We have had Stu Walker fish with us for the sixth time now and this time around he was accompanied by Adam Randall and Matt Powney. We had planned this trip a long while back so we did our best to get some awesome footage and turn it into not-just-another jigging-and-popping movie. The trip did not start too well, with Stu’s baggage getting lost. With no sign of it arriving in the following few days we kitted him out properly, which was probably the reason for his success!
Talk about nailing a trip! We really got way more than we planned for. We experienced an incredible top-water bite but the real icing on the cake was landing a huge dogtooth tuna on a rod rated for PE 1.4 with 10lb line. These fish are hard enough to land on heavy tackle where they literally smoke the heaviest of gear and you barely see one landed out of five hooked. A huge pat on the back and congratulations to Adam for managing this, in a fight lasting over an hour with the fish finally being landed more than a mile from where it was hooked.
All the guys got their personal bests and experienced a few humbling moments as the usual unstoppable fish put on a show for the camera. We will stay short with this report and you will need to wait for the movie to see a recap of the incredible action.
The report in short from Stuart Walker
Just got back from the Andaman Islands after the most amazing GT fishing trip ever! It didn’t start too well, as on our 2nd flight my bag was lost and we missed the flight due to red tape. Not good! My bag had all my GT gear including six Saltiga reels! We arrived 24hrs late. Fortunately, Darran at Gamefishing Asia was brilliant and totally kitted me out, including clothes.
I had to put the bag loss behind me and push on as we had a film to put together. The fishing exceeded all expectations and was just crazy at times. My best GT were 50 kg, 45 kg, 40 kg, 32 kg; all caught on poppers and stickbaits, with plenty of fish between 10-25 kg. I also targeted a Shark on my last day as on my last trip I had lost two. I landed a 70 kg white-tipped reef shark after a great fight on my jigging rod. Good fun and very interesting in the boat!
Adam Randall and Matt Powney had some great fishing, with them both smashing there PBs. Adam landing GT’s of 48 kg, 45 kg, 30 kg and Matt landing a PB of 30 kg plus, plenty of others up to 25 kg and a nice Dogtooth Tuna on a popper.
One of the most amazing sights of the week was watching Adam land a 60 kg Dogtooth Tuna on a PE 1.4 rod with 10lb line. Caught on a very small jig, it took great skill to land, which took nearly an hour, after being hooked perfectly in the side of the mouth.
At times the action was intense with double hookups with 30 kg fish. It will take a while to edit but I know I have the footage to make one of the best GT films ever.
Thanks to Gamefishing Asia for giving us a trip of a lifetime. All the staff were amazing in making the trip a success. I even got my bag back at the end of the week which was the cherry on the cake!
Popping Rods: Ripple Fisher, Black Hole, Temple Reef, Racepoint
Popping Reels: Shimano Stella
Lures – Poppers and Stickbaits: Craft Bait, Hammerhead, Kokari 130, Kokari 160, Kokari SB 170, Heru Cubera, Heru El Cebu
Jigging Rods: Ripple Fisher
Jigging Reels: Shimano Stella
Species Landed: Giant Trevally, Dogtooth Tuna, Long-nose Emperor, Bohar Snapper, Bludger Trevally, Grey Reef Shark, Coronation Trout