The Barramundi of Bombay
It all started a month and half ago, the idea was to catch a Barramundi off the shores of Bombay. Ali and I decided to put some efforts in the thought and hence began the exploration of all likely spots with the help of people like Arun Mohile, who suggested some to us .
Madh-island, Gorai, Manori, we both went to each spot at different times on various occasions to check the water condition and try out different jigs and lures to catch some fish of course the main aim was to catch the rare Barramundi. Ali was insisting in finding couple of spots where we could catch some big game fish around Bombay, as recently every time one asked or read it was always three to four hundred kilometer away from Bombay people were catching these fishes. Even my first big catch was also around three hundred kilometer from Bombay where I caught some with Santosh and Dean; still that time too we did not manage a Barra.
I was determined to catch one that too around Bombay.
In the process of finding one Ali and I saw some sunrise and sunsets together shared some mosquito bites, and some local food. We also saw some amazing sea life around us, dolphins feeding at a distance of few meeters, some amazing ravas feeding and mullet dancing to the setting sun.
We were convinced that all the marine life around is not dead. The weather how ever was not ideal the northern wind and dirty water was two main constrains for us to get any major success initially. Ali and I were start to wonder about our hunt. Then as the condition improved a little bit, few days back we started to meet with some delightful small successes. Ali and I started to catch some small ones first, a big Doma of mine and a baby Barramundi of Ali (which he quickly released) and some nice size cat fish among it. We were now getting sure that if the small ones are there then the big ones are not far away.
Then finally yesterday it happened
Ali and I decided to hit one of our favorite spots in Madh and were on the rocks around 1PM at the peak of the high tide. We were met by one of our local friends who told us that he has missed taking out three big MJs of about 4 to 7 pounds that very morning. Well that set the mood right it meant they were around. We decided to start the day as usual with some bait fishing and both casted out our bait and start to wait, unlike other day we were hit couple of time in quick succession but they did not materialize in catch.
Then Ali ( as usual the first one ) suddenly saw some feeding and even our local friends started getting all excited . Ali and I thought it was a Ravas feeding and he quickly changed lure on his pre prepared rod to a silver spoon and I decided to put on my X rap silver and we both started to cast. I saw Ali land the spoon successively and with precision where the feeding was happening but with no fish taking it. Ali suddenly turn around and asked me to cast my lure on the same spot. I thought ‘ya sure as if I could be that precise’ but after few second of initial adjustments I mange to land my lure on the exact spot as Ali’s spoon and as soon as the line was tight as I start to retrieve, Wham! I could not believe the force as the fish got hooked. I was excited yet controlled as we were really on some very slippery rocks I fought the fish and landed it. Ali shouted with joy “it’s a Barra” and I felt like dancing. I jumped and hugged Ali it was as much of his as mine.
Ali told me later on that while casting his spoon he suddenly realized that they were not Ravas and that’s the reason he asked me to try my lure.
Ali then amazingly caught a big sea Mangur and a baby Grouper (Which again he released quickly) on a single line!!! with two hooks side by side!! I have never seen any thing like this before.
It was all in all a wonderful day for us and a huge relief to finally catching up with our quest.
Here are the some pictures of the journey
Ali's Baby Barra
The Night catch Doma
The 8lb Barramundi( look at the grin on my face)
Ali's Dancing posture with twin catch
putting out from the keeping net to a small pond in the rocks
Ramchander our local friend is all smile with Barra:lol: