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crazy river , crazy fish !

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i took the liberty of styling the thread title from Jeremy wades book " somewhere down the crazy river" although my experiences were not in the same grand scale as wade.

i was kindly invited by one of my fishing buddies to go fishing in the Cauvery near Bangalore. we set out around 0400 hrs on Sunday and reached the spot by 0630 hrs. A less than promisisng spot or so thought my untrained and out of practice eyes. we were accompanied by a British gent Peter who arrived with a huge load of gear ( an entire SUV full ). my friend and the gent started to set up the tackle and as they were bait fishing for Mahseer and carp i decided to go with casting and lure fishing. On purpose i decided to try out my bait caster as it had not yet been christened.

i tied on a mepps size 4 long and heavy spinner with upgraded hooks ( mustad 2/0) and was rewarded with a savage bite on my tenth cast or so. i thought it was a smallish mahseer and was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be a reasonable snakehead. here we can see my friend and host holding my fish for me. the snakehead had an injured tail and i was told that the culprit could be a Mahseer.

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the fight was short and handled well by the curado on a cabelas fish eagle rod with 30 lb braid. the bite cooled off for me after that and i kept casting in vain for a good amount of time. a whoop of joy announced that our friend Peter had a take and it turned out to be a Catla ( species of carp). he landed it and i took the time to see a method feeder in action. the gent got hook ups one after the other and played them like a maestro. it was a joy to see him battle large fish on 12 and 4 pound line in the current and land them . after reviving them he would release them none the worse for wear. seen here with the 8.4 lb mahseer he caught (makes me think if i keep upping the weight of the small ones i caught)

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however i wearied of the sport and asked my ghillie where i could whale into some mahseer, he pointed to the inflow channel and i assumed we would use the coracle again. turns out i was wrong and the idea was to walk along the channel casting as we went. with my polarized glasses i could see medium sized to small mahseer sitting in the current. i kept casting with all the plugs i had and all i got was a close look by the fish and no bites. getting more despondent by the minute i asked my ghillie where the fish were ? he would reply in local lingo which i was not fluent in and we wound up using a sort of English + Hindi + Kannada + sign language mix. however the man knew his job and would give me plugs based on his experience. in the end he gave me the humble spinner and i made a cast. almost immediately i felt a hard jerk and after a few months of no fishing it felt like a good sized fish. the dang thing used the current to its advantage and did not come in till 3-4 minutes had elapsed. my surprised face caused the ghillie called Manu to laugh out loud . the 3 pounder gave me a fight that the snakehead was not able to give.

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then it was a regular feature as we kept walking in the sun and catching more mahseer in the 2-5 pound size range.

 

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my spinner had its hook straightened out , the wire structure was almost pulled apart and in the channel only the heaviest spinner was able to stay below the surface i had two of these and one has been retired straightened hook and all. the other one served me well till i asked Manu where we could find a big un. he guided me to a rather fast part of the channel near the head-works and bid me to cast the spinner there. on my first cast i saw a mahseer come up and take a swipe at my spinner. the second cast succeeded and it was game on ! i had the privilege of seeing a sleek body and the uncanny sight of the curado not being able to hold the fish on full drag till i added my thumb to the equation. that gave me sufficient time to labor through a long run downstream and the sudden jerk as the line parted. the feeling of loss was tempered by the fulfillment at hooking up a big one and concern that the fish be all right. i tried other plugs at the spot but did not have any luck.

 

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i hooked into another few smaller fish and they proceeded to reduce mt other spinners to tatters. that concluded the day for me and spent the rest of the day watching Peter land fish using floats and feeder. a great evening campfire and barbecue rounded off the day and we returned home at 0600 hr today. somehow waded through the day and hammered this post out. hope i have not made many syntax errors.

thanks for reading and tight lines !

 

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Hellooooooo, from India. Don't worry about the syntax. Great to hear from you. In the area you were fishing what would be the "ultimate" fish to catch ???? Nice post !!!

 

Always enjoy your reports Ace, cool fish in cool places :)

I'd love to see the fish that takes a bite out of a big snakehead :shock:

 

the ultimate would be a large i.e. 50 lb or above mahseer. another fish not found in this area would be the Mulley. a large i.e. 20 + pound mulley would also test out your tackle and you to the max.

 

i was also shocked , but the anglers who were there when we reached told us that they had hooked a large tilapia around 500 gm plus and a mahseer came and chomped it. mahseer when feeding are rather aggressive , will post more when i reach the hills in oct. we have golden mahseer there which get a bit bigger.

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well i have a few pics and have posted most of the good one on the site. in case you are interested i will repost ones i vividly remember with a short foot note in this thread.

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You seem to fish a lot of water when you get the chance....I really liked the post you made fishing from "the basket" or whatever you call it. A few pics of the area you fish would be most welcome !!!! I have to goggle most of the fish you catch....not a problem. Perhaps a brief note as to what a really decent catch of the species you are targeting in the areas you fish would be in order ? You have beautiful scenery there.....share. I like the "Englishman" story.

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did not get the Englishman part of the post but got the rest.

attempting to do some justice to the country and the fishes which are sadly being over harvested in most areas.

i shall cover this under two heads freshwater and saltwater.

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the most common game fish any one can angle for would be the snakehead. most water bodies in india contain one of the nine species of snake heads we have here. i have been angling for these babies since my teens . we used to catch the smallest species (around 10 cm or so being the max size rest all attributes match the big ones). the first reasonable sized one i caught handling with a live frog. the first good sized one i caught was at night on a live frog hooked with an EWG hook. thereafter i caught them on poppers and one on a spoon.i have started to excel on catching them on small poppers and on shallow plugs.

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this encouraged me to use the spinners and i caught five snake heads one day prior to a cyclone.

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i upgraded to bigger spinners and caught more of these beauties. the catch size so far had been average and no real lunkers were caught. that changed one day when i whaled in to a huge mulley estimated at around 12 lb + but my man friday in zeal grabbed the 12 lb trilene rather than the leader and yanked snapping the line.so no joy and no pic.

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then i discovered scum frogs and could cast where i would not dare before ( lures are hard to source in India ). that had some good success !

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by this time i had some degree of confidence and while on vacation at home tried for mulley which are more common in my part of india. i had some good luck and landed a few fish.

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these were small sized and i have not hooked into large ones i.e 20 lbs and above but i keep at it. btw mulleys are reported to cross 50 lbs but i have seen max specimens of 8.6 kilos roughly 17 lbs.

i was enthralled reading corbetts account of mahseer fishing and wanted to try my hand at that so with wifey in tow went north and caught my first mahseer. seen here with the fishes caught by self and bro.

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these fish cross the 100 lb mark and i have not caught one in double digits. the small one keep humbling me but i plan to remedy that thanks to seeing the patience and skillful approach by peter last trip.

i also learned how to use lures according to water and depth and landed these

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the size was increasing gradually and i was landing them on light rods with light drags in snag free water.

 

at this stage i was bitten by the salt water bug and the first time i went to the port i came back empty handed and again and again. i was using freshwater lures and gear for the salt which did not work well surprise. read up fish base and the net. started popping and was rewarded by the first fish a small trevally. still have the beat up popper and hydro pencil which i swung against the rocks.

talked to friends and a few guided me right. i changed the depth of lures i was fishing and ...

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these are mangrove jacks or snappers as they are called and give a fabulous fight. they grow to around 10 kilos and the max i have caught is around 2 kg.

this next baby is special my first barramundi , a well regarded game fish

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this blue fin trevally took a halco tilsan lure in shallow water

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well that is the journey so far i have caught other fishes of the same ilk and lost a few.

the best part i enjoy is the time with nature this sport gives me and the realization that even in a water body i am familiar with, holds creatures about whom i know next to nothing.

the next best part is the realization that most anglers in the world are roughly the same regardless of geographical location.

 

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i am familiar with holds creatures about whom i know next to nothing.

the next best part is the realization that most anglers in the world are roughly the same regardless of geographical location.

 

Nice......the pictures you posted a while ago of a beautiful place, a river system in the mountains....( in our country, a federal or state park).... where you had to be aware of the "natural creatures" I think elephants ?...were beautiful. More, if you get the chance ????

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right ! wait till Monday !

am headed to a reserve forest for the week end with wifey. hopefully she will also catch a mahseer.

will take pics of the gen area and revert.

tight lines !

 

 

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