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I have finally got around to a report of a recent trip to the Andaman Islands, it's been a bit delayed as we got stuck in Chennai for 2 extra days due to British Airways Dreamliner breaking down then on my eventual return I was struck down with the flu!
Well 6 of us went after the GT's off Havelock Island travelling Heathrow to Chennai, Chennai to Port Blair with an overnight in a hotel then a fast ferry the following morning to Havelock Island. We arrived at the port on the island to chaos as this was the first day of a public transport strike so no taxi, minibus or Tuk Tuk available just protesters so no alternative but to walk to the hotel. We were lucky because the owner of Captain Hook's Sport Fishing Qutub met us at the port and took our main luggage and rod tubes but he came in for abuse of the protesting taxi operators.
We arrived at our hotel the Aparupa Sands Marina hotel which had perfectly acceptable accommodation for us all in single rooms, the trip had been arranged through Martin Founds at Anglers World Holidays and was very well organised.

The first afternoon was set aside for setting up the Tackle and trying to find somewhere for a cold beer as they are trying to turn the Andaman's dry so finding beer was difficult and expensive!
The following day was to be our first days fishing but were informed that due to the strike all boats including fishing and dive boats were not allowed to take passengers so no fishing that day. The strike was called off the following day so out we went, we were lucky as we had tagged on a couple of rest days at the end of the trip so we just swapped the days around and didn't lose any fishing.
We had booked 3 boats fishing 2 to a boat, 2 of the boats were fine but the one boat only had a 60hp engine so was very slow and struggled to reach some of the marks so we swapped boat every 2 days to be fair to everyone.
The skippers and deck hands were very good and were non stop trying to put you on the fish as well as giving encouragement, we also had a good laugh with them which I feel is a big part of the trip.

The fishing well we all decided it was to be mainly popper fishing with a bit of trolling between marks so we knew it would be hard work casting 150 gram plus poppers especially as there was a good wind every day.

An excellent Sailfish on a popper where he did well to hook it and get to the boat, it was returned.









We had to work hard for the fish and they weren't really on as we had a lot fish come up and just turn before taking the popper, we used stickbaits as well to take a few fish but popping was more successful.

I shall add some more photos to the second half of this report.
 

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Cracking photos and some lovely fish.
 
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