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Sam and Gary Edmonds lap it up in Sri Lanka

Sam and Gary Edmonds lap it up in Sri Lanka

At Gamefishing Asia, there’s nothing better than a trip report written by our clients. Here is the one of Sam & Gary who come fishing with us in Sri Lanka and had a really good trip over December – January. Personally, I enjoyed guiding them as they were always keen to give differents techniques a try, always happy to take some advice from their guide and had a never give up attitude!!! We hope to see you again in Lanka for another good trip and next time you will have your revenge on jigging with the big doggie you lost. Nico Full fishing Tour in Sri Lanka for Sam & Gary Back in March last year, my family and I booked up a fishing holiday with Sportquest and Gamefishing Asia to Sri Lanka. We had researched the fishing in many countries and had been looking for a trip that would give us a great chance of bumping up our species lists, and at the same time, a good chance of catching some big fish on lures, such as the Giant Trevally. The one species that really swayed our decision to go to Sri Lanka in the end was the Clown Knifefish, known in Sri Lanka as the Featherback, which was a fish Dad and I had been dreaming of catching. Sri Lanka looked like a beautiful country to visit and try for these, as well as many other species. Round 1 in Kirinda with good topwater and light jigging action We flew out on the 18th December, staying for Christmas and New Year, with five days fishing, guided by...
The Vikings are back in Kirinda

The Vikings are back in Kirinda

It was with great pleasure that I welcomed back Michael, Per and Per, plus one of their friends who joined them for this 2nd trip in Kirinda. Their previous trip was a success. Only Michael didn’t enjoy the first trip fully, due to a pain in the shoulder. But for this trip, Michael was ready; no more problems with his shoulder, a new rod and a large range of GT lures. The first two days, the fishing was tough. The fish weren’t keen on biting, but all the same, the guys took some fish. On the 3rd day, by the end of the afternoon, the fish woke up and the guys caught several GTs with multiple hook ups. From my experience, I knew that at any time a big one would come. This is exactly what happened when Per hooked a big GT with his Master Bomb Patriot Design popper. The fish took the current and put up a strong fight for Per. And this was finally a monster GT that Per landed, his biggest GT ever. After a quick picture, we released the fish and went back to the reef. On the next drift, I spotted a school of baits, just on the edge of the reef and I asked Michael to cast his Hammer Head G-cup close to them. On the 3rd pop, a huge GT came up but missed the lure. On the same drift, a big Spanish mackerel jumped on Per’s popper but missed it. The reef was on fire! I made a new drift and Per had his revenge and hooked another big GT....
Kirinda First Group of Season 2016-17

Kirinda First Group of Season 2016-17

We started off our 2016-17 season with a Single Angler group that comprised 4 anglers – Andrew and Edmond from Dubai, Gary from Abu Dhabi and Alexandre, a French angler who has fished with us before in Trincomalee and had come in from Shanghai. All the guys had fished GTs before and were aware of their chances of landing the prize fish. I met the guys the evening of their arrival, at their hotel in Kirinda, and they peppered me with questions about the fishing, the sea and the weather conditions. They listened patiently while I discussed the strategies we would need to employ considering all conditions that might prevail. I mentioned to them that when conditions are choppy GT’s are more active and the chances for raising large GT’s are greater. On the first day, we reached our fishing spot in less than 45 minutes. On the first drift, I spotted a nice bait ball on the reef drop off; Edmond cast his popper near to the ball and we had the first strike of the trip. On the next drift, around the same bait ball, we had a double hook up and Edmond and Gary were off to a great start. From then on the fish were more and more active and all the anglers were casting for the big one. With the action getting hotter, Gary had a serious bite on his stickbait; the fish took lots of line and fought hard, the Yamaga rod taking a nice curve. We waited while Gary battled it out, eager to see this fish; finally, it was a black GT,...
Jigging action in Kirinda

Jigging action in Kirinda

At the end of April I had great pleasure in meeting Yamada San and 4 other Japanese fishermen in their hotel in Kirinda. As usual their equipment is ready and there are some new toys, but surprisingly there were also a few vintage lures and rods like the Ulua & Kamajan. To see these vintage rods reminded me of when I was selling them in a tackle shop in Paris. Few people know them and many have forgotten them, but before Carpenter and Ripple Fisher, these rods were a reference in GT fishing on popper. These rods may come from another time but they are still good to catch GT. The action is a little stiff and the design is dated, but I can understand these fishermen, having caught their first GTs with these rods, never wanting to part with them.  After a short briefing on their 4 day fishing trip we’re set to meet the 5 fishermen at the Kirinda harbour the next morning. We begin the first day with jigging. Indeed, given the results with the previous group, I wanted to check the fish are still there, especially GTs that I think are staying down at 60 to 80 m deep. Then we reach the first jigging spot with a beautiful weather. It’s very hot, no breeze at all. The sea is calm like a mirror, the water colour is dark blue and on the way we see some birds cruising, a whale breath and a group of spinner dolphin playing. Conditions are ideal to have the chance to meet some Yellowfin Tuna like last time. I...
Jerry & Jerry

Jerry & Jerry

I recently had the pleasure of taking Jerry and Jerry or as they came to be known on the boat “Big Jerry” and “Little Jerry” fishing off Kirinda, Sri Lanka. I met up with the guys the night they arrived for a few drinks and a tackle inspection. This was their popping and jigging trip so the tackle was a bit of a mishmash with some great stuff mixed in with some unsuitable gear. We quickly went through everything, binning the shaky gear and prepping the good stuff. Eventually we had to re-spool their Stellas with some decent line and the loan of a few company Racepoint 200’s put them in fine form. The guys took to popping and jigging like ducks to water. It’s rare to see anyone pick P & J gear and start banging out big casts and jigging three to four hundred gram jigs from day one but the guys did it. Weather conditions where great for the entire trip. At times they were too good, with clear glassy seas and very little wind, making for some hot days out on the water. We split our time fairly evenly between topwater and jigging and the occasional bit of light jigging for a break. With all the techniques providing great results. The jigging especially was on fire and we landed multiple species in good sizes and opened up some new areas to boot. A quick three hour afternoon session in the local estuaries even yielded two nice Mangrove jacks on the boys’ day off in the middle of the trip. The fact that the jigging is...
Hot’s testing

Hot’s testing

Report & Pictures by Sami Ghandour – serial visitor at GFA Destinations Chris, Hot’s field tester, along with Eduard and Seth joined me on my recent trip to Sri Lanka. We landed in Colombo and took the 5 hours ride to Kirinda to be greeted by the guys at the lodge and after with a quick briefing with our Captain Nicolas. The first day started very slow and we soon start dawning for the lighter tackle, the action was unstoppable with such a variety that made Chris so much aware of his dinner and how we are going to prepare the fish we caught for the dinner table. We fished late and Nicolas tried his best to put us on the fish, the majority of the GT we caught were ranging from 15kg to the 22kg mark with some occasional fish close to the 30kg mark. The bite was a bit slow but we notice right away and after the first day that it was more of an afternoon bite with countless opportunity and multiple hook up, the fish responded to both poppers and stickbait and the long drift paid-off to cover wider area. Jigging wise was slightly slow but with all honestly we did not put the effort into it and we preferred the topwater action and the light jigging at the reef. Chris was testing the New Hot’s Gipang 79XH on this trip and we all agreed that the blanks went into some major changing, it is not the same as the previous blank, the new Hot’s rod has more softness into it but yet the power to...