hello all! taken me ages to fix pc resize fotos etc.. here goes!! arrived in delhi with fishing gear
we rested and made a plan. we decided to explore delhi for 3 days then we would go to chennai. we aimed to do some trekking /fishing inland from there.
we got to our camp, isolated and nice, where we met a danish couple. his name was thomas and we ended fishing together in different places. he also was going to the andaman islands in 2 weeks, and as he had already booked a boat i hooked on to his ride.
we started fishing for mahseer with spinners and in the afternoon with ragi. all was quiet for me except for a invasive / introduced breed (id anyone?)
thomas on the other hand had hooked something large! The cunning fish had snagged him and so thomas bravely jumped in the water swam out, unsnagged from the underground branch( 10m from crocodile point!) and carried on the fight on a central island.
we got a coracle out to him and he got the fish back to bank after a good fight. obligatory celebrations and photo!!
i was sad that i missed out on a mahseer, but decided i will go back again!! that night we planned our andaman trip . i would arrive first in havelock, thomas one week later. we said goodbye and headed back to chennai for the mamallapuram dance festival and a bit of culture. unfortunately i lost my phone, (which created allsorts of problems!!) and then was ill for three days, resurfacing just in time to go to the andaman islands.
after a good journey to havelock, saw jumping tuna and dolphins, we booked in and relaxed. beautiful place, falling coconuts an lots of wildlife. saw loads of fish jumping out of the water outside my bungalow!!
we spent the next week exploring, rented motorbike, and all the while i checked prices with locals for boat rental. internet was permanently down there, so had my choices limited.
i chose a boat of locals for fishing trips and snorkeling, made sure they knew their stuff, and off we went!! spent 2 days fishing with them on a local dunghe. got a great variety of table fish which we ate and released the other 90%
on the second day i was trolling with the gear attached, in 12m of water, with a large lure, and i almost got ripped off the boat by something huge!!
it was extremely powerful and just went in a straight line ! i gave it everything i could , tried to stop it, with people holding on to the back of my harness. but no way.!! eventually it found its cave, whilst we sat circling and pulling with all our might. no joy. we went swimming to find out what was going on , and we saw line went down into a cave at 12 m deep. we couldnt see what it was or the lure.. eventually it spat my artificial out badly damaged!! it had bent a 250lb split ring nastily!!
we all discussed it and the owner decided it must be a giant tiger grouper. he reckoned +200kg!! he said biggest seen there was 300kg 3m!!! i spent the next 2 days recovering physically!