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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...
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...
Suresh and Gang save the best for last

Suresh and Gang save the best for last

Suresh and his buddies, all from Chennai – off the east coast of India – had many hours fishing from dinghies, perfecting their skills to the tune of catching small monsters from the murky waters off the coast of Chennai. They wanted to put it to the test in the Andamans catching GT’s. They had put together an action plan of sorts to catch that one fish they had heard a lot of – the GT. But alas, the weather had a different plan for them. Windy conditions and choppy seas did not help the best tackle gear they had brought, as they had come in the aftermath of a storm and the waters were still green. It was tough getting the fish to bite as they tend to be less active in these conditions and less inclined to take surface lure. We on our part tried multiple fishing spots and techniques while keeping them motivated, but it was hard going the first few days. When the weather gods finally did smile we pushed farther and Suresh hooked into his very first Marlin – estimated at about 150-200 kilo – that too on the jig. The crew were eager to call the fish landed but on light gear it was a most difficult ask. So it was not a surprise when the line bust, much to the dismay of Suresh, and he lost a chance to nail his first Marlin and strike one off his bucket list. On the last day we fished a fabled fishing spot as a last chance to nail what they had come looking for...
Zip Toh and Group do a record 9th round

Zip Toh and Group do a record 9th round

We had our old friends, led by Zip from Singapore, returning for a record 9th round of fishing with GFA. This was a trip carried over from May when our season was interrupted by a temporary ban that has since been lifted. The guys were getting in just after the cyclone “Titli” had passed, so we were sure that the weather gods would at least smile on us this week. The idea for this trip was to target deep spots with heavy lures and hope we could raise a few monster GT’s on topwater and couple this with a bit of jigging action for the Dogtooth that we know are about. We were hoping that the green water would have cleared out and the fish would come up to feed, giving us a chance on the surface lures. Having fished with the guys so many times before, they knew what to expect and had the right kit for the job on hand. We set out hoping the un-fished spots we were about to target would provide the necessary action. Enroute to our first spot we came upon a school of Yellowfin tuna feeding with spinner dolphins and birds. The guys got set up and as the lures got into the water they had a few hits. Thomas hooked up on his Craft Bait one we thought was a really good size; however, it was only hooked in the tail, as we saw on landing it. The picture was another challenge though…poor Thomas was shaken up like a rag doll as he tried to hold the fish steady for the...