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 Post subject: PHG strikes again...
PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 5:31 pm 
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Pick up Dev at 3-45am, head to Dhruv's place, change to SUV, all head to the Pump house.
Its not summer-but then again, we have been known to be out in the sun at the peak of summer -when its 45 in the shade :shock:
Ken and Sanjay have RV’ed in Gurgaon and are 20 mi ahead of us. We meet at the Ghillie’s place and decide to head for the ‘Turkish Bath’ 8)
All cast in and Ken strikes first blood with an eel- too far for me to shoot a pic. Ken and Dhruv take off for the lake behind the ‘bathtub’
I am sitting idly, changing hooks on my set up, from no.2 to 10 when I see Sanjay’s line quiver-strike 1 for sanjay- a beautiful tiddler, all of 50 grams-more at home in an aquarium…

Dev helps Sanjay out with his monster tiddler-1st catch at the Turkish bath.
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Warcouncil- this place is dry, lets head for another canal 4 klicks away-
The canal had dried up…
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No luck, so yet another pond…
Aha! Sanjay’s day-he keeps reeling in grass carp in the 250 & 500g range in rapid succession-makes us wonder-did he released the first one ,or is it still on the hook ? ;)
Dev, not to be outdone, matches Sanjay with more Grass carp.Ken and Dhruv get a strike each, but no major luck.
I made my way a little ahead and cast in, more for the fun of it, the blasted grass carp decide to hook itself-too small for hauling in, so I let out the slack and it unhooks itself-I’m becoming rather good at this leave out the slack and let the fish unhook itself biz…


Lets try the other one?
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And it had just begun…
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More…
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Finally, the Solly Bridge-
Change terminal tackle to 4/0 hooks and chicken sausage/ worm
Sanjay wants to know why, when I got a strike- a 6 inch marral/Sowl had taken a clean hookset on a 4/0 hook! Now you know why…
Brunch and Tea were great Sandwiches and kabab rolls, Sanjay and Dev were upto their eyeballs in hooksets and firmly begun to call themselves anglers.
A jolly good time was had by all-except that getting back to Delhi/Noida was a b***h and took all of 3 hrs.
We must do it again people!


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 5:34 pm 
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The alarm was set for three and it seemed to go off just after I had gone to sleep. Cursing myself for getting into this stupidity, I changed, had a coffee and picked up the gear box, water and some packs of jerky. Then clock goes to 3.45 … at 0400 hmmm maybe the good Doc has flown out with the air ambulance, so I take off my boots and prepare to go back to bed. I am almost happily walking to bed when the phone rings, the good Doc is at the gate.
I think Eljefe has decided to make a man outa me and wants to take his ambassador instead of my jeep to Indian Gypsy’s house. So we then rush to South extension. Indian Gypsy loads us into his Qualis and the three of us are then merrily rushing into Gurgaon. Indian Gypsy is prattling away about fishing tactics and lets us know that he has only slept for twenty minutes having just returned from a party. (So those darned other cars weren’t driving crazy after all.)

Indian Gypsy has now contacted Sanjay and Mahaseer Ken, they are in a CRV a few miles ahead. Finally we reach the village where our guide awaits.
Here we all have a brief reunion and bundle up into the two cars. We
head towards the legendary pump house but the pumps are running and so its no point fishing there.
We change tactics and head towards a pond nicknamed as the bathtub. It is a twenty meter square where Mahaseer Ken, Indian Gypsy and Eljefe had had a great time before. But today it’s different; there are no bites to our protein laced lures. But even then Mahaseer Ken catches an eel, about a foot long. It is released and then he and Indian Gypsy go to a river a few feet away and have better luck. But Sanjay pulls out a fingerling that proves Eljefe right, the tub does have potential.

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But they aren't amused much by the finger lings that keep taking the bait.
From here we move to another jodh (haryanvi for pond or lake). Here Sanjay and I set up just at the mouth of the lake and Eljefe, Indian Gypsy and Mahaseer Ken fan out on one side.

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I was slightly sleepy and kinda sleeping on my feet when Indian Gypsy bellows," You got a bite, mind your rod." And so I begin to reel in the line and find a handsome six inch grass carp.

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The good Doc (Eljefe) shoots a photograph and then I release the baby back. Now its Sanjay's turn he watches his float go down and…he screams," What do I do?"
So a chant of," reel, it in dear henry, dear henry, reel it in”, accompanies his furious reeling. It is an eight inch carp, I think, so again we let it off with a stern warning.
But this place is magical…I get another small guy, he is let off.
Then Sanjay reels three more in. Somehow he had trained the fish to keep coming back (even fish listen to commandos) ;-). If I hadn't taken the fish off the hook myself, I could have sworn that he hadn't taken them off and merely kept chucking the same guy back and kept reeling in the same one.
By now Indian Gypsy has had one just about run away, Eljefe has had a few bites and Mahaseer Ken strangely is pensive (normally he is strangely quite unless you talk about Masheer).

The decision is now to hit the bridge.
The fish being sough now is a sole. So we all regroup again and move to location four, the bridge over the river kwai...or more likely
kaka. Here we rig up for sole and the team fans out with Eljefe, Sanjay and me taking one side. And Mahaseer Ken and Indian Gypsy on the other side, the winning team so far and we nubies notice the most driven.


Noticing Eljefe’s faith in chicken sausage (and the fact that it doesn't squirm around and because you could possibly bar-be-cue it with a lighter on the hook), we both load up our hooks with it.

After a while of great casting and keeping a wary eye on the buffaloes that were in the water, I decide to move to the bridge. Indian Gypsy is standing where I wouldn't have the nerve to in a thousand years (he has them brass ones).

He is precariously perched on a small, round concrete pillar dropping his bait exactly where a large sole is doing what Northy guys do with a car that’s wired for sound at Gk’S M Block market.
I watch as I get the guide to fasten an earthworm on my hook.
It seems to be the bait the fish are taking today or maybe I had a quite bar be cue?

Naah I’m not squeamish it’s just that he does it with so much more élan. The big sole sniffs around the bait and leaves with another babe.So I plonk my line exactly where Indian Gypsy points. I watch the Kay Mart round red and white float bob up and down. A few minnows begin to play catch with it.

And then it goes straight down. I have been tutored by Eljefe earlier to let the fish take the hook for a while and so I watch the float travel for a few seconds and then I begin to reel it in.
I am waiting for fight but nothing happens...slowly a teen age sole appears, he is removed warned with dire consequences and again let off.

That takes my total score for the day to four and my ambition is
fairly whetted, by now. Finally Mahaseer Ken speaks and reports that he had about six or seven catches but being no more than seven inches he let em go. Damn him! He's again beaten our cumulative score. I'm convinced he uses voodoo bait.

By now hunger pangs are felt and as I was about to pull out the two packs of jerky, (I like to torture hungry fishermen with em) but the Doc’s decided to go soft on me. He is almost maternal as he pulls out a dozen or more keema rolls…Sanjay stacks (two dozen easy) out some amazing sandwiches. (I thought that he was just gonna straighten a hook and chew on it for lunch.)
We munch like a bunch of kids from an Enid Blyton book and drink
cool water from Indian Gypsy’s cooler who fends off all attempts at gratitude by saying that the water is DDT laced and from a pond. (Such a sense of humour he has…you were kidding…you were weren’t you?)
After a few moments we all suddenly remember that we have to bow to
superior power…yup twelve hours without SWAMBO on a Sunday…skating on really thin ice we were. Quickly, gear is stashed away, deciding that it’s been a good day and we all leave with plans to head to more exotic destinations loaded with coolers full of iced drinks and do an overnight stay etc.

I laugh nervously at the mad dedication of this crazy group and nod at all the right places. They all seem to be holding responsible jobs(you’d think that they do nothing but live from one fishing break to another). Finally, I reach home with Asif driving all the way (told you he was tough, I suspect a lot more though);-). Eljefe has driven more than two hours that day and I’m really grateful that he did, I would have probably wrecked his car on the way.
After a quick shower and a coffee I dozed off to sleep. Somewhere I hear an alarm bell ring and I think its 0300 hours all over again.


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 Post subject: nice post
PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 5:49 pm 
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nice post eljefe love your writing style

"The world according to Carp" possible title for your book :D


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Nice read folks! Looks like you guys had fun...that's what really matters.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 6:24 pm 
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that the longest write up the PHG has ever had!!!man I'm sure that took more effort than waking up at 4 am!!!

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 6:27 pm 
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Ohhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!

You lucky sods!
I'm up North in ten days.

Jefe! Great read!
Mken! Kudos!
Sanjay and Dev! You guys did it !

Cheers and leave some for me pleeeeze!

V.


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 Post subject: Re: nice post
PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 7:47 pm 
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Phish wrote:
nice post eljefe love your writing style

"The world according to Carp" possible title for your book :D


Actually I wrote the long one. ELJEFE was nice enough to provide the pics and post it. ;-)

Dev


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Most importantly ya guys have fun...that's all matters dude :lol:
Kudos to PHG....

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well written.....seemed like I was reading a novel.
[smilie=upyeah.gif]
R u sure u were fishing there or just making notes. Maybe next time you could also mention the time the events took place [smilie=princess_spamalot.gif]

good to know that people are having a great fishy time


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Keyur wrote:
well written.....seemed like I was reading a novel.
[smilie=upyeah.gif]
R u sure u were fishing there or just making notes. Maybe next time you could also mention the time the events took place [smilie=princess_spamalot.gif]

good to know that people are having a great fishy time



Mate,when the PHG go out it's like Zen,you have those moments when you can reflect on the past,think about
the present,and see whats in store for the future,and may be feel good about it.

All this while having a good time,cause at the end of the day it's not just about fishing but the people you fishing with.

Yup these two could end up writing a book one day about the PHG experiences,and I would only be too happy to be a part of that story.

Cheers & Best always.

Sanjay


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Nice post PHG!
Hope to make a serious trip with you guys some day.
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Owen


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 10:14 am 
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From what I have heard the villages around the tub, canals and jodhs now wait for Sunday. Kids wake up early. Women cook breakfast the night before. And the earthworms hide.

Great time guys. This Saturday/Sunday??


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 10:32 am 
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A very good read guys.... Looks like u all had an amazing time... Hope to make a trip with the PHG one day ( minus the initiation ceremony :lol: )


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 Post subject: this weekend?
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Mahaseerken wrote:
From what I have heard the villages around the tub, canals and jodhs now wait for Sunday. Kids wake up early. Women cook breakfast the night before. And the earthworms hide.

Great time guys. This Saturday/Sunday??


I'm all yers. SWAMBO works this weekend and its me and Krypto the killer lab at home.

Regards,

Dev ;-)


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 Post subject: date and time
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[quote="Keyur"]well written.....seemed like I was reading a novel.
[smilie=upyeah.gif]
R u sure u were fishing there or just making notes. Maybe next time you could also mention the time the events took place [smilie=princess_spamalot.gif]


But then the fish wouldn't be able to grow nah! And it wouldn't be a fishy tale.
Somehow an experience like this is so stimulating that you remember most things. I only forgot to add the part when a real stingy fish had Indian Gypsy up a tree ;-).

Dev


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Nicely written eljeffe/dev, seemed like reading a novel.

Good luck and happy moments [smilie=superkewl.gif]
Vinayak


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sat sounds good!!!! lets try to get there on time though!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: how about doing a morning and evening thingy???


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Great post - Dev - you should seriously look at writing professionally mate!!!
Would love to catch up with you guys next time I'm in Delhi!!! [smilie=gt-happyup.gif]


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 Post subject: pro writing
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[quote="omax"]Great post - Dev - you should seriously look at writing professionally mate!!!

Thank ye kindly. But I have been writing advertising for some years but I'd love to find a publisher for these type of stories. I am glad you liked the narrative.

Regards,

Dev


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[quote="omax"]Great post - Dev - you should seriously look at writing professionally mate!!!

Thank ye kindly. I have been writing advertising for some years but I'd love to find a publisher for these type of stories. I am glad you liked the narrative.

Regards,

Dev


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Hi PHG,
How do you guys manage to fight and land such monsters :twisted: :twisted: :lol: . .
:lol: :lol:
On a serious note, as you guys have set your hearts on catching Sol and you know the location where monster sole are present there is a tip from a very old angler who is a master in catching Sol. I myself had tried this trick with some success and caught some sol with it. Use frog as your bait with a medium size hook and using a long rod skip the frog on the water surface as frog do. After 4 / 5 skip let the frog rest. Try this trick near some water weed and the best time is early in the morning or evening. I had never tried artificial frog but you can give it a try. This skipping require a bit of practice but once mastered it’s a sure way of catching Sol and Cat fishes. Hope this work for you.

Your post is very interesting and enjoyed reading it. If you guys really want to go after the monster sol lets plan one trip to my native place near Rai bareli where gages tributaries are teeming with this fish :!: .

Regards,

Ali..
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Thanks Ali.

Doc tried his scum from once. Git a few hits but the hooks were to big I think. We have been working with a few live frogs as well but they were not very cooperative.

About how we get the monster fish out. Well you need a large 4x4, very good tires and and electric winch. They rest is as easy as pie.

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Hi Ali,

Thanks for the info...

we have tried frogs in the place, and have had a lot of luck with them... only problem is catching the frogs there... they are few and far between... I guess that just speaks of the toxicity of the water... but nevertheless, frogs are what we plan to use tomorrow morning when we get there... will let you know how it goes...

Cheers,
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indiangypsy wrote:
we have tried frogs in the place, and have had a lot of luck with them... only problem is catching the frogs there... they are few and far between... I guess that just speaks of the toxicity of the water...


Dhruv,

there's another reason behind this...
purposefully unplanned frog collection for college/school labs
authorities collect them by paying a small amount to some needy poor people....at least i think so

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And don't forget the 'Jumping Chicken' being served.

Poor frogs.


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Hi Saiki,

You make a good point, something I've not thought of before... but from what I've read & observed, frogs are a good indicator of the water conditions (read chemical)... furthermore, this particular canal near the pump house reeks of DDT when the water is disturbed...

Cheers,


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