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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2007 2:03 pm 
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Just got back from a great trip. The weather was a bitch. It rained and was stormy all the time. But after each blow out the fish bit like no tomorrow.

Most of the fish were 3-4kgs. A few above that but none above 6kgs. In all three rods caught about 25 fish in two days.

Some strange things happened.

Fish See In Colour
We were using the regular silver shad raps, silver jointed, silver and shad tail dancers and a few silver husky jerks. The fish were taking these plugs well. Bt suddenly the bite stopped. We started changing plugs till we hit upon a gold tail dancer and a blue magnum (thanks Bops). These plugs were like magnets. We swapped plugs... changed rods... changed the amount of line trolled out... but everytime the fish only hit on these two colours.

Singara take plugs
We got a few big singaras on the blue magnum. the fish were in great condition and about 3 kgs each. Looks like bhakra is going the Pong way.


Drift fishing. Trolling was also very productive.


Lalaji with his mahseer. The red fins were much brighter.

Sorry about the pictures. did not carry my camera or phone out coz of the rain. But on the last morning I did manage to get a few shots of one mahseer caught from a drifting boat.


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Very nice pic of the mahseer.

Would they allow to fish there after 10th of July?

I am planning for a monthlong trip up north and Vedan told me that angling in Himachal and uttaranchal is closed during that time.

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Mken, could you PM me your phone number. Or you can SMS me your no. at 9435105161


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beautiful fish !


tight lines

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Sure thing Bops.

Give me till the weekend to shoot the plugs in nice bright sunshine. Or else the colours will be pretty dull. Except for the blue magnum. That one I lost to a very vicious plug eating rock. (Bops! that means i will be surely ordering a few more of those)

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Nice stuff MK


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Hey Ken Da good 1 keep goin, was Pappu also there even we were planin for the last weekend but got some important jobs to be done :oops: & heads off to Umrao Lala Ji he is an Inspiration for all of us even at this age he is the best as I call him the King of Bhakra


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Hey Ken,


great footnote. I suppose that would be applicable to almost all of us....lol

Its good to pick up stuff over the net....the wifey cant keep track of that :wink:

Its working for the moment, especially since she hasnt started counting the rods & reels that are increasing every forthnight.


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Santosh!

Those boats... they are like the Titanic mated with the Hindenburg. With perpetually drunk... high drivers. Guess the foot rests are to remind everyone that they are stoned.


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FYI: The fishing season in Himachal is officailly closed (1st June) (except for trout). It will re-open on the 15th of August


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Looks like it was a great trip.

Ken,

Im planning on going mahseer fishing in a large reservoir soon. I have a few Rat-L-Traps and a couple of similar flat lipless crankbaits by Cotten Cordell, will they work on mahseer? Can I troll them or are they exclusively for casting and bringing in with a jerky retrieve?

Ive never caught a mahseer on a plug before, other than the above mentioned ones I also have some regular swimming and countdown Rapalas and a really nice Chinese Deep Diving plug. Which ones should I concentrate on?


About the Singharas, I went to Mangla again today. The weather was really wierd, still and and extremely hot one minute, windy the next and raining heavily a couple of minutes later. Only caught two small singharas on Mepps no.5 Aglia spinners, released em both. Nothing else touched my lures after that, so I practised my flyfishing by casting out some small wet flys on a sinking line, caught a few chilwas. Then it got too windy to fly cast and I started spinning again. I foul hooked a little kalbonse and caught a brightly coloured tilapia.

Anyways good luck in your further fishing adventures!


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Howdy Ali,

Mate al I can say is that every plug has its day. I follow a very simple practise. I cal it top to bottom. First I use the top water plugs. Slowly at first and then I work up the retrieve speed. If I get hit by nothing I start using the big lip deep divers. And do the same slow to fast retrieve. If still nothing then i start with the sinking plugs like the Rattlins. I let them hit the bottom and then bounce them off the rocks with the retrieve. This way you work the water from top to bottom.

Another suggestion I have to make is that you cast from left to right or right to left. Working your way from 9 o'clock to 3 o'clock. This way you really flog the water.

If nothing still bites ten walk 100 mtrs away from the spot and start again.

Trolling is the same. Play with the boat speed. But Don't go faster than walking speed (the tube well engine we use just about idles). And play with the plugs. None are sure shot. but each plug works different water. Just make sure you let the plug out atleast 60mtrs. And keep a very loose drag. Stop the boat the minute you get a hit and don't start playing the fish till the boat comes to a stop.


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Thanks for the info Ken!

Most anglers around here dont know about lure fishing and I find baitfishing for carps quite boring, so most of my fishing is experimental/groundbreaking.

I think im the first person since the British Raj to have caught chilwas on a fly rod. I would take pics, but Id become the laughing stock of the PGFA.

Anyway about trolling, Ive done quite a bit of it but only with spoons and dead bait. In the smaller lakes a rowboat is good enough but on the bigger ones we fish from odd looking monstrosities which use a propeller attached to a generator as an engine.

Whats your take on soft plastics? Have you ever caught a mahseer on one? If so its time to raid my dads huge collection of Mr. Twister stuff!


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