Hi Fellow Anglers,
I always wanted to visit Tarkarli having heard a lot about the clean beaches, blue sea and the beautiful back waters that one gets to see there. On seeing the trip report of Tarkarli by Mr. Arun, I called him up for some more information on the hotels and places to visit and booked two days at the MTDC beach resort and two days on the boat house for a vacation on my wedding anniversary.
With a very much accessible mouth of the estuary the place also looked an ideal location to catch my first Barramundi. The rocks 4 kms inside the sea was another location I thought I should explore for some big game and did manage to arrange for a boat before I left Mumbai.
The tackle carried was penn spinfisher 12 ft med/heavy rod parried with daiwa emcast 5500, quantum great white three piece travel spinning rod with 4000 series reel.
Here's a brief trip report & pictures of my visit to Tarkarli (Malvan) and some other locations on the west coast of Maharashtra.
Day one: After checking into mtdc resort, we decided to go on 3 hr boat ride in the evening to visit one sandy island which was created my the tsunami, watch dolphins, troll around one of the nearest rock formation on the burnt islands and get back in to the estuary before sunset. By the time we reached burnt island, the wind picked up and sea started getting rough.
Two rods were placed on opposite side and the lines were out, this was second time (1st on my own) that I was going to do trolling in sea and had a very limited idea on what to expect.
I got a hit in 5 mins, not knowing what fish it was, I declared to my wife that this must be a big mangrove jack (as if I know a lot
), after few mins the fish showed up with a clear high jump and I screamed QUEEN FISH .. hearing that "WOW good job" came a reply from my wife (as if she knows a lot
). amazing fish and an amazing fight.
the lines were out again, as soon as I closed the bail arm.. whaaaam... with lot of drama and jumping around a nice Barracuda... the smile on my face was widening with every passing second.
The lines were out again and after few mins of silence, the rod got one more bend and the reel went for a song... some more jumping around and flashing of teeth's... a good about 3 ft barracuda was landed.
Within just 20 -30 mins of trolling, I asked the boat operator to take us back as the wind further picked up and the sea was now a bit more rough.
On second day since it was very windy and the waters rough, I decided that I will go alone for a boat trip to have a two hour trolling session.
for some reason, the boat guy came armed with a smaller 7 hp mariner engine and had a tough time controlling it on slow speed near to the rocks.
The trolling was now done on high speed and thus reducing the chances of hits.. after 20 mins I got a huge hit, a big GT and I could barely lift the rod.. I wanted the boat to stop but it was very close to the rocks and the boat could have drifted on the rocks had we done that... I found my self helpless with the boat and the fish running in different directions..... the fish was uncontrollable and it broke free after 2-3 mins ..
with the wind further picking up, we came back in to the estuary... I got the lines out at the mouth of the estuary in anticipation of hooking a fish I wanted to catch now for a long time.. immediate hit... but it was a barracuda and not a barramundi ... I yanked him out with frustration... 4 and half feet big guy..
next two days were spent relaxing on the house boat and exploring the beautiful back waters... I did some spinning from the house boat on the evening of last day and landed three Small mangrove jacks......
Next morning we moved to another location on west coast .. this place does not have a estuary, but beautiful sandy beach and some rocks at the far end of the beach.. (Please PM me for exact location).
In the evening, while on the rocks watching the sun go down, I saw some feeding take place on the surface.. immediately got my three piece rod and casted out a firetiger.. half a dozen casts and nothing... after 15 mins.. I saw some feeding again.. since I had the rod next to me, I casted at the place where the feeding was taking place..few more cast and nothing took my lure.. I clipped on a red head, and on the very first cast my lure stopped half way... a beautiful jump in front of the half submerged sun, it was a the fish and the fight I wanted... a nice around 3.5 kg barramundi.. my first and will always be remembered... the evening was spent without any more fishing .. I had got what I wanted.
Next morning we went on the rocks.. this time in hope of getting some serious action.... and I did have some... three barra's landed (all fish between 10 to 14 lb), one big guy lost (jumped and threw back the hooks) two hits which I could not convert.. and all this in just one hour.. Later in the morning we started to get back home..
fish caught: 1 queen, 3 barracuda, 3 MJ, and 4 barramundis ..... lost one GT and barra.
I have promised the GT's that I'll be back.