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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:50 am 
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Hello Friends,

Here I go with my first post …

Post a couple of months of training and a number of trips to usual haunts in Mumbai with my friend and angling coach sanjay (sanju_freeworld) who helped me acquire gear and teach me patiently everything from scratch. We decided it was time we took a serious trip to a potential location, now that I was also pretty comfortable using the newly acquired gear.

So we set off … sanjay to get his elusive biggie and me, my first fish with a rod and reel. Destination konkan, a place which I love like no other … I have traveled the west coast quite a bit as a resident and a roadie. Equipped with whatever knowledge I had from my numerous trips (non angling) to konkan, information from the IA forum and of course google earth etc we set out on the holi weekend.

Reached very late in the night, the entire village was asleep. After managing to wake up the resort owner got into the room and slept for a couple of hours. First thing in the morning was a breakfast and we set off to reccee the entire location for spots. Spots identified we settled down at a local watering hole for some chilled beers and good local food and came back to the resort to prepare the gear and do some beach fishing in the evening.
(identifying spots and admiring the landscape)
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First session we did surf fishing with small squid as bait. Sanjay got two catfish and I opened my account with a small sting ray (and for its size it fought pretty well).
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Satisfied with the good start we set ourselves on the beach at night with some booze and cooked food on the beach with the full moon for company and no human intervention. What an amazing setup it was…. Divine !
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Next day was for a morning trolling session. And within the first 10 mins we got hits, sanju hooked the first one. Reel went krrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr .. the fight was good and soon he landed his first BARRA ! The smile on his face said it all !
(cheeeeeze) :D
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Soon I got hooked to one it gave some good strong runs (cant say how many yards). It went towards the rocks and the boat also drifted towards the rocks in the meantime because of the current I think, couldn’t move it away from the rocks in time. And just when I was reeling in … the beauty jumped clear out of the water and threw the lure. So for me it was fighting and sighting only. I had a smile on my face too… I experienced a wonderful run by the Barra , did not loose any line/lure and got to see the beauty… what else could a newbie ask for ?
Sanjay got another hit which ran non stop like crazy but somehow managed to unhook itself so we don’t know what it was.

On the way back I was kind of feeling low on not getting anything in such a promising place.
Just when I was starting to reel in the lure, boat still moving ….. Krrrrrrrrr it went. The pull was strong and it was taking line like crazy on a medium tight drag. It felt like I had hooked on to a rock initially. After its runs it stopped and it just refused to move. It took some time before I could start reeling it in. After an awesome (by newbie standards) fight it was brought up .. A Blubberlip Snapper, It was around(5.5lbs) lets say 6lbs J ! Somewhere in the forum I had read that these guys are amazing fighters, now I agree. I was infact surprised seeing its size.
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(close up)
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Evening session sanjay landed another Barra while spinning, couldn’t see the fight as it was dark and I was little distance away from the action. It sure was fun.

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Satisfied and tired, decided to call it an evening and let the spirits flow at the super- moon lit beach with some good food, because the day deserved a toast or two (well not two … ). The evening was totally toasted by both of us.
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Next day we left the place and headed back to Mumbai satisfied and happy that our efforts were aptly rewarded.
(Riot of colours .. Holi revelry)
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End of the day a weekend well spent !


Cheers and Tight lines to all …. So long !


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:27 pm 
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Congrats to both of youll for the barras and the blubber lip. You would surely land one nice barra soon. Keep up the spirit. Thnks for sharing the pics and happy fishing.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:29 pm 
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Nice report Samitm.
Equally nice fish.
Congrats.

Ravi


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:31 pm 
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Congrats to both of you.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:42 pm 
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Hearty Congrats to Samit and Sanjay, nice Catch & a good report ,
Thanks for sharing keep it up


Last edited by lionheart on Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:39 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 4:55 pm 
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:D Congratulations to both of you.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:46 pm 
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Great going Samit and Sanju, a very nicely written report. The thrill of your first fight is reflecting through your words. Savor those moments and use it as a motivation for further trips. :P

Heartiest congratulations for your first fish and Sanju's fabulous Barras.

Your spot is really very beautiful.

Keep on doing it.

Regards,

Ali. :P


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:57 pm 
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thanks spoonangler, ravinp, mm, apoo, syed and alibhai.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 1:25 am 
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Awesome1 I read the post at work couldn't see the pics they were blocked....

Congrats Sanju on your barras they look real good. Samit! Awesome you landed a snapper!

Can you guys please elaborate a little on the tackle used, Sanju's rod is a pretty big one, telescopic or pieces together? The sting ray also looks real pretty.

Good on you mates!

I only wish you'll had let me know...

Regards,


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:41 am 
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Nice Report there Samitm happy that you have opened your account looking forward to some more pictures in the future of bigger fish.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:15 am 
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Congrats guys it was fun reading the post very nice catches and wish you"ll many more.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:20 pm 
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Good stuff mate. Made me want to leave everything and head straight out.

Congrats on the fish!


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:59 pm 
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Great report guys. Nice fish too. Congrats.


Jeen


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 1:06 pm 
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Congrats Samit. I am sure you will never forget the fight that Barra offered you.

Sanju amazing catch, finally the hard work paid off.

May you both land many more.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 1:10 pm 
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Thanks everyone.

Nice Report Samit.

@Oomesh: the big rod that I was using on the beach was a Hercules 15 feet 3 piece rod. Very heavy rod. It was my first fishing rod. I did exclusively float fishing with it for over an year as I did not know any other way of fishing then........ he he.

Spinning - I was using Shimano Alivio 10' rod and got the barra on Halco Laserpro 160 redhead lure. Trolling - Eagle claw water eagle 9' rod (not a proper trolling rod but did the job) and got the barra on Rapala F18 firetiger. Both very common brands and colors of lures.........

@Alibhai: yes, our spot is really beautiful :twisted: :D

Thanks again.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 2:11 pm 
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thanks Mken, Jeen, Neil, raj, mario and oomesh.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 2:33 pm 
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Congrats Samit on your first catch. Must have given you a big Rush.
Congrats to Sanjay too on his super catches.
Super moon. Super Fish. Super trip. :twisted:
Looking forward to your next catch/post. :D
Tight lines.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 7:56 pm 
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Very well written report samit, congrats for ur fishes..

the barras, catfishes, snapper, ray and your attitude; i liked them all, though it was a real hardcore fishing trip; u guys have enjoyed every minute of it keeping the fishes secondary, the stay on the beach and cooking etc... wonderful stuff...

i wish u many more fishes like these...

regards,

Dr. Prasad


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:06 pm 
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sailendra thanks mate.

thanks dr. prasad!
cheers
samit


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 12:52 am 
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Very nice trip...enjoyed every pictures
Congratulations...


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:37 am 
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Amazing report there SAM. Very lively. Thanks for sharing the experience. Having a good beer and cooking food on site has its own pleasure.

Cheers - DeZZ


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:27 pm 
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Well done Samit.. Great to see the action.. Raj


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:41 am 
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thanks saikibryan, dezz , raj


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:05 pm 
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Super Fishing there... Congrats Sanju on your Barra.. Welcome to Barra club. :)))


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Hearty Congrats Samit on your first catch and thanks for sharing the experience.
Congrats Sanju on your first Barra. [smilie=coolup.gif]

Regards,
Atul


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:32 pm 
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thanks atul

cheers
samit


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Thanks for sharing guys.... nice fish!


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hey congrats keep it up all the best :D :D :D


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congratulations....looks like you guys had a blast :) :)
thanks for sharing!


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which place in konkan is this exactly?...devgad,jaigad or ganpatipule....because the roads look quite familiar to those en route to devgad....


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hey guys that is superb fishing and some really amazing fishes congrats wish you guys many more to come some good pics and very good report samit cheers [smilie=coolup.gif] [smilie=coolup.gif]


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:29 pm 
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Thank you Rajat da, ostrocastro, bobbychyma, chavie, Bops, Atul, rajmallya, Santosh, Dezz, saikibryan, Dr. Prasad, Shailendra, Raj, Jeen, Ken, Mario, Neil, Oomesh, Alibhai, MM, Sayed (Lionheart), Ravi, Apoo and Abhijit.

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Congrats!!!, Many More to come


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ostrocastro wrote:
which place in konkan is this exactly?...devgad,jaigad or ganpatipule....because the roads look quite familiar to those en route to devgad....
..............can somebody please reply???


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looks like harnai as i was there recently (Co work) ,
any way congrats guys good catch


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Hi Samit,
I enjoyed the photographs. Excellent place for angling adventure. One thing I noticed is your friends fishing rod. I think that rod is 15ft or more than that. The curry also was looking beautiful...... :lol:.

TL,

Pradeep.


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