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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:16 pm 
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Pump house gang strikes again aka-2008 Year of the Mahseer


Early am departure from Delhi,breakfast at an astonishing dhaba on GT road-every thing from food , preserves, aloo parathas,Lotto sports shoes, stetsons etc Buy one take one free…
Onwards! Bhakra by one 1 ish.Its huge!
We park the car on the road and have a very steep climb down of nearly 800m .Carrying only the bare necessities, we get down in order of appearance:
Ken-aka Mahseer ken
Vijay
Lalaji
Sanjay
Henry
Asif

Home is Bhakra Hilton, run by Sandeep and his father Pavan, we just took over the place, charpoys were quickly assembled and voila-home.

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Tackle readied, we cast along the banks this gang uses only plugs and spoons…though Henry being a carp man did break out his masala mix and tried bait fishing.

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The boat comes by and we go out trawling-Henry scores a quick brace –both about 2-3 klg, Sanjay lands his first mahseer-the grin is on from ear to ear.

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I run out of power on my cell camera and we sulk our way back to camp
More casting from the boom area and back to the hearth and home for the evening libations and a wholesome meal of fish curry-singhada-excellent dal rice et al.
Night is really cold, wind cuts through the light sleeping bag, and the peace is interspersed by various pieces from toccata and fuge in d minor to etude to night on bald mountain by mussorgski-my fellow pump house gang had all majored in snoring.I woke up a couple of times, hearing the sound of waters lapping, saw a fantastic sunrise through a maze of rods and tackle and it was time to go fishing.
This time around Kenneth and Lalaji, another angler of some 50 years experience
[To match Henry!] accompanied us. We dropped Ken and Lalaji on a spit (thokkar) and went ahead-Ken scored on a big 5kg mahseer, Henry soon opened his score with a biggish 4-5 kg wallah and Sanjay chipped in with a useful 3 kg.
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Henry in the bow gets snagged on rocks same time as Sanjay in the stern.We go ahead to help Henry clear the snag, Sanjay is running out of line on his Berkley/Shimano combo; just in time Henry clears snag, retrieves his line, I go aft to help Sanjay out-start reeling in and- reel in a fighting 3 kg Mahseer,Thank you!
We go back and pick up Lalaji and Ken, continue trawling I get a hit, boat stops and every one reels in leaving me clear (SOP) and then I find line running out at an alarming rate.My drag was set very loose and after notching it up a click began the pump and wind session with the entire gang joining in as cheer leaders.Kenneth and Henry close at hand to show me the moves…

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Well after seeing the effort required the previous day, I was taken by surprise to see another major run, this time in a 360 Deg- another 100m line gone, notch up the drag and continues on the pump and wind. After a good 20min,about 20ft from the boat, the fish surfaces and a collective ‘‘AHHHHH, big one” goes up. Me? all I’ can think is- I have enough line and my hands are not shaking too much…another run-shorter this time, I can hold the fish, a yet shorter run and I get it close to the gunnels. Lalaji nets it and Kenneth and Henry help in unhooking-Big?I may catch a 50kg later but this was my monster fish.
Pic session done, fish released in good cheer-amazed our Capn Preet-a lad all of 13 years, who was temp’ing for his dad, “you let the fish go??!!”

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Back to the shore for some casting-Vijay loves casting with his home brew spoons-great looking tobies and cleos, twisters etc.


We head out in the boat and Henry gets a brace.
Sanjay latches on to another and I net it in,while attempting to unhook, fish wriggles free, treble goes thru pad of Henry’s little finger….so there I am , trying to do a waterborne version of ER! Cut the barb, cut the shank, get the hook out text book fashion.Head back to shore, Sanjay Sprints uphill on a 60 degree slope to get the FA Kit- oh yes, remember the first morning rush down the slope to the water? We forgot a lot of non essentials…just took rods/reels/tackle and went skidding down.

More pics on film , sga to continue with inputs from Sanjay and Keith
Tackle
Ugly Stik , Shimano Exage, Rowen tackle
Line-15mono, 20 mono, 30 braid,14 Fire line
Plugs-Reefrunners, shads, Halco Sorcerer, spoons, tobies, cleos


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 6:13 pm 
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Well done guys. Nice pics and nice fish.

Cheers,
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the reservoirs looks good - so does the fish.
thanks for sharing
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Shabaash!!!

Excellent fishing. Nothing better than a good mahseer on a lure.


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Hey Eljefe,
That’s a beautiful Masheer, and an equally good write up. I hope Henry’s little finger didn’t stop him from going at them. Let the saga continue……


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Good show, Doc. Excellent fish!

I particularly like base camp pics :-)

Henry, you seem to have lost a little weight since your last trip down.

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Hey! What a trip. There was never a dull moment. I ust want to thank each one of you guys, you're great company. And Henry, if I am half the man you are later on.....

My favourite shot apart from the two grinners, Asif and Sanjay, is the one in which Lalaji is on to a big mahseer. I just love that bend in his rod. Everytime I see it I can hear that reel screaming.

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Vijay with the first mahseer of the trip. Got him a bottle of white, it did!

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The rod rack at the Bhakra Hilton

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Sunrise over our penthouse

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My piece of gold

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Sanjay's doing a Clint Eastwood. The reel is screaming but he just smiles.

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The last sunset!

Next question. When are we going back?


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Hey guys, Congratulations !

Great write up & fantastic pics.


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Super Trip ,Amazing Pic's & Beautiful Fish....that's all I can say :D


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Congratulations

nice trip


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paji tussi cha gae............ :wink: :wink:


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Could not be better. Congratulations to all of you. :-)


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Thanks for the kind words Ken
Latest update is, the old mountain goat , Henry, who was running up hill in the dark at BH, tripped and had a gash on his forehead , took 7-8 stitches-all this , walking on flat ground in Greater Noida! Will check out the embroidery work tomorrow am before he leaves for the airport.You Bangalore gangers, will find Gunga Din in formal regalia ;)


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M'Ken Sahib, I'm still waiting for the plug advice PM...

I have to stock up on lures for the coming season and Bass Pro has a big sale going on.


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Did you guys get any singhara? That place looks like its prime singhara habitat.


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Hi,
Asif, Ken, Henri and sanjay... :wink:

Very well done and nice catches. Your penthouse is a beauty. I would love to stay there for some time. Asif, your fish is a real piece of gold. Keep it up. Henri Sahib, when are you coming to Mumbai. I too am waiting for you. And yes, how is your fingre and forehead. :roll: , Ken- Rajat told me you are coming to mumbai.. When...Let me know...We will plan something..

regards every one..

Ali.. :lol:


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Ali Bhai!
You have mail.

Angler_Ali Bhai!
Hopefully will be doing some work with Rajat soon. Might be in the next 10 days. But I have been saying 10 days for the last 20 days. just waiting for Final go ahead and then i will be there with my rod, reel and plugs. But what i really want to do is get my hands on a nice big carp. so keep some for me.
But more important Ali bhai is when are you planning to get up here. Now is the time! Come, even for just the weekend and we'll drive up to the dam and get some nice ones.

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ALi Bhai,

Give me an email id. Some how my PMs are not going through.


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Ken, Ali. Make sure your mailboxes are not full. Delete messages that are not needed.

Bops


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Fantastic fishing guys.. :) would love to go fishing with you people some day.

Doc, the Mahaseer you caught is a real beauty.

Thanks for sharing.... Santosh


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Thanks for the PM Ken!

Now I'll stock up to go after mahseer in Tarbela and Simli.


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That great Ali. Just a small request. Please release all the Mahseer you catch. and keep the lures a secret. hahahahaa


Thanks! He got it Bops. My line must have had a gridlock.


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guys this is awesome great report doc great pics too the fishes looked great . I was waiting for this post but some how never checked in mahseer angling
in fact Ken you were leaving in front of me for the same and I was cursing you that I could not come with you guys as I had to come back to Mumbai. Whata trip I am going next time come hell or high water with you ken whenever I am next in Delhi even if it means kidnapping you and going or on the other hand I would do some gochi in your film ha ha ha :lol: :lol: :lol:
Keep it up guys , I need to catch one of them soon for the peace of my mind


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I treat mahseer with the utmost respect, when I was a kid I used to release all the small ones but keep anything above five pounds.

Now I release them all, unless I am fishing as someones guest and they expect fish in return.


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Great going Mk and Gang. Beautiful place and beautiful fish.

I guess I missed it. What place was this. Hope to catch Masheer this season as well. Lets c what this season brings.

The Masheer season should open around May :lol:


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Shaphan,

Theirs one boatman operating out of the launch adda near Haripur who specializes in trolling. Ask Khan Muhammad about him.

I'm gonna be concentarting on the area in the far north of the dam near Darband, where the Naar river flows into Tarbela, apparently that area is even better than Chandni chowk.


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Thats good news Ali,

I spoke to my boatman he is saying that the snake head have grown real large. The thakedar caught a 10kg Snake head in the net. When u plan to go we can go together if thats ok with u. :lol:

I have also heard from lots of people about dar band. Planning to go there this season. :lol:


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greeeeat! guys nice fishin'....
i just have one thing to ask.....
from where did you get the BOAT from?
how much did you guy's pay?
thanks


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Great trip guys....congratulations

Regards,
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keshav-
Kenneth carries a blow up boat in his back pocket... ;)
you gotta hire one there! :)


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eljefe wrote:
keshav-
Kenneth carries a blow up boat in his back pocket... ;)
you gotta hire one there! :)


The punting pole is in my front pocket!!

Talk to the boat guys at the bank. some of them will take you out trawling. But most of them don't know how to go about it, so ask a lot of questions. Haggle first as the rates depend upon the amount of passenger they can take on if they carried on ferrying people.

Personally I would recommend walking around the banks and spinning. Trawling though productive is pretty boring. Spinning from the banks will get you fish and in addition you'll get to see some real chilwa action.


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Naaw, the punting pole is my Bhakra mahseer special, remember? ;)


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Good show guys! Congrats on your biggest Mahseer yet Asif!
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Am still on a HIGH, Yaj! awesome feeling...


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