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 Post subject: winter mahseer
PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 5:25 pm 
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Finally did it again. Since nobody could get out of their warm blankets and drive down with me to the dam, I did it alone.

It was off on sat afternoon to Chandigarh, slept in a cheap hotel ther and then drove to the dam in the morning. I started fishing at 8.30 am and shivering in that morning breeze I was thinking maybe the other blokes were right and I should have stayed in bed too.

But I was there!

While making the first cast i remembered all the things I had read, been told a million times and been made to believe.

1. It was too cold to be on the waters edge with a nice lil storm getting ready to piss on me.
2. Fish don't bite in the cold.
3. the fish are deep down and sluggish.
4. Slow retrieves are the way to go.

So I did it the right way. I cast out and waited for the lure to sink.... then started the retrieve at stall speed. And then I did it again. And again.

Somewhere aroung the 4 millionth cast Sandeep, the boat guy, walked over and started the regular 'it's too cold chat'. This distracted me and I slipped into my regular cast wait a few seconds and retrieve at a comfortable speed. And Wham! I was hit. A short fight later I met a nice mahseer. Not one of the big daddies but he did look like he had an elder sister.

So I started cranking up a bit. I did not let the lure sink too much. I prayed it would get colder (it did). And i thanked God that fish don't read or get too involved with our debates.

So what did 17hrs of driving alone and 7 hours of fishing get me?

6 Mahseer from 4kgs to 1.5kgs (+/- 10% for standing in the freezing rain)

About 15 hits. (next time i will add a flying hook to my lures)

The first. Taken around 9.30am.


The second. Taken around 9.45am


The third. Taken around 10.30am



The others were released without having to say cheese.


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 Post subject: cool Show
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hey Ken
Damn neat Show!!!
Next time you go --- Just give a buzz.
I'll be happy to accompany U :->
Cheers!!!
M


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Good going Ken. Next time hold the fish properly, all I can see is a white belly :-)


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here comes the all mighty MAHSEERKEN


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Oh M'Ken....thou art a great one .........lol

Great show. Was it really really the normal retreives that got the fish or your sheer determination to be one up on everyone else & prove them otherwise :lol:

Nice stuff !


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Bops!
It was too bloody cold, hands were frozen once they got wet, shot was taken by another local. And that fish was pretty feisty.

Keyur!
every word is true. Got me thinking too.

MayurSood,
PM me your number mate. Will surely call you the next time.


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Hey Pal this is the reason you are nick named Tiger . I knew if any one could have done it it would be you. Keep it going you fishaholic . Some very nice picture too ,Really looking forward to go fishing with you next time I am in Delhi. pal
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Ken's the man!!!


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great show man! you are proving the pundits wrong ...
and thanx for sharing


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Great Going Ken
Keep it up
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Way to go buddy....
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.u hve just inspired a whole lot of anglers to get out of warm blankets & go fishing :D


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Great going Ken! Thanks for the pics!

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Great going Ken,
It is real nice to get bite when you least expect it. You have proven my point that no one except God knows when the fish will start biting. No logic or science applies here. Incidentally I caught my first mahaseer way back, almost 12 years ago, from Hathnikund when it was freezing cold. Nice report and great pictures. I know how hard it is to hold a fish for photograph when your hands are numb from the cold. I am sorry that I was not able to meet you in my last trip to Delhi. See you some other time. I am looking forward to go fishing with you some day. Keep it up and congratulation for a very nice day of fishing.

Regards,

Ali.. :lol:


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Thanks Ali,

Yup you are right. It is always a pleasure getting a bite when you least expect it.

Having grown up in the hills above Doon I remember catching fish while I froze my butt off. sometimes it was too cold to even wade into the water. Most of these trips were actually shoots with a bit of fishing thrown in.

Waiting to go fishing with you. Who knows I might just fly down to mumbai for the 28th to 30th salties meet.


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M-ken - i love your determined hard work to fish .. way to go


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 Post subject: Hi Mahaseerken
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The fish gods are happy with you because you went even though you were alone. I am sure that the fishes were waiting eagerly for you :shock: they were glad that you made it there. :D

May the fishes be with you always ! :-)


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Good for yez Ken!
(aside) MAMA I want!! :lol:


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M Ken,

Some nice fish there.Die hard fisherman . Salute!


Jeen


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Good Show ... Mahaseerken

keep it up


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Beautiful Fishes M'ken :-)


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Well done MK...guess the water did warm a bit after all. What is the ideal temperature to catch nothern Mahseer?


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Have seen mullets do this when salties and dolphins are after them. The things is that dolphins actually beach them selves halfway and pick up the spoils. (just like the killer whales do when going after seals)[/quote]

Yup! saw that on Discovery. The amazing thing with the Dolphins is that it is a taught method. regular Dolphins with no experience can't do it. But pods teach their young and pass on skills.

Will try and get some pictures of this at the dam. the problem is that when this happens I always reach for my rod not the camera. :? :D


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Ken, Bhakra is calling you!! :-)


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