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October 2016 Newsletter
Destination Updates
The Andamans Sri Lanka

After 10 years of operations we are still really excited about the fishing and the monsters that are going to be landed this season as we push further and explore new areas.
Our customers are the most important part of our business and we strive to give them the best experience and comforts that you can have on a tropical fishing trip. The newly refurbished guest house: KoKaRi Andaman B&B has a new manager and improved menus with tasty and nutritious food.
The boats have been spruced up and are ready to go with new electronics, powerful transducers, antifouled waxed hulls. Halcyon 3 has been repowered this year with a new set of 4 Strokes.
We have great tackle hire options as well as some really good lures, terminals and hooks for purchase and use.
Our first groups arrive this month and we can’t wait to get out on the water and go after the big boys. Stay tuned for the trip reports.

Tight lines.

We’re starting off the season with a keen angler sneaking in two fishing days into his honeymoon followed by a Single Angler Group of 4 great guys, three of whom have fished with us before.
Mid-October to the end of November and early December is a great time for fishing in Kirinda. During this period last season, we had some great topwater action with GTs and insane jigging sessions with amberjack and dogtooth tuna.
We’ve got more Single Angler Trips planned throughout the season and we’re expecting the usual frenzied activity from February to the end of April when the temperature and the action heats up in Kirinda.
Right now though preparations are in full swing to deliver a great experience on all of our trips and we are looking forward to getting the poppers, jigs & stickbaits in the water as soon as possible.
Stay tuned for the trip reports with details of all the action & excitement from the South Coast of Sri Lanka.

Tight lines.

10 Years in the Andamans
This season marks our 10th year of operation in the Andaman Islands and we thought that a short article for our customers and readers would be apt to show you how far we have come and to thank all of you for making Gamefishing Asia the globally known fishing charter that it is today.The journey began in 2005 with a group of friends travelling to a surreal place where there were rumors of fish that “died of old age”. We took with us a sense of adventure and, by any standards, beginners tackle - if you could even call it that - to battle monsters and to come face-to-face with the iconic Giant Trevally or GT. Halcyon a 23 foot center console boat allowed us to get out and explore. Armed with enthusiasm and lots of reading on forums, few of which are still active today.

Our good friend and European Jigging guru Nicola Zingarelli made the first pro trip out with five Italian buddies. It was trip in which we hammered the GT, landed monster Grouper and bust off big dogtooth in an epic six days of fishing. Our first ever trip to invisible bank on Halcyon saw us taking our first shots at Yellowfin Tuna and the first sight of Flat Rock at Invisible Banks had anglers saying “look at the size of that whale”. These were our learning days. It was hard work figuring out the best spots and times, trying different lures and techniques and staying in tiny rented accommodation. We did everything ourselves - all for love of fishing.
In 2008 we began working with Guy Geoffroy of GP Voyages in France and had the pleasure of fishing with Eric LeGuyader of Orion Lures and Sami Ghandour (06) (when he still had hair and used the PR knot !!!) We learnt and grew and fished more areas both North and South of Port Blair.
2009 Saw us start up the Blue Fin Bay guest house to provide in house accommodation close to our base in Port Blair. We now have six air conditioned rooms in the completely refurbished, modernized and renamed Kokari Andaman Guest House.
2011 saw the arrival of the 37ft “Rampage” - the boat that set the standard for a center console in the Andaman Islands and the famous fishing trip set up by Smith Ltd. Europe with Eric LeGuyader and GT legend Kozo Okubo in early 2012 which was covered by Julien Lajournade of Voyages DePeche.
This was a trip when all things came together perfectly. The mind blowing session at The Sisters that only yielded fish close to and over the 40 kilo mark all morning was the icing on the cake. In these ten years we have had the privilege to fish with lots of great anglers, endured tropical cyclones and difficult fishing conditions and through it all the Andaman Islands have never failed to deliver.

We have changed with the times adapting our methods to the conditions. We’re landing better and larger fish each season and delivering a smoother all round experience for our anglers allowing you to focus on the fishing. We are still barely covering 30% of the water surrounding the Andaman Islands, leaving plenty to be discovered even though we know the fish and where they move. This is why we are still here and expanding to newer areas as well. A huge thank you to everyone who has been a part of the last 10 years of Gamefishing Asia in the Andamans.
Why you need a specific rod to fish with Stickbait
GT on floating stickbait Andaman Doggie on Stickbait
GT on floating Stickbait Doggy on Stickbait

Floating Stickbait increase your chances of catching a GT in certain conditions. But to get the most out of your Stickbait, you need a proper rod. A stiff PE10 popping rod won't let you get the irresistible « S » swim that a floating Stickbait can produce. You need a rod with plenty of backbone towards the butt section to stop & lift the fish but with a nice soft action at the tip that will get the famous « S » swim when you sweep your rod. Combine with a reel like a 14000 SW Stella or Saltiga 5500H to balance the set up.

There are some good rods specifically for Stickbait on the market and we have a list of first class Stickbait Rod Brands to get Stickbait « S » swimming properly:
• Saltywater Tackle Race Point 150 (PE6-8)
• Carpenter The Blue Lagoon 83/32 (PE6-8) or the 80/40 (PE8)
• Ripple Fisher Ultimo 79MH UG Swim (PE8) or the new Ultimo 86H UG Swim (PE10)
• Yamaga Blanks Blue Reef 711/8 Stickbait (PE8)

Offers & Promotions
Single Angler Trips - Spaces still available
We've still got a few spaces on our Single Angler Trips in the 2016/2017 season. The dates set aside are the best in terms of fishing, tides & weather conditions. If you're fishing on your own and you would like to do a 6 day trip in the Andamans or Kirinda check the availability at the destination you would like to fish at (below) and get in touch with us by emailing Details of the trips including dates, cost & target species and tackle are on the website.
Single Angler Kirinda Single Angler Andamans
Single Angler Trips in Kirinda Single Angler Trips in The Andamans
Monster GT challenge in Kirinda, Sri Lanka

Catch a GT bigger than the record 163cm fork length and your trip is free! *

As we start our fourth season in Kirinda we’re remembering the catches and stories from previous seasons and some of the crazy topwater and jigging sessions that we’ve had. One really special catch stands out from all the others. In November 2013 during our first season in Kirinda we fished with a group of 3 French anglers who had a spectacular trip. One of these anglers caught, on topwater, an absolute monster of a GT. At 1.63 meters fork length, this beast was estimated at over 60kg. The fish of a lifetime!
It's time the record was broken! Prepare your PE12 popping rod, select your biggest GT lures and book a trip with us in Kirinda by emailing

*The angler who catches the record breaking fish will receive a repayment of his share of the trip costs
Watch our Popping in Kirinda Video on Youtube
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