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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 2:19 pm 
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I recently moved to Mumbai and by good fortune rather than design I ended up leasing an apartment in Powai. Taking a Walk round Powai Lake I could see big fish moving on the surface and I just had to try my luck. I lived in Thailand for several years and caught many big Mekong catfish and Siamese carp – so I thought Powai couldn’t be that different or difficult. I was so wrong on both accounts! Float fishing seemed to be the preferred tactic but for me, groundbaiting with cake and masala only resulted in bumps on the line and no real bites – I reckon my groundbait masked the smell of the hookbait. I reverted to a bolt-rig and method fishing but the Powai fish are shy feeders and don’t bolt so the bites didn’t register on the bite alarm. Four outings and no fish. Time for a rethink and time to contact Professor Powai – our very own AnglerAli.

Ali explained that his approach is simplicity itself. Experience has taught him that the fish are very wary of lines and eject baits before the bite is even detected so my usual hair-rig on a size 8+ hook was the first change. Light tackle and lines seems to be the key so I settled on a hook length of virtually undetectable soft braid on to a size 12 light gauge hook with a flattened barb. Ali lightens his business end even more with size 14 hooks. The next step was to critically balance the float. Ali uses split-shot so the tip is finely balanced and by placing a swivel close to the hook any fish lifting the bait will clearly show as a lift bite or slide away. That’s all there is to it – simple.

For bait we settled on a paste of rice atta and coconut milk – I added some freeze dried fish food but the raw paste would probably have worked just as well. Small fish were showing so we didn’t disturb them by groundbaiting – we just measured the depth with a plumb weight and set the hooks to just trail on the bottom. It didn’t take the fish long to find the hook bait and we were registering tentative bites in no time. There was no way to tell whether the bites were from large or small fish – the behavior of the float was identical. We pulled in a few small nuisance fish but time after time the float would twitch then slide down but the strike didn’t make contact. Ali recommended an adjustment to my hook and I turned the hook point out by 20 degrees. This adjustment seemed to be the answer to the phantom bites and when my float twitched and then disappeared again, this time there was something more solid on the end. The small hook and the absence of a barb were no disadvantage and after a brief panic as the fish wrapped itself around the mooring I landed a nice hybrid – my first Powai carp. It wasn’t a monster by any means but landing a lip-hooked fish on small hooks and light tackle was a real buzz. Flat barb hooks come out easily and barely leave a visible mark so the fish was photographed and returned with the minimum of distress.



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great one granta
and congrats for the first Powai carp....

one question
how was the float critically balanced?

and no doubt Ali bhai is a great teacher.....


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Congrats Granta... the hybrid is of a decent size.. well done.


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That's a nice report Granta. Keep at it mate!

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That is indeed helpful.....
thanks alot for the information.
and i realized that i was wrong as i was putting very less weight and float used to be of bigger size.
and i guess thats why i never felt most of the bites :(

one more question now.
is there going to be any difffernce in this technique if im doing shore fishing?


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Hi Allan,
Thank you man. It was a plasure to fish with you. I sincearly wish that you catch many more and even bigger fishes in Powai.

For all of you here is a link I would like you all to read. :lol:


http://www.carpanglersgroup.com/articleStanGeidel.html

Regards,

Ali..


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Thanks Ali, always a pleasure fishing with you.

Hozefa, shore fishing with a float might be very different . I haven’t done any shore fishing like that but if it is like fishing for big catfish in freshwater using a float then the float is normally very buoyant so it helps set the hook when the fish runs. A bolt rig using a float instead of lead. I’d be interested to hear how shore fishermen set up their rigs.

Back on the lake and following up on the previous post however :- Last Saturday, 31 May we met up again to fish Powai Lake using the same simple tactics. It was a pretty full machan with Ali, Freddie, Yvette, Rajat, Rhaid and me. Keeping it simple, Ali groundbaited at the beginning of the session and there was no chutney in the mix – only cake and soil. We added no further groundbait after this but loose fed the occasional hook bait sized free offering to keep the fish interested.

Bread and rice atta with coconut milk were the main choices of hook bait. A little personal touch was added to offer a little variety to the buffet – Rajat added fermented coconut to his bread and I added some food colouring to my atta. The bites were pretty consistent all day and I lost count of the number of fish we caught and returned.




Lots of other fish taken but here is a notable one. This was Yvette’s first catch. Freddie was on hand with encouragement and advice making it a family effort.



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Hi Allan.. congrats for the PB hybrid at Powai..

And also to Mrs. Divecha for the first catch.

Santosh :-)


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Hi Granta,
good going. Will have to meet up with you on my next trip in Nov. Henry


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ALi,

Thanx for the info mate. I just confirmed from one of my friends that we also have this hybrid in Pakistan as well, in Mangla Dam built on the Jehlum river. Its called a black Rahu by the Locals. Its know to be a hell of a fighter.

In Mangla you can hear this fish splashing in the nite when it jumps out of the water and the noise made is similar to a mini explosion, they grow quite big in Mangla Dam but are rearly caught on Rod and no one has a technique of getting to them either.

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Hey allan
good report mate and some good pictures too :lol: :lol:
It was really good to fish with you missing you lately though in Powai lets catch up soon cheers [smilie=coolup.gif] [smilie=coolup.gif]


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Hi Granta,
good going...kepp it up man


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