I fished Andamans from the shore for the first time in March, previously I have fished twice on boats, but never on the shore. I brought lots of soft plastic lures with various styles of wieghted hooks and decided this would be the method I would use, no bait.
The only place I fished was Havelock beach 5. and I only foshed two spots.
First spot was infront of Wild Orchid resort, I fished this spot many times as I was staying at the resort. I didn't catch anything big, there were lots of long Tom, but they were hard to hook and more often than not ended up in me being bitten off. I caught lots of very small fish whilst wading around, weighing no more than a few hundred grams.
I was excited to see a school of bonefish, maybe 10 fish, all around 2lb, they were moving quickly and didn't hang around long, I cast to them a couple of times but they showed no interest. This was the only bonefish I saw during my trip.
The second spot I fished was opposite silver sands resort, this looked much more promising, this is where the reef meets the flats very close in, there is also deeper water close by to you right when you are on the flats. An easy spot for bigger fish to move in and there should be more food as the as the reef is much closer to where you fish.
I only had a chance to fish a couple of sessions, Two notable catches, first session my friend hooked and lost ( at is feet, it was already beaten) a queenfish of around 2lb, he had a great fight with it on light tackle.
Second session I caught a beautiful bluefin trevalley of around 4kg, I had a fantastic fight, it nearly spooled me on the first run!
I was bitten off a few times, some with rather large plastic lures and I suspect it could have been Baracuda. I caught lots of small grouper and various other small fish under 0.5kg.
I think this spot has great potential, i'll definatley investigate further on my next trip.
These flats would be fantastic to explore with a kayak, are there any Kayaks on the Island? Someone could make a great business with Kayak fishing. No breakdown worries, no fuel, and it doesn't damage the enviroment. The mangroves would also be great to explore by Kayak.
I hope I can find a kayak somewhere for my next trip!