Here are some photos of my fishing trip to Lakshwadeep
Job fish, taken on a large White Redhead popper
Yellowfin tuna, taken on a pink Halco Laser Pro
Barracuda taken on a pink Halco Laser Pro
Red Bass taken on a large Orange popper
Bluefin Jack taken on a Rapala CD14 Firetiger
Landed 3 more yellow fins on the pink halco lure. Also landed some red groupers, on the pink Halco lure.
Wahoo taken on the same pink Halco lure. There is a shop in Cochin, on Jew street (I think it is called J.C Nylon). They sell Halco lures, and some Indian versions called Sea Queen (from Chennai). Quality of the Sea Queen lures did not look good.
The locals have a unique way of fishing for skipjack tuna, called pole and line fishing. No reels are used. They go out in their dhonis (local boats).
Approximately ten people, fish on the dhoni. They all sit on a platform at the rear of the dhoni. The rear platform is equipped with several spray nozzles. Once a school of skip jacks is located (diving birds), they release some live bait at the location, and at the same time start the water spray nozzles. This creates an illusion of jumping baitfish. The skipjack come to the surface, and that's when the pole fishermen go into action. Their hooks have no barb. Some locals place a transparent plastic tubing on the hook shank. This makes it look like the local baitfish, which has an almost transparent body, but with a silver stripe on the sides. They dip these bare hooks into the water, get a hookset, and with a tight line fling the skipjack into the boat. As soon as the skipjack is inside the boat, they give slack, hook is free, and back into the water for the next fish. Each boat can can catch 500 fish in less than 1 hr of continuous fishing.
I think this would be a great way to do some saltwater flyfishing. Next time, I plan to give this a try.
Here is a photo of the local hooks. Top hook is used for yft, while the botom hook is used for skipjack. Note the absence of the barb, for the skipjack hook.
Skipjack tuna processing on the beach
Fish for sale @ Fort Cochin
Sunset @ Lakshwadeep