Hi Sam / MM,
May i add that Ragi balls work only in the Cauvery and always cover the hook. The masheer are pretty accurate when they strike, and are unlikely to touch the hook if you guys were trying a hair rig. Ragi works most year round (except when the water is muddy), then nothing seems to work. I still go by the book and try bright spoons when the water is discoloured. Occasionally have some luck that way. Must add that the timings mentioned by MM are not the rule.I have caught large Masheer even at 3 am.
Chilwa is a great bait for fast flowing water, and a hook tied around a crab (minus the pincers) with very light line, makes a good variation in slower flowing water. You can find them under small rocks near the water or better still buy paddy feild crabs from city market and take them to the river in a cloth bag. Let me warn you that they sound like you have creepy crawlies in the house, and can stink to high heaven.
Regarding plugs on the Cauvery, i haven't had a single strike in at least a dozen occasions that i have tried them. Robbie did get broken once at Jain Kul. Broke the rod too!
Mighty Marlin wrote:
Some friends and I recently returned from a trip to the Cauvery in search of Mahseer. We fished lures and managed fish to just under 30lbs. We spent many hours fishing ragi and had several good runs but failed to connect to the fish.
We presented the ragi on a large hook using a hair to keep the point of the hook clear. The gillies said this was no good and that the hook was to be buried inside the bait to fool the fish.
What do you guys make of this and how do you present yours??
Also whats the ideal size ragi ball??
The stretch of the Cauvery you were fishing is a fantastic one. Its known for its Mahseer that more readily go for spinners and plugs. One can have a lot of action at this stretch if they het the timing right. The action begins at dawn and lasts till about 9.30am. Things quiten down and pick up at about 4.00pm till dusk. I have caught many fish outside this 'feeding time' and the majority of them came from the shade under the trees that line the river. I was out wading or in a coracle casting from the center towards the bank and well into the shady patches. Most often I'd get a strike along the edges of the shady patches as the spinner came into the brightly lit middle of the river.
Now the ragi fishing I've done..... The hooks always been burried in the ball. I've varied the size of the ball from the size of a pigeon's egg to the size of a cricket ball. Caught fish regardless of size..... smaller fish on smaller bait.
With regards to positioning the bait, I look at positioning my bait in an eddy or along the edge of fast flowing water. This would be a place where food would naturally accumulate. I almost always have hing with me and mix it in just before I cast and not while boiling the ragi. With regards to faster water and rapids I avoid using ragi and use live/dead bait.
I tend to go for larger baits when it comes to fishing for bigger Mahseer. I think the smaller fish start nibbling at the bait and the bigger ones follow to check out the thamasha
Hence a larger bait would last longer in the water.