Was on vacation from 11-02 to 03-03 and thought I would land some big fishes in Konkan. Though I could not land absolutely anything had some pretty monstrous takes. There was ones where I went fresh water fishing and was using mepps spinners and some underwater creature took the spinner with all it might and left my spinner with straightened hooks. That place is known to have murrel, mahseer, occasional barras and MJ during monsoons. Not too sure what it was. And yes it was not a snag in the rocks as the hook came clean without any bent tip. And to add to it I guess I am amtured enough to identify the fish pulling and a snag
Saltwater encounters were extremes as on 2 occasions I was left with snapped 60 lbs wire leaders. One was me error as I believe it could have been rusted and the other one was a tug of war where I hooked a fish between the rocks and did not want to let him/her go any further. (Duarte: its the same place where you lost your rapala to the nets
To sum up the vacation was amazing as I enjoyed my freshwater encounters and pulled some good size fresh water eel and they served as a good meal after a few imperial blues. Could not do much saltwater as my movement as restricted due to mentors ill health. But he did accompany me to most of the places. So had to plan trips to places where I could take him easily. Nevertheless, we ended in him catching some good fishes in places like REDI, he landed a fish locally know as "churcho" hope to know what it means in english.
Vacations over and now back in Dubai. The same darn place where your fishing activities are restricted to weekends and only if weather permits. weekend dated 11-03-11 got me a Spangled Emperor and 2 catfishes.
I witnessed a strange behavior of a sha'ari (spangled emperor) where in I was about the land the fish and fish made a run into the rocks and stood there for a long time until it was forced to come out. Have never seen this fish make a run for cover and that too into the rock on the shore where there was barely any water due to receding tide.
Catfishes gave me good fight and while I was fighting them always prayed it not to be a catfish rather be a small cobia
They did put a good fight which lasted for 10-15 minutes. These fish was released back to the water to fight another day but not with me again
The spangled emperor was for the table as it is considered a good fish for the pan and is not listed under the endangered species list in UAE at least.
Keyur, how many trevallys did you land that day? 2 or 3 and i guess you bagged some more sultans. One more good day on the shores.