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Season 2017-18 underway with a 50 kilo “Big Mama”

Season 2017-18 underway with a 50 kilo “Big Mama”

Robert had made his booking with us last September and had his regular mates from down under fishing with him. The team comprised of Robert Sader, Frank Reaiche and Richard Terzian, of whom only Richard had done some GT popping in Fiji. The guys were eager to get out but had done the wise thing and kept a day on either side of the fishing days to recuperate after the flight in. With the new fishing rules in place ,we were the first operator to get the permits and we are happy to say that the new permit system is a lot easier. We spent their first day setting up their tackle and sharing knowledge on the best knots as well as giving the guys some advice on their setups and lure selections. We planned for a 6:30 am start on day one with the plan being to get the guys used to the boat and the conditions and hopefully get in some action as well, which is just what the guys managed to do with a number of smaller GT’s, Dogtooth and the usual misses that normally happen on day 1. The guys also tried out some light jigging with Gomoku rods and had some fun with smaller fish; of course, there were the usual larger fish that jumped on and annihilated the small jigs. Day two and we moved to different area. The southwest monsoon has not fully ended yet so we have to fish completely differently from normal. The guys had a quiet morning session with the few odd bites off and on. Post lunch and...
First tropical adventure for Raymond, Philippe and Elie

First tropical adventure for Raymond, Philippe and Elie

Philippe had booked this trip for the end of April 2017, way back in 2016. This was a family trip with father Raymond accompanying sons Philippe and Elie on their first tropical adventure, specifically going after the infamous Caranx Ignoblis or Giant Trevally that the Andaman Islands are well known for. The guys had been reading our Facebook posts and website regularly and were really excited to get out and give GT fishing a shot. Their target was a conservative one – to land a 30 kilo GT for the trip. The guys had some good tackle with them and the awesome Fisherman GT Travel rod was one of the rods in the selection. On checking their tackle we saw that some of the setups had only 80 lb braided lines on them. 80 lb braided line is not good enough for many of our spots, as you not only risk losing the lure but also of hurting the fish. We discussed this and decided that they could give it a try on day one but if there were any bust-offs we would need to upgrade to 100 lb line at the minimum. We had a long discussion with the guys over tactics and common mistakes when fishing for GT and how the whole game is about getting the lures into the water for as much time as possible. Our experience with most French anglers we have fished with is that they want to have more action when fishing, in terms of strikes and quantity, as compared to quality fish. It took a bit of convincing to get the...
A Big Yellowfin Tuna Out of the Blue

A Big Yellowfin Tuna Out of the Blue

Our agency from Poland – Eventur – regularly sends us a couple of groups a year. This group was from Belarus and consisted of father and son team Yuri and Anatoli, with Aliaksandr and Andrei joining them. The guys had been in touch with us on their tackle requirements and were keen to get the variety of species that the Andaman islands are known for, as well as some nice trophy sized fish. The group arrived two days earlier than their scheduled trip start date as they wanted to get over the jet lag as well as pack in a small holiday on the island of Havelock. Captain Rama had briefed them and sorted them out with rigging up their tackle. We also had to give Anatoli one of our Racepoint 200 combos as his rod reel combo did not look like it could do the job, which was just as well as you will read about in a bit. The first day out fishing and we were immediately into the action. There were lots of strikes and small GT’s landed when suddenly there was a big take on Anatoli’s Hammer Head popper on the Racepoint 200 and after a great fight and a bit of panting on the angler’s side we put a really nice 35 kg Giant Trevally on deck. The action continued through the day and we had a happy bunch of anglers return back to the guesthouse, which is always good on day 1 of the trip. Running to the south the next day, Captain Rama decided to fish a combination of deep and shallow...
Moncho is back with Peter and Todd’s Gang

Moncho is back with Peter and Todd’s Gang

With five first timers to the Andamans, it was only Moncho from this group who knew what to expect from the GT in this part of the world. After being introduced to each other and exchanging fishing experiences, everyone was keyed up to land their personal best. Our previous groups’ catch reports had us all expecting GT in the 40 kilos plus range, as we set out on day one. Getting acquainted with our boats and crew was a quick task and now it was time to introduce our GT’s to the guests. On the first day we were fishing not too far from home – just to give the anglers a feel of things and get accustomed to the relentless casting and setting hooks into bony jaws. With 16 fish landed by the end of the day and the biggest GT weighing 25 kilos, we were ready to hit our monster grounds on day two. After a long ride on the second day, we started casting a mix of stickbaits and poppers and soon found what the GT’s favoured. While Peter landed some decent size fish, Moncho and I each lost fish and lure with line busts. Shortly afterwards Moncho hooked into a brute that inhaled the stick bait and ran like a train, taking him around the boat twice before we could grab the leader. He was soon posing with his personal best GT at 44 kilos! It might have been a good idea to remove his buff to get a glimpse of his content smile! Next time, I suppose. His BKK trebles had been opened out by...
Sarawak Group Lands the biggest GT of the season…so far

Sarawak Group Lands the biggest GT of the season…so far

Alwyn, Alvin, Vitton, Don and Brian from Malaysia booked this April slot last year. We had a few discussions beforehand to get them properly set up for the trip so that had all the right equipment to go after the Geets here in the Andaman Islands. What we did not expect was to see that these gents had absolutely the best selection of Carpenter Rods that we have seen in a long time. There were only Shimano Stella reels and a very good selection of lures, so these guys were kitted out and ready to go. The guys had selected a good week and we were sure the fishing would be hot as the week progressed. The first day out was a bit slow due to the tides but we were lucky to get a good dogtooth on jig near the end of the day. What we saw from day one was that the guys were prepared to keep casting and that makes a huge difference. They could cast well and work the lures; they also had prior experience from fishing in Komodo and were eager to get in amongst the big Andaman GT’s that we have had the good fortune of landing more than a few of this season. We decided to fish a combination of old and new spots as we have been fishing mainly our new spots this season. This was a good call with both Vitton and Benny getting some good fish in the in the 30-35 kilo range as well as other species apart from a lot of smaller ones. Deep water has always...
Single Angler Group and Loic & friends hit the Andamans

Single Angler Group and Loic & friends hit the Andamans

For the third week of March we were running two boats: one with single anglers Andre, Mike, Paul and Geoffrey and the other with Loic, who has fished in Kirinda before, and two friends from Dubai, Loay and Adham. We did not have the very best tides at the beginning of the trip and the wind was non existent as well the last few days. After discussing with the guys, as usual they were more interested in top water fishing for the week, so we decided on a plan to fish farther spots, in the hope of getting some good action. We tried more than a few spots the first few days and even though we were a few days before the new moon it was seriously like trying to fish in a pond. With hardly any current, flat, calm and muggy, something was definitely not right. The few fish we did raise did more or less come up for a look-see only and those that did commit were in very shallow water with Paul losing a nice one to the reef’s edge. We did try jigging and were quite happy when something big hijacked a small fish on the jig in about 80 meters of water and screamed off line. It turned out to be an estimated 60-70 kilo shark perfectly hooked in the corner of the mouth which gave Paul a workout to land. This is where you have to keep working even in difficult conditions and the anglers on both boats, much to their credit, supported us by casting and jigging non-stop. Slowly we started to...