Suresh and his buddies, all from Chennai – off the east coast of India – had many hours fishing from dinghies, perfecting their skills to the tune of catching small monsters from the murky waters off the coast of Chennai. They wanted to put it to the test in the Andamans catching GT’s. They had put together an action plan of sorts to catch that one fish they had heard a lot of – the GT. But alas, the weather had a different plan for them.
Windy conditions and choppy seas did not help the best tackle gear they had brought, as they had come in the aftermath of a storm and the waters were still green. It was tough getting the fish to bite as they tend to be less active in these conditions and less inclined to take surface lure. We on our part tried multiple fishing spots and techniques while keeping them motivated, but it was hard going the first few days.
When the weather gods finally did smile we pushed farther and Suresh hooked into his very first Marlin – estimated at about 150-200 kilo – that too on the jig. The crew were eager to call the fish landed but on light gear it was a most difficult ask. So it was not a surprise when the line bust, much to the dismay of Suresh, and he lost a chance to nail his first Marlin and strike one off his bucket list.
On the last day we fished a fabled fishing spot as a last chance to nail what they had come looking for and oh boy, they were not disappointed. They nailed some of the biggest fish they had ever done and that too in quick succession. Captain Kantha’s inputs, along with scouting by Manoj (first mate), played a crucial role in assisting the anglers in netting some of their most memorable catches. But as all good things come to end (temporally), it was time to pack up for the day but hold on, the season has just started and the epic battle of fish vs. tackle has just begun.
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Popping Rods: Shimano Orca Plugger, Race Point 150 by Salty Water, Tackle International, Tuna Sniper
Popping Reels: Shimano SW8000 Twin Power, Saragosa SW20000, Stella 20000SW Hyper Twin Disk Drag
Jigging Rods: Crostage by Cross Force CRXS-S58/3, Major Craft, Shimano Speed Master BX
Jigging Reels: Shimano Stradic 4000M, OCEA Jigger 3000HG, Saragosa SW8000
Species Landed: Baracuda, Giant Trevally, Red Bass, YellowFin Tuna, Job Fish, Grouper, Spanish Mackerel, Bluefin Trevally, Shark