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 Post subject: Fun Trip to Vijaydurg
PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 2:18 pm 
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Had a nice trip to Durg.Made the journey with my brother and his family.Got the snorkeling gear out and with the windsurfer tied to the top of the vehicle we were ready to go.
Had a new Daiwa Catalina reel to try out so was looking forward to tangling with the reef cod's and other unstoppables out on the reef where i had lost a lot of fish and lures!!.
Reached Durg at 3pm and even though the kids were tired out with the drive they all jumped into the boat at 5pm and we were off to the reef.
Two minutes after the lines were out had a hit and in came a small reef cod of around 10 pounds.

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As they had never been fishing before there was so much excitement from the brother's family you would think it was a marlin.
You can imagine the level of astonsihment when on the next stike I landed what turned out to be a personal best reef cod of 34 pounds!The fish was released after a quick photo.The new reel proved its worth.Very smooth drag even at the higher end of its range.
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The next morning my brother Clement could not stop grinning becaue his very first fish caught on a rod was a 32 pound reef cod.

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The kids had a ball catching a mix of reef cods,yellow fin trevally,MJ's .

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My brother's wife Annabelle was upset as she was the only one left out until our last session when she also landed one.The mix of emotions on her face from joy at the hookup to the strain of landing the fish was interesting.

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Saw a lot of trevally swimming/Feeding around but all efforts with the poppers did not seem to interest them at all.

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Managed to land a nice barra of 22 pounds after a decent fight.
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We spent a fair bit of time on the beaches around Durg.Some of the most beautiful and relaxing moments i have had.Also did a bit of windsurfing /snorkelling much to the curioiusty of the local population.
Fairly decent visibilty underwater of around 10 feet.
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Came up against a small sting ray while snorkelling which made us a bit careful about where we put our feet while swimming.

Drove down to Devgad and had a look around.Devgad also has a nice beach and the views from the light house inside the fort were amazing.Unfortunately had not taken the camera there.
There was so much more than just fishing on this trip that made it so enjoyable.The beauty of the konkan especially after the late rains was unforgettable.
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Drove back via the gagan bavda route to kolahpur then pune-mumbai.Pretty bad road from Gagan bavda to kolahpur.The drive down from Kolahpur to mumbai on the NH4 was much more comfortable than the NH17.
The kids are already asking when they can go again!!


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 3:09 pm 
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congrates there for the PB reef cod......
and im sure you had a blast doing all the activities.....


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 3:56 pm 
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Hi Mr.Godfrey Disilva,

A very Nice Report and superb catch! Congrats on your PB and aBara as well.

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Arun


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 Post subject: Good stuff
PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 6:12 pm 
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Godfrey, nice report mate...

Cheers,
Sudhir


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 6:47 pm 
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Hi Godfrey Desylva,

Which particular Model of Daiwa Catalina you have and which Rod you have used with this Reel?

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Arun


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 7:06 pm 
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Hi Godfrey,

Congrats !!!
" Happy days are here again"
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Syd.


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Hi Godfrey,

A fabulous trip you had with family. Congratulation on landing very nice fishes. We too went to Vijay Durg with our families and had a whale of a time. Man this place rocks.. :wink:

Where did you hookd your Barra.

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Ali.. :lol:


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Hi Godfrey,

Looks like you had great fun, congrats on the Catalina, it is a very nice reel.

Glad to know the kids had a good time too.

Bobby


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Congrats for the superb catch. Thanks for sharing the pics.


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Some nice fish the kids caught. Congrats on the cod catch.


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A family that fish together, stays together. Good catch mate.

tight lines.

DeZZ


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 Post subject: Thanks
PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 12:01 pm 
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Hello,
Thanks for all you wonderful comments guys.Bobby I bought the reel after your advice so thanks to you again.
The rod used was a Ugly stick-Black Tiger,line rating 12-30lb,2.,4mtr long,heavy action.model no 1488-240.Saw it in Belgium and liked it and picked it up.Have tried looking out for info about this rod on the net but cannot find anything in english.
The reel used was the Daiwa Catalina 4500H.This is the high speed model.
weight 20.7oz/580gm,gear ratio 5.7, 108cm line/handle turn ,drag-10kg,bearings 9+1,line capacity 16lb-330yards ( i put 300mtr of 30lb braid on it)
They have recently introduced a 6500 size model but with low gear ratio.Rated 30kg drag!
Ali ,the barra was hooked in the creek close to the house.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 2:17 pm 
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Hi Godfrey,

Thank for the info on your tackle. You have a perfect combination of Rod -Reel and Line.

Wish you many more Happy Moments with your tackle.

Tight Lines,

Arun


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 4:10 pm 
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Hi Godfrey,

Congrats to you and your family for the catch. Your brother and his family must have really enjoyed fishing. I wont be surprised if they must have told you to arrange separate gear and tackle for each one. Thnks for sharing the beautiful pics and happy fishing. That barra is a beauty.

Spoonangler.


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 Post subject: Awesome
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Man i envy you.
Good to see that the whole family had fun.

vijay


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Hi Godfrey,

Nice report and great fishing with the family. That pic of trevally feeding is crazy!!. Beautiful barra too.


Jeen


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 Post subject: Advice needed
PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 11:00 am 
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Hi Jeen,Vijay,Abhijit,Arun,
Thanks for the comments.Seeing the trevally feeding was one of the most exciting and also frustrating moments.There were a bunch of GT's who were estimated to be around 10-15pounds swimming around with their fins above the water and terrorising the shoals of quite small bait fish.Cast till the arm was sore with all different sizes and colours of poppers at various retrieve speeds.They would follow but not take.Any advice on what we were doing wrong? The first thought is that as the fish they were feeding on were quite small we could not match the bait fish.


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Hi Godfrey,

Did you guys try silver spoons? Many a times silver spoons work very well for trevallies. You could have tried both ways. Bringing it over the surface and spinning the spoon below water. Did you also try to stop for 3 to 4 seconds in between while retrieving the poppers? You also should have tried soft baits if you had any.

Spoonangler.


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HI Godfrey,

Congrats on the fantastic fishing adventure & great report. From now onwards fishing with be a family event for you. :lol:

It is usually very important to be able to match the baitfish in the area & that could most probably be the reason why. Jean is the guru here & he has mentioned in the past that the size of the lure needs to change over the months to match the size of the baitfish.

This is something I have kept in mind & I have found it very effective.

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Keyur


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:52 pm 
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Hi Godfrey,

The GT is a very fast and successful predator. So when they are around a bait ball they are mostly under complete control and are probably responsible for the bait ball.

Most of the times they hit a popper to defend their territory and to establish their ownership of "that" bait ball.

Thus matching the hatch is not the trick here. Here the trick is to create maximum commotion with your popper near about the bait ball to challenge the Gt! You need to piss him off :-)


Jeen


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 Post subject: Thnaks for advice
PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 3:10 pm 
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Thanks for the advice guys.Will let you know how it all turned out.


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Hi Godfrey,

Very Nice report & fishing. Durg is an amazing place.

Santosh


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Great pics and report Godfrey! Thanks for sharing.
Regards,
Yaj.


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 Post subject: Hi
PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 9:07 am 
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Thanks Santosh and Yaj Good to see you back on the forum.


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Hi Godfrey, Congrats I must say or in another way Hats Off! Yeh the trip you had to Drug tells us all and I must say well done. This fabulous trip you had with the family is excellent, I must say you have taught the family to take the sport on and on, you have lightened up they lives by letting them catch fish and experience the thrill one gets when one catches a fish. I bet you this will go around the city and will spread like wild fire making the anglers proud.
Godfrey Congratulation once again!....


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