What we have now reconfirmed is that it is a destination for big fish, our initial exploration trips showed numerous 40 to 50 kg GT’s and the season opened with many big GT’s being caught including the monster 163 cm fish that is one of the largest GT ever landed. There is a genuine chance here to land a 50 kg fish every week here and you just cannot come unprepared.
Gamefishing Asia has just completed our first full season in Sri Lanka and we have operated in the South and East of the Island nation and it has been an exhilarating experience, along with a learning curve where we have had to test our knowledge and put our fishing experience to good use.
We had a lot of customers this season who chose to fish lighter line classes but this just did not work, instantaneous bust offs are the order of the day, the same goes with using lighter and smaller hooks like the ST 66, this is pointless if you are chasing big fish, yes you can land a fish now and again on ST 66 hooks but not regularly and also remember big GT’s are apex predators who are smart, to say again once they miss or get off the hook they will not be back too soon. Next season we will be enforcing only Barbless hooks which are safer for both the anglers around you and well as enabling the GT to survive better if it busts off.
Like all the big fish destinations we have it all here, deep drop offs close by, oceanic up-wellings, bait and structure. Is there an abundance of big fish and can the location take the fishing pressure? We think so! Careful management of the fishing spots and our local knowledge of the fish movements seem to have proved this as we fished almost continuously for 4 months without our catch rates falling and the sizes of the fish landed becoming smaller, ample resting of the area for long periods in between will give it plenty of time to regenerate and given that the GT’s move around quite a bit there will be plenty of big fish waiting for you in 2015.
So get ready with those heavy chuggers, big hooks, xx heavy leaders and a spool with some brand new PE 10 !!! Some arm wrenching action in Sri Lanka awaits you this season.
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