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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 12:26 pm 
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Hi All,

After months of trying different lures and methods I finally landed my first fish on a lure, and what a fish it was :)

Now that I'm done with my sem exams I'm in Goa for a 2 week fishing trip. After a hectic ride from Bombay I cooled my heels before heading to a local tackle shop to buy a new rod. I purchased a 9 foot Shimano FX S90. While at the shop I happened to meet Merwyn (aka Tiger on IA). We chatted up and decided on a spontaneous fishing trip.

We drove for a couple of hours till we crossed the Goan borders into a beautiful coastal village in Maharashtra. At first we thought of spinning at some rocks off the beach but found the terrain a bit unsafe. So after a short trek up and down the hills we decided to change our location and headed to the local jetty.

Once there, we found quite a few local anglers fishing with hand lines and bamboo sticks. We tried our luck with bait but did not get any bites. We then decided to switch to lures. I started with a shad but it got snagged and the hook broke. I then switched to a Rapala. So did Merwyn.

At around the same time the moon began to show herself in all her glory and she lit up the water. At my seventh cast I was reeling in slowly when it happened. Bang! before I could say 'Jack Robinson' my Penn 6000 Graph reel was screaming like Robert Plant doing an angler version of 'Stairway to Heaven'. Oh that sound! Music to my heavy metal loving ears. And then she showed herself splashing about in the distance - A feisty Barramundi. The fight was on. Merwyn helped me reel her in and there she was, Beautiful!

I was over the moon. But that wasn't the last we heard of the Barramundi's. Around 30 minutes later Merwyn's reel starting singing too, and again the game was on. Within a few minutes we reeled in the second Barramundi for the night. After a few more casts we called it a day and headed home.

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The Barramundi I caught weighed in at 3.5 kgs. Took a few pics and then I was off to bed, still thrilled to bits.

I was particularly happy with this trip for many reasons. This was my first catch with a lure, my first Barramundi and my first catch with my new rod. Still have another week and a half to go and I'm sure I will have more stories to tell.

Till then

Tight Lines

Danny

P.S.: I have a commercial fishing chart which refers to Barramundi as 'Sea Bass'. Same species?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 12:42 pm 
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Congratulations buddy...


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Danny boy :)

You've done it. Many days ahead of you. Congrats on your first barramundi. Lovely looking fish. Way to go mate. Keep'em coming. I'll keep myself busy dreaming about them.

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Danny,

Well done!

We are scared to fish for barramundi at night in Australia because of the real danger from maneating saltwater crocodiles which show up as red eyes in a searchlight - too easy to fall overboard in such conditions!!

It would be nice if you could advise what particular lure worked for you - there are some barra fishers I know that would be very interested .

Regards,
Kingfish


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Wonderful, congrats! Nice one. :)


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 2:23 pm 
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FANTASTIC! What a start to your spinning career. Keep at it Danny. And you'll be one of the gurus soon.


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Thanks All :) ...many more to come I'm sure. Will keep at it.

@ Kingfish: The lure I used was a 'Spotted Minnow' XRAP. Unfortunately it got snagged and I lost it in a subsequent cast. But she did her bit and in turn did me proud :)


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Reel screaming like Robert Plant........ I like it. Great Fish there. Congrats.


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Nice Barra, Danny

Ravi


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Congrats on your first Barra Danny and wish you many many such happy moments :D

@ Merwyn Stop luring the fish with your belly button :twisted: :twisted:
Danny thinks that spotted minow did the job :wink:


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Congrats Danny! great show man and thanks for sharing with us! hope you have many more hit your lures!

All the best, Scott


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Hey Danny boy nice write up and congratulation on your first Barra.

Tiger congratulation to you too.


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Congrats Danny and Merwyn. Nice writeup and great catch. A Twosome catch. Keep it on.


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Congratulations... A number of firsts.. tight lines


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Ain't it cool when a plan comes together ?

Well done guys.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 7:44 am 
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Congrats and thanks for sharing the pics


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Congrats Danny, you will never forget your first fish.. good luck.


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Beautiful catch danny.


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Congratulations mate....

you remind me of my college days...rock n roll mate....i'm sure there's lot more to come.


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