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Topwater mayhem and bottom bashing

Topwater mayhem and bottom bashing

Chris and Paul had last fished in Costa Rica and it seemed like a pleasant experience, from what they described. They were both quite eager to get out onto the water and have themselves a great fishing experience and showed a keen interest in bottom fishing, especially after the relentless casting the whole of the first day and being eluded by any big GT that were around. We stocked up on bait the next day and took them out to an area that would cover a variety of fishing spots from shallow reefs to slightly deeper water with structure and some pristine coastline. We cast at the occasional bait balls that we saw en route and got some follows and takes from small GT. We had to load the line with lots of lead when we needed to get to the bottom with bait in the strong current and repeated drifts over areas that showed fish markings on the GPS. These guys loved their fishing and although the weather was still not ideal, with a haze still hanging over the sea and water temperatures still on the colder side, they were working really hard for their GT’s. To make things tough, the special spots we had reserved for our clients were just not firing. After setting up some paternoster rigs for bottom fishing, we started catching a variety of fish and on one occasion we pulled up a large rainbow runner which, much to Paul’s dismay, we decided to put onto the live bait rig. Nothing went for him though and part of the reason was that it was...
A Strange Fishing Week

A Strange Fishing Week

It’s going to be a bit of a challenge to write this report, as we head into the main part of the season with the month of January almost done. So much happened fishing-wise and so much did not happen as well. It had all the potential to be a great trip but ended on an average note. For this week we had we had Joakim Lind – returning with friends Alexander and Martin and joined by Frederik – on the 37ft Reef Raider, while the other two boats were booked by Tobias and his group from Germany. The first thing we noted was that the weather was hazy and cloudy. There was even a cool breeze around noon, which is pretty unusual, and it looked like it was raining in more than a few places. Activity like this normally brings the water temperature down which also slows down the fishing activity, as the fish go off the feed. We would need to deal with this. On our way out to a farther fishing spot Reef Raider came to halt as we reached the destination, only to run into a school of jumping squid that were spraying ink everywhere. We had never seen anything like this before. At another fishing spot that have not visited since October, we were having a really slow session with few bites but when Alexander was just lifting his lure out of the shallow water to cast again, a wahoo came flying out of the water after the lure and landed straight in the boat. It took a moment for us to realize what...
Rampage begins the year on a good note

Rampage begins the year on a good note

Well before GFA was started, we spent many unforgettable weeks camping and fishing for Mahseer on the river Cauvery and those memories were rekindled when Paul arrived at our destination. It all started when I asked him if this was his first trip to India. My eyes lit up the moment he mentioned that he had last come down to angle for the almighty king of freshwater fish, of our river Cauvery. Rob had fished with Paul on two occasions before this and listened patiently as we talked about our experiences with these large freshwater gamefish. He expressed his desire to see a King Cobra in the wild and since we had a day free in Port Blair before the remaining two anglers of their group arrived we decided to visit the habitat of the elusive King. We knew our chances of sighting a snake were slim, but the area was worth a visit, with stunning old trees towering above a dense rainforest. The trek was going to be a short one and at the end of it we would be treated to a spectacular view of the sea from the peninsula. The elusive King cobra remained just that, but we did manage to see a host of nice avian life such as Imperial Pigeons, Golden Orioles, Raquet-tail Drongos, Emerald Doves and Swifts. A day well spent in the Andaman jungles and we were treated to the sweetest tender coconut water at the end of it all. Iain and Jai joined us the next day and soon plans were being made on where to fish over the following six...
Welcoming 2018 with our first fishing trip for the year

Welcoming 2018 with our first fishing trip for the year

Team GFA welcomes 2018 and wishes you all the best this new year has to offer. As we prepared ourselves to welcome our first group of anglers for the new year, we were really excited, as this would be the first fishing charter trip to be run on our new 37 ft Reef Raider. Our guests had a strange arrival experience when their flight had to abort landing due to bad visibility and head back to Chennai. They did manage to get a peek at the islands before the aircraft had to turn around and head back. Fortunately, they managed to get tickets on an early morning flight and were back in Port Blair the next morning. With no more than a couple of fishing hours lost, Reef Raider was planing out into the blue on her first adventure for 2018. Aidan was the good doctor on board and his friends Dave and Ian were going to need his assistance soon, with the aches and pains that you normally experience whilst popping for GT. They had all fished for GT before and were addicted to it. Although it was a short day out at sea they managed to put six fish on deck and had close encounters with an equal number. Among the species landed were a Bluefin Trevally and a Bohar Snapper. Our plan was to take our guests to an area where we had ended our previous year on a high note, and the first day’s fishing was a mere warm-up for things to come. The trio had already fallen in love with the Andaman Islands and...
Last Trip of 2017 done, GFA Style!

Last Trip of 2017 done, GFA Style!

We had Clarence Lee leading a group from Singapore, which included Nam from Vietnam and two newbies Abdullah Han and Gerald. December is a month we personally like to fish and we have had some great action over the last few seasons in this month. Clarence was a bit worried about the catch we would have – quite a few people have the notion that December is not ideal fishing conditions. We put his fears to rest the very first day of the trip but we will come to that later. This being the last 6-day charter of 2017, we wanted so much to make it a special one, to close out 2017 – one of our most exceptional seasons – on a high and add to our tally of biggies landed in the calendar year. Clarence is now a veteran of our charters and knows how we like to fish. He had the team kitted out just to our liking, with PE 10 and the big lures including our very own 170 gm Kokari StickBaits and the new edition Kokari 130 and 160 poppers. Catching up and getting kitted out for the days ahead was fun and we actually had Singapore Chilly Crab for dinner the first night, courtesy Clarence. We knew the action was expected to ratchet up a few notches each day as we had selected the dates carefully. However, on the first day itself we ran into some serious topwater action, with Nam’s TP Kustom getting smashed by a monster dogtooth and the thing screaming off, only for it to drop the hook. Then, as...
Mel, Steve and Peter touch down before the storm

Mel, Steve and Peter touch down before the storm

After our last group of Singaporean friends left, we had a bit of a breather and time to service Rampage before Mel, Steve and Peter arrived at our Kokari Guest house. The trio were good friends who had fished together numerous years, all over the world in places like Oman, Tanzania and Indonesia. This would be their first fishing experience with GFA and the first few days were not looking too good weather-wise. They didn’t mind, so long as we had a stock of lager in the refrigerator. Mel and Steve had encountered big GT in Oman and now they wanted Peter to experience the ache of handling a big geet. The rough weather was not a concern once they knew they were in capable hands. Captain Kantha proved his mettle, handling the boat in massive swells. We knew we were going to sit it out on one day with the approaching storm but our hopes lay in fish feeding after it passed. We squeezed in a trip before the storm and fished in very choppy waters to try and raise a decent fish. Small GT responded and a big barracuda as well. Mel got a take on his popper and set the hook solid, unaware that he had just got himself a double hookup with two small GTs. He pulled Peter’s leg, saying this was the only way to do it and single fish on a popper didn’t count! Although this was a first for him, the highlight of the day was still the beauty of fishing these scenic islands knowing we had monsters lurking beneath the surface....