The lakes turned up trumps for nice size Rohu, most of them caught on float tackle, with 9ft telescopic rods 30-60gm cast weight. 3000 series reels loaded with 20lb mono. Only one 11.5 Kg caught on 10lb line loaded on a 200 series reel with float and a very light telescopic rod.
Just 1 murral at the lake - caught on Ragi while fishing for Rohu and a small Mahseer of 750gms taken by Bobbee Kapoor at Forbes.
Rohu - Robby - 12.25Kgs & 9kgs
Murral- Robby - 1.5 Kgs
Rohu - Gavin - 12 Kg & 9.5 Kgs
Mahseer -Bobbee - 750gms
Rohu - Owen - 11.5 Kg, 10Kg & 6 Kg.
Total weight of fish caught from the lake = 72.5 Kgs
All taken on ragi/jeera/hing bait. with small carp hooks.
Only 1 fish of around 10kg's was lost due to lines crossing over, no other breaks or tear aways took place.
With the exception of the murral, all other fish were weighed & released.
One alarming point is that 2 of the Rohu caught by Gavin had some kind of unusual growths in them. I know what you guys are going to say seeing that it was Gavin, but if any of you have any experience on this, please take a close look at the fish and let us know what you think.
I believe around 5 other fish with similar abnormal growths have been caught so far at the same lake.
Unfortunately we were moving to Hiara, otherwise we could have taken one of these fish back to Bangalore to get them checked.
The river produced 18 Mahseer over 1 Kg, with countless small ones.
The whole of the bank at Hiara was full of baby mahseer of the blue fin, gold & silver varities.
Thye largest mahseer taken by us were 5.5 Kgs and 5 Kgs and almost all other anglers also struggled to catch anything bigger.
The total weight of the 18 mahseer of 1 Kg & above amounted to 39 Kgs
One yellow cat
One murral made up the rest of the fish caught.
All in all a great outing, and i did have a rather interesting "one that got away".
It was the afternoon of the 1st session, and we were returning by coracle to the bank just below Hiara rapids, rather dejected after not even a bite, i had my chilwa trailing just below the coracle (unintentionally).
We were just 5 feet from the bank when my rod almost bounced out of the coracle. Thinking that it must have been snagged on a rock, or in some bush, i caught the rod, and was about to put it back properly in the coracle, when i had this arm wrenching pull, and this fish that i estimate to be over 20 Kgs, started towing the coracle with the 3 of us up the rapids.
Our guide Chikaraju did his best to move up with the fish, and i played the fish for around 5 minutes when all of a sudden the chilwa torn to shreds along with the hook came free. I had not had time to strike, which was probably the reason why i lost that fish.
No more such takes came our way, and we had to be content with the smaller guys.
One more interesting incident was the fact that there were a herd of elephants not more than 50 meters behind us every night, and another on the opposite bank. None of them showed themselves, but we certainly heard them all day and night.
Bharat lost his only mahseer, because he took a stroll and left his rod unattended on a bank stick. We saw his rod take a 3 foot dive into the water from where we were sitting in the coracle in the middle of the river, and hurried back. We dredged the area with our heavy lead and big hooks, and came up with the rod, about 20 feet from where he was fishing. The fish was still on, but got away after a few minutes as we were trying to untangle another snagged line.