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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:50 pm 
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Hi Guys,

Was back in cochin for an extended period of 4 weeks finishing the house work on the river. We had a good look at the river . In spite of the excessive netting, electrocuting and occasional dynamiting the river remains today among the 44 rivers of Kerala as the only one,apart from two other rivers that still sustain a reasonable level of biodiversity and good water quality.

All the known species where targeted separately with specific tackle and tactics. Though the fish population was much thinner than 25 years ago, we probably caught more as we had improved as anglers, and were much better equipped with accumulated knowledge and tackle!
Mostly using 4lb mono for tarpon and small carp (the carp is a challenge trust me! )And 6lb braid for the jacks.

It took us about four days scouting on the river to study the terrain, to find the ridges and holes a well as some amazing underwater gardens of water plants of various hues and colors. The early mornings on the river with the steam rising out of it was magical. The evenings were rather scary the times we forgot to carry the torch and trippy when we hung around at sunset.

The house is approx 15 kms upstream from where it opens out to the sea. Every year the river is dammed across with an earthen bund to prevent the salt water from climbing upstream. This bund is built about 5 kms upstream from the river mouth. The bund is made some time in nov/dec every year and breaks on its own when the monsoon starts, all the estuary fish that come up river to the tidal reach get land locked for about 6 months. ….
We had no success with mulleys and barramundis which is a good thing as the challenge still remains.
Did a day trip up the Chalakudy River and got pleasantly surprised!!
I hooked a Murrel that fought like an angry grouper on a spinner meant for a masheer.Rahul caught a masheer a trophy on the chalakudy river! And Jeenraj stuck to his small spinner and was content more with numbers than size .


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Just Awesome......... :shock:

Good to Know atleast one river in Kerala has some Biodiversity & Mahseers & is not much influenced by Dynamitting & Netting....

Have Fished some rivers in Kerala Like Achankovil, Pamba & Kallada River ,with Not much Luck....
have caught climbing perch,Striped Murralls,Barbs Etc...but nothing as close to the size of what u got...,

Congrats & thanks for sharing.... :D


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Wow.....
Simply superb. excellent narration and fantastic photographs.
It is nice to see the 'come back' of the mahseer.
Beautiful murrel that is!!!
Thanks for sharing the info.
Ravi


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Fantastic going! Man you guys are the First family of fishing.

Cheers and thanks!


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Jeen,

When ever I see you have a new post. I practice how to breath normally, coz I know you have to have something really interesting there. I apologize but I do not have any better words than others, the fish, the place and the angling team is just awesome.

WOW.. your kids are the luckiest to have a dad like you man :)

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Excellent writeup. Magnificient catches. Thanks a lot for sharing the pics.


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hi jeen. fantastic action , beautiful pics, my heartiest congratulations to rahul. i guess i wont be seeing you or rahul in ahmedabad for a long time since you made your own paradice in kerala. tell rahul i still havent touched the spot where he last lost the monster.

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Lovely pictures jeen thanks for sharing


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Fabulous pics! :-) waiting for june to arrive so i will be there to fish in chalakudy river :-) :-) :-)


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Fabulous Jeen, congrats on another Rocking Success.


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Congrats Jeen, simply superb location, superb fish & superb photography.

Keep those pics & trip reports coming in. Great Stuff !

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Hi Jeen,

Amazing fishing as usual. Congrats for the fish caught and happy fishing.


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Congrats Jeen, and thanks for sharing the pics. Beautiful River & great fishing.
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Great pics and great fish as usual Jeen, when it comes to fishing south India definitely ROCKS !


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jeen
Thanks for sharing the details, superb pictures ! excellent narration, thas why we all wait eagerly for it. :lol:
regards
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Great once again. The diversity of fishes is amazing.

Thanks for sharing.

Regards,

Ali. :P


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Congrats and thanks for sharing the pictures.

Saravanan


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Congrats...and gr8 pics


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Thanks guys for the coments. found a few more pics.

More ox eye

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carp on spinner fly

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5 O treble destroyed by Masheer

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Another pretty MJ

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cheers ,
jeen


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sweet things in life... ahhhh !!! congrats


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Jeen.....all I can say is........

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Sudhir wrote:
Jeen.....all I can say is........

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LOL. Good one, Sudhir :P


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hey what fish is it in 5th and 6th picture?
is it a hearing?


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Hi Hoz,

THats an Ox eye Herring or more commonly known as the Indian Tarpon.


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thanks jeen....
i caught one here in kuwait last summer.......
i guess it was a wolf herring....
and the best part is i caught it without a bait....
while casting the bait i put too much pressure and bait was ripped open and fell in front of me where as hook went out a long way
while retreving i felt a tug and at the end i found that it was a fish that was only intrested in my hook.....


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Hi Jeen
With you in South India, and Santosh in South Konkan, its going to be tough to decide whom to visit!!!
Congrats Jeen.
Syd.


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Hi Jeen,

thanks for sharing a great report and beautiful pictures! a real inspiration!,

all the best, Scott


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Hi Jeen,

Great pictures. What kind of camera did you use for underwater pictrues? Knowing that fish are there is very inspirational for people like me who wish to fish Kerala. Could you please post fish ID for each photo so in the event that I ever catch anything there, I can figure out what the catch is? Thank you.


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Hi Skunk??,

The underwater pics were taken by my sons using a small Olympus digital I woudnt know the model no. The other pics were mixed between the Olympus and a cannon 400D .
AS for the fish.

THe red fish is a mangrove Jack

THe silver is a oxeye hering

The small carp are just that.

THe long big brown fish is a Murrel ( a Snake head)

THe big carps are Masheer.

Cheers,

Jeen


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is it periyar river ? and the place name i wanna try my luck !


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catches apart,
love your attitude...
country roads ... takes me home..
to the places fishesh belong.

Tightest of lines...


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Chalakudy!

My home town and my home is very close to the river. Fished when I was there for vacation with no major results. Will try again when I go back.


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Vishnu,

The river is Periyar. And the stretch is from the second bridge( Near UC college) up to 3 Km Down river.


Jeen


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Hi Skunk??, When we get no fish on a outing, we call it 'getting the skunk'. So, I call myself 'skunker'.
The underwater pics were taken by my sons using a small Olympus digital I woudnt know the model no. I'll find out on the nets The other pics were mixed between the Olympus and a cannon 400D .
AS for the fish.

THe red fish is a mangrove Jack
Heard of it
THe silver is a oxeye hering
never heard of it
The small carp are just that.
:)
THe long big brown fish is a Murrel ( a Snake head)
Snake heads are a growing invasive species here. All here are asked to kill the fish if caught.
THe big carps are Masheer.
I didn't know we have Mahseers in Kerala
Cheers,

Jeen


Thanks for the reply Jeen. I'm more confident in fishing Kerala freshwaters now. Any experience fishing the Kallad river (Punalur area, Kollam district)?


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Jeen

Introducing myself as Vipin from Chennai , basically from Allepey but been in Chennai for last 20+ years. Parents were here as well, they just moved to Aluva and dad's the Head of Security at CIAL Airport.

I tried sending you a PM other day but I guess it never went through. Since parents have now moved to Aluva , they on the banks of periyar . They are at periyar gardens close to manapurram. Have been reading your posts on the adventure in Periyar and should saw would like to give you the title of Steve Irwin of periyar. I am just into the hobby having done some Barramundi's last week at Chennai which was great experience . Have a basic Chinese 6 ft rod/reel combo with some basic lures/hooks. I am planning to be there at Aluva for few days and so want to try my luck. Need your advice on what lures/baits and any locations closer to Manapurram / periyar gardens . Won't have too much time so will just explore on walk nearby places and try from banks as boat drive also not sure. Infact I also saw one Suraj's post on lot of Murrels and your posts on MJ's etc. Infact one photo of Suraj has my parents how as backdrop, that was so surprising and that means Murrels in the back yard, although thats few years back.

Will await to hear from you . If you are okay pls PM me your number and will call in as well.

Rgds

Vipin


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Hi Vipin,

Sorry did see your Pm but was a bit busy of late. However as you said if your parents place is on the opposite corner of Mannapuram then you can try for Murrels along the grassy banks with rubber frogs. On the Mannapuram there are a lot of big rohus and pangas cat fish being caught quite regularly on atta bait. Try Alis feeder rig and some patience .

Along Mannapuram there is a sort of park garden with huge trees ( Mangala Vanam) On the shore there are a couple of Jettys cast along the pillars for Mangrove Jacks with lipped lures of the Rapala type . In the same area you can catch small carp ( parral in Malayalam ) with small hooks baited with atta and use it on a 10 lb line with out weight to catch Ox eye herring ( Palan Kanni ) best time for Mjs early mornings and evenings for Ox eye evenings around sun set.


Jeen


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Nice report and Superb pictures.. I am from Aluva ..I would like to know which lure used for tarpon ..


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Jeen

Thanks so much for the reply . I am actually not opposite to Manapurram , but rather back side and on the exact channel where your house is also located I guess as per indications what Suraj gave me when we spoke. I am on the other side of the bridge near the seminiary / thottakatukara junction . Its just opposite bank to the famous Hanuman temple at Aluva, but no luck in our backyard. So went for your suggestion and so wanted to try the jetty you suggested on the shoreline near Manapurram. That jungle track park you referred to , apparently angling is not allowed and they have netted the sides for some reason. Then I went to Manapurram to the right hand most corner of the bank when initially although no action , but once I started using atta , started getting so many hits . All the strike on the line were heavy but they were just getting away with the atta on the hook. Although didnt really catch anything , I am atleast happy I finally found some good size fish . Then the local boatman as well as someone else suggested I use prawns, I have just two more days here on current travel , but maybe will get another final session and trying to get some prawns and see. Seems to be catfish I guess. Any other suggestions on how to use atta bait/prawns or any other suggested bait do let me know.

Thanks again for the reply and all the advice.


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Oh wow you guys managed to catch the magnificent Mahseer. Hats off to you !!!


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I consider Jeen as a specialist in these waters and felt its better for me post this as a continuity of his great story about what lies beneath this river. Although did take advice from him as well as Suraj , did'nt manage to hook anything at all , although did have some tight lines but the fish walked away with my bait , mostly atta balls. Tried chicken intestines as well with no luck

But did something we have been thinking for a longtime and my dad's dream as well , do a recce of the river for few miles upstream and get a different view, the beauty was min blowing and its was a mini Amazon experience . Was also like precursor for gaining some knowledge for future fishing trips , maybe during next visit.

The recce platoon consisted of 4 of us , youngest member Mita just 2 years old. No boats in this part so finally got a traditional boat with modified local made outboard engine captained my Kunji Mohammed who possible is a veteran of these waters. But the boat is a public ferry for crossing people over so had basic safety life tubes onboard . We boarded at a famous temple ghat near called Aluva Manapurram where I understand , but guess what , got dropped right at our backyard.

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These pics of huge catfish caught at Aluva Manapurram are from the web and the angler is one Mr.Anil Marakkar and full credit to him for netting these biggies and also nice way he managed to hold them for some great pics . I don't know him personally but still thought should post these photos as it really depicts the giants in these waters . I tried contacting him before my trip to get some tips but not successful.

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Hope you enjoy the view and perhaps a better experinced IA team from Kerala can try this place in a focussed manner and land some good stuff.

Regards

Vipin
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