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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2008 8:00 pm 
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Just wondering if you have featherbacks in India. I though you guys
might since they inhabit the same waters as snakeheads.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2008 11:58 pm 
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Hi,

We have the Bachawa and the Chitala . Both are feather backs the Bachwa is the smaller verion that gets to abt 4 lbs and the chitala o about 15lbs. Mostly in the eatern rivers though I have caught the smaller version from the rivers inand ponds in Gujarat.
Our friends from Calcutta would shed more light on this subject


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 9:47 am 
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Jeen,

Is the feather back also known as Pari,

I think we also have it in Pakistan. Can u give the biological name???


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:26 am 
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Shapan,,

Notopteridae (Featherbacks or knifefishes)





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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 1:50 pm 
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I rem'ber posting my experiences with Chitul at Narora. They used to take plugs very well there. pity the place has been made out of bounds by the damn UP mafia.


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Hi MKen,
I have seen knifefishes at a Lake in Chennai. What plugs do you use when you fish for them?

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:32 pm 
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I had caught one at the PH, on a worm.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:55 pm 
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binu wrote:
Hi MKen,
I have seen knifefishes at a Lake in Chennai. What plugs do you use when you fish for them?

thanks,
Binu


We used rapala shads in Minnow and Silver. Only the big ones take them. We used to fish right at the sluice gates and cast into the foam. the chitul would take the plugs as they floated down or immediately after you started reel in. Strangely they would never bit on the retrieve.

If we got a bite on the retrieve we knew it as a mulley.

The smaller chituls are great on worm, minnows and frogs.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 5:44 pm 
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Thanks MKen,
I would try that on knife fish here..
I dont know what species is present here and how big they grow, but will try for them using baits first and then will go after them using lures :)

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 2:52 pm 
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Yup,

Confirmed featherbacks are called "Pari" in Pakistan. Heard they can grow quite big.

Whats the biggest you catch in India and the USA???


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 5:25 pm 
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So far in the USA there is only one place you can catch them and that
is here in Florida. The biggest I know of is 6kg. My best is only 3.2kg.

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This pic below is the Notopterus notoperus also called locally as the Razor fish. The long straight anal fin looks like the old fashioned baber's razor. There are two species found in India. The larger from North India grows to more than a meter long - Notoperus chitala and has a small head broadening into a big hump backed body.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:32 am 
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Wow Awsome! And they taste really good to ;) ! I'll try to catch one the next time I visit India :D !
Well anyway, it's sad when people realese un natural species in the american waters...


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