Come early March we were fishing with a bunch of guys out of Mumbai, India. It’s great to be able to take out anglers from here who are keen on learning to pop and jig and enthusiastic about every fish they catch. We mixed up our fishing days with a bit of popping and jigging and we trolled between spots which saw some additional fish being caught while the boys were having a rest after flinging poppers the whole morning under a hot sun.
Faraz with a ‘rat’ GT caught on popper that pulled hard!
Javed with his personal best GT and biggest GT of the trip caught on popper. This one gave Javed a tough time and made things hurt. We had a good laugh seeing the state of his brand new popper. He was lucky to land the fish and setting hooks half a dozen times helps!
A close up of the same fish and trashed popper!
A gorgeous Blue Fin Trevally! They truly are great fighters and we wish they got as big as some of the monster GT we have swimming in our seas.
Javed hit the Jackpot twice on the same day. This mean fish hammered a stickbait off a decent patch of reef and fought hard. We sent it back where it belonged after a quick set of photos.
Faraz with a beautiful Dorado. This bull hit a skirted lures as we were trolling back home after a long day of fishing. A perfect way to end the day!
We decided to take them out for their first day of jigging. The guys got lucky with the amount of bait hanging around in the area. We soon had one of the best sessions of this season with 29 GT’s and 10 Doggies on jig. Not bad for a first attempt. The drop offs were alive with bait like fusilier, mackerel and skip-jack. We could almost smell the marlin out there but decided we’d save them for another day.
Javed with this awesome Doggie caught on jig was the fish of the trip. Not bad for a first. We’re going to have our work cut out for us keeping this lot happy the next time they visit! In the meanwhile they’re busy preparing an arsenal of popping and jigging gear so they’re well prepared for their next round. Follow this space to see how they get along next time they visit the Andaman Islands to pop and jig!
We’re also waiting for them to put together a video of their trip and we’ll post a link to it as soon as we have it.