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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.
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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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Fabulous Jeen, congrats on another Rocking Success.


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

More ox eye



carp on spinner fly




5 O treble destroyed by Masheer




Another pretty MJ




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


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



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

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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.


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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.

























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.







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.

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