Modern speed jigging, pioneered by the Japanese is a very popular technique used to catch monsters from deep seamounts and drop offs. We use jigs from 150 grams to 350 grams while targeting these fish. The great part about fishing with us in these waters is that you never know what you will hook and some of the largest fish are landed while jigging. Assist hooks have to be joined using Dyneema or Kevlar as most predators here have mouths full of razor sharp teeth.
Off late Light Jigging has become a very popular method of fishing. Light jigging again was pioneered in the Far East where fishing pressure is relatively high. Innovative anglers have fine-tuned the use of jigs in order to land more fish. Using light jigs, we typically fish in 40 meters and shallower and are rewarded with some spectacular catches. It is often misconceived that one only catches small fish on light jigs. This could not be further from the truth. We vary jig weights from 30 grams to 120 grams based on specific situations.
Most anglers come to the Andaman Islands in search of GT. The best and most thrilling way to catch them is on Popper. Poppers are surface lures that are cup faced and float on the surface; when pulled or dragged through the water they make a ‘popping’ sound/action. They resemble either a bird diving down to feed on the surface or the splashing of an injured fish. This splashing or popping sound attracts larger predatory fish.
Poppers are available in various sizes and often range from 50 grams to 200 grams in weight. There are various shapes of poppers with different actions made to resemble baitfish in the area. Also common, is the use of ‘stick baits’. Primarily made out of wood or resin and made to resemble wounded or injured fish. Most commonly stick baits are used just under the surface of the water when conditions aren’t the best for surface lures.
Trolling is one of the most popular ways of fishing from a boat throughout the world. Whilst we primarily are a popping & jigging outfit, we also have anglers keen to troll for large pelagic fish like Marlin and Yellow Fin Tuna that swim through our waters on their yearly migration. We use teasers and large skirted lures and head way offshore in search of these fish. Some guests also prefer in-shore trolling targeting various Trevally, Barracuda and Spanish mackerel. We troll multiple rods rigged with hard-bodied trolling lures like Rapalas and Storm. We also troll live bait that is a highly successful method when fish turn their noses up to artificial baits. Again we vary the size of our live bait based on what we like to catch. Out here, your bait can never be too small.