Thanks for the sympathy I really get worked up when I think about the issues we have to go through. Fred and I go back a long way, our houses are about 5 minutes apart by car in Bombay we have fished many a times together.
If you want to troll inshore like what Fred does then it is really not a problem, but the problem comes up when you want to do Blue Water Trolling and take a boat really out. You can risk it by just taking a boat and going out but then if you get caught you get screwed for nothing, worse still if they confiscate your gear and I do not take Penn Spinfishers when I go Blue Water
so I would rather be armed with some kind of a permit.
I do not really enjoy trolling inshore even though it is very productive, I prefer spinning to it, I find spinning more challenging and skillful. On my last trip we did just one inshore troll but I got fed-up of it fast we must have trolled for less than an hour late evening, we could have stayed there but decided to move on the next day.
This is what we produced in less than an hour's troll including the way to and from the location by boat, I do not want to have to travell so far to catch something like this, fish like that can be caught around Bombay:
Now the fishes LF has caught above are something really special, the fish he is refering to Red Snapper above is not a Mangrove Jack, what is commonly caught in India. It is either a Red Bass or a Paddletail, most likely the latter both come from the Lutjanus Family same as the Mangrove Jack but it is not advisable to eat either of these two fish because of ciguatera.