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 Post subject: fishing central asia
PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2007 11:41 am 
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Hi everyone,

some of you might know that i'm heading to india on my bicycle from England. for those of you who don't you can see my progress at http://./

So far the fishing has been very unsuccessful. I have fished maybe 15 times and have not caught a single fish! i am usually too tired at the end of the day to give it my full effort. it has been very cold but is warming up nicely so maybe my luck will be in soon.

I leave Romania tomorrow and head to istanbul where i collect visas for the next part of the trip. My cycling partner has decided to fly to australia as he is finding the cycling hard going so i will be on my own. i will send some fishing equipment ahead to india to lighten my load and allow me to travel faster. If everything goes well i should enter india in late august.

I have a dilema of which route to take. From istanbul i can either go through central asia to tibet and to india through nepal, or i can pass through iran and pakistan and to india. i

I was would like to know if any of you guys might have any advice whatsoever for me, whether its about fishing spots, road conditions or whether its safe for me to travel through baluchistan alone etc etc. Also if there are any fisherman in central asia/iran/ pakistan or you have friends there, it would be great to make contact and meet some fello fishos and maybe even catch a fish.

the prospect of giant barra and mahseer when i reach india are keeping me going at the moment..i've come close to having a couple of accidents while daydreaming about theses fish! sad but true!

tightlines to everyone, Scott


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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2007 11:54 am 
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Hi Scott,

Congratulations on having made it this far! It's just a little longer.....keep it up. I've been following your blog.

If you intend going through Pakistan, send a PM to Ali and Shapan on the forum. They should be able to help.

Best
Bopanna


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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2007 4:27 pm 
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Hey there Worldfisher,

You have a PM.


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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2007 5:45 pm 
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Wow!,
You my hero man. Keep peddling and give me a PM/call/holler when you get this side of the world.

I have to catch my breath just reading your blog.

Stay safe mate. the fish will wait.


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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2007 7:28 pm 
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You scruffy swine. I'd swear that that first photo shows you sporting a mullet !

I think I read some stuff on AN not so long ago about a proposed trip after the Mirgal (Sp ?) in the Tigris and Euphraties and that got abandoned because it was way to dangerous in the area of your southern route.
Check out the current situation though because those beasties grow seriously big and like to munch lures.

Plenty of cats and asp to target in turkey along both the northern and southern routes with the asp being well known for their preference for live moving fish or a lure that looks like one.

Do I take it that you've abandoned plans to go as far a china/mongolia before heading south to India ?


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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2007 11:52 pm 
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Hi Scott,

Keep on peddling and try to wet your line whenever you see water.

Ali and Shapan will really be of help to you. and in India, you need not worry about anything. Just keep on sending the information where you are and you will be taken care like a king. Atleast I can assure you if you come to Assam.


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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 9:14 am 
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Hey Scott - Bloody fantastic effort mate... Much respect to you [smilie=superkewl.gif]

If you are in these parts of the world, please let the IA know. I think we have members from every nook and cranny in India..

Don't be a stranger. Make yourself at home :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 9:32 am 
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Thanks for all the support guys, The next few months should be a challenge. The easy bit is done and now it starts to get a little diffucult but also very interesting. I hope i can come meet some of the other members on the forum in the coming year.

And ken, yes it is a mullet on my head...i've been cultivating it for a while now and i think by india it could well be a very nice specimen!! and the photos of your big fish?? i need some proof mate as you know the reputation fisherman have for telling fishy tales! he he

tightlines to everyone, Scott


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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2007 12:42 pm 
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Hi Scott,

what you ae doing takes a lot of guts. I wouldnt even dream of doing something like that. All the verys best for the trip & may it be as safe & successful that you want it to be.


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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2007 3:15 pm 
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Scott :shock:
U one daring dude .Great show !!!
IA with you all the way :D

I seen my share of bikers but you take the cake :roll:

Can we have some specs on your bike ??

I used to cycle a lot . (within the state ) max 20-30kms.
Then my cycle got whacked and I didn't continue.

Jude


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2007 7:28 pm 
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hi guys,

Here are some specs of the bike and kit for you guys..

i ride a Thorn Sherpa, made by an English company for long distance loaded trekking. Its run with shimano components, 24 gears, sun rims, brooks saddle, butterfly handle bars, tubus racks and a large stick for hitting vicious dogs.

The bike is fairly basic with no suspension. the wheels are very strong along with the racks as these components are taking all the stress of the ride and must hold out (hopefully). everything is fairly simple so in the case of repairs thuings might be easier.

i am mainly camping and use a terra nova tent, thermarest matress (Very important when cold for insulation from the ground) Msr dragonfly stove (runs on petrol diesel and any vodka people may try and force upon me) and waterproof pannier made by ortlieb. i use a Alpkit sleeping bag (rated to -20) which i couldn't reccomend highly enough (great company)

distance covered is around 80-100km a day and now the days are getting longer, less weight and the fact will now be alone, distances should increase to 120-130km a day ( the indian barra are calling). much more water will have to be carried soon(up to 12 litres) so this may slow me some what.

my last bike was a BSA that i bought in siliguri for around 2000rps. what a beaut...i took it to darjeeling and toured sikkim on it. Was a great trip but made for slow going as i only had one gear. Unfortunately i dedided to sell it and not make the return trip to England on it!


see you guys in india, Scott


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2007 11:23 pm 
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Hats off to you [smilie=superkewl.gif]


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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2007 5:47 am 
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Great bike scott !!!

24 gears ...whats that...a 8x3 ?? or a 6x4 combo ???

And trust you to have some shimano parts on the bike :lol:
So that the bike can fish for "compliments" :D :D ??

Your tyre have reflective tape ???
Careful when you cycle at dawn and dusk

Jude


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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2007 9:57 am 
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Hey Scott,

I think Jude is trying to give u a hint that he's gonna go for your bike. If he does, then you will be stuck with his vehicle. I'm sure u dont want that... :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2007 10:41 am 
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jude's happy with his mo'bikes...he's too lazy to peddle a cycle anyways..lol..


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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2007 12:43 pm 
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hey scottie all the best mate
ya r truly inspiring...

regards
saiki


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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2007 2:23 pm 
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Hey Scott,

What your doing is great mate, its awesome, please do let us know when you hit this part of the world we would take care of you.

I couldnt ride for 5 Kms a day damn your great mate. Best of luck and take care along the way.

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Derek Dsouza


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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2007 4:59 pm 
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Keyur wrote:
Hey Scott,

I think Jude is trying to give u a hint that he's gonna go for your bike. If he does, then you will be stuck with his vehicle. I'm sure u dont want that... :lol:

Jeez Jude n his vehicle....I have developed BP after that last trip :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2007 5:10 am 
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Thanks Aaron...I am a biker and always will be :D

But a truck has its uses ...

Have you been on a trip :roll: with Owen ...

When we were loading his stuff in the back....17 items :shock:

The neighbourhood aunties were in their balconies...with tears in their eyes :cry: ...waving their hankies...They thought the man was leavin town... :twisted:
Bye long :?: john...they seemed to say :twisted:

Jude


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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2007 7:35 am 
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long john is an adjective used to describe the whole of OB or just the part the aunty's are gonna miss?!! :shock: :twisted:


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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2007 11:06 am 
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OB that's a tough one for u :lol: :lol: :lol:

Aaron, what r u pointing to..? Rowen tackle..? :twisted:

Scott, wishing u good luck & a very safe trip.. :-)


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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 4:12 pm 
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Scott's only getting a chance to access the site intermittently so I'm going to ask an obvious question on his behalf.

In the UK, we are getting news reports of growing tensions and violence in Pakistan. As this will be one of his proposed routes, can any of the Pakistani members give any more information about any risks that this might pose and whether the trouble is widespread or localised ?


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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2007 2:45 pm 
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hi everyone,

thanks for all the encouragment. its all much appreciated and will keep me going to india. i am on the great visa hunt for central asian visas which will keep me busy for a while. i'll be in istanbul for a weekor so before heading east.

ken, i think i will stay north. iran pakistan is a back up. from what i have read it looks pretty hairy in places with police escorts etc....so not such fun.

jude, my bike has 3 rings at the front and 8 at the back making 24. most of these are surplus to requirements as after a few thousand k.s i started only using the 3 front rings which cover most roads apart from very steep hill where a larger rear gear sometimes need to be engaged.

unfortunately guys, i still haven,t caught a fish. how embarrasing...maybe my luck will change soon!! when it does i will post a snap on IA even if its a minnow!!!

tight lines guys, Scott


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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2007 5:06 pm 
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Tight lines Scott, and all the best!

Bopanna


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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2007 11:36 pm 
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Be careful mate. Avoid all trouble. Take care and pedal hard. You'll get to the Mahseer. And they'll be waiting.


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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2007 1:25 pm 
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Hey Scott .. take no risks mate ... a detour is better than the straight line sometimes .. who knows the fishing may also improve ..

Im following your blog

All the best and pedal hard ... good health .. and speedy and safe journey


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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2007 1:36 am 
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hi everyone

i managed to break my duck earlier and catch some fish! and guess where...right in the centre of istanbul. what a lovely setting..ivor who works here in the hostel and i had go using hokkai feathers and caught around 15 small sardine like fish and one non descript bottom dweller.

i tried live baiting but had no luck with anything larger. we have just eaten the fish and they were very tasty! what a nice end to a lovely stay in istanbul. i have all my visas so can be on my way soon.

Tight lines

Scott


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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2007 7:48 am 
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All the best for your onward journey

Cheers,
Apoo


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 Post subject: Re: fishing central asia
PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2007 10:04 am 
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HI Scott
Its brilliant to here u doing this cycling expedition, will be following u up close on ur blog. When u come to Goa give me a call if u want to hit the waters for some barra will make all that peddling worth ur while.
cheers
Dean


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 1:15 pm 
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hı everyone.

just put some pıcs on my blog. been great to see mt ararat ın turkey and a real experıence to cycle across thıs great country. now ı.m on my way to the caspıan sea to try and get a ferry to kazakstan.

tıghtlınes. Scott

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Jeez mate. You're making good time through Turkey !
Congrats on breaking your fishing duck but I think it's time you bagged something a bit bigger.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:04 am 
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Hi Worldfiher,

What you're doing sounds great. A real adventure. If you manage to cycle to the Andaman Islands give us a shout!! :D

Best of luck.

Mighty Marlin.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 8:41 pm 
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Hey there world fisher Pakistan is not that bad. Many people from the west are down here. There are just certain areas that need to be avoided. If u plan on coming do let me know.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 11:23 am 
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Hi there Scott,

Seems you have a typo in the URL in your last post. (The 'biker' is spelt wrong. If anyone needs to go there please correct it after you have clicked on it.)

Keep on pedaling. Everyone is watching over you.


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ABSOLUTELY Great going Scott - for the record if you are coming by Bangalore you have absolutely nothing to worry about from the hospitality point of view


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hi guys,

hope the fish are biting where ever you are. I have reached samarkand in uzbekistan and soon i will enter tajikistan where i hope there will be a chance of some nice fishing in the mountain rivers. does anyone know what species i can expect? any mahseer?

India does not seem so far away now!! only the big challenge of tibet left!

tight lines, Scott

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According to fishbase.org, there are only three species of fish present in Tajikistan.
Common carp, the Transcaspian marinka (a small member of the carp family that looks suspiciously like a trout in the fishbase photo) and the Tadzhik loach which is tiny, having a max size of 9.3cm.

Not exactly inspiring !


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2007 11:48 pm 
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Hi Scott .. going by Mr Locketts discription of the fish in Tajikstan .. my advice .. pedal on :lol: :lol: :lol: . Gimme a call when in Mumbai and we can go fishing the west coast .... with your bike on the top of my car ... no pedalling on this one mate :lol: :lol: :lol:


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Fred.

This is the second time you've confused me with Mr Lockett.
http://www.indianangler.com/viewtopic.php?t=677
Is there some strange alternate reality thing going on ? :wink:


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Ken, I think what Fred meant was Barbara :lol:


Hey Fred, what happened to your UAE trip ?


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Sorry Ken :wink: Keyur was a flying in flyout visit came in on the EK flight and left the same day on the EK flight .... my backside still hurts .... as business was full and had to fly Eco :lol: :lol: :lol: .. Check you up when im in next as im back in 10 days time


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".... my backside still hurts .... "
Most of us would prefer to qualify for the mile high club with a lady.
:wink:


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Wicked!!!!!!


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Ken L wrote:
".... my backside still hurts .... "
Most of us would prefer to qualify for the mile high club with a lady.
:wink:


Touche Ken .. was that you on the flight ??? :evil: :evil: :evil:


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