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 Post subject: The Barramundi of Bombay
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 3:34 pm 
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The Barramundi of Bombay


The quest

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
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By rajatmukherjeAli's Baby Barra
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By rajatmukherjeThe Night catch Doma
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By rajatmukherjeThe 8lb Barramundi( look at the grin on my face)
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By rajatmukherjeAli's Dancing posture with twin catchImage
By rajatmukherjeputting out from the keeping net to a small pond in the rocks Image
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By rajatmukherjeRamchander our local friend is all smile with Barra:lol: :lol: :lol:


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Let me be the first to shout..Congrats Mate.. Very well done.. :wink:
Lets keep it up.. It was your first bara but by no way the last..
Once again..very well done..

And yes, thanks for not slipping on the rocks.. :twisted:

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Super Guys [smilie=hellyeah.gif] ... I am happy for you Rajat :D . (good to know that the lure worked 8)) So finally you have got the fish you really wanted. The Doma is also of a decent size.

Ali, these cats are very dangerous & one has to take lot of care in handling them. [smilie=shocked.gif]

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Congrats mate!

Great to hear that you are amongst the fish. Now that you have been bitten the lure bug get up north and let's catch some nice Mahseer together.

Keep them coming.


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Good going Mates, what a show keep the snaps coming .....


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sounds like a great trip.
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You guys rock! Nice report Rajat, hope to see more like this soon.

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Great going guys... Its been a long time since someone caught one so close. Thanks for sharing.


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Congrats Rajat for the nice catch


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Great going guys [smilie=upyeah.gif].... And thanks for doing it in our neck of the woods...that just revamps our enthusiasm [smilie=happydance.gif].Cheers,Madhur.


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Nice Reports & Nicer snaps...

Way to go Dude...But what were the bait used ?


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Thanks for the words guys really appreciate it . Looking forward to meet you Bops when you are here .
viper I used a x Rap silver for the Barra, but I heard that some one caught a Barra on Mullet(Boi in local language) in Goa
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Congrats mate!

Great to hear that you are amongst the fish. Now that you have been bitten the lure bug get up north and let's catch some nice Mahseer together.

Keep them coming.

Ken I would soon take you up for this and also waiting eagerly for you to come to Mumbai too, hope that bloody script gets finalize soon


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Great going Rajat!
Keep on doin it
Next time in NCR, call and we'll exchange lies? Kenneth , he's our lucky charm-meet rajat the day before and Mahseer hook ups assured in 24 hours ;)
What is a sea mangur? and did Ali use a Paternoster rig for the double hook up?
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Great catch Rajat! Happy for you...


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thanks kul

eljefe wrote:
Great going Rajat!
and did Ali use a Paternoster rig for the double hook up?
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Axx

eljefe you have to PM Angler Ali I really don't know about the rig Mate but it was a special one thats for sure


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Congrats Partner !

Absolutely awesome stuff. where the heck were they when I was around ? :lol:

Keep it up champ. Will talk to you sometime.


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Great goin' Rajatda and Ali Bhai....:)

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 Post subject: Bombay Barramundi
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Hi Rajat,

Congratulations!! You've now been bitten by the Barra.

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Sydney.


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Thanks Sydney. Saiki for the words

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Congrats Partner !

Absolutely awesome stuff. where the heck were they when I was around ? :lol:

Keep it up champ. Will talk to you sometime.


They were there mate i guess but jokes apart I think you were here at the wrong time the weather took our a.. I am sure we would get some big ones when you come next to Bombay


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Hi Raj,

Its looks like your dream come true. Nice report.
Keep it up. Your cheers show how happy you were.

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Excellent report and it is nice to know that there are fish left in the waters of mumbai & not just chemical waste and plastic bags. Great trip and wish you luck.


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 Post subject: Re: Bombay Barramundi
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Sydney wrote:
You've now been bitten by the Barra. .


We gave it back to the barra last night :twisted: :twisted: .. Rajat, thanks for the wonderful dinner & the company... :D


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rajatmukherje wrote:
thanks kul

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Great going Rajat!
and did Ali use a Paternoster rig for the double hook up?
Best
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eljefe you have to PM Angler Ali I really don't know about the rig Mate but it was a special one thats for sure


Hi Asif,
It was not a Paternoster rig. It was a simple rig of two hooks in front of a floating weight attached on the line itself. One small plastic bead was used to limit the movement of weight towards the hooks.

Hope it answers your quastion.

Regards,

Ali.

Rajat,

The food was great. Thanks for the party.

Regards,

Ali.


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Rajat,

The food was great. Thanks for the party.

Regards,

Ali.

You are most welcome any day partner I hope to catch a fish with you soon again
Rajat


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Hi, Rajat,

Nice Report and what a smile! Congrats. May You Catch Bigger and Bigger.

Regards,


Arun :lol:


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Congrads on the Barra,

I too want to catch one, but there are not many lurking around Chennai coast :(

Maruthu


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Thanks for the words guys

arun.mohile wrote:
Hi, Rajat,

Nice Report and what a smile! Congrats. May You Catch Bigger and Bigger.

Regards,


Arun :lol:

Thanks Arun sab we missed you that day I remember Ali calling you. we will go one of these days again and the bigger one I hope I catch with you. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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santosh wrote:
Sydney wrote:
You've now been bitten by the Barra. .


We gave it back to the barra last night :twisted: :twisted: .. Rajat, thanks for the wonderful dinner & the company... :D


Pal you are most welcome any time you know that, looking forward to go fishing with you soon


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Maruthu,
There are plenty of Barra along the East & West coast of India. It is known by different names.
Along the coast of Maharashtra,I've known it to be called by five diff. names.
Show your local fishermen a photograph of one,and I'am sure he will tell you where to find it!!!.
Syd.


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 Post subject: Barras of Mumbai.
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Sidney,

Please tell me the other two names by which Baramundi is known along konkan coast. I know following three names: -

Khajura, Jitada and Kanai. ( Khajura & Jitada from Mumbai to down south till Ratnagiri, while Kanai further south in Sindhudurg District).

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I know the bong name its "Bhetki" :lol: :lol: :lol:


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Mr. Arun, barra has more than 5 names in Marathi. In south Maharashtra (near tarkarli) only some fishermen call it Kanai. ....I dont recollect the name now but I guess it starts from G.

The names I have heard are; Jitada, Fitadar, Khajura , Kanai, Khajari


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Hi Arun & Santosh,

You may add Gomat as another name,from the Konkan area?

Santosh, Fitadar is new to me, which area is it from?

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Hi Sydney,

Gomat is the name I was trying to recollect. In malvan area Barra is mostly known as Gomat. Fitadar is listed in Fish base as a local marathi name.

http://www.fishbase.org/comnames/Common ... calcarifer

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Congrats on your first Barra Rajat! Great going!
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Superb man
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Very Nice Guys


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I know this fish since we get it regularly and it tastes really cool - especially when you prepare it the Bong way. :lol:


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kulsdood wrote:
I know this fish since we get it regularly and it tastes really cool - especially when you prepare it the Bong way. :lol:

you bet bro I made every recipe i knew with this one tasted out of this world
looking forward to land another one soon :lol: :lol: :lol:


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lemme share some names with u guys. in mumbai they call khajura or jitada. near pen, panvel side they call it khajri which is close to khajura. as we move ahead towards the konkan area ie shrivardhan or harihareshwar they call it gomat. uptill chiplun, guhaghar is the same name gomat. as we come at ratnagiri the name changes. they call it kanai. this name lasts till vijaydurg, malwan tarkarli, vengurla. as we come to goa they call it chonak or chonkul. and last but not the least near karwar and closeby they call it gur. correct me if i am wrong. i have come across these names. sorry for any incorrect spellings.
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Abhijeet .. right on the button .. youre information is absolutely right ...


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hi freddie,
thnks for ur comments. by the way u must be quite familiar with the black back khajuras of goa. they really give a very good fight.
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Hi
Freddie Abhi thanks for the Info it helps a lot when you talk to the locals about the fishing conditions and tips cheers [smilie=coolup.gif] [smilie=coolup.gif]


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Nice one Abi, informative...


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Very happy for you, keep it up, now I have a reason to bring some rig with me on my next visit to Mumbai. Look forward now to your 100th Bara.
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Nice catch mate. keep up the good work


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Just read the naming thing on this thread. In Goa, most of the locals seem to refer to Barra as "Channack".


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I think Abhi (spoon angler) has covered that one.

Cheers,
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hey guys i am really surprised to see this thread alive again after such along time thanks for the words I hope to add to it soon. I think it is time again one of us do some thing on Mumbai shores in terms of getting a good one the season is here :wink:


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Ken L wrote:
Just read the naming thing on this thread. In Goa, most of the locals seem to refer to Barra as "Channack".


Yeah Ken its Channack alright...


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