Thoroughly enjoyed our first attempt at mahseer at Bushbetta in March. (we have been trekking Assam since then, hence the delay in reporting)
We were greeted rather apologetically at the camp with the news that the river was high and the chances of big fish were slim.
However, we did manage to catch plenty of the smaller mahseer up to 16 lb - the second best of the week. (best was 25 lb)
Although we tried spinners, various lures and live chilwa, we got no response. Nothing on fly either.
All our fish were taken on ragi. It is amazing how a fish as small as 3lb can get a tennis-ball-sized lump into its mouth!
Saad fished with us on a couple of days - a very entertaining fishing companion who was so enthusiastic about mahseer - and cricket! We learnt much from him.
This first taste of mahseer has whetted our appetite for more. We shall return, and soon!
My first Mahseer
Norma's first Mahseer
A fat cat
Norma's Carnatic Carp
My best mahseer. Guide unhooked it, threaded it on stringer. I put the rod safe and turned to pick up fish for photo, only to find the guide had let the fish slip off the stringer
Fortunately Norma had already taken this shot
So I must come back to get a decent trophy picture