Update on our Situation

Sorry Everyone that I haven,t updated my Blog for a while,but with everything that has happened with this Pandemic,and the Business having to close due to the Covid 19 outbreak etc,etc there hasn,t really been anything to write about. I just hope that all of you are keeping safe during this traumatic time and that we can have a catch-up after this is all over. Our restrictions are relaxing a bit next week,Fishing is allowed within a 5 mile radius,so at least most of the local Anglers on the Peninsula here should be able to wet a line. We haven,t been given the Green light to Open our Business yet as we are classed as Non-Essential Retail,but we will endeavour to keep everyone posted as to what we can do for Bait Supply etc after the Fishing Starts. It seems an age since our Trip to Sri Lanka at end of Feb.where I was accompanied by Paul Delooze and Allan Mc Lelland for a few Days Fishing with Nicolas Jamin ( Sportsfishing Lanka). Popping and Jigging was our main type of Fishing on this Trip targeting Giant Trevally. However the trevally proved to be a bit elusive and Nicolas had to Travel many Kilometres trying different structure to get us the chances of a Bite. The main formula for this type of Fishing is to Cast,Cast again,then again ,and keep going until it hurts,and then until it hurts even more then you might get the chance to set the Hook and land one of these so much sought after hard -fighting Fish. Most Days that we were out with Nicolas we Hooked and also Missed Trevally as well as a few other Species,we did a bit of Jigging when Tides and wind allowed,and also had a few troll,s for Sailfish in between moves which gave us a well earned rest from casting. Our Base was in Panadura ,where we stayed in the Cinnamon Appartments. Iranthy and Family looked after us really well,driving our Spouses about during the day,ferrying us to restaurants in the evening,arranging a Tuk Tuk to take us to and from the fishing,and also arranging sight-seeing Trips for us where we visited various Temples,A Turtle Sanctuary,Museums,A Moonstone Mine,The world Heritage Site of Sigirya,Indian Elephants in the Wild and many other Areas of Interest including the Area where the Tsunami caused so much devastation in 2004 claiming over 36000 lives. The Sri lankan people have erected a Statue which is the height of the waves that caused so much destruction and took so many lives,so so sad . However just down the coast a few miles we visited a Turtle sanctuary ,where we went back to in the Dark to release some Baby Turtles into the Sea which created a Happy Memory. we also had 2 day,s Fishing on Bolgoda lake where we caught a few Mangrove Jack and some small Trevally,but the Baramundi were elusive. Guide Shakti tried really hard covering miles of the river to try and get us a Baramundi but it wasn,t to be ,so much more to write about ,but I am not going to Bore you ,so have put some Pic,s of the trip on Stay safe Eric

Allan McLelland with his First GT of the Trip
Allan fighting his GT
Paul Delooze with a Mackerel
A nice GT on my Daiwa Popping Rod
Paul with a cracker of GT
Another GT for Allan
A nice Mackerel on the Popper for myself
Paul fighting a GT on The Popper
Paul with his GT
Another Geet for me
GT for Paul
Amberjack for Paul
Double Hook-Up
Nicolas with a nice Baracuda
My Mangrove Jack from Bolgoda Lake
GT on a Jason Knot Lure
The Statue erected for the Height of the Waves in 2004 Tsunami
One of the Oldest Temples
Charming Photo
Golden Temple
Beware Elephants Crossing
Elephants in the Wild
Going to the Top of Sigirya