The last month of October has been a busy month for us at Gamefishing India. After finishing off the previous months maintenance work we got busy with taking people out fishing which is what we do best. We had our first clients in who thankfully arrived after a couple of cyclones that wreaked havoc along the coast of mainland India. Thankfully for us most cyclones develop where we’re located and mve away. Typically as we all know the fishing after a storm is always great.
Our season was opened by Javed Ansari and angler from India and a regular client. Keen to be out on the water and kitted out with a bag full of new stick-baits and poppers, expectations were high for this trip. The results came quick and fast with the biggest GT pushing the 40 kilo mark caught on Pe 6. Numerous GT in the 30 kilo to 20 kilo range were also caught and released. The doggies were up on the surface and we had many follows but they tend to be quite discerning. To top it off we also landed a black marlin while jigging a sea mount we discovered last season. We had on of the biggest rusty jobfish we’ve seen in a long while along with many ruby snapper.
We also noticed a number of single anglers who informed us of their interest to fish with us but their inability to find partners or friends to join in with them. We welcome single anglers and will be putting together a couple of weeks where we can try and help form a group of keen fishermen to come out and fish with us. All one has to do is inform us and we’ll take it from there.
Now that our new season is on in full swing look out for regular catch reports going up on our Blogs, Facebook and other forms of social media we use to showcase two of the hottest destinations in the Jigging and Popping world.
874 miles to the West, in Sri Lanka operations were on in full swing. We’d in the previous month got our new boat running and tested and also got to get out and explore. We pretty much used the same clues and experience fishing in the Andaman Islands had given us and it wasn’t long before we were flinching every time a humungous GT broke the surface and crashed onto a popper.
At the beginning of the month we were joined by our new 26 year old trainee guide Erik Owens. This is Erik’s first time out in the Tropics and he is keen to learn quickly. Erik graduated from Forshaga Sports Fishing Academy in Sweden and worked as a guide for northern pike and zander back home.
Our first group was from China headed by Michael Meng from Malaysia. Most anglers in the group were first time GT anglers and they did pretty well. We did have the wind play spoilt sport on a couple of days where it was too rough to go out. On those days we headed down to the river mouth 20 mins drive from the resort and had a morning light tackle session catching mangrove jack, small trevally and barramundi. The Chinese group went ahead to catch some great big GT, one of which had a length of 145 cms. We will be fishing with them again this season.
Now with the operational side working as best as it possibly can in a remote location like Kirinda we saw our first group depart and the next arrive. Our next group was from Singapore and we fished with Fred Goh from Rapala and Daniel Wan from Fish On magazine. Again it was a trip that had some great barramundi fishing, light tackle jigging and of course some popping for GT.
We also had John Pearce from Phuket visit us and go out on exploratory trips looking for Marlin. They unfortunately ran in to cyclone Nari that kept them land bound for a few days. John however was quite impressed by what he saw at the fishing jetty where all the commercial fishing boats come in. He’s back to explore the area again in January 2014 and if we go by what he had to say, we probably are sitting on a red hot marlin fishery.
We then had a small break and finally got to do some much needed administration work. We also got the lease completed on a new base for the staff and clients which has a lot more space and air conditioned rooms. Things are getting a lot more comfortable.
Our last group there was a French group and they were in for a huge surprise. One of the anglers Jerome held on for dear life after hooking into a real beast of a GT. After a twenty minute tug of war he landed one of the biggest GT ever caught till date. This fish went to 163 cms in length and is estimated to be over 65 kilos. Congratulations to the guide and angler.
We’re still fishing as this note is being written and we expect more exceptional fish next month.
Looking forward to fishing with you all one day…
Till next time,