The Lakshadweeps compromise an uncountable amount of fishing opportunities that range as far as surfcasting to trolling. We keep things relatively simple. Within the boundaries of the reef, we do fish fly and light tackle spinning although we keep the flats exclusively for fly anglers. We do patrol the reef and swell-areas with smaller dinghis. Both Popping, jigging and for those who want to seek the ultimate thrill, a flyrod-equipment can be put through its paces. While in transit or stationary, trolling and bottom fishing can be done to make your fishing trip a 24hr experience.
Prime targets for Fly fishing is Giant Trevally, Bluefin & other Trevallies, Bonefish, Triggerfish, Milkfish, Red Seabass, Indopacific Permit, Sailfish and various Tuna Species to count a few. Popping and Jigging Anglers are all about GT, Dogtooth Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Jobfish, Coral Trout, Grouper, Snapper, Sharks, Spanish Makrele, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Amberjacks…amongst others. And the of course we have the spectacular Napoleon Wrassie roaming the waters all over the Lakshadweep archipelago!
Giant Trevally (Caranx Ignobilis)
Giant Trevally or GT is the priced apex predator and no.1 target for both fly and popping anglers all across the indo-pacific ocean. As one of the fastest growing reef fish in the world, they do attack baitfish with an unmistakable brutality. On the other hand, they can be very skittish when patrolling the skinny waters of a flat. Big Crab and Baitfish patterns are on their menu – better presented on a 12 weight. These fish will take you far into your backing and fight really hard to keep it that way.
Bonefish (Albula Vulpes)
The history of inshore saltwater fly fishing can’t be told withouth the appearance of the all beloved Bonefish. No other fish stands as exemplary for the sport like these lightning fast gamefish. To make a long story short, they are the game. The Lakshadweep area has a scattered population and they do roam the flats just like anywhere else. Although most anglers really focus on the GT here, we have found areas with schooling and single/double fish up to a very respectable size. Most of them ranging between 4-5lb with occasional double digits in reach. 8/9 weight outfits may sound a bit on the heavy side but you will also encounter countless baby GT – so you are better off there. Flies are classic bonefish patterns but with some extra weight.
Fishing for these magnificent trophies can be immensely rewarding. The fishing is primarily done wading and stalking with the fly rod from the beach or on the reef. Titan-Triggerfish as well as Yellow Margin Triggerfish are the main quarry. Triggerfish are quick sprinters and need to be kept away from coral or reef structure by any cost to avoid linebreaks. Heavy crab and shrimp flies will get the job done. Velcro-Crabs, Flexo-Crabs, Christmas Island Special, Spawning Shrimp and heavy Gotchas are classic trigger deceivers.
As diverse as the enviroment is the amount of species on the flats. Most of them get hardly any recognition although they offer a great sport on lighter equipment. Trigger Fish, Deskey Trevally, Queen Fish, Small GT, Parrot Fish, Grouper, Snapper, Puffer Fish, Black Tip Sharks, Sweet Lips, Golden Trevally, Milk Fish, Jobfish, Striped Trevally to count just a few.