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Game Fishing in Andaman Islands

Game Fishing

Game Fishing or sport fishing is a term given to recreational fishing for leisure and adventure. The anglers love to chase fish for the sheer thrill of the sport and love for the fish. The sport involves catch and releases practise aimed at building awareness and conversation of fish species. It also provides an opportunity for anglers to learn about fishing which is a very adventurous and competitive sport involving various skills but also to learn about various species and the importance of their conversation.

The Andaman Islands have remained relatively untouched until not so very recent times. With very limited commercial fishing in these vast expanses of the sea in all corners and fishing activity restricted in reefs, many unexplored and untouched fishing spots have allowed a wide variety of fishes to grow big. If you get a chance to try your hand in angling, keep an eye out for all the variety of big and small fishes from reef, creek and the open sea.

Types of Fishes found in Andamans

  • Blue Marlin
  • Black Marlin
  • Sailfish
  • Dorado
  • Dogtooth Tuna
  • Yellowfin Tuna

Tips

  • 1. The Game Fishing trip requires a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 8 persons to board the adventure. The average price is close to 9900 rupees per person. The fishing permit fees for Indian guests 500 rupees and 2900 rupees for foreigners.
  • You must leave at 8 am in the morning from Havelock Island to return by 5 pm in the evening, if you look forward to clicking awesome pictures with a scenic view at the backdrop.
  • The perfect fishing spots in the Andamans are Neil Island and Havelock Island.
  • The fishing community of the Islands strictly adhere to catch and release policy. The entire ecosystem should not be harmed because of a sport. By cooperating to the community, you derive a sense of happiness by not disturbing the natural ecosystem at the cost of fishing.
  • Note that all guests are requested to wear life jackets during the entire trip. Additional food or beverages can be taken as per requirements. A container is present on board to keep your belongings.

Overview

A sport combining the sense of adventure and surprise and what’s a better place to fish and angle than the deep and enticing seas of Andamans. Andamans, home to fishes of various species that are known to sometimes exceed 110 lbs in weight and 4 meters in length, which is hard to find anywhere else.

Where in Andamans

  • The tropical islands located off the coast of Neil Island, Havelock Island, Richie’s archipelago and Long Island provide the apt fishing grounds with great catches and never cease to amaze enthusiasts.
  • Andaman Island is a noteworthy destination for game fishing, where you can find so many fishing spots such as Ruth Land, Cinque Island, the islands come around Havelock is an ideal place for game fishing.
  • Monster Fishing and Surmai Fishing club offer sport fishing from Havelock and Port Blair. Big boats and small boats are available for game fishing.

Andaman Islands FAQs

  • Q1.   Are the Andaman Islands a good destination for game fishing?

    An experience like no other, game fishing adventure in the Andamans is an experience of a lifetime. The archipelago is one most of the best places for witnessing rich marine life in the whole of South East Asia. There is a huge quantity and size of fish that are found here. In its waters, you can easily spot fish weighing over twenty kilograms. There are many other species also that can be caught on popping, spinning, and jigging activities in the Andaman Islands.

  • Q2.   Which are the best spots for game fishing in the Andamans?

    There are a number of good places for game fishing on the island. For the best experience, you should book a complete fishing trip for any of the below-mentioned places:

    • Havelock Island
    • Neil Island
    • Port Blair
    • Cinque Island
    • Rutland Island
  • Q3.   Is game fishing in the Andaman Islands costly?

    On the basis of the number of hours you are spending in the ocean as well as the location, the cost of game fishing in the Andaman Islands varies. The activity offers complete worth to your money. For four hours (trip to Rutland Island in Port Blair), the charges begin from around INR 18,000 per person. Game fishing in Havelock Island is a little expensive and costs INR 25,000 per person for four hours. The charges are around INR 80,000 for eight fours (Port Blair to Cinque Island). 

  • Q4.   What is the best time to go for game fishing in the Andamans?

    There are a few species of fish that can only be caught in a specific season. October to April is the best time period for it. Also, fishes like Giant Trevally (GT) and Dogfish can be spotted all around the year. So you can decide accordingly as per your wish.

  • Q5.   Which boats are normally used for game fishing in the Andaman Islands?

    For reaching remote areas of Ritchie’s Archipelago and the South Andaman Islands, the 30-feet ‘Halcyon III’ and the 37-feet ‘Rampage,’ are chosen as fast game-fishing vessels. These are also used for long day trips to Barren Island and Invisible Bank.

  • Q6.   Why should I go for game fishing in the Andamans?

    The Andaman Islands are known for their seep and enticing seas. That is why they are the most suitable destination for fame fishing. The marine life is extremely rich here. This Indian union territory is a great place for trying this enthralling activity that combines the sense of adventure and surprise.

  • Q7.   How many people can go for game fishing in the Andamans at once?

    To go for game fishing in the island, a minimum of six and a maximum of eight people are required for boarding the voyage.

  • Q8.   Is there any permit fee for game fishing in the Andamans?

    Yes, there is a fishing permit fee. The charges are INR 500 for Indian guests 500 and INR 2,900 for foreigners.

  • Q9.   What are the timings for game fishing in the Andaman Islands?

    If you want to click gorgeous photographs with a scenic view at the backdrop, then you should leave by 8 am from Havelock Island and return by 5 pm.

  • Q10.   Are there any rules for game fishing in the Andamans?

     The fishing community of the Andaman Islands strictly follows the catch and release policy. The ecosystem of the place should not be disturbed at any cost. You can enjoy the whole experience a lot by cooperating with the community and taking care of the natural ecosystem.

  • Q11.   Is game fishing in the Andaman Islands safe?

    The sport is absolutely safe to do. There are experts with you to take care of everything so that you can have the best experience. Moreover, everyone is given a life jacket and they have to wear it at all times during the entire trip. To keep your belongings safe, there will be a container on your boat. You can keep your food and beverages in it as well.

  • Q12.   Which travel agency provides the best facilities for game fishing in the Andaman Islands?

    Andaman Island Travels located in Port Blair is the best travel agency for that. Contact it today to get the best deals.

  • Q13.   What is the age limit for game fishing in Port Blair?

    The age limit for game fishing in Port Blair is above fifteen years. This rule is strictly followed.

  • Q14.   Which spots can be covered while game fishing in Havelock Island?

    The below-mentioned areas in Havelock Island can be covered while game-fishing:

    • John Lawrence
    • Outram Island
    • Wilson Island
    • Nicholson Island
    • Peel Island
    • Henry Lawrence
    • Peel Island
    • Mangroves
  • Q15.   Are we required to carry any equipment when going for game fishing in the Andaman Islands?

    Yes, you should carry gears and lures with you when going for game fishing in the Andamans.

  • Q16.   Is there anything that I should carry on game fishing tours in the Andamans?

    You should carry the below-mentioned things with you:

    • Antiseptic wipes
    • Sunglasses
    • Towel
    • Sunscreen
    • Water bottles 
    • Medical kit
  • Q17.   Is game fishing available in the Andamans?

    The Andamans is a great destination for game fishing. The adventure activity attracts tourists from all parts of the world. Across the entire Southeast Asia, the archipelago is counted among the best places to get a glimpse of the rich marine life. One can witness different kinds of fishes here varying in size and species. Fishes as heavy as twenty kilograms can be spotted in its waters. A wide variety of fishes can be caught on popping, spinning, and jigging activities on the island.

  • Q18.   Which are the best places for game fishing in the Andaman Islands?

    The Andamans is popular for being a great destination for game fishing. You can book an entire fishing trip to any of the following places:

    • Cinque Island
    • Havelock Island
    • Neil Island
    • Port Blair
    • Rutland Island
  • Q19.   How much does game fishing in the Andamans cost?

    The cost of game fishing in the Andaman Islands differs on the basis of the number of hours you are in the ocean as well as the location. However, you are sure to get the complete worth for your money. For a game fishing trip to Rutland Island in Port Blair, the charges begin from around INR 18,000 per person for four hours. Havelock Island is a bit expensive and costs INR 25,000 per person for four hours. For a game fishing trip from Port Blair to Cinque Island, the cost is nearly INR 80,000 for eight hours.

    The prices for four anglers are as mentioned below. Rs.13,000 extra should be paid for each additional person per day/per trip).

    • Half-day fishing around Havelock/Neil four hours: Rs.52,000
    • Full day fishing around Havelock (around Outram Island and Inglis Island) eight hours: Rs.84,500
    • Fishing charter to Barren Island ten hours: Rs.1,00,000
    • Fishing charter to Invisible Banks twelve hours: Rs.1,30,000
    • Single-day fishing charters from Havelock Island to Port Blair/from Port Blair to Havelock Island four hours: Rs.84,500
    • Angling package around Havelock Island and Port Blair 3 days: Rs.2,35,000
  • Q20.   What all will I witness while game fishing in the Andamans?

    The Andaman Islands is home to a plethora of wonderful marine animals. It has jigging spots and drop-offs where Giant Trevally can be caught by anglers in only ten to fifteen minutes from the jetty.

    While game fishing, you can usually spot the following popular fishes:

    • Blue Marlin
    • Black Marlin
    • Sailfish
    • Dorado
    • Dogtooth Tuna
    • Yellow Fin Tuna
    • Red snapper
    • Grouper
    • Coral Trout
    • Big Spanish Mackerel
    • Barracuda
    • Bluefin
    • Bigeye 
    • Pilot Trevally
    • Wahoo
    • Bonito 
    • Giant Trevally (GT)
  • Q21.   Is there any specific season for game fishing in the Andamans?

    The period from October to April is considered the best for game fishing in the Andaman Islands. There are a few species that can be found in a particular season. However, fishes like Giant Trevally (GT) and Dogfish can be spotted throughout the year.

  • Q22.   Are there any special boats that are used for game fishing in the Andaman Islands?

    The 30-feet ‘Halcyon III’ and the 37-feet ‘Rampage,’ are chosen as fast game-fishing vessels for reaching distant areas of Ritchie’s Archipelago and the South Andaman Islands. For long day trips to Barren Island and Invisible Bank also, these vessels are used. There is another boat that is 36-feet long known as Gulf Craft. It is powered with 02 250HP OBM engines and can do a maximum of 40 knots. There are facilities of popping, jigging, and light trolling set up onboard as per your requirement. The boat is well-equipped with GPS, fishfinder, AIS, VHF, and all other safety equipment. And for your comfort, it has a small cabin and a washroom as well.

  • Q23.   What is so special about game fishing in the Andaman Islands?

    Home to deep and enticing seas, the Andamans are an incredible destination for game fishing. It has a rich and diverse marine life. Combining adventure and thrill, this union territory of India is one of the most sought-after places for trying your hand at game fishing.

  • Q24.   Is there any limitation regarding the number of people going for game fishing in the Andamans in one boat?

    A minimum of six and a maximum of eight people are required for boarding the voyage for game fishing in the Andaman Islands.

  • Q25.   What is the permit fee for game fishing in the Andamans?

    The charges are not heavy on your pocket. The permit fees for game fishing in the Andaman Islands are INR 500 for Indian tourists 500 and INR 2,900 for foreigners.

  • Q26.   What are the timings for game fishing in the Andamans?

    It is highly recommended that you leave by 8 am from Havelock Island and return by 5 pm. This time duration will let you click extremely beautiful pictures amidst the serene views in the background.

  • Q27.   What are the rules and regulations for game fishing in the Andaman Islands?

    The catch and release policy is followed strictly by the fishing community of the Andaman Islands. The ecosystem should not be disturbed at any cost. The whole game fishing experience can be enjoyed a lot if you cooperate with the community and take care of the natural ecology.

  • Q28.   Is game fishing in the Andamans safe?

    Yes, game fishing on the island is completely safe. To ensure a memorable experience, there are experts with you to take care of everything and educate you regarding the related aspects. You are also given a life jacket also and you have to wear it at all times during the entire trip. You can keep your belongings, food, and beverages safe inside a container that is available on your boat.

  • Q29.   Which travel agency should I contact if I want to go for game fishing in the Andamans?

    Located in Port Blair, Andaman Island Travels is counted among the best travel agents across the island. Just brief its expert team about your requirements and it will plan your trip accordingly.

  • Q30.   Is there any age limit for game fishing in the Andaman Islands?

    There is a strict rule regarding the age limit for game fishing in the Andamans. You should be above fifteen years of age to go for this enthralling water sport.

  • Q31.   Which are the best spots for game fishing in Havelock Island?

    The following areas in Havelock Island are ideal locations for game-fishing. These are known for their diverse underwater world.

    • Henry Lawrence
    • John Lawrence
    • Nicholson Island
    • Outram Island
    • Peel Island
    • Wilson Island
    • Mangroves 
  • Q32.   Do we need to carry any equipment when going for game fishing in the Andamans?

    You are required to carry gears and lures with you when going for game fishing on the island.

  • Q33.   Is there anything else that I should carry for game fishing in the Andaman Islands?

    You should carry the following things with you while going for this adventure on the island:

    • Antiseptic wipes
    • Sunglasses
    • Towel
    • Sunscreen
    • Water bottles 
    • Medical kit
  • Q34.   What actually is included in game fishing in the Andamans?

    Also known as sport fishing, game fishing involves recreational fishing for leisure and adventure. Anglers chase fish for their love for the marine world. You need to catch and release the fish so that you are able to build awareness and conserve fish species. It is an adventurous and competitive sport enjoyed by anglers wherein they get to learn so much about fishing. You can learn about different species of fish and the importance of their conservation. In a way, the activity is educational as well because it lets you connect with the biology of the island.

  • Q35.   Should I get my game fishing trip in the Andamans insured?

    It is recommended that you should insure your sport fishing trip in the Andaman Islands because the trip may get cancelled due to bad weather conditions. This may help you in saving your money.

  • Q36.   I want to go for game fishing in Havelock Island? Which resort should I book there?

    When in Havelock Island, the best place to stay would be Havelock Island Beach Resort. It is a lavish beachfront property and has its own private beach as well. The resort will also make bookings for your game fishing trip as per your requirements. The property is well-equipped will all the modern facilities and guarantees your complete comfort. After game fishing, if you want to go for sightseeing also along with trying your hand at adventurous water sports on the island, then the resort will make all your bookings for that as well.

  • Q37.   How is the Andamans a destination for game fishing?

    The island is home to vast deep seas. Its waters are perfect for trying your hand at game fishing if you want to add some fun to your vacation in the Andaman Islands. Its marine life is very rich and even huge fish can be spotted here. It is one of the best places for game fishing in India.

  • Q38.   What are some of the most common fishes that I can see during game fishing in the Andamans?

    There is a huge variety that can be spotted here but the commonly found fishes on the island are as follows:

    • Blue Marlin
    • Black Marlin
    • Sailfish
    • Dorado
    • Dogtooth Tuna
    • Yellow Fin Tuna, etc.
  • Q39.   Is game fishing in the Andamans a costly adventure activity?

    Depending on the time spent in the ocean and location, the cost of game fishing on the island varies. The price starts from Rs. 18,000 per head for four hours (ride to Rutland Island in Port Blair). In Havelock Island, it is a bit costlier. The charges are Rs. 25,000 for four hours. A trip from Port Blair to Cinque Island costs around Rs. 80,000. The time duration in the ocean is eight hours.

  • Q40.   Which are some of the topmost locations for game fishing in the Andaman Islands?

    For a memorable experience of game fishing, you can book a complete trip for any of these places:

    • Havelock Island
    • Port Blair
    • Cinque Island
    • Rutland Island
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