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 Post subject: My first Trip to Raigad
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 6:31 pm 
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My first Trip to Raigad

:D It was a unique opportunity for me to visit the lion's den and fish in his Domain

The trip started with an amazing bike ride at 5am early morning apon reaching Sayed bhai's house
We unpacked our tackle and were on the rocks in no time. The water was amazing, crystal clear :shock: and deep it is a perfect condition for most of the predatory fishes to inhabit.

This trip was full of learning and knowledge sharing. Thanks for Sayed bhai who trusted me with his secret locations and I promised to keep it Secret , Sayed bhai shared his experience on how to handle a big fish Learnt various techniques how to target different fishes. Saw Ravas feeding out of casting range and spotted a Cobia too who disappeared into the deep water once it spotted the Lion [smilie=damn.gif].
Landed two MJs ,one Grouper and a Huge Crab above one kg on this trip. Here are two of the catches in this post.

On the way there were these birds behind the bait fish and displayed some aerobic Stunts.
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After a heavy morning workout we reached this spot. There was this little guy waiting in the pond to ambush.
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Lion is Baiting & Waiting for the big Bite :wink: .
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We started casting out in to the deep ocean waiting for some action.
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Then I saw Lions rod tip dip violently and the line scream Kirrrrrrr Kirrrrrrrr Kirrrrrrrrrrr. I was all excited and ready with the gaff waiting for the fish to surface.
The fish unwillingly showed it self it was red color and we knew it was an MJ. The fish was landed safely.
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Next day another exotic location. We trekked and reached the location saw this awesome little creation of GOD waiting to greet us. What a spectacular specimen this creature is. Angling is more than catching a sport fish. It is about adventure, exploring locations, trekking, riding, wild life, endurance and the list will continue.
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I started casting with the firetiger, there was no luck. Sayed Bhai suggested me to try the white redhead. I started working the popper. Then as the popper was on its way back I saw smash on the surface and my first reaction was to set the fish. The rod tip bent and the reel started screaming Kirrrrr Kirrrr Kirrrrrrrrrrr Kirrr. I knew it was a huge fish as it was taking line from my BG90 which was mounted on a rod with test capability of 30-56lb.
I could see the line travel left and right cutting through the ocean surface. It ran all around to get cover. As it neared there was a rock formation in the water around 10ft way from the shoreline, I knew this fish will definitely try and run around it and if that happens then the braid will no longer hold the fish. It took a left and ran for cover. I played the fish as trained by Sayed Bhai and brought it near. The fish surfaced and Sayed Bhai landed it.

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This is the largest MJ landed by me and all credit to Sayed Bhai for trusting me and guiding me to handle a huge fish.
Two days passed in a jiffy and had to pack my bags with a heavy heart wanting to fish more
Hoping to get another invitee from the Lion hearted friend of mine ;-) very soon

The Sunset.
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All have a good day.
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And all the best for your future catches.
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Regards,
Raj


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Excellent catch Raj. And you can never go wrong with Lionheart at your side..He is the PRO my friend..Great to know that you had a great time. Also hats off on catching that MJ. All the best for many more to come..And excellent and crisp photos.

Long live the Lion!


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Nice catch and excellent pics. Thanks for sharing the pics.


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Congrats Raj on your catch and realy amazing pics thanks for sharing


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Hey Raj, Congrats man. Happy to see you back in action. Great Catches.


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Thank you >> abraganza, apoo, mailme.mario, sanju_freeworld.


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raj wrote:
his secret locations and I promised to keep it Secret

:lol: :lol: :lol: Raj I did hear you say that before.. :wink:

Cobia too who disappeared into the deep water once it spotted the Lion [smilie=damn.gif].

:roll: :roll: I doubt, not this time of the year and not that that place, however i could be wrong.. :twisted:

Super pics, and good fishing. Congrats :-)



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beautiful post.. liked the snaps it was eye catching.. looking forward with more snaps..


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Really nicely written. I think the pictures of the birds are brilliant. Especially the tern diving. What a fantastic moment to catch. Well done mate. Yup! Fishing is more than just catching a fish. Lots more!


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The photographs are amazing Raj!!. Especially the birds .. How did you take Pic number 8, an underwater snap !! ?


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raj wrote:
My first Trip to Raigad

thanks for Sayed bhai who trusted me with his secret locations and I promised to keep it Secret ,

That place wont be a secret anymore. The best way to find out is to go to Murud one day and casually ask them people around, "Woh Sayed Kadri joh motor cycle pe aata hai woh kidhar milega?" and the response will be "WOH WOh to jabhi dekho udhar woh kone mein patthar hai nah udhar macchi pakad raha hoga" :) BINGO SECRET REVEALED ;)

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Do I see a fin protruding out of water or is that a fish???

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Good you were not at the back of him capturing this cast :P
Well captured though :)


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Thats an awesome catch. May you land and release more ;)

Glad that you enjoyed your trip and had a good catch this time. Thanks for sharing the good pics.

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Thank you >> santosh, harikarthikeyan, Mahaseerken, kryptoz, teritex

kryptoz >> The fish was underwater but the camera was not. Thats the magic of lens.

teritex >> Thats a tiny little bait fish jumping for its life.


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Hearty Congrats Raj very nice post :D
You captured every moment very beautifully [smilie=coolup.gif] You are a fine photographer indeed and a quick learner that you are 8) You will be an expert Angler very soon ;-)

raj wrote:
My first Trip to Raigad

:D It was a unique opportunity for me to visit the lion's den and fish in his Domain
Two days passed in a jiffy and had to pack my bags with a heavy heart wanting to fish more
Hoping to get another invitee from the Lion hearted friend of mine ;-) very soon
Regards,
Raj


very soon :P very soon :lol: :lol:

Kalina Boys will Rock Again :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:


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teritex wrote:
raj wrote:
My first Trip to Raigad

thanks for Sayed bhai who trusted me with his secret locations and I promised to keep it Secret ,

That place wont be a secret anymore. The best way to find out is to go to Murud one day and casually ask them people around, "Woh Sayed Kadri joh motor cycle pe aata hai woh kidhar milega?" and the response will be "WOH WOh to jabhi dekho udhar woh kone mein patthar hai nah udhar macchi pakad raha hoga" :) BINGO SECRET REVEALED ;)



Ha Ha Haa Dezz !! luckily the people of Murud don't know me by that name :twisted: :twisted:
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kone mein patthar ke peechey
you might find me doing something else other than fishing :lol: :lol:
and most of the guys who know me think that he is just a crazy angler wasting his time in the sun by the water :wink: they have never seen my catches & I always say that I come to relax by the seaside & am yet to catch a big fish
rememer my Guru's words of being an Ant & not Elephant :wink: :P :P :P
So people know me yet they don't know me :twisted: :twisted:


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Excellent Raj, beside being a very nice trip your photography is excellent. Some amazing moments capture. The tern diving on bait fish is really an awesome photograph.

You said you caught your MJ on Popper.... :!: Is that correct or like the spot you are also hiding the lure identity.. :lol:

A very nice report and keep on doing it..

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Congrats!!! Gr8 pics.


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angler_ali wrote:
Excellent Raj, beside being a very nice trip your photography is excellent. Some amazing moments capture. The tern diving on bait fish is really an awesome photograph.

You said you caught your MJ on Popper.... :!: Is that correct or like the spot you are also hiding the lure identity.. :lol:

A very nice report and keep on doing it..

Regards,

Ali.


Alibhai It was a popper indeed :lol: :lol: I also was quiet surprised that an mj had attacked the popper
the picture of the grouper & the jumbo crab was censured for being too Revealing :twisted: :twisted:


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lionheart wrote:
angler_ali wrote:
Excellent Raj, beside being a very nice trip your photography is excellent. Some amazing moments capture. The tern diving on bait fish is really an awesome photograph.

You said you caught your MJ on Popper.... :!: Is that correct or like the spot you are also hiding the lure identity.. :lol:

A very nice report and keep on doing it..

Regards,

Ali.


Alibhai It was a popper indeed :lol: :lol: I also was quiet surprised that an mj had attacked the popper
the picture of the grouper & the jumbo crab was censured for being too Revealing :twisted: :twisted:


It must be a very hungry MJ then.. :lol:

Ali.


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yes indeed You are very right Alibhai , not a grain of sand in the stomach and Mj on a popper was a first time for me also to witness though we were targetting travelly or small barras and a Bhukkad MJ turned up instead :P
{Bhukkad = very hungry}


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Excellent Raj. Amazing photographic Skill.

I'm awed by your skill. Well clicked.

Lion heart pls take me there.

Looks like wonderful Trip.

Tight Lines and once again my hearty congrats on catches.

Thank you very much for showing such a awesome pictures.


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Fabulous catches

Fantastic pics

Fantabulous post :D

Congatulation on catching these amazing creatures on both camera and rods.

Loved the pics especially tern, eel and the setting sun :P

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This thumb sign is going to b LionHeart's TradeMark pose :wink:



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congratulations raj... real nice trip and great pics...

regards,

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lionheart wrote:
angler_ali wrote:
Excellent Raj, beside being a very nice trip your photography is excellent. Some amazing moments capture. The tern diving on bait fish is really an awesome photograph.

You said you caught your MJ on Popper.... :!: Is that correct or like the spot you are also hiding the lure identity.. :lol:

A very nice report and keep on doing it..

Regards,

Ali.


Alibhai It was a popper indeed :lol: :lol: I also was quiet surprised that an mj had attacked the popper
the picture of the grouper & the jumbo crab was censured for being too Revealing :twisted: :twisted:







Just in conceren with MJ on poper's i personaly have had hits from MJ's on poper's. And in genral it happens in other end of the earth.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6kqOTSQDYk


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Raj

That is the best post I have read on the forum for a long time! Beautifully written and the photographs.....Man that photo of the tern about to catch the bait fish is simply world class!

Best to the Lionhearted Man!

All the best

Lakhyaman


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Sayed bhai it would have not been possible without your able guidance. Thank you.

Thank you Ali Bhai and as correctly mentioned by Sayed Bhai it was a Bhukkad MJ. When i saw the smash on the surface my first impression was a Barra.

Thanks >> MM, salmonmani (This is a trailer, Picture abhi bhaki hai) :wink: , arish, dr. prasad, lakhyaman.


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Great trip, fishes and pictures, Raj.
Any trip with Sherdil will be awesome.
Tight lines.


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Congrats Raj, Sayed excellent pics and report thanks for sharing [smilie=coolup.gif]


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salmonmani wrote:
Excellent Raj. Amazing photographic Skill.

I'm awed by your skill. Well clicked.

Lion heart pls take me there.

Looks like wonderful Trip.

Tight Lines and once again my hearty congrats on catches.

Thank you very much for showing such a awesome pictures.


@ Salmonmani ---> You are Welcome any time brother :D

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Sayed bhai it would have not been possible without your able guidance. Thank you.

Thank you Ali Bhai and as correctly mentioned by Sayed Bhai it was a Bhukkad MJ. When i saw the smash on the surface my first impression was a Barra.

Thanks >> MM, salmonmani (This is a trailer, Picture abhi bhaki hai) :wink: , arish, dr. prasad, lakhyaman.


@ Raj ---> the Pleasure is all mine :-)

Thanks Shailendra & Rajatda


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amazing pictures .. and a wonderful report .. congrats for the fish cought


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Thanks > Sailendra, rajatda and sandy.


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I was once again admiring your photographs Raj and I observed in two places that you and Syed holding the fish by lure/ popper. Will advice never to do so as it can cause an accident in a blink of an eye. Either use a lip holder or de-hook the fish before lifting it for photography.

Regards,

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Thanks Ali Bhai, will always keep it in mind.


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I was once again admiring your photographs Raj and I observed in two places that you and Syed holding the fish by lure/ popper. Will advice never to do so as it can cause an accident in a blink of an eye. Either use a lip holder or de-hook the fish before lifting it for photography.

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Ali.

yep I still remember the incident of Harnai man it was really a very pain full experience for Mohile sahib :( and him being such an experience angle still one do these silly mistake in excitement I also remember on the second trip almost hooking myself on the boat with the similar mistake .


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Raj,
That was some great photos of the bird attacking the bait shoal.

Ravi


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Will advice never to do so as it can cause an accident in a blink of an eye. .


:cry: :cry: :cry:


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Stunning Pictures...


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congratulation raj for the stunning catches

i liked your pictures very much.....thanks for sharing

i want a opportunity to go for shore fishing as i don't know anything about it.

cheers,
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Thanks Bobby and manishhgin.


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Hi Raj,

Congrats for the fish caught. Thnks for sharing the pics and happy fishing.


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Smashing trip Guys,

looks like you had great fun.

I would like to add here that snake in your pics is quite rare and there are very few shots on record. FYI, it's the Brown Vine Snake (
Ahaetulla pulverulenta)


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congrats Raj & Sayed !

Excellent pics.

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Keyur wrote:
congrats Raj & Sayed !

Excellent pics.

regards,
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Thanks keyur
Its Sad you couldn't come to Murud this vaction , the big ones were waiting eagerly to make you sweat :twisted: :twisted: :P


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Thanks >> channabarca, spoonangler and Keyur.


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