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 Post subject: Konkan Trip..
PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 2:08 pm 
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Hello Guys,

I and Mr. Arun have been discussing to visit a place on west coast for a long time & finally we decided and went there on the last weekend.

Before we went we got a boat arranged with the help of a local contact of Mr. Arun. On the way we discussed the tides & decided to go for an evening trolling session on Friday.

When we reached the place from where the boat was going to take us out, we were informed that the weather is very bad and no one was willing to take his boat out. It was a big disappointment for us & to make matters more worse the car got locked with the keys inside. Fortunately I managed to get the lock opened with the help of a trick I had learned watching the guys working for RTO towing vans.

Our local help who had great respect for Mr. Arun was also very disappointed and went looking for a boat and somehow managed to find a boat that is locally called as “Botla”. Not knowing what this Botla was we said yes & went to the place where this boat was anchored.

(Botla is a type of boat that is used in the back waters to ferry passengers & goods.)

I was shocked to see what Botla was & the fully drunk boat operator looked like a “Yumdoot” with a wicked smile.

I wisely decided not to go near that boat.

Very disappointed, we decided to do some shore fishing in the evening.

We were taken to a place that required some rock climbing skills and after getting our tackle ready we started to cast.

Since we were fishing roughly 2 hrs after the tide was going out & with very windy conditions (it also rained a bit & the lightings made it look scarier) casting become a tough job and with rocks surfacing everywhere.

I clipped a tsunami popper & started casting; this was my only chance to bag a GT before the season was over.

On my fourth/fifth cast I saw a GT go for it.. The site of a GT going for the lure is unforgettable.

I really enjoyed the fight & would consider myself very lucky to land the fish despite the small size as the place had big rocks all around.

So finally here was the fish I wanted to catch.

Later that night we went to non working jetty for some spinning. I was using a small 6 inch halco leader as at night it becomes very difficult to avoid your guide rings getting knocked out with the leader. After 10 mins I hooked something on my Rapala X walk that just did not stop on a tight drag & broke me on some rock.

Next day early morning we went to a new spot, but the big waves made fishing very dangerous & we decided not to take any chances.

Later in the morning along with Mr. Arun’s local contact we went to a place that has a beautiful estuary & a bridge which looks very promising for Barramundi.

When we reached there, we saw some amazing feeding near the pillars of the bridge. I immediately clipped the popper & started casting.

After a couple of cast, I hooked on to a GT which fought very well. Landing the fish from close to the pillar made it very interesting.

Here are some pics from the wonderful land called Konkan.

Regards,

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Wallllla! at last u did it......Nice report mate.......


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gud report and nice photography too


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i ve been looking at the west coast on google earth and day dreaming for quite a while now. cant wait to explore the place, especially malvani. congrats on your GTs santosh
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Congrates mate,
nice pictures and nice report.
was the fish caught for the table or was it relesed back?
konkan is indeed a very beautiful place and its beautiful beaches are breath taking.


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Thanks guys..

VS take strong tackle with you.. :wink:

Hoze, the fish were kept for table.


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Super, Santo! Very nice :-)


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Thanks Bops... :-)


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Santosh,

Very well written report and congrads on your GTs from land :D
Can't see the pics here at work as image site is disabled. Can't wait to login from home to see the pics.

Even when there is no top water action if GTs are there then Cotton Cordel Redfin swimmer seem to catch them pretty good from the beach. Also this lure works well after sun down, when GTs are not hitting poppers aggresively. Just to let you know.

Will have to make it soon to the west coast for a surf fishing trip :-)
BTW, what gear were you using to land those fish.

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good show mate... [smilie=coolup.gif] someone we know is landing rawas....


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Hi Maruthu,

I was using a Penn Spinfisher 10 ft M/H rod paired with Daiwa Freams4500 with PP50 lb.

The fish caught are not big, but I know the big ones are there... Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the fight and now dreaming about the fight the big boys will give.. :wink:

Since I was fishing very close to rocks / structures, I kept the drag fairly tight ...

I made a google search for Cotton Cordel Redfin swimmer .. but could not find it on a online shop that ships to India.. any links.??

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good show mate... [smilie=coolup.gif] someone we know is landing rawas....


Yes Tato.. someone is landing Ravas... when I went the weather was like hell.. now its calm for the lucky chap. :lol: :lol:


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Santosh,

Here are a couple of links for the lure.

http://www.saltwateredge.com/Cotton-Cor ... -Fins.html
http://www.terminaltackleco.com/prod_detail_list/230

Change the split rinngs to heavy duty and hooks to VMC, just so you know. The 7" chrome with black back and the 5" red head seem to work very well, but those are the only two colours we tried :wink:

If you are getting the chrome colourd ones, get a bunch of them as the paint chips after getting a couple of kisses from GTs. BTW, I also caught my first barra on the same lure :-)

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Hi Santhosh,
nice report and congrats on your GT's :)
May you catch many more Gt's and huge ones :)
Would love to make it to the place.


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Santosh,

Just saw the pictures and it is an awesome place.
I will have to make it to that beautiful place one day soon.

Is the place that I marked in the picture a drop off or something like that. Looks like it will hold a lot of big ones. Also can you share more pictures of that place.

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Good show Santosh! Congrats on your first GT.
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Good show guys :D .....&

Santosh Congrats for Ur First GT :D


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Great job Santosh, You finally caught the GT..

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PS. did Mr. Arun catch any thing?


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Finally Santosh got hooked to that GT fever...congratulations

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Great Going Santosh. Very nicly written report and good fishes. Really Mr. Mohile is someone with whome you can not go wrong. His level of energy is on diffrent plane. Congratulation mate. Keep them coming.

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Binu, Yaj, Madhur, Viper, Saiki ..thanks for appreciating. :-)

Marathu, you got it right .. the waters deep there.

And the rocks being at the mouth of a estuary will hold big fish.

Here’s an enlarged pic for the one I have already posted... this place is on the other side of the pic that you have marked.

Santosh

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Thanks Ali.. :-)


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Hi Santosh,

Nice catch and nice report.

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Konkan and malvan has some awesome places to fish from shore,it takes a lot of driving and nerves to get to these places,but the rewards are there...Good show Santosh presently i can just dream bout those places.


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Yes Neil.. it take lot of nerves to walk down on some of the places... add to it the big waves.

Knowing the tides is an absolute must.


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 Post subject: Konkan Trip.
PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 4:24 pm 
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Hi Guys,

Here are some more snaps of the region Santosh and me visited. Although I did not catch anything in this trip, I captured the scenic Places in my camera and would like to share them with all fellow Anglers.

Arun



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hey Santy there you go mate the GT is finally caught congrats for the catch and an excellent report and some cool pics keep them coming as usual missed this trip very much may be next time cheers [smilie=coolup.gif] [smilie=coolup.gif] [smilie=coolup.gif]


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Hi Arun,

Cant see the pics. Maybe some problems with my net connection.

Cheers,
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Hi Apoo,

Yes, there is a problem. Not in your system but on my side. I shall resend the pics.

Thanks & Regards,

Arun


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Hi Fellow Anglers,

I made some mistake while hosting my pics. I hope this time I am successful.

Arun

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finally u experienced the GT hit. one thing about popping is that the fish should be surface feeding for it. when they are surface feeding they are totally wild and crazy. the feeding activity is registered in their head in such a way that the moment they see anything breaking the surface they will strike. this is the beauty of surface feeding. but u should be lucky enough to be there at the right spot and the right time. and yes u were. and thats why u got the result. anyways congrats for ur GT catch. i wish u hook a real big one in the rocks. i have a couple of wonderful memories about surface feeding which u obviously know. so congrats once again. happy fishing. i wish u catch a lot of red snappers, trevallys, barramundis, groupers and yes also sail fish on ur next trip.
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Hi Arun

You had disabled BBcode in your profile due to which the pictures were not posting correctly. I have enabled it and now you should be able to post pics.

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finally u experienced the GT hit. one thing about popping is that the fish should be surface feeding for it.


Hi Abhi,

On the last trip (after you went), I was casting poppers and trust me I saw a big MJ go for it... since the water was calm & very clear I could see him come for it aggressively but the MJ backed of when it came very close to the lure.

spoonangler wrote:
i wish u catch a lot of red snappers, trevallys, barramundis, groupers and yes also sail fish on ur next trip.
regards, spoonangler.


Thanks partner... :wink:


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Hi, IA,

Thanks a lot for your help in correcting the error in my system and successfully hosting my pics.

BTW, what does BB means?

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Thanks Indian angler for full form of BB.

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Arun, Santosh,

Great pictures. Were is this place?
I want to make a trip there soon and would now like to look in Google maps.

Maruthu


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Superb pictures Mr.Mohile.

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santosh wrote:
I was casting poppers and trust me I saw a big MJ go for it... since the water was calm & very clear I could see him come for it aggressively but the MJ backed of when it came very close to the lure.


Hey Santosh, I've seen the same thing happen with a big barra. It circled the popper a few times and came real close but just din't take the skitter pop....

same thing happened on three consecutive cast but the barra would investigate the lure and just swim away.. :(


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Maruthu, we will take you there with us. Don't Worry.

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Hi, Madhur,

Thanks for the compliments on pics.

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Ram-Ram Santosh Bhau,
paar changla. Whar re whar.
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madhurh1 wrote:
santosh wrote:
I was casting poppers and trust me I saw a big MJ go for it... since the water was calm & very clear I could see him come for it aggressively but the MJ backed of when it came very close to the lure.


Hey Santosh, I've seen the same thing happen with a big barra. It circled the popper a few times and came real close but just din't take the skitter pop....

same thing happened on three consecutive cast but the barra would investigate the lure and just swim away.. :(


Cheers,
Madhur.


Happens very often with MJ's and Barras. What you need to do is make a drastic colour charge.

For eg. I normally fish Dull Yellow, Yellow/Green, Red White and Fluro Orange inshore. From what I have noticed Blue is the worst colour you can use inshore the only fish that likes blue inshore are GT's. (Offshore blue is a killer).

However in a situation like what you have described above, change your lure colour to blue or purple and you will see what I mean. You should have an instant take.

This is especially when a fish investigates but does not take, speeding up the retrieve when that happens will also help. A lot of people in that situation slow down their retrieve to give the fish a chance, do the exact opposite.


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Hi Mr. Arun,
Splendid pictures. Thanks for sharing the same with us. By the way, where are you sir :?: . It is long time since we have met :( . Lets meet some day.

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Hi santosh

As you visit west coast regularly, did you know the place where we able to catch sailfish?????????.
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LOL hemant... so who gave the breaking (secret) news to Abhi (spoonangler)? Must be Tats.. he is worst than the most gossip loving Aunty.. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted:


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Bobby wrote:
Happens very often with MJ's and Barras. What you need to do is make a drastic colour charge.

However in a situation like what you have described above, change your lure colour to blue or purple and you will see what I mean. You should have an instant take.

This is especially when a fish investigates but does not take, speeding up the retrieve when that happens will also help. A lot of people in that situation slow down their retrieve to give the fish a chance, do the exact opposite.


Bobby, I was casting a Rapala Skitter Pop in Fire Chartreuse color and after seeing the MJ go for it, I changed my lure to rapala Magnum in Silver Mackerel color.. unfortunately, on the very first cast the lure found a snag.


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Hello, Mr. Ali,

I am very much in Mumbai but tied up with work even on Saturdays and Sundays. Thanks very much for your compliments on my pictures.

Yes, We will meet once the rains attack Mumbai and the Fishing in Powai would be promising. :D

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Bobby wrote:

Happens very often with MJ's and Barras. What you need to do is make a drastic colour charge.

For eg. I normally fish Dull Yellow, Yellow/Green, Red White and Fluro Orange inshore. From what I have noticed Blue is the worst colour you can use inshore the only fish that likes blue inshore are GT's. (Offshore blue is a killer).

However in a situation like what you have described above, change your lure colour to blue or purple and you will see what I mean. You should have an instant take.

This is especially when a fish investigates but does not take, speeding up the retrieve when that happens will also help. A lot of people in that situation slow down their retrieve to give the fish a chance, do the exact opposite.


hmmm.... Thats exactly what happened... gave it far too long for the barra to get suspicious and wary of the popper. Guess you are rite, a faster retrive at that point would have done the trick...

BTW I often wonder if these guys can actually spot subtle differences in the colour..Especially in my case where I fish mostly in the night's.

Oh...BTW the popper used was a red head.

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I am positive fish see in colour and in a different spectrum than us. I am not an expert, but I suspect that what may be a subtile difference to us may be a lot more to the fish or it could be vice versa....

At night especially on dark nights fish most "feel" the lure wobble/vibration on their lateral line and home in on the take. One thing that stands out on a barra are those almost fluro orange eyes, these eyes are credited to give barra excellent night vision.

Some Aussie Barra Facts I poached that some of you might find interesting:

Giant Palmer perch alias Barramundi Lates calcarifer is a member of the giant perch family. It has been known to reach a maximum weight of 60kg and grow to a length of 1.5m.
The aborigines were the first fishers of barramundi in Australia, who wrapped their food in the leaves of the wild ginger plant then baked it in hot ashes.
Their diet consists mainly of shrimps [prawns], crabs, crayfish, fish [mullet], insects and the occasional small freshwater crocodile.
Mature barramundi migrate downstream during the wet season [about late November] to spawn in estuaries, coastal swamps or coastal shallows where suitable salinity levels occur. All barramundi are born males and when mature fertilise the eggs of the larger females. A surprising fact about barramundi males is that they can turn into females at about 5 years of age when they reach the 8 to 9 kg mark.
Barramundi is a predator in both estuarine and freshwater. The species inhabits our northern river systems and deep billabongs where overhanging vegetation and underwater snags occur.
The decline in barramundi numbers in the NT is due to siltation, pollution and over fishing.
Barramundi is mainly taken on large artificial lures and on live baits such as mullet and prawn.
Apart from frequenting the salt, brackish and freshwater areas of coastal WA, NT and Queensland, barramundi can be found throughout the East Indies to India, Japan and China.
Barramundi flesh is white, tender yet firm with good flavour.
Barramundi forms the basis of a major commercial fishery and is the principal target by amateur anglers at the Top End and elsewhere.
Estuarine specimens are silvery in colour; billabong fish are darker. Barramundi have large, red eyes, which gives these night predators excellent vision for night hunting. Crocodiles are their natural predators.
Barramundi are not equipped with teeth but with a razor-sharp serrated cutter on each gill cheek that can cut through heavy line as well as fingers and hands. Handling a live barra through the gills is therefore not advisable.
Night fishing with surface popping lures like the Hula Popper and the Rebel Popper can be very successful though crocodile danger is a worry.
Barramundi can be caught all the year round, however, the best times to catch them is during the Dry in March, April and May as well as October, November and early December from late evening through to early morning when they are at their most active. Barramundi respond to baitfishing, lure casting, fly-fishing and trolling techniques.


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