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Hi Friends,

Have been waiting for the season to start since my last visit to this land of untouched beaches, crystal clear waters, warm hearted people and not to forget amazing fishing.

Discussed my plans countless times with Ali, Rajat and Vishal. Unfortunately rajat had to cancel the plans due to an emergency. We missed you rajat.

While Ali & Fred had amazing fishing near Malvan, I and Vishal headed further downsouth to try few unexplored spots.

We got lot of help from Dr. Prasad and his very kind father who made sure that we were treated like kings when we visit their beautiful native place in south konkan. Every thing from accommodation to the boat was arranged before we left Mumbai. Thanks Prasad, we really appreciate your help .

The trip was one of the best I & Vishal ever had. We stayed in a small village house, cooked food, went swimming, fished like crazy, trolled and saw some beautiful locations right from Teracol to Burnt island.

The best moment was when we saw 8 to 10 huge cobias swimming very close to our boat... some very priceless moments that will be remembered forever, including vishal's fight with 35 lb grouper.

fish caught in 4 sessions;

10 Mangrove Jacks: 5 lb to 8lb
1 Barracuda: 4 lb
3 Reef cod: 4 lb to 7 lb
9 Groupers: 6lb to 35 Lb.

We lost lot of big Fish due to hooks opening up.

The three big groupers Vishal caught were 35 lb, 28 lb, 25 lb.

Some pics that we would like to share with you all..

Cheers... Santosh

Vishal's Trophy (35 Lb) :D :D





Game On [smilie=hellyeah.gif]





Results: [smilie=coolup.gif]









Yummy seafood: [smilie=yum.gif] [smilie=yum.gif]






Exploring My Beautiful Konkan :biggrin: :biggrin:





















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Looks Supa!

What happened to the cobia? Did you guys try?

Santosh, Noticed you are using a Jigging Rod for the troll, good idea, I do the same.

Nice Toby!!


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Hey Santo, Vishal and Prasad, wish I was there with you guys! Simply superb.

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that's a dream come true bro, keep it up....u ROCK...... [smilie=coolup.gif]


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Hi Guys

Here are some pics of the trip ... have my rear on fire at the office so will try and post the remaining later

Fish caught

GT - 23 - all in 5 - 8 lbs range
Yellow tail - 7 - 2 in the above range and 5 small ones released
Grouper - 5 - One around 24 lbs ,one 18 lbs and 3 in the 5 - 9 lb range 2 released - one for the table
Mangrove Jack 2 - one large specimen around 14 lbs and another 9 lbs
Reef Cod 1 - around 10 lbs
Wahoo 1 - around 6 lbs

Total Fish caught -39
Released - 8

On the boat with Tom Cruise :lol:




Getting ready




First lot of the many caught - these were LURED to their doom




Alibhai with the GT




Some more GT




Large Mangrove Jack 14lbs




Alibhai with the Jack




Mixed bag with Grouper / Trevally / Reef cod and Wahoo




Ali with the wahoo




Ali with grouper




Unexpected Storm on Friday Evening




Large Reef cod




Another large grouper





Alibhai you are too kind ....I am happy you had a great time ...


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Awesome stuff guys,

wish I was there. I'm sure Rajat must be kicking himself for missing out :lol:


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The reef cod is one hell of a fighter..

Keyur, Rajat had far more important things to handle.. anyways we will plan another one pretty soon.


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Great fishing guys,are there any places closer to Mumbai rather than Goa?


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Hi Fred,

That does not look like a Wahoo to me but a Spanish or King Mackerel Scomberomorus cavalla (supposedly not available around India) or a Scomberomorus commersona called Towar Locally. Most obvious difference between the Wahoo and the Kings is the snout of a Wahoo is quite different the upper jaw straightens.

I do not think Wahoo are available around the Konkan

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Bob I did a double check on it .. I also was not sure so I enlarged the picture in my brochure department and checked the markings on the broadside as well as the teeth and the teeth were the giveaway . Wahoo it is for me ... Spanish Mackeral have more sharper edged teeth . These teeth match the Wahoo .. but again this was a fairly small specimen so really not 100% sure ..... but 99 :))))))


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Good show guys [smilie=coolup.gif]. Someone was hurt and couldn’t go fishing hmmmmmm. :lol:


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This is a picture of a small Wahoo, perhaps this will change your mind.




And the teeth



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Reproducing the text that made me 99% sure :)))

The wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri) is a dark blue scombrid fish found worldwide in tropical and subtropical seas. Its speed and high-quality flesh make it a prize game fish. In Hawaii, the fish is known as ono. Hispanic areas of the Caribbean and Central America call it Peto.
The body is elongated and covered with small, scarcely visible scales; the back is an iridescent blue-green, while the sides are silvery, with a pattern of vertical blue bars. These colors fade rapidly at death. ( the fish I caught also looked like the smaller wahoo in your picture but later faded to the image that we have of Ali with the fish )

The mouth is large, and both the upper and lower jaws have a somewhat sharper appearance than those of king or Spanish mackerel. Specimens have been recorded at up to 2.5 m (8 ft) in length, and weighing up to 83 kg (180 lb). Growth can be rapid. One specimen tagged at 5 kg (11 lb) grew to 15 kg (33 lb) in one year. Wahoo can swim up to 80 km/h (60 mph, Firestein and Walters, 1969. They are one of the fastest fish in the sea.

The wahoo may be distinguished from the related king mackerel by a fold of skin which covers the mandible when its mouth is closed. In contrast, the mandible of the king mackerel is always visible as is also the case for Spanish and Cero mackerels.
Their teeth are similar to those of king mackerel, but shorter and more closely set together.

Wahoo tend to be solitary or occur in loose-knit groups of two or three fish, rather than in schools. Their diet consists essentially of other fish and squid.
The flesh of the wahoo is delicate and white and regarded as very good in quality. This has created some demand for the wahoo as a premium priced commercial food fish. However, because of its solitary lifestyle, it is caught commercially only in the process with long-line fishery for tuna and dolphin. Wherever found, it is a prized catch in sport fishing.


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Whatever mate, looks like you guys had a real blast...Great Stuff


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Great going guys :-)
A way to start the salty season.
Looks like you wiped the entire fish population in the konkan :-)

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Awesome stuff guys [smilie=coolup.gif]

Hi Santosh,

The pic with the light house is really superb! reminds me of the Vengurla/Tiracol coast line.Great fishing,Man.

Also congrats to Visahal for landing such monster of a Gobra.

Cheers,
Madhur.

PS. All the best for the Cobia's on your next trip!


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Hi Ali Bhai & Fred,

Congrats on landing as many fishes, as you guys did.

Cheers,
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Great going guys :-)
A way to start the salty season.
Looks like you wiped the entire fish population in the konkan :-)

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Hi Guys,

Fantastic stuff. That coast is really something.

cheers,

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Guys Just awesome awesome and awesome . I had to miss it unfortunately for a very serious personal emergency and thank god that i made it in good time but believe me i am really happy for Santo Vishal and specially Ali for a long time he was hanging for it so cheers to you all [smilie=coolup.gif] [smilie=coolup.gif] [smilie=coolup.gif] I hoping to go fishing soon and fred you are really a champ pal [smilie=superkewl.gif] [smilie=superkewl.gif]


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Here is one I had caught




and a friend posing with the same fish




Hope this helps


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Hi Fred,

This does not look like a fish from the Cod/Grouper Family but a Snapper. I would say a Maori Sea-Pearch Lutjanus rivulatus

Santosh,

I saw you were using a Toby like spoon, did you have any hook-up or strikes on it?

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Hi Fred,

Checked your link, those are definately Cod/Groupers but do not look like the one you caught.

This is the best I could find on line, too lazy to scan the pages off my book.



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All these Konkan pictures, really getting the blood pumping. Here are some from my next to last trip though nothing much to brag about. Nothing on the last trip (begining of this season) bad water, probably spent more time in Titos and Wambos...






























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Hi Fred,

That reef cod is a beauty! I had a couple of these fish from Dana Pani some years ago when in bombay. Also I read Ali's episode with the big Gt on popper. Was the hit on the suface? and what was the connection between the leader and main line. If you guys persist with popping .. I can imagine the size of Gts that are going to come out of thse waters. I can also understand the limitation of popping/ spinning from a rolling traditional boat.Those cobias were dead meat if you tried jigging with long jigs(just being optimistic) . You caught that monster of yours on a rapalla right?
So you cant really say .


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Hi Jeen

As Ali s report said , we were trolling for close to 3 hours with "nothing " so when we finished trollingover all the reef in sight we stopped the boat and were reeling in our lines to go to another location and try there . As we were doing so ,me and the boatman , looked over the side and saw the lures come towards the boat with a whole gang of GT's following them like sheep . As soon as we started to lift the lures they turned back . I had a spinning rod with a popper on so i immediately picked that up and cast out . Once the popper neared the boat out I looked out and there they were again . I kept up the popping for nealry 20 mins and this just kept happening . I changed to a spoon and then to a aluminium plug .... same thing

I then put on the Roosta popper again and started to rip it across the surface out of anger and finally got one rise . I did it again and again and the rises staretd to get frequent . By this time I was gettign tired popping continously for over 40 minutes so I rigged out a daisy chain ... put 2 poppers out on a long lines on the back rods around 10 metres further back from the daisy chain and two deep divers minnows on the side rods just below the daisy chain .

I instructed the boatman to make wide circles around the approximate location these GT were, at around 5 - 6 knots and the smaller fish started rising I had a take on the popper with a GT of around 8 lbs . Then Ali had the monster take on his popper and I saw the fish actually take on the surface ... one screaming run .....stop .....and the second screaming run and then the break off ... 100 lb braid shock leader .

Post this episode . Ali sat on one of the side rods rigged with deep diver minnows n pulled out 3 GT in succession . I took a couple of more trevally on the remaining popper that was beyond the daisy chain

We were fishing with a 4 foot wire leader followed by around 10 metres of 100 lbs braid as shock leader followed by 50 lbs braid . The shock leader broke right in the centre .. Drag was set to 10 lbs

The fish was lost on the surface itself .... only heaven knows what happned ... speculation ----- i owuld not like to even guess

By the way .... what were you doing at Dana Pani besides fishing :))))))))))

Monster Cobia was caught on a Large Storm Saltwater Thunder Deep 30 - Blue Mackerel .. What would I give to hook up with something like that again !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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