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 Post subject: Andaman Islands - FAD
PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 11:09 am 
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Just wondering if any of you guys fishing in Andamans have thought about making fish aggregation devices?

The drop off 100 fathom line is not too far off for those of you with outboard engines, if you constructed FAD's vastly improve the trolling action, not to mention FAD's are great for casting too aswell.

It would certianly bring the marlin well within reach, that is for sure.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 11:50 am 
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I doubt the indian costguard will let us do that..they will look at it very differently :roll:


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You could set them below the surface and mark on your GPS, the coast guard doesn't have to know about them.


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FADs or Fish Aggregating Devices.

For those that don't know what an FAD is.....

FADs or Fish Aggregating Devices.

The purpose is to use them as a “home” for pelagic type fishes that roam the deep water areas off the coastline. Rather than simply follow currents, FADs encourage these fish to congregate at known points so gamefishers can target them.

A FAD can be fibreglass buoy style FADs with chain and rope that is anchored to the sea floor. These are good for small boats targeting mahi mahi (dolphinfish) and tuna.

Species such as mahi mahi (also known as dolphinfish or dorado) are attracted to any object in the water naturally. The FADs are put out as a beacon, if you like, that attracts these superb light tackle gamefish.

Other fish that hang around close FADs are yellowfin tuna and yellowtail kingfish and you even see the odd marlin or wahoo taken but most are caught at the deeper FADs.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:09 pm 
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You can make really good FAD's using bamboo and other types of wood and branches, you can get them to cover a really large area. Using chains set in cement and multiple ropes and buoys you can create a huge eco system. With the aid of divers you could maintain it and even add to the area.

You could set the Buoys so they are a couple of meters below the water at high tide. That will take care of coastguard worries.

If you set these at three or four locations several miles apart but close to Havelock on the 100 fathom line you could create world class Marlin fishing on your doorstep.

Presently you need to travel very long distances to the seamounts, too far for small boats to reach the Marlin fishing grounds.

By doing this you guys could realistically offer daytrips for Marlin.


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