some of you may know my plan was to head off to africa on my bicycle but the idea of cycling through the european winter again is not particularly inviting. The lure of india and the chance to catch a barramundi again has been nagging away for the last few months so i had to take action. i'll be arriving with a friend, nils (who i cycled through tibet with) on the 5 of november in mumbai.
The help and support i have recieved since i joined this forum has blown me away so i hope i can be cheeky ask for some more assistance. Nils and I have decided to kayak from mumbai, south along the coast to goa and depending how the first leg of the expedition goes maybe further towards karnataka and kerala. we will be travelling in ocean kayaks, either prowlers or tridents and will be carrying tackle to suit all occasions.
I hope to be able to record interesting features along the coast and for this i will be carrying a gps to take co-orinates of river mouths, drop offs, reefs, wrecks and other fishy looking spots. I hope between this information and notes i take, everyone on the forum will benefit when planning a fishing trip along this section of the indian coastline in the future.
we are still in the planning stage but everything seems to be taking shape nicely so hopefully things should be ready by the end of the month. i would like to ask you guys for your thoughts, ideas or advice for this trip. All input will be appreciated on fishing aswell as other aspects, as this is the first time we have done a trip of this nature so i think we are going to have to learn very quickly. of course i am particularly interested in fish species we might encounter!
I would also like to ask whether someone in mumbai will be able to help us arrange to transport the kayaks from mumbai airport, to a suitable place for launching. our initial thoughts are to start from somewhere near the gate way of india in colaba but there might be a much better quieter place close by that someone can suggest. the kayaks are 4.1 metres long and 74cm wide so we will probably need a truck or tempo as i don't fancy strapping them to the roof of a taxi! would a vehicle such as a truck be easy to organise at the airport or is it possible for one of you guys to organise something for us in advance?
We would also really like to fish the competition on the 8th and i have already been in contact with Ali. the fact that so many anglers will be there with so much in common really makes us reluctant to miss this special occasion. i think we can easily leave our boats in a hotel in mumbai, make it down and then return to mumbai afterwards to start rowing. Would it be possible to get a lift with someone/or on the minibus (that i think is going)to hari. if everything is full we can get a train if someone may suggest the nearest station to the gulley.
during the trip we will be away from internet but once goa is reached i promise a full write up of the expedition. that is if the sharks don't get us! if we decide to stay in goa (return date 3 march 2009) the kayaks will be available for you guys to use as long as you give me advanced warning as i imagine i will be spending most of my time out fishing!
thank you kindly to everyone in advance, i really appreciate it,