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Author:  godfreydesylva [ Thu Nov 01, 2007 4:04 pm ]
Post subject:  dorado


Finally back home after three months at work(marine engineer).Had a unscheduled stop at sea as we were reaching port early and had to kill time.we were drifting somwhere north of California on our way to Japan,I had just picked up some tackle in the last port.
The crew knew of my obsession for fishing and i got a report that there were some fish around the vessel.Left the engine room and came up to have a look and here about 2000 miles from land were some dorado!!.
Grabbed the New Ugly stick tiger rod tied on a a jigging lure,which i had picked up with no idea of what i was going to do with it!!.Anyway belted out a cast from the main deck.the vessel is a car carrier and the main deck is about 25 metres above the water line.not really sure of what would happen.Started the retrieve and few seconds later there was a fish on the line.Before i could react and strike he had jumped out of the water and thrown the hook.Second cast hooked up again and this time well hooked.unfortunately still had not worked out how to land this fish.tried to handline it up the side but in all the excitement it got off.Guess it was still green and had a lot of strength in it.
Decided to try from a little lower down .Went to the forward anchor station which is about 15 metre above water level and got some items organised.Third cast-no luck.Fourth cast -Hook up.This time allowed the fish to run on a light drag and got some of the crew organised.Really acrobatic fight on a light drag.getting the fish on board was a three man operation involing ropes,a packing crate and lots of missed heartbeats-tookhalf an hour.The second picture is of the same fish which had a dramtic change of colour after a few minutes of being out of the water.The phillpino crew were happy to see the fish on board and were wondering why we wasted time taking photographs before taking the fish straight to the kitchen where it was turned into tom yum soup,fried fish and fish curry which was dinner for 14 hungry sailors.

Author:  yaj [ Thu Nov 01, 2007 4:26 pm ]
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Good show Godfrey! Lovely pics,thanks for sharing.

Author:  Mahaseerken [ Thu Nov 01, 2007 4:57 pm ]
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Wow! Love them Mahi Mahi. Got to get me one of those too.

Author:  Sydney [ Thu Nov 01, 2007 5:03 pm ]
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Hi Godfrey,
Good show.This must be the Chameleon Durado!!.Hey just kidding.
Did you have a chance to weigh the fish?.
Will catch up some day.

Author:  IndianAngler [ Thu Nov 01, 2007 7:28 pm ]
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Nice report and a beautiful fish! You should make better use of your time at sea and catch some more mate :-) Most of us landlubbers never get to see those pelagics.

Author:  santosh [ Thu Nov 01, 2007 11:04 pm ]
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Hey godfrey, thats a nice looking fish.. thanks for sharing the pic :)

Author:  Ken L [ Fri Nov 02, 2007 12:59 am ]
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What you need for fishing from that sort of height is a drop gaff. Been looking for a link showing one but I can't find one.
In essence, its a metal device with three hinged hooks on it and a loop for a cord.
It can be fitted to a line and allowed to slide down the line to the fish where it's jigged up and down until one of the hooks gets a hold behind the head or in a gill and the fish can then be hoisted up to the deck.
Not exactly a catch and release tool but just the job if you're on a ship and looking for a feed of fresh fish.
With the jeneral description above, I'm sure you could knock something servicable up in the ships repair shop. Just make sure you grind off any sharp edges.

Author:  Tathagata [ Fri Nov 02, 2007 9:54 am ]
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Way to go godfrey. catching a Mahi mahi must have been fun. By the way IA anglers i have seen the same fish in panvel market caught at Uran.

Author:  shaphan [ Fri Nov 02, 2007 10:53 am ]
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Great going mate...

Cool pics. The blue one is really amazing :lol:

Author:  IndianAngler [ Fri Nov 02, 2007 11:05 am ]
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Ken, it's called a cliff gaff.

Godfrey, a search on google for "cliff gaff + fishing" will show you the design.


Author:  FaakhiR Rizvi [ Fri Nov 02, 2007 1:29 pm ]
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nice catch
beautiful species

Author:  Sualeh [ Fri Nov 02, 2007 7:35 pm ]
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Wonderful fish godfreydesylva. Must have had a great time. Good luck.

Author:  Keyur [ Sat Nov 03, 2007 1:50 am ]
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Great stuff Godfrey....keep it up. Hope to see some more fish pics from you.

Author:  apoo [ Sat Nov 03, 2007 2:01 am ]
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Hi Godfrey,

Nice catch mate. Keep it up.


Author:  Fredfish [ Mon Nov 05, 2007 12:58 pm ]
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"Way to go godfrey. catching a Mahi mahi must have been fun. By the way IA anglers i have seen the same fish in panvel market caught at Uran." Tats ... Mahi mahi in Uran !!!!!!!!.... i personally dont think so .... looks like the fish changes shape also :)

Author:  Bobby [ Tue Nov 06, 2007 9:25 am ]
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Nice Fish Godfery, see that they still had some colour in them, means just caught. We have caught them trolling off Shrivardan.

Fred, Dorado/Mahi Mahi are called Rajesh Khana in India. No jokes...serious.

Author:  Tathagata [ Tue Nov 06, 2007 9:35 am ]
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Fredfish wrote:
" i personally dont think so .... looks like the fish changes shape also :)

Yup fred next time i see one i will take a picture however the color wasnt the same. But it was a dolphin (Fish) for sure. :wink:

Author:  godfreydesylva [ Tue Nov 06, 2007 10:32 am ]
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I know its a bit difficult to understand the colour change.I myself was amazed.if you look closely at the fish you will notice some lines around its midsection in both pictures.its the same fish!

Author:  Bobby [ Tue Nov 06, 2007 3:13 pm ]
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Hi Godfery,

One intresting thing about this fish is if you cut of a piece of this fish before it looses its colour and turn slate grey, the piece that you cut off will retain it's colour but the rest of the fish will turn grey.


Author:  rulerofsun [ Tue Nov 06, 2007 4:04 pm ]
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Hey Guys,

The Dorado is know to change colors. Electric Neon Blues, Intense Golden Yellows and Glowing Iridescent Greens. Dorado are an incredible sight to behold. They have a dorsal fin that runs the length of their back nearly to the tail. (Better to fight you with!) that can be deep blue with electric blue spots on it or change to green and yellow. Dorado change their color with their mood.

read this link :


Author:  crak [ Tue Nov 06, 2007 7:49 pm ]
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Very nice female dolphin godfrey.


Author:  Bobby [ Wed Nov 07, 2007 10:48 am ]
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crak wrote:
Very nice female dolphin godfrey.


Glad someone checked :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Author:  flyfisher [ Fri Nov 09, 2007 12:02 am ]
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Hi Godfrey,

Nice dorado.

The 7' Ugly Stik spinner has scored a nice first fish :D
Unfortunately, work will not permit me to be in Mumbai in Dec.

tight lines


Author:  kamlakar.rao [ Sat Nov 10, 2007 3:05 am ]
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Good to c yur photo then the fish .Good catch mate .if you ever come to Auckland lets meet up

Author:  godfreydesylva [ Mon Nov 12, 2007 10:34 am ]
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Unfortunate that you cannot make it down.Was looking forward to meeting up.
Thanks.Nice to hear from you.Do send me your contact details.

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