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 Post subject: Weekend Madness
PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2007 7:50 pm 
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The wife was going to kill me, I could feel it. To her my trips to the pump house were just wasted weekends. So when I told her about the heading up the ganga this weekend a kid of crazy light flashed in her eyes. Quickly I added that "Lu would love it". That seemed to calm her down a bit. Later that night I told her about my turtle problem with a quivering voice and a trembling chin (learnt from a 4 and a half year old master of manipulation). By morning she had bought it all and we we going.

6 am on Friday we dumped all that we needed into the truck and left. 4km later at the Delhi boder my little one asked 'are we there yet'... I knew it was going to be a tough trip.

7 hours and a 45767 million 'Are we there yets' later we met up with IG at Rishikesh. A stop at a dhabba had us digging into some of the best dal and palak paneer ever. With bellies full we headed down to the river.

IG and I found a likely spot and spread out. Both clipped on our favourite lures and the casting began. Five or six cast later I hooked into something that IG called a 'Pather Chatti'. The fish had been foul hooked in the tail and the fight was short and pretty uneventful. IG had a hit but it did not convert.

We went down river to another pool and started casting. An hour later something hit my Rapala with the power of a speed train. The rod bent crazy and the line screamed out. IG threw his rod down as he had been working that spot for the last hour with no results. The mahseer felt like it was at least 20lbs. As I got it out of the rapid I saw how big it was. All of 6lbs and proud of it. The two of us went to back to the camp happy that we were on to fish.

Can someone identify this one!
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One little crab that came back and now lives in IG's pond
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Alya with one of IG's mahseers
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The nest morning saw us at the water early. The casting began but things looked bleak. The water had risen and gone off colour. But like true soldiers we did not allow minor stuff to slow us down. IG switched to atta and set out a line in the pea soup that was flowing down. I kept at it with the plugs and a zillion casts later was rewarded with a sweet little mahseer. IG's reel also sang twice and he had the pleasure of reeling in two.

Now these fish were not big. But size has never mattered. The fight the 6lbs put up would make any Pump House carp or sol look like wimps.


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Great stuff M'ken,

The little one is adorable.


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M.Ken


Great stuff.Lovely place and your kid is an angel.


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Nice account! Wish I could have been there with you chaps.

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Great going MKen and IG, wonderful water too. [smilie=gt-happyup.gif] The greatest thing that you took the kids along. Must have been a dream trip. By the way, what lures you used for mahseer?


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Hi Mken,

Nice location, nice fish, and the company of your daughter -> priceless :D

See a lot of tents in the background. Is this place some kind of resort ?


tight lines

Makarand


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Calbanese ?


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Thanks guys, It was great trip. My daughter stil can't stop talking about it.

Sualeh,
We used jointed Rapalas and a few spinner and spoons that did not work. Atta was the most productive.

Basically the place is a rafting camp with little or no prospect of fishing. The rafts and tourists just mess up things. It was more of a fishing trip for my daughter than anything else.

Hey IG, Thanks for being so patient and relaxed. Next time we'll get a little more rod time.


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That water looks COOOOLD Ken!
Aha, At last the jinx is broken.
After watching me tinker around with the tackle, learning to be very careful around the hooks, getting a few frog baits and handling each and every onne of the reels and rods, i think its time Mehr went out on a lil trip-she finally turned four and its time...only I'm worried about the 4 zillion "are we there yet"?s ;)
Did you get a good look at the un ID fish mouth area? kind of full of tubercles/biggish pimples? mouth line not clearly visible until the fish kind of puffs open?
Glad you two got it all right.
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Congrats MKen.

All the best for the next trip.

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Looks absolutely like an amazing time....


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Hey Mate I think the Telism of the Turtle King has broken now & U are back out of it. Welcome back MKen. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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Yeah Doc, the water was freezing. We could only wade in the afternoon.

About taking the little one. It is always a good time. but you'll have to live with the constant chatter and barrage of questions. On the way going it was 'are we there yet?' 'How long is 6 hours?' and 'I can't see the mountains yet'. On the way back she saw 'ganna' growing and realised her horses love the stuff. That's when things changed to "I have never eaten ganna in my WHOOOOOOLE life'. Finally at Khatauli I hijacked a tractor trailer and made off with three sticks only to be told "this is wood... I can't eat wood". Cheers mate and best of luck.

About the fish. Yes it had pimples all over it's forehead and a very small mouth. I have caught these before and their colour had varied from purplish like this one to a dark slatey blue/black. Interestingly all have been foul hooked and that to in the tail. I know these are not predators so what are they doing tail whacking minnows? Something that Ham pointed out.

Anybody know what is its real name?


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Great show Ken. can i brig along mah boy next time


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 Post subject: Re: Weekend Madness
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Well done and we anoint thee mahaseer ken and the great gypsy.
Guess the pump house will never measure up to this.

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wow! That sure looks good! Can wait to get there myself :-)
Thanks for sharing guys!
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Nice trip Ken!
That looks like a calabanse. You would remember it in casting for gold (Paul Boote).
Do you have another picture of the fish (belly down)
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Mahaseerken wrote:
Yeah Doc, the water was freezing. We could only wade in the afternoon.



Guys, neoprene waders available in the IA shoppe :-)


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Ken,Dhruv

It's about being there and doing it,the pics say it all,way to go guy's.

It's been a while,count me in on the next trip.

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Hi Ken,
Nice report & wonderful pictures.. thanks for sharing.


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Mmmmm. Nice pics and report. I watched Jeremy Wade's Goonch programe last night and was drooling at the crystal rivers he was able to fish. I really must try to get myself up north for the 2008 trip.


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Incredibly delicious Ken.....:)
Loved every bit of your trip...

Wish i was there.....:)
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It looks like you guys had good fun. The water looks good however Mahseer wasnt going for lures.....?


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Good job,

Looks like it was a great trip.

The terrain looks alot like the area around Islamabad, just ten years ago (when I was to young to really appreciate it) we used to catch mahseer of that size regularly in streams just twenty minutes from my house.

Those days are gone for us.

You guys have a great thing going, never take it for granted!


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Thanks Mahaseerken, so atta worked again. Thats called old is gold.

V Prashant wrote:
Hey Mate I think the Telism of the Turtle King has broken now & U are back out of it.

Just keep it secret, turtle gods might be listening :roll: :twisted:


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Hi M'ken ,
Looks like you had a good time, and I must say, going with children is a remembrance, something to cherish. Although they keep on asking tooooooooo many questions, and at times irritate, but that’s what life and Family is all about.
Keep it up. Good luck.

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Ranny,

No irritation mate. Love all the questions and want them to keep coming. Zillions of them. I know very soon I'll be doing the asking and that is what I really dread. Think of it.

Would go with them pesky kids any day. :D :D :D


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Nice Little family holiday :D :D

Keep it coming mate.. :D


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It was a good trip!!! the weather was amazing, the fish smart, but after an IQ test, MKen and I figured we were a tad bit smarter!!! Smartest of the lot... lil Alya... 'you guys freeze in the water, i'll sit and build sand castles and play with my pet crab!!!' The crab now lives happily in my pond and has been named APC (no not armoured personnel carrier) but Alay's Pet Crab...

Here are some more pics from the trip...

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Great pics, IG. I must say that rod in the first pic looks really nice :-)


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Yes that is the Daiwa from the IA store. Good piece of equipment. :D :D :D


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Yes that is the Daiwa from the IA store. Good piece of equipment. :D :D :D


its a damn good rod with beautiful action!!! thanks bops!!! gotta send you another shopping list soon!


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E-glass rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lighter the rod more the fun..... however catch and release after the fish is exhausted.......


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Great pics and you all had a great trip. Will go down memory lane for a lifetime
Cheers...Hamdhingra


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Got a brand new Daiwa rod myself....yet to use it...:((


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Saiki,
My favourite is a Daiwa 8' SF25 - I could swear that there is no better rod ! Wonder what you have got - It would obviously be better.
Cheers...Hamdhingra


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Great Stuff guys and lovely pictures as well...

Bobby


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MK,

Awe some pics mate. Your lucky to have water that clear. My friend Ali is rite, we had a similar enviornment a decade or so ago. :cry:

Any ways cool pics and the important thing is that you took the kids alng as well.

Cheers :-)


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