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Ken's big Indian adventure - part 1. - INDIANANGLER ->

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There is a popular idea that all Middle Eastern airlines are the bees knees. Well having flown with Etihad, I can confidently say that this is a misconception.

The flight from Heathrow to Abu Dhabi was marred by the internal temperature of the aircraft which was something like 30 degrees and dry as hell. Like many other victims/passangers, I was quickly stripped off to the minimum of clothing and constantly drinking and nipping off to the toilets to run cold water over face wrists and arms to try to cool down a bit. Fortunatly, we eventually arrived at Abu Dhabi airport (looking suspiciously like "Moss Isley" from the Star Wars movies) and got out of the plane to be greated by the relative cool of the desert morning - who would have thought you'd feel the pleasant cool when arriving in the Middle East ?

In full accordance with international guidelines, the airport terminal was emblazoned with signs staying that smoking was prohibited except in designated areas. Unfortunatly, the effect of this was slightly marred by the fact that the designated areas included all the food stalls and coffee shops and there was no ventilation at all. The resultant haze of smoke, sounds of coughing westerners and hords of exotically dressed people (almost as exotic as Saltley in Birmingham !) reinforced the "Moss Isley" feel of the place and I was constantly expecting to see some wee fella jump up and shout "Ootinii" from a darkened corner.


The onward flight to Mumbai was delayed by 2 hours so we arrived after the last connecting flight to Goa had gone. Fortunatly, I'd realised it would be close cut and so hadn't pre-booked the connecting flight. With flying out of the question, a prepaid taxi took me to the long distance bus stand and I soon had an overnight bus ticket booked to Mapusa in north Goa and after a two hour wait, I started the final 10 hours of the journey out.

After setting out from home at 13:00 on Saturday, I finally rolled into Arambol at 08:00 on Monday morning in dire need of a wash and a bed.


Whilst having a coffee with my bags besides me, Scott (Worldfisher) rolled up in the restrurant and whilst I admit to a quick (manley) hug and handshake, I decided to decline the "and kisses" (and indeed the plural "hugs") suggested by his mother for when I met him.

He was looking well but considerably skinnier than he was when we last met, but cycling 15000km will do that to a body.

Now, general guidance on jet lag is to adopt a sleeping pattern appropriate to your destination as soon as possile after your arrival. Unfortunatly, I decided to forgoe this basic biological acclimatisation process and slept through the middle of the day and went out fishing between 23:00 and 3 in the morning on the day of my arrival.

We've been pretty much noctournal ever since !


The locals haven't been catching a lot of late but Scott and I landed three fish each on the first night with an average weight of 6kgs each. I also lost a huge fish that just ran and ran before jumping and throwing the hooks.

The next night, I only had one but Scott landed four and the sizes were bigger with fish averaging 7.5kg's.

We went out again on Wednesday night but were a little concerned about the reception we might recieve after doing so much better than the locals the previous two nights, so we fished another location and had a nice Mangrove Jack each and I had another Barramundi of 8kg's.


There was no fishing for me last night 'cause I had a stomach bug. I had 8 hours of misery starting out with some impressive stomach pains and then it was gone, which suggests that it was a virus rather than the result of eating something dodgy. Unfortunatly, being sick also meant that I missed the jam session at Loekies bar but I could hear it from my room. It sounded like I missed a really good one with a couple of guys playing some first rate blues at the start and then more of a mixed bag a bit latter on. Obviously, I need to track down the guys who were playing and make sure I'm there when they play next. I've also caught a Bindoo Babas gig and Prana, Assi and Matura were on good form. In short, the music scene here is as good as ever.


One thing that has changed in the last 12 months is the pantheon of hippydom. In addition to the familiar Jesus/Charley Mansun hippy, the Cyberpunk hippy and the Sadhu wanabee hippy, there is now the Pirate hippy, repleate with silly beared and mustoush (I know, people in glass houses etc), appropriate piraty clothes and whitty banter and even a tricorned hat !

Disney has a lot to anwser for !


In a few days Scott and I are planning a trip up the coast to Ganpatapule in Maharashtra for a bit of shark fishing from the beach. Expect tails of toothy beasties soon.


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Hi Ken,

I am leaving for Ganpatipule tonight with buddies from IA & will be there till Sunday afternoon.

Will carry a beach casting rod. :-)

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Hi, Ken,
That was a good Travel Report! In the night, did You do bait casting for Bottom fishing or you did spinning with lures?

Waiting for your pics.

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Santosh. I rather doubt that we'll get there before you leave but if we manage to make our arrangements quicker than expected, keep an eye out for a pair of fishing Gorrah's and say hi !

Arun. So far, all of our fishing has been done with lures from the beach. Small rubber shads and minnow lures in the 5 - 6' range have been doing the business.
One thing that I made a point of bringing was sinking/suspending shallow running minnows. The extra density lets us get a small lure to maximum distance and this does seem to be paying off.
We have a few more new tricks in the arsenal for this trip and will share them as and when they can be shown to work in relation to Indian species and conditions - but it's early days yet.


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I'll look around.. :lol:


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Great log Captain. May the force be with you.


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Thanks very much Ken for the reply. I have never done spinning in night, but on coming Monday and Tuesday, I am planning to try it at Mandwa, near Alibaug. There would be a Full Moon on Tuesday, 22nd Jan. So I hope I would get hits, using your method.

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well done ken. if you do land a shark ( and i hope you get a beauty), give it a little snog from me- will you? :lol:

any pics buddy?

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Vikram. The sort of sharks we'll be after can be seen in Scott's blog.
http://./

I might be tempted to give one a little kiss but tongues are out of the question.

Best of luck with the lure chucking Arun. I hope you get a monster.


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God damn it Ken... you got all the luck and skill. :D


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Hey Ken I hope you made a good trip to Ganapatiphule I just posted a trip report of our own hope to see yours soon. great going and a very good start just on your arrival wish you all the best and happy hunting in coming days as Arun says I would be trying same lure fishing in the night soon I don't have any rubber shads or any other species would regular Rapala lure help would appreciate a suggestion
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Vikram mate. The catfish are just taking chunks of makerel (Bangra) fished on simple patternoster and running ledger rigs. Nothing complicated about it and they're definatly in the unwanted byecatch category.
Even fish of a few grams will grab a decent sized bait and force it hook and all into it's mouth.
When you catch one, it's just a case of grabbing the hook with pliers and shaking it back into the sea.
About the only thing less welcome than the catfish are the moray eels.

Rajat. Most of our fish for this trip have been falling for shallow running minnow lures either made by Bomber. Just make sure you upgrade the hooks. Rapala's are fine and although I'm not a fan of their lures, something like the shallow running version of the Husky Jerk shoud do the job for you.
If you're fishing at night, just make sure you know the mark well and stay safe.

We fished again last night and Scott well and truely beat me. He had a spectacular barramundi but I really should give him the chance to post details about just how big it was himself rather than spoiling the suprise. Me, i just had the one MJ but kept getting frustrating little taps that I'm going to have to learn how to turn into more fish.


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Hi Ken,

Nice adventure and nice catch. I have one question for you. I have some fluroscent sticks for my float. If I tape/ Glue one with my lure when I am night fishing or with the deep diver, when trolling- will it inhance the chance of hit. One more thing, I am designing one long cast zero weight leader by adding thermocole balls of 5mm size throughout the length of the wire and adding weight on either end and middle of the wire so as the buoyancy of thermocole in water and the weight added are in equilibrium. I know that I can increase my cast by using this method but will this leader spook the fish.

And best of luck for your further trip.


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The mountains were the Western Ghats and the destination was the upper Cauvery.
On arrival, the water levels were quite high and here was a distinct murky cast to the water.
Things didn't look good for lure fishing but things appeared to have brightened up when my rod slammed over just 25 minutes into the first coracle trip. At 15lbs, it wasn't a huge fish but it was very welcome all the same.
Unfortunatly, the first fish wasn't a harbinger of great things to come and we struggled to get fish to respond to lures throughout our 10 day stay. I had the best fish to a lure at about 18lb but bait appeared to be the only way to go.
Scott (Worldfisher) had fish to 25lb on raggi after we were shown an alternative and much better way to prepare the stuff that leaves the bait soft enough to pull a hook through on the strike.
Not being a keen bait angler, I decided to call it a day after day 10 but Scott is still there trying for the big one. I will hopefully be making a return visit in March when the clarity improves and the fish will hopefully feel a little more inclined to chase lures.

One frustrating aspect of the trip was my ongoing failure to hook a mahseer on the fly. One afternoon, I had five mahseer and a murrel grab the flies only to have every single strike fail to hookup. Nonetheless, my under mango tre casting technique is now much improved and hopefully, I'll hook one next tine.


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great going ken .. good to here from you.


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Hi Ken,

What flies (type, color, & size) did you try ?

Also, what type of flyline (sinking, floating) did you fish ?

I am trying to understand what techniques did not work :D


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I was using a #9 weight weight forward sink tip line with a short leader tipped off with 50cm of flouro. The flies were 4" minow immitations that look astonisingly like a danio/chilwa but being salt water flies, they have a very strong short shank hook at the front and the fish tended to grab the back of the fly and miss the point. The murrel (and a couple of mahseer) hit a classic frog style bass bug fished right into the bank and constantly lifted and but back (pike style) on a short line as the coracle drifted.

Hopefully, I'll be able to get those same flies into positions where the bigger fish will engulf them when the river clears a bit.


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Hi Ken,

Thanks for the info.

Looks like I need to tie flies for Mahseer, with tandem hooks.


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"I would say watch the guys who serves you drinks. "

Nah, I was just checking my memory for any remembrances involving mushroom omletts.
There were none.
Same thing last night but not quite so many - and I resisted the temptation to swim.


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Nice report Ken. Do you have any plans to fish the east coast?
I haven't heard of MJs or Barrmundi here, but came across some nice GTs and Barracudas.

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Maruthu, I have seen the local fishermen pull out plenty of barramundi around the rocks right in front of the Taj. They were using live prawn for bait.


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Bops, Taj Goa???


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Yeah man.


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Yeah Ken, you should check them out at Guwahati fish market. Bops Fort Aguada has some good game. As usual all my live bait dies before i reach a perticular spot.


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Apoo My family is from Laban Shillong and at lehabadi at Guwahati. I was referring to the size of bhetki (barramundi) available in the fish market of guwahaiti.


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Lehabadi or Rehabari? I never knew bhetki was barramundi. Yes i have heard that you get bhetki at the paltanbazar fish market. Thanks for the information. Whenever you come to shillong, stay for a day in Ghy too. We can meet up.

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