The Andaman Islands and Nicobar Islands are the official names of this group of islands. It is located in the Gulf of Bengal in the Indian Ocean between India and Thailand and it is in this fish Mecca where many a fish heart has been lost to the Giant Trevally and popper fishing. But jigging on dogtooth tuna also produces amazing results. And also many other species like marlin, barracuda, groupers, spanish mackerel, yellowfin tuna, amberjack and so on are also caught. Species enough so in the crystal clear waters with remote reefs and tropical islands. This location is closest to the illustrious fishing spots 'Barren Island' and 'Invisible Banks' where a few large fish are hooked on each trip but simply not caught because they are too big and strong. In addition, the best spots for jigging are also best reached from this location.
For this fishing we work together with our local partner from the beautiful Havelock Island. This partner has been active here for more than 12 years and knows the different spots like the back of his hand.
In addition, we offer a very comfortable hotel where you have high quality beds and rest. We can offer an attractive package at a ditto rate for the tropical fisherman.
See here the video report of our adventures.
The fishing here focuses mainly on popping and jigging around the different, reefs and other underwater structures. Extremely hard strikes, which will make your rod bent into its last string of carbon fibre and which demands the utmost of man and material. Are you ready?
GT's, dogtooth tuna, wahoo, barracuda, marlin, tuna, dorado, groupers.... They're all backbreakers up to 30, 40 and sometimes even 50 kilos. When you want some rest you can go trolling in between for yellowfin tuna, barracuda, wahoo etc on some lighter material. For this purpose, all rigging is standard on board. After a day of popping or jigging, a moment of rest for the back is also quite nice. Until you get another bite of course! Then you will have to go back to work. Fishing takes place up to about 25 miles from the departure location.
The accommodation is just new and beautiful in design and execution.
The Matsya Island retreat has 7 luxury rooms available, all equipped with air conditioning and or fan. The rooms also have a private shower/toilet combination. The furnishing and decoration of the location is modern and luxurious, offering a high degree of comfort.
The rooms differ in size and set-up. There are double rooms but also quadruple rooms. Naturally, bed linen, towels and cleaning are included.
Right next to the accommodation is Cafe 4, where breakfast is served and which is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. during the day for dining and a well-earned beer.
There are several boats available at this location.
The latest addition is the Calipso of 35 feet (11.5 meters) centre console with live bait tank, marine radio, GPS, fish finder and a 250 HP 4 stroke Yamaha engine and a 15 HP rescue engine.
Next to that the Birzo is alunched at the end of 2023. This boat is dentical to the Claypso except that it has 2 x 250 HP engines.
Furthermore there is the Mahi mahi. This boat is 32 feet long and has a 150 HP 4 stroke engine and is equipped with GPS, fish finder etc. This boat is perfect for 2 to 3 anglers and is attractively priced. It has a smaller range then the Calypso boat however. But these are perfect boats in different classes with lots of space to cast and catch. The rest is up to you! A little preparation in the gym is really no luxury.
On this location you will need strong popper rods from 2 to 2.5 metres in length and a casting weight of up to 250 grams for popping. Furthermore short boat rods up to 2.2 meters and a casting weight up to 400 grams for jigging. Heavy spinning reels with extremely strong drag systems (20 kilo +), strong braided line of 35 - 50 kilos + breaking strength force and a good mono leader of around 1.5 meters of 150 to 200 lbs to absorb the strongest force of the drill. A buttpad comes in handy with these size fish. It is also possible to rent equipment being Shimano Stella 18000 and 20000 with a specialized popper and jigging rod. For the two rods with reel and line you pay 75 euros per day.
The fishing season runs from October to May. With an average temperature of around 30° C it is important to drink a lot of water on the boat between fishing and catching. Sunglasses and fishing caps are a necessity here. In October you may experience some showers, but the quality of the fishing will not be affected. In December there is practically no rain anymore and until April these are the top months.
For the special long range trips to Barren Island or Invisible Banks it is necessary that the weather is calm and stable. This period is mainly from February to April. The final decision whether these trips can continue is reserved for the local management. These extra long trips can be booked at extra cost.
Here are the adventures from Ronald Spakman and his fishing buddies at this location.
There are several possibilities to travel to this location. You can fly with Emirates, Lufthansa, KLM etc depending on your local airport. Together we coordinate the best flights and these are on average between 700 and 1000 euro per person.
When you arrive in Port Blair, you will of course be picked up and taken to the ferry that will take you to Havelock Island. And also for the last part from the port of arrival to the hotel, the transfer is provided. Breakfast and lunch on board including water are included as well as the daily transfer from hotel to fishing boat.
The price of this trip for 5 days fishing of 8 hours, 7 overnight stays in accommodation of your choice including bed linen and towels, the transfer from Port Blair, daily transfers from hotel to fishing boat, breakfast, lunch, water and soft drinks on board:
Prices per person including 5 % GST & fishing permit fees.
Of course it is also possible to fish more or less days. This off course will affect the final price.
These prices are per person, based on two persons per room with 2 seperate beds and including local tax, fishing license a INR 2500 (35 euros) per day and excluding flight, visa, vaccinations, tip for crew and staff, extra drinks. A single room is available at extra cost.