Monday, August 1, 2016

Andamann Islands April 2016

With the success to our latest trip to the Andaman last year the Kuwait group could not resist booking a trip for 2016.
Darran and the guys greeted upon our arrival to Port Blair airport and off to the lodge to be surprised by the change that took place, fascinated was an understatement.
they turned the place upside down and changed everything, I mean everything and they sure did a good job, so a big congrats goes to all involved!
On our first day both boats stayed close to each other’s and we fished the same spots, we saw some big fish coming up to the lure but none of the guys were ready yet, still manage to have great time and good fishing on board.
We were hoping for the yellowfin tuna to show up but seems to have a late start this year we basically tried every day and we landed some of the smaller class fish.
The fishing was just like switch and related to current tide, when the majestic hour arrive the fishing was off the hook, we landed 64 GT’s on our second day between 2 boats with the biggest one close to the 22kg, it was a none stop action and we took advantage of it to the end.
The jigging was insane and I have to say that I enjoyed my lighter set up and get a kick out of it, so many good opportunity and descent size fish with no chance to land them.
The smaller size jigs that range from 50g to 150g did the trick and for some reason those fish deep under wanted the smaller size jigs.
we made a trip to invisible bank but were disappointed, there was no current whatsoever and decided to head back to give a shot around Havelock island that resulted with good fishing and endless schools od fusilier getting harassed by GT’s.
 I have to say that the guys enjoyed the fishing and the good humor on board and they were happy and satisfied at the end of the trip.
I want to thank Game Fishing Asia for their service and hospitality, thank you guys!
Tackle used:
Rod: Carpenter, Race Point, El Maestro, Xzoga, Smith
reel: Shimano, Daiwa, Accurate
Lure: Shell Shaping, Pelagic Warrior, Hammerhead, Siren, Carpenter,
Line: Varivas SMP, Power Pro Hollow
Leader: Fisherman, Varivas

   Tight lines

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Pop and Jig Ascension Island

This is our latest video from Ascension Island.
Land of the monster Yellow Fin Tunas!

Blue Fin Tuna 27th July 2016

Went 3 for 4 with Tom L and Captain Josh from Outermost Angling Charters.
After a bumpy 50++ miles ride, we finally arrived at the 1st spot.
You could see a ton of bait with birds, whales and porpoises working them but no signs of tunas...or maybe not.
We moved around and finally decided to chill and have a shot where we were.
Tom and i casted and worked our baits in, he was on a Ron Z and me a small prototype CB One Drifter type sinking stick bait called "Rookie"
Josh called out, "i'm marking them at 50 feet!" before i could acknowledge his message, "FISH ON!" i shouted as i felt the subtle take which then became a locomotive that took me for a short ride.
Yes! A 53 inch butter ball in the box after a short
Doc aka Tom too had a shot at glory but the fish came loose after 2 minutes on a hook that pulled on his Ron Z.
After the success from the baby CB One Rookie, I switched out the "Rookie" to a Haoli Tuna Pop, first cast and Charlie came closing in like a torpedo and pounced on the popper twice but unfortunately it did not commit...that was quite a sight!
Josh too, whips out a Drifter and let it sink for a couple seconds before he came tight as well, Tom took control of the fish while Josh manuvered the boat. Didn't look like an over fish and Tom was hoping it was a smaller fish as he wanted a Gyotaku print of the mighty Blue FIn Tuna but it turned out to be an exact 50 incher and we had to let it go.
Seeing that the sinking lures were working, Tom couldn't resist but ringed a Drifter as well to his split ring. After what felt like an eternity, "Fish On!" yelled Tom and he was on! He was desperate for a smaller fish and was disappointed again when he had to release a 51 inch fish this time. Well we can never choose the fish that bites and not that it is a bad thing either!
Folks who are waiting to get out, i say "GO for it!" The fishes are out there in great numbers all over the Noreastern coast, you just have to put in the effort and time finding them. Good luck, tight lines and have fun chasing them!
Tackle used
Rods - Saltywater Tackle Race Point 100/200/250, Saltywater Tackle El Maestro 82M (prototype), Ripple Fisher Big Tuna
Reels - Shimano Stellas
Lures - CB One Drifter/Rookie (prototype), Ron Z, Haoli Tuna Pop, Siren Lure Sorry Charlie
Tight on the first fish on the Race Point 100.
Absolutely my favourite rod!
Tight on the first fish on the Race Point 100.
Fish doing the circle...
Tight on the first fish on the Race Point 100.
Still circling...
Rod: Saltywater Tackle Race Point 100
Reel: Shimano Stella 14000SW
Lure: CB One Rookie
Line: Jerry Brown Hollow
Leader: Saltywater Tackle Twisted Leader
Rod: Saltywater Tackle Race Point 100
Reel: Shimano Stella 14000SW
Lure: CB One Rookie
Line: Jerry Brown Hollow
Leader: Saltywater Tackle Twisted Leader
Doc is tight on his trusty Race Point 200 custom.
Maintaining pressure on the fish is paramount!
And the rewards...satisfying!
Rod: Saltywater Tackle Race Point 200
Reel: Shimano Stella 18000SW
Lure: CB One Drifter
Line: Jerry Brown Hollow
Leader: Saltywater Tackle Twisted Leader