Game fishing in Andaman
GAME FISHING IN ANDAMAN
The ultimate adventure activity in Andaman
AN INSIGHT INTO GAME FISHING IN ANDAMAN
India is popular for its tigers, elephants and exceptionally tasty food. It is certainly a land of surprises and one of them is the fact that is has one of the world best game fishing spots.
The waters that surround a little known island called Andaman lies home to some of the best game fish species in the world. You will have to see it to believe, as all the elements about this place are almost surreal. As a tourist destination, India certainly has a lot to offer. Sport or game fishing is one of them. The practice by locals on this island dates several centauries back, and secluded location has kept it free from the claws of commercial enterprise. This is certainly good news for the enthusiastic game fisher.
Geographical location of
ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS
The island of Andaman together with Nicobar forms an extension group of Islands. It is located almost 2000 kilometres of the coast of India and 750 kilometres of the coast of Thailand. Andaman is actually closer located to Thailand than to India. The area where it is located called the Bay of Bengal. The capital of the territory is a small town known as Port Blair and serves as the capital for both Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Andaman is one of India’s most remote yet beautiful tourist destinations. It is a perfect place for people that love seclusion or those merely seeking a little peace and quiet.
There are no direct international flights to the Island. It can either be accessed by catching a flight to Port Blair from either Chennai or Kolkata. The flight is just over 2 hours and serviced by several reputable regional airlines. While most of the Island is uninhabited, it is home to the several aboriginal tribes like the Andamanise, Sentinelese, Onge, Shompens and Jangel. It is worth noting that these tribes are so detached from modern day society that they have little or no contact with the outside world. Access to these Islands is restricted and one should not wonder off to explore them without special permission from local authotities. Expert game fishers will reveal that the key to a great expedition, is finding a secluded spot, Andaman definitely meets these criteria. The deserted islands provide some of the best experiences of untapped wildlife.
SAME DAY FISHING TRIPS
Game Fishing for beginners
For Game Fishing enthusiasts
WEATHER AND SEASONS FOR GAME FISHING IN ANDAMAN
Seasons for game fishing in Andaman
Unlike other fishing destinations whose weather does not permit fishing in certain times of the year, the weather in Andaman is conducive all year round depending on the species of fish. The main fishing season begins in October and winds down in about April. Species like Giant Trevally and Doggies can be caught through the entire fishing season.
Weather patterns are not always easy to predict. Various weather patterns in relations to their location and expected cyclone and Monsoon behaviour always pose a challenge to adequate trip preparation and planning. Depending on what time of the year one visits, it is not uncommon to be confined to Port Blair while waiting for more favourable weather conditions. The challenge lies in finding the optimum time of the year to fish. As a guiding rule it has been found the most favourable time is when the temperature increase towards its maximum. This poses a challenge as this directly translates into unfavourable weather conditions. Monsoons and cyclones are at the peak in such temperatures. Finding a balance between the best season to fish and ensuring you remain safe is critical in any visitors travel plans to Andaman. Avoiding the strong winds that come with Monsoons and cyclones is a good idea. Wind speeds of 20 knots are common in the tropics. The weather pattern changes quickly and winds alternate direction without warning. This is caused by low a pressure system resulting from monsoons or cyclones. When all is said and done the optimum-fishing window is about two to three months in a year especially when trying to reach inaccessible and remote spots. For perfect results, proper planning and consultation will yield good results.
With a dwindling fish population, water pollution and other environmental concerns, finding a good destination for Game fishing can be a challenge. It is comforting to know that places like Andaman still exist. If one is preparing for a fun packed fishing trip, consider Andaman as your next destination.
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PERMITS FOR GAME FISHING IN ANDAMAN
Procedure for getting fishing permission for foreign nationals in Andaman
It should be noted that all foreign nations require a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to be authorised to visit Andaman Island. If one requires a Visa to enter India then this is the first step to being granted the permit. A visit to the Indian Consulate or embassy in ones country of residence should be able to provide all the necessary details to be able to visit India. Seasoned travellers to the Island recommend that notice be given to the Indian embassy of one’s intentions of visiting the island and engaging in Game or sport fishing. Getting a restricted entry Visa should not be difficult, it takes a few minutes and can be processed on arrival at Port Blair airport. The director of Fisheries on the Island facilitates for sport and game fishing activities. They keep a register of all the vessels and owners. While there aren’t any fees or charges associated with obtaining Restricted Area Pass, there are charges associate with registering a boat with the Department of fisheries. Several boats are available to hire and it is advisable to make a booking with the owner who will then apply for the permit for it. In keeping up with the times, the department has introduced an E-permit system, which allows for the online submission, processing and approval of all applications for various fishing and non-fishing related activities.
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GAME FISHING SITES IN ANDAMAN
Sister Island (Beyond WLS)
Brother Island (Beyond WLS)
Cinque Island (Beyond WLS)
Passage Island (Beyond WLS)
Incredible Bank (Beyond WLS)
Button Island (Beyond WLS)
Invisible Bank (Beyond WLS)
South Sentinel Island (Beyond WLS)
Middle Button (Beyond WLS/NP)
North Button (Beyond WLS)
South Button (Beyond WLS/NP)
Outram Island (Beyond WLS)
Sir Hugh Rose Island (Beyond WLS)
Inglis Island (Beyond WLS)
Campbell Shoal Island
West Coral Banks