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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...
First timers, Fishing Legends and a Cyclone

First timers, Fishing Legends and a Cyclone

After the great catch report we had for the first trip of the season, we had a group of Indian anglers – Samrat, Prateek and Pradeep – and joining them for a few days was our own Suprio Mukherjee. Samrat and Prateek had planned on fishing the Andaman Islands a number of times before but it just had not worked out for one reason or another, so the guys were super excited when they did finally touch down. We had Captain Rama guiding them on the Reef Raider and had made up a plan for them that included a variety of fishing options, with the focus being on popping and jigging which is what the guys were most eager to do. We had perfect weather for this trip; in fact, it was almost too good to be true, as we would find out in a few days’ time. We however made the most of it with this group. It does take a while to get the hang of setting the hooks with GT angling. The guys were quick learners and soon got into the thick of the action. A day earlier Suprio had said the only fish missing from his wall was a Grouper and, on his day out on the boat, guess what he got? It was a 20-kilo topwater-caught one as well. Prateek missed a few hooks set on the first few days but then more than made up for it by catching the most GTs, including a couple of 20-kilo specimens. Samrat did increasingly well and now has to return after his GT’s kept getting bigger...
Big GT’s, Grouper and Giant Barracuda set off 2018-19

Big GT’s, Grouper and Giant Barracuda set off 2018-19

It is always a great feeling to have the first group of the year arrive and get started with a new season. The area is well rested and new fish have come onto the reefs and the drop-offs. The skippers are also all raring to go and get some fish, in particular, Geets, landed for our clients. To kick off the 2018-19 season we had the brothers Sultan and Ahmed, along with their friend Khaled, join us for what was their first trip away from home, to go after GT’s. The guys had carefully done their research and had come well kitted-out with a great selection of tackle and we could not wait to get started. Heading out on the first day of the new season we managed to get them off to a good start with a lot of topwater and jigging action. Smaller Geets regularly crashed the lures and we landed fish up to the 20-kilo mark on day one and the guys got a sense of what the action was going to be like. The jigging also turned out to be hot, with plenty of species and a few runaways that set the tone for rest of the trip nicely. Heading out to a different area we got into a great topwater bite and had plenty of action with lots of the smaller GTs around and a few big ones coming in as well. For the day we had the two biggest fish come in at 26kg and 20 kg while there were a few bigger ones that dropped after the hook-up, which was disappointing. We...
Koh samples the Andaman Islands

Koh samples the Andaman Islands

Koh from Singapore was joined by Cephus, James and Ben on the Rampage for a pure top-water experience, while his friends Tony, Kevin, Mugilan and Freddie, opting for a more combined trip that would have both popping and jigging, were on the Reef Raider. Talk about being kitted up! These guys had the best, with an array of heavy duty top-water rods from Carpenter, Hammer Head and Ripple Fisher. With an accompanying lure selection to call up monsters from the depths, they were good to go. In fishing, your tackle and lure selection play a big part. However, there is the element of luck and if you don’t have it on your side, boy, are you in for a rough week. From our last week’s report, we saw that there were instances of feeding frenzies with small rat GT’s climbing all over the lures. This week it reached a point of pure frustration as they would literally snatch lures away from big GT’s and we actually had instances of a huge GT trying to get the popper out of the mouth of a hooked small one. The smaller GT’s being faster and more agile meant they got the lures first and big GT’s missed out, much to our and the team’s frustration. These were not the only instances of things not going our way. Ben, the silent assassin fishing from the back of the boat, had his E-Cup nailed in shallow water to a beast that could not be stopped as it rushed back to the safety of the reef, though Ben in his quiet way did make amends...
Zeyn is Back for a Second Round

Zeyn is Back for a Second Round

Zeyn had fished with us back in October and vowed to do another trip after he had a taste of fishing for the Andaman GTs. This time, he had put together a group of South Africans who were all fishing addicts. However, apart from Zeyn, all of them were on their first GT trip. They had only heard and read what GT fishing was all about and wanted to get a first-hand experience. Zeyn had made sure they were fully kitted out for their trip, with a selection of Ripple Fisher popping rods and an array of Shimano Stella reels. For jigging they were equipped with Yamaga Blanks Galahad rods and Shimano Talica reels. The thing is, as almost always happens, these newbie groups get so taken up with the topwater action that our Andaman GTs provide that we hardly do any jigging for the full trip. We could not have asked for a better start to the trip for the group, as we quickly ran into a GT feeding frenzy. Almost every cast was being followed or hit and at one point we had all the clients on fish more than once. If you wanted to quickly get used to what GT fishing strikes can be like, then this was a perfect opportunity. Moving from one spot to another, the action continued, albeit not with the same intensity of a feeding frenzy. Coming up to one spot, as we started the drift, Ahmed who was fishing from the back of the boat had a take from a fish that at best looked in the 20-kilo range. Knowing that...
Raislin’s Monster Andaman GT

Raislin’s Monster Andaman GT

Merv, along with friends Raislin and Bernard, was joined on this trip by Wee Lee from the Lure Connection in Singapore. Last time around the guys had missed out and were back this time to try and make up for it. The weather forecast looked ok for the first few days of the trip but looked like it could turn on us the last few days. Changing weather at this time of the year is expected as the summer heat builds up in the tropics. We have had flat, calm seas for the last week or so. Rain and a bit of wind could be a double-edged sword that could temporarily put the fish off feeding, but the benefit could be that they would turn on again once the weather abated. We started off with some jigging action and were immediately into fish – plenty of small dogtooth and GT’s. We were all using lighter jigging gear and it was great fun to hook up on the PE 3-4 and have some blistering runs. There were a few substantial fish that we had to follow but they all managed to bust off, one even after we managed to follow it for over a quarter of a mile. We moved over to a popping spot for the last fishing hour of the day and had three hits that were converted, with Bernard getting his PB on day one. Following the weather closely, we tried to get out to our best spots so that we would could get in as much action as possible. This was a good call as Raislin...