lag. We were all taking about BBC’s fantastic Blue Planet video and discussing how big GT’s would probably engulf anything when in the mood. Jean-Micheal had a problem with his Sakura travel rod and we had to get the wax off the ferrules first and then lubricate the sections with graphite before we could get the rod properly joined together. At least we were all sorted out and ready to go before the first fishing day.

When we got out on day one we were greeted with murky green water caused by the south winds pushing against the currents. This did not look very good and it translated to almost non-existent activity – either in the popping or jigging spots in the area. We did have a few bites around the tide change at noon, but again the action dropped off. Deciding to try something different, we tried a variation of our usual drift into even deeper water at the edge of the drop off. This did not take long to raise a big GT that hammered the popper twice before it nailed it, only for the mainline to part on the strike. It was with uncanny certainty a newbie i.e Jean-Micheal, who lost the monster after all the day’s effort, and it was also revealed that he had only 80lb line spooled. Again, we recommend PE 8-10 as a minimum for the Andaman Islands and hollow-core line.

The next day was a little better as we fished a different area and found water that was better coloured. We did have a few opportunities with some good fish but did not manage to convert them into hook-ups. We tried jigging and soon Vincent had what looked to be a really big GT hooked on his heavy jigging setup, with the customary telltale head shakes. But the rod exploded and Vincent was left trying to fight the fish with half the rod, which did not last long as the line went next under the heavy strain. What we definitely noticed in the first few days was that the strikes were only in the clean water, so we made up a plan to search out clear, clean water that was not affected by the wind.

We went to another of our spots where the water definitely looked a lot better and were almost immediately, like a good omen, rewarded with a strike on the second cast. Jean-Michael, the lucky man, was up next when his big cup-faced popper was sucked in classic big-fish style. The fish ran and after striking to set the hooks he unfortunately could not come to terms with the short pumps required to keep a big GT’s head pointing towards the angler. The Geet made another run and this time again bust off on a structure below. Around tide change the takes started happening from all directions and we witnessed a really amazing fishing day, with multiple double and triple hook ups and some amazing sights – like Herve hooking up to a GT, with a big grouper following all the way and finally snatching the lure out of the GT’s mouth. Herve landed the grouper, by the way. George’s popper bust off on a strike and we saw the floating popper being nailed multiple times. Vincent had a black GT follow his popper and smash it, only for his line to get tangled on the rod guides when he tried to set the hook. We all had the view of the GT sitting watching the lure as Vincent cleared his line; the moment he started to retrieve line, poof! the GT smashed the lure again, only this time it took off without getting hooked. The action continued with bites close to the boat. However, the big GT’s again proved they know more than just how to judge the angle of attack. I think they can sometimes also pick the angler whose lure to go for!!! Jean-Micheal was again slow to pick up the short-pump method of reeling in a GT and got bricked on the razor-sharp corals. Herve had another huge GT come sideways at his popper, swipe at it and not come back. Such is fishing. Some days you are lucky and others, not. It was still a great day out with some fantastic action to make up for the earlier slow action.

That evening we went over the fish fighting techniques again. Just think about it. You cannot afford to miss fish because you are not prepared both physically and mentally to tackle a big fish.

We decided to hit another area the last day in the hope that we could get something big on board finally. It was on the third cast for Vincent that his lure was literally annihilated and blown out of the water, only for it to land back and be smashed again, the fish totally in control. It never gave Vincent a chance and bust off shortly afterwards. A few casts later Georges hooked another big GT which must have taken least 40-50 yards of line in its first rush. He managed to stop it and got it to the boat when it made another run and the hook dropped out. The lucky man Jean-Micheal was up next with another big fish, but he dropped that as well with another hook pull. Three really great fish lost in one session was really disappointing for us as we are sure it was for the anglers as well. The fishing continued, with multiple strikes and lots of smaller fish landed. We ended the day with a group of sated anglers, which was great given the conditions we had at the start of the trip. Too bad on the big fish but at least we are happy knowing they are about, waiting for the next set of anglers.

Till next time,
Tight lines.

Tackle Used
Popping Rods: KOZ Expedition, Cape Cod, Daiwa Travel Rods, Hots, Daiwa Saltiga, Sakura Travel Rod
Popping Reels: Daiwa Saltiga, Daiwa Catalina, Shimano Spheros
Lures: Halco, River2Sea, Chinese Popper, Patriot Design, Williamson

Jigging Rods: Gamakatsu, Ambermax
Jigging Reels: Daiwa Saltiga, Daiwa Catalina
Jigs: Seven Seas, Sea Rock, Knife Jigs

Species Caught: Giant Trevally, Dogtooth Tuna, Big-Eye Trevally, Bluefin Trevally, Grouper, Bohar Snapper, Green Jobfish, Rusty Jobfish
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When you see our boats heading out looking like a porcupine you know it has to be a group from Singapore. Zip, Derek, Thomas and Marcus were back for another try at some of our cracking Andaman GT’s. The excitement of the group was scuttled a bit when they had their arrival flight into Port Blair delayed due to an operational problem with the airline. They lost a full day and a half due to flight cancellations and we were relieved to finally see them at our doorstep. They all looked rather tired after their ordeal, but in no time their never-ending journey was soon forgotten and the balcony was lined with an array of monster landing tackle. Of special interest was a new Zenaq rod on test. Thomas’s niece Claire was our first lady angler for the season and this was her first time in the Andamans and her second offshore trip. This was Zip’s seventh trip here to fish with us and almost as many times for Derek and Thomas. For Marcus it was his second.

With an immediate 180-degree change in the winds from Southwest to Northeast, the weather gods were not smiling on us. It seemed like it was going to be a bumpy, windy trip and the forecast wasn’t looking like it was going to improve soon. With strong winds and rain blowing in from the NE it was a bit of a dampener, but the show had to go on. The trip started out to be one for species, with the big GT’s not playing ball. Zip was the man setting the pace and giving the rest a lesson or two on GT popping and jigging in the Andamans. We landed over 10 species of fish on day one. Zip kept jigging into the lunch break to land a nice Spanish mackerel that we decided to keep for the table. Marcus was instrumental in putting multiple species on deck with his light jigging that he seemed to be enjoying. Thomas was as usual having fun. However, it was great to see the enthusiasm that Claire put into her jigging and casting as she kept going through conditions that were at times wretched, to say the least.

We have known for the longest time that Zip has been after a big GT so looking at the forecast we tried to push further, but we had to keep our customers’ comfort in mind as well. After two days out on the water, getting soaked in the rain numerous times, the third day – the one with the supposed worst forecast – saw the weather change for the better and the fishing as well. Close to noon the fish started feeding quite actively and everyone was getting strikes, although Zip was stealing the show. A big Bohar Snapper lunged for the hammerhead popper and was putting up a good fight until a GT decided to rob the lure from the Snapper’s jaws, near the boat. In the chaos that ensued the snapper was freed, and Zip was left with a GT thrashing around at the end of his line, hardly any distance from the boat. A short fight ensued and after releasing the fish, Zip managed another double hook up on his next cast. This time it turned out to be a grouper that tried to snatch the popper away from another GT and landed up getting hooked rather properly. When the net was lowered to land the pair of fish we were surprised to see a smaller third fish in the net, a snapper that was regurgitated by the grouper. Five fish in two casts! The bait was all up on the surface and the GT hovering below these schools were hammering poppers that landed in the vicinity and provided the anglers with good action. With Zip up in the bow cage working the big hammerhead popper, it did not take long before it was nailed by a nice GT, which put up a great fight and turned out to be the biggest GT of the session which came in at 129 cm and was estimated in the 35-kilo range. It turned out to be a personal best here in the Andamans. We turned our focus onto jigging after lunch and kept the species tally rising in a list that included a beautiful yellowfin grouper.

The final day of their trip saw much better weather and the boat set out with a lot of anticipation. With less days to fish and weather having played spoil-sport, we were hoping for things to get better at least today and in a way it did. Around noon is when all the activity was at its peak, just after the tide change, with poppers getting taken violently off the surface. Marcus thought he had hooked a shark with his popper and kept screaming, “Shark!! Shark!!“. And he fought it, only to find that his shark had turned into a nice 30-kilo Giant Trevally, much to everyone else’s amusement as we all saw the give-away head shakes of a GT. Just after lunch Zip hooked up what looked a like a big fish and Marcus hooked a mid-sized one near boatside, up at the front of the boat. In the ensuing chaos we had to clear lines as the fish took off in opposite directions and crossed lines. Seeing the way the big fish Zip had hooked was pulling line off a high drag we decided to focus on getting the smaller one in first while maneuvering to give Zip the best angles. However, this turned out to be a mistake as Zip muscled the monster up much quicker than expected and it came up while the other fish was still being leadered. Trying to get the big fish into the landing net, the hook got stuck in the net and the fish popped free; with a slight shake of its head it came out of the net and we all watched it swim away in shock. Sorry Zip.

The trip had come to an end with many firsts for the season. It was great exchanging a few bits of history with Thomas and if we had known earlier Marcus was a chef we might have had him locked in our kitchen a few evenings.

Until next time,
Tight lines

Tackle Used
Popping Rods: Smith Tokara, El Toro 150, Carpenter CV, Carpenter SH78 EXH, Zenaq
Popping Reels: Shimano Stella 14k,18K, Daiwa Catlina
Lures: Shimano Ocea pencil,Halco, Stickbait, El Toro, Hammerhead, Kokari 160 and Craftbait

Jigging Rods: Mudhole, Smith AMJ, Seed, Zenaq, Custom
Jigging Reels: Shimano Stella, Daiwa Saltiga, Daiwa Certate

Species Landed: Giant Trevally, Bluefin Trevally, Bludger Trevally, Golden Spot Trevally, Golden Trevally, Bonito, Dogtooth Tuna, Rainbow Runner, Green Jobfish, Rusty Jobfish, Tomato Grouper, Yellowfin Grouper, Coronation Trout, Coral Trout, Grey Reef Shark, Bohar Snapper
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