Suresh De Mel
Chief Executive Office
Suresh is an entrepreneur and investor. He actively promotes aquatic recreation and has been investing in Sports Fishing and Boating in Sri Lanka for over two decades. He also owns and operates Lanka Fishing Flies, which is a pioneering manufacturer of designer and signature, hand tied Fishing Flies which are exported worldwide under the brand Umpqua. Umpqua is arguably the best and largest producer of high quality fishing flies in the world.
While Suresh spends most of his time travelling within and outside Sri Lanka, for business and for pleasure, he loves taking time out to go fly fishing on the Bolgoda Lake and dreams of Big Game fishing for Blue Marlin off the coast of Sri Lanka.
He is also well known in Sri Lanka as a socially responsible citizen who is actively engaged in promoting sustainable tourism and export development, empowerment of rural SME’s, and youth entrepreneurship.
Capt. Nicolas Jamin
Sport Fishing Director
Nicolas aka Nico is the Sportfishing Director of Sportfishing Lanka, he’s our head fishing guide and occasional trip manager and has over 15 years experience in tropical fishing. Nico has worked for the fishing magazine « Le Magazine des Voyages de Pêche», a french fishing travel magazine which give him the opportunity to fish some amazing destinations and to meet experienced fishing guide. Definitely the best way to increase his fishing knowledge.
After that, Nico has guided and skippered clients in different locations including Andaman Islands, Costa Rica, and Bijagos Islands, to put them on their dream fish like big GT’s, Dogtooth tuna, Cubera snapper, Tarpon, Sailfish and Marlin. He has been the subject of magazine articles, appeared in TV shows and fished with very famous fishermen like Sami Ghandour from Saltywater Tackle, Chris Chin from Hot’s Pro Staff, Fred Goh from Rapala & Storm in Asia and Julien Lajournade the chef editor of "Le Magazine des Voyages de Pêche". He earned his reputation one day at a time, fishing with people just like you, sharing his passion for fishing and the outdoors.
Over the 4 years, Nico was a fishing guide to target big GT’s on popper in Sri Lanka for a company named Gamefishing Asia that has now closed. With Sportfishing Lanka, Nico is trip manager and also guides our boats. Nico loves any kind of fishing, some of his favourite personal forms of fishing are casting poppers for big GT’s, any forms of jigging, chasing billfish in bluewater and casting lures or fly fish in backwaters for barramundi and mangrove jacks or even any predator fish in freshwater like snakehead.
Shaktivel is our Local Guide at Bolgoda Lake. He has been boatman on the lake for years and knows the fishing spots as nobody.
Shakti (his nickname) learned the fishing at Bolgoda Lake mainly trolling lures to catch Barramundi, Mangrove Jack and others predators. Since 4 years, we have teached him how to guide anglers who want to fish with casting lures.
With his new knowledges and his own experience of the lake, you will have the best guide to fish Bolgoda Lake to target your dream fish.
We promise that once you visit Sri Lanka and you have a fishing charter with Sportfishing Lanka, you will find yourself saying "I wish I was still in Sri Lanka fishing with the best"