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 Post subject: Maldives again
PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:44 pm 
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Hi Guys,

Just back from Maldives. I had a promise to keep to my elder son who missed out on our earlier trip to Maldives. Well we did have some fun and he took to the GT’s with a vengeance.

It was hard work . All fish caught Popping

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Colourful start
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The fish loved Black Jack . We lost 3 to Hungry fish

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Lunch

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Lunch helped.My personal best GT...141 cms
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BIG FISH !

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BIG TEETH

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Some Blue

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Some Red

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caught for the table on light tackle

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My friends first fish on a popper!

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This Dog fetched the wrong stick !

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more pics to follow ....

Tight Lines

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Its simply out of this world. Wonderful pics, fabulous fishing.
Thanks for sharing Jeen [smilie=nod.gif] [smilie=thatworks.gif]
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Wow! Amazing pics! Thanks for sharing.
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Simply Awesome.... :D :D

Way to go Buddy..


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Damn neat Show!!!
Wish i would have been there with you guys
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Jeen dude!
That GT is a whopper. Did you weigh it? Really spectacular fishing.
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Those are some amazing pictures. You caught some amazing fish. Great Job.


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HI Jeen,

thats quite some show. Congratulations on the whopper !

Keep them pic coming...... enjoy them every bit.


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More pics...





Coming home

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Camera Trick( we all do it !)

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GT Gym

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The gym didnt help my six pack!

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Popping & Smoking very bad combination!

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Evening red

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Jeen


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Hi Jeen,

Fantastic report. Nice to see some good popper action on this forum. Congratulations on the PB 141cm GT.... very nice fish indeed. [smilie=coolup.gif] The big barra was awesome also. I've had some Dogtooth on jig and while trolling, but not on popper so far. Let's see if we manage a few this season. Looking forward to more quality posts from you in the near future.

Tight lines,

Mighty Marlin.


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wow wow wow

That is so amazing Jeen chetta!!!!

awesome stuff


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Hi MM,

We had some rough weather there.However the fishing was good. The barra Skeleton is getting assembled by the boat captian . Will eventually hang in my tackle room.


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Hi Jeen,

Tell me about rough weather. Its been blowing here and will for the next couple of weeks. We get some days that are flat but the fish don't seem to be interested in much. As soon as the chop starts poppers start to work really well.

I see you haven't been using assist hooks on your poppers..... did you try them on this trip? I haven't really played around with them yet.... still have been using poppers with trebles.

That was a barra and a half! It's going to make a lot of your friends very jealous..... a trophy like that deserves respect.

This is a pic of one of the bigger barras we've had on popper.....


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Good show guys! Those are really good fish.

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Amazing fishing ... would love to catch a GT even if its 1/4 the size...


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Hi MM,


I did try the assist and found that the popper became lighter by about 20 gms ( the trebles are near 30 gms). Since the water was choppy only the poppers with trebles stayed on the water and made enough commotion for the Gts to notice.

Also it was difficult to try anything different when something is already working!. Also Rahul didnt leave me enough time to experiment I was either clicking his catch or trying to stay on two legs with that boat rolling around!

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Hi Jeen,

You're right.... assist hooks do make poppers lighter. When the sea gets a bit rough you need to have heavier poppers to call GT from deep down. Lighter poppers just get lost in the swell and chop..... did you see a lot of bait schools or were you cating at structure that the skipper knew of? We tend to hit our GT in the same areas, so it's not too hard to find them once you know what to look for.

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Just amazing..... :shock: :shock:


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Hi MM,

Earlier trips to Maldives were at the mercy of the charter operators and they tend to sap you out by making you cast non stop in areas that are not likely to hold fish and eventually take you to structures they know of and put you on to a couple of fish .
I dont blame them as they have to sustain the sport and avoid overfishing.
As for us we now know that big fish tend to feed behind the breakers and also patrol the structures. Yes we also keep our eyes open for fusiliers( they call them banana fish ).We toss the poppers close to the bait fish school rather than into them for better results.

We did want to do some jigging but didnt bother as the boat did not have a fish finder. We did have an incident though where , while stopping for the lunch to be cooked me and rahul rigged up our jigging set up and started at 60 mts . I soon hooked a job fish . Rahul soon hooked up and said on!. I turned to see his shimano trevala doubled up with the tip almost touching the handle and the Dogfights 15 lb drag singing without a false note. In an instant the line pulled with a whip lash that almost floored him.On retrieval we found the assist chord severed and the 200 gm jig bent like a horse shoe.
Since we were not anchored we were drifting all the while and couldnt get back to that spot again.


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nice show
keep it up man


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Hey jean
nice show and amazing pictures.................
keep them coming..............
and congrats on your personel best GT of 141cm...........
but what was the weight???????????

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Hi H. Ali

Since we were not carrying a scale could not weigh it.However there is a formula GT fisher men use according to which the fish should weigh near 50 Kg . This is debatable . We needed two of us to lift the fish to place it on our lap for pics and I personally felt definitely 45 kg +



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jeen congrates on that
im sure u must have got a KICK that no weed in the world can deliver after catching that monster.........
by the way photo showing ur 6pack is amazing :)
hozefa.


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Dear 'sixpack' Jeen,
Good show and thanks for sharing-really made my Xmas too!
What were the rods/ reel/line used
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The six pack? amazing-keep on doing it ! ;) :)


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Jeen,

All I can say is "Oh my God, that's amazing". Good show and congrads on your personal best GT.
I just finished spooling my new Abu 7000 (first level wind reel for me) with 65lb PP braid.
If I had done this last year as Bops advised me, I might have landed those couple GTs that busted me off

Now waiting for spring to make another cast

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Hi Maruthu,

Any idea how big those GT are? I think the Abu 7000 is a bit small :cry:.... One of the first big GT (20kilo) we caught was while trolling using a Abu 10000, 30lb mono and a 30-50lb class trolling rod and it took forever to bring the fish in. The Abu got so hot we couldn't touch the side. Once the fight was over the reel sounded like someone had chucked a handful of sand into it. I've never used the reel again :lol:

I guess an Abu 7000 would be good for a fish up to 10kgs.... anything bigger would be a tough ask... Have you used the Abu's with braid? I have and wasn't very comfortable.

Just a couple of thoughts....Let me know how you do.

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Hi MM,

Those fish were around 12 to 15 kilos. My confidence on abu 7000 sized reel increased after talking to people that landed 30 lb plus fish from deep bottom of the canal in smoking heavy current.

I have been using braid for very little time and was initially frustrated due to burrial issues. Had 30# power pro on an Abu 6500 and 50# power pro on an Abu 7500. After switching to 50# power pro on Abu 6500 and 65# power pro on Abu 7500, I am happy now.

I haven't landed anything over a couple of 35 inch fish, but again pulling the fish from deep bottom against heavy current.

Maruthu


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Fantastic fish and great pictures as usual.

Congrats on that GT..


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Hi Jeen,
words fail me. Nothing short of fantastic. Your catch is what most of us dream of. Nice one.
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jeen bhai,
i want to grow up and be just like you !! you have been getting some serious action. kudos !!


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Hi Mr. Jeen,

Its marvellous, good job and beautiful pictures as before.
Keep it up. Looking at your catch, i feel envy, wish i could also....
Best Wishes to your sons.

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Perfect pix, Jeen! Super trip!

Thanx for them!


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Hi Jeen,

On the last trip, I fished with Sami who used all his poppers with a dressed assist hook with very good results (you've seen the post). No noticable drop in hookup rate, infact it seemed like he did better with the assist than a regular treble.
The other great thing is that its easier to unhook fish and also less chance of the assist damaging fish if they're hooked with the belly hook.
I'm not sure if I'll go out again this season, but if I do it'll be with assist hooks on the rear of my poppers.

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santosh wrote:
Amazing fishing ... would love to catch a GT even if its 1/4 the size...

Ditto here mate . :lol:

Jeen some amazing pics good show congratulations on the big one simply amazing [smilie=coolup.gif] [smilie=coolup.gif] [smilie=coolup.gif]


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Hi MM,

Yes did see the assist Sami was using. Will do the same . Am in Maldives from the 15th for a week. Just trying to take a parting shot at fish before Monsoon comes. THe forecast dosent look good but you know how we junkies are, "throw caution to wind "

Nick and Armand were in maldives and came back a couple of days ago . Waiting for their report and pics! They too had some rough weather and lost 3 to 4 days due to bad conditions. But did manage some fish.


Raj & santosh the GtTs are there all along the coast and you guys specially the Malwan and V Durg experts should start looking for these giants . All you need is conviction!. Believe that they are in the water and trust me they will give you a jolting experience. We have our Muruthu who is convinced enough .


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Hi Jeen,

Am already looking forward to your post from the Maldives :D We've just had a cyclone pass quite close to us and are still in Port Blair. The sea conditions are terrible at the moment with most boats staying in the bay. I expect it to be like this for another 3 to 4 days. I was looking at the weather charts and it looks like the whole subcontinent is in for some rain.... Not an early SW monsoon I hope. You might have some rain in the Maldives then but I think it should clear.

Please pass on our regards to Armand. We have not heard from him in some time. I must get down to mailing him with an update of our fishing here.


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Raj & santosh the GtTs are there all along the coast and you guys specially the Malwan and V Durg experts should start looking for these giants . All you need is conviction!. Believe that they are in the water and trust me they will give you a jolting experience. We have our Muruthu who is convinced enough .


I couldn't agree more with what Jeen says.... I'm convinced of it and I think poppers might just be what the bigger fish are looking for :o I've seen first hand what big GT can do and it's amazing....
I wouldn't be surprised to see a 20kilo+ GT showing up on the forum soon. Like I've said before I plan to return with some of my popping tackle and will give it a go.... east coast/ west coast makes no difference.... the GT are out there!!

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Raj & santosh the GtTs are there all along the coast and you guys specially the Malwan and V Durg experts should start looking for these giants . All you need is conviction!. Believe that they are in the water and trust me they will give you a jolting experience. Jeen


Hi Jeen,

I will be going to malvan on the 16th.. hope I can land a decent GT this time.

The place I troll has many small islands some 5 to 6 km from the shore.. and is definitely a GT country. this time I will surely throw some poppers while we are trolling... the problem is not in finding them (have hooked a cpl before), but how to avoid getting cut on the reef. Huge GT's here and are called by locals as Ghoda (horse) Khokar (GT).

This pic will give you a idea of the place.

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SAntosh,

you just have to use heavier set up . 60 lb and above braid connected to 100 to 150 lb leader. Use a locked up drag ( 10 Kg ) and dont give an inch to the fish . Tytpically you will land the the fishin 3 to 5 minitues. You might get hit on your first cast or your 20th cast so persist. The GT hang around where the crrents are strongest . stay about 80 mts away from those rocks and cast towards the rock ( long cast 60 to 70 mts) and pop away. If you hook up you can even use the boat to pull the fish into deeper water to fight longer.
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Use a locked up drag ( 10 Kg ) and dont give an inch to the fish . Jeen


That is recipe for Jeen's GT Gym :wink:


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Hi Santosh,

I remember you've posted that picture in a previous post. That place just screams big GT :o I can almost smell them :wink: :oops: As you say "the problem is not in finding them" you've sorted out half the problem. Now the landing bit.... Should not be too difficult with the right gear.
The big GT here are called (bhainsa) Buffalo (Khokari) GT. So I'm sure the fish you're talking about are the same.
Will keep an eye open for your post after your next malvan trip.

Hi Jeen,

Yup that looks like a place for some heavy drag fishing. Wouldn't hurt to use some PE 10 there. As for drag :lol: lock down I guess, not something I can do :oops: 10kilos+ and its no longer fun (for me)

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Hi MM,

"10 Kg Drag". I was just trying to sound "Macho". I normally fish 6 to 8 kg ang tighten up after hook up . Every fish above 20 kg leaves me on the verge of a heart attack.
I am now practicing breathing techniques while connected to a GT. I have lately realised that I either forget to breathe while fighting a big fish or is it the fish not allowing me to breath ?
My sons now after watching some of these big guns fish are going maniac with tightening the drag till you cannot pull any line from the reel ... and then some more to make sure. The result - either the fish on the deck in record time or these broncs flat on their butt in the boat after line bust!!


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Hi MM,

Bhainsa & Ghoda are same species when it comes to GT's .. :lol:

When I talk to the local fisherman in Malvan about Ghoda Khokar, they laugh and say forget it, you cannot catch them with this thaga (braid). :evil:

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Now the landing bit.... Should not be too difficult with the right gear. Mighty Marlin.


For trolling, I use Penn Mariner 1 pc 7 ft 15 - 30 lb rod paired with Salina SA80 with 50 kg. fireline or salt striker SS65 with 65 lb PP.... for spinning / popping from the boat I will (have to :oops: ) use spinfisher 10 ft 15-30 rod with Daiwa freams 4000 loaded with 50lb pp.

Guess that should do the job.. :?

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Fantastic going Jeen


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All this Gt talk is making me quite exciting for our trip santo I am now really looking forward for it lets hope we both land one huge one each :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:


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Hi Jeen,

jeen wrote:
"10 Kg Drag". I was just trying to sound "Macho". I normally fish 6 to 8 kg ang tighten up after hook up . Every fish above 20 kg leaves me on the verge of a heart attack.


:lol: Your sons are lucky guys.... when I was their age I had no idea what GT were.... guess I was discovering Mahseer then.

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I am now practicing breathing techniques while connected to a GT. I have lately realised that I either forget to breathe while fighting a big fish or is it the fish not allowing me to breath ?


The quicker you finish the fight the quicker you can breathe Jeen... Take a deep breath and lock dem drags down :wink:

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My sons now after watching some of these big guns fish are going maniac with tightening the drag till you cannot pull any line from the reel ... and then some more to make sure. The result - either the fish on the deck in record time or these broncs flat on their butt in the boat after line bust!!

Jeen


Some places depending on the depth need extra tight drags and then there are some fish that really just can not be stopped. I've seen guys fly backwards when 80lb braid snapped.... quite lucky they didn't snap their necks.... some of the most memorable bust offs funnily enough have been big grouper apart from GT.

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Hi Santosh,

What size do you recon the GT in Malvan get? Do the local fishermen catch big specimens? I guess a good way would be to sak around or have a look in the local fish market to see what comes in.

As for the tackle its difficult to say.... Looks like it'll stand up to the test... I started off trolling for GT using an Abu 10000. I landed quite a few fish with the Abu without much trouble. Only thing was releasing them was a real pain in the neck as the fish were so worn out it took for ages. Again I was trolling in deeper water and had the room to let fish run and burn themselves out. I'm not too sure you have that luxury going by the picture you posted.

We no longer troll for our GT we 'pop' for them using surface lures. It's an amazing way of catching them. Fishing with very heavy drag goes hand in hand with popping as we are often fishing very close to structure/reef and don't have room to let the fish run.... 10mtrs + and it's game over for the angler.

Guess the only way to find out is exactly what you're doing.... going fishing for them.

Tight lines,

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Hu MM,

I have heard some absurd stories of GT's going over the 3 figure mark there and about, guys use barells to land them.

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Hu MM,

I have heard some absurd stories of GT's going over the 3 figure mark there and about, guys use barells to land them.

Regards,

Bobby



Hey Bobby,

We're talking kilos now aren't we? :P

Regards,

Mighty Marlin.


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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 11:21 pm 
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Bobby wrote:
Hu MM,

I have heard some absurd stories of GT's going over the 3 figure mark there and about, guys use barells to land them.

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Bobby


Same here, heard a local fisher man say that when they troll for king fish with home made Squid lures at times they hook big GT's that literally stop their fiber boat powered with 7 - 10 hp outboards.

BTW, this is not a ideal time to visit there... based on what the locals say, post monsoon is the time when GT's are every where and in thousands.

Not just GT's but Queen's, Cobias, barracuda and big Jacks (10 - 15 kg).

The guy whose boat I hire says he has netted a jack of 20 kg + ... if what he say is true, a jack that size will be a havoc.


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santosh wrote:
Not just GT's but Queen's, Cobias, barracuda and big Jacks (10 - 15 kg).
The guy whose boat I hire says he has netted a jack of 20 kg + ... if what he say is true, a jack that size will be a havoc.


My hands and legs are shaking……….


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