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 after, with the biggest being in the 15-kilo range.
Otashiro San, who makes his own stick-baits, managed to raise some monsters on the second day but missed the hook-up. Nakamura San got a nice fish in the 30-kilo range and Otashiro San finally got into a decent one that was close to 30 kilos.
By now we were on day 3 of a short 4-day trip and Masao San, who had fished with us last year and landed two nice GT’s over the 30-kilo mark, was getting anxious as he has not had his chance at a good fish. We told him to be ready at the next spot. First cast and his Nemo stick-bait was chomped, and he had a great fight with a GT that weighed 27-kilos.
On the last day of the trip the group chose to head into the shallow waters and found lots of rod-bending action and top water GT’s. The group was after a big fish and Otashiro San, using a new personally crafted Purple Silver stick-bait with a combination of Carpenter Endless Passion 85/36 rod and Shimano Stella SW10000 XG reel, had a really good GT slam the lure. This fish gave him a great fight in shallow water and pulled the scales to 42 kilos; our first Geet over the 40-kilo mark for 2019.
We will be back with a lot more trip reports as the season kicks into high gear. Until then, we will let the pictures do the talking. Keep tuning in for more Andamans action at gamefishingasia.com
Enjoy the pictures and keep casting!
Popping Rods: HOT’S Gipang 79Xh, Yamaga Blanks BlueReef 80/8 Dual, Daiwa Saltiga APC85XHS, Daiwa Saltiga APC80HS X45, Ripple Fisher F-Stick, Carpenter Endless Passion 82/38, Carpenter Blue Chaser 83/30 R-Power Max Super Cobra, Ripple Fisher Ocean Voyager GTXpedition, Carpenter TBL 83/32, Shimano Scorpion OCEA GT SCO S80H, Carpenter Endless Passion 85/36
Popping Reels: Shimano Twin Power 12000XG, SW14000 TW, Stella SW14000, TP 10000, SW 10000, Daiwa Saltiga 6500H, 6000GT, 5000H
Lures: Carpenter Sea Fury, Custom made lures, Nomad Design
Species Landed: Giant Trevally, Green Job Fish, Barracuda, Dogtooth Tuna, Red Snapper, Coral Trout, Grouper