We had planned a family fishing trip to Valparai with families and friends last week.It was our intention to check our luck and catch few mahseer.
Friday morning we had started from Coimbatore and in between our friends and families joined together.
The place is called Manampalli and half an hour drive from Valparai.There is a forest guest house which has no power, but all other facilities are okay.
We had reached there by 1.00 pm and finished our lunch. By 2.00 pm we started casting in the fast running water ( which was a from the power house close by) and after couple of casts I had a strike and landed a mahseer around 500 grams.Its been released with the hope of getting a bigger one.
Actually this river surrounds the guest house like a U and we had tried all the place. Till evening not even a single strike, but 4 of the J13 rapala plugs and 1 spinner was struck with the woods inside the river .It was getting darker also.
We cut the lines and tied it near by wood or plants and hoping of retrieving it back the next day.
The next day early morning again we started and Murali's 1 st cast itself he got the strike and landed a decent size around 2.000 kgs.Kept for the pot.
Again there a a plug and spinner struck at the woods . As advised by the locals, its very risky to swim into the river and retrieve the lures as there was a crocodile which had bitten couple of locals.
One of the local came to support me and we cut a thin lengthy bamboo pole and went to 3 metres inside from the shore.Retrieved 2 of the plug and 1 spinner . After that I had swim 2 more metres deep and retrived 1 more spinner and plug.We had lost 2 of the J13 fire tigers.
My friends watched from the shore that if there was any crocodiles close by or moving as the water was clear , but later I felt it was risky.
Hope to make the successful trip next time.
murali and my son with the fish
fast running water
fast running water
friend is trying his luck