Thank you Owen,
I prepared ground bait mixing one quarter XXX rum in half kg rice flakes( avalakki) and mixed with maida.
For bait i used atta but no luck. observed lot of fishing action after half an hour of ground baiting.
Voilent flashes in between on the surface. I thought those are by murrel/Rohu.
That mix (Gavins) will either catch you a catla or get you drunk.
Try oil cake mixed with cooked rice, and use some hing powder to spice it up. Mix the stuff with clay type of soil and make it into egg size balls.
Ground bait at least an hour before you fish. Dont spread the bait out, try to concentrate it in one area about 2 to 3 feet in dia.
Dont splash around your bait when you finally cast in, the fish could have already moved into the swim, attracted by the ground bait, and you could easily scare them away.
Don't leave the spot and drift off elsewhere if nothing much happens for a while, remember that the fish will sooner or later smell the bait and home in on it. The bites could begin with small fish and then the bigger fish start moving in, attracted by the clouded water and the smell.
It is important to ensure that your hook bait is as close to the periphery of the ground bait. No use baiting up in one spot, and fishing in another.
Remember that getting the bait down to the right depth is crucial if you are float fishing, so follow instructions given above to find the right setting for the float.
Ensure your hook size is smaller rather than bigger if you are targeting rohu and mirgal, and just be patient.
You rarely catch a fish on your first attempt so don't give up.