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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:48 pm 
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Just yesterday I hooked my first big fish..
After a thousand casts i hooked it..I aint
sure, seemed like it hooked itself, as i wasn't
focused,and was gazing at the landscape..(dont blame
me, i took a thousand casts, no strike).. I was
using fresh Puntius(puthi) fish on 2 hooks cluster,
cast it into the current and was slowly retrieving
it in..ridiculously, i wasnt aware that the fish was
on, and was astounded to find the fish on the line,
a Mulley, around 2-3 kgs, wriggling frantically..imagine
my excitement..just as I was about to land him,
one swipe of his vicious head and..damn!! He was
gone, my first Mulley...what could hv gone wrong?
Please enlighten me on Fish landing tactics..i am
terribly disheartened..never want a re-run of
the scene!! :cry:


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:40 pm 
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Hi fishbuster,
what lb mono/braid line were you using ? did you have a mono/flouro leader attatched to the line ? did you have a landing net in handy ? The first thing to do is play the fish nicely, and then land it(never reel it in directly). A lot of factors come in mind when you have a mulley on line. sharp teeth, hence the leader. I havent personally come in face to face with a mulley, just told you what i have read and heard from other anglers.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:25 pm 
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As Raka says get a good landing net as this will make all the difference. When the fish is ready to be landed, i.e when its tired and wallowing on the surface it should be drawn over the submerged net and the net then lifted. Do not lunge for a fish with a net as it will often lead to the fish escaping because you might inadvertently prod the line/hook/lure.

If mulley are the target then a thin wire trace wouldn't go amiss as they have pretty sharp teeth- but don't go too thick as that will reduce your strike rate. Another option is a flourocarbon leader which is not only very tough and abrasion resistant but almost invisible in water.


And lastly if you plan on releasing fish which is always a good idea, particularly with the big breeding specimens, carry a soft mat to put the fish on while you unhook it. The damage that can be done to a fish flapping on a stony bank side can be fatal...maybe not immediately but sometime afterwards.

all the best, Scott


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:43 pm 
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Yes Rakesh da, perhaps I reeled in too fast, out of sheer nervousness, and
consequently lost it when it was right at my foot..my line was a 12 lb mono.

@Scott, i had a braided leader..and the fish didnt snap it. Could it be that since
i was using two small hooks, the hooks were not set properly, since Mulleys
have hideous large jaws?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 9:02 pm 
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yes it could be for a number of reasons. It must be remembered that even a large fish may be landed with a small hook if it is played correctly. But a larger hook will probably give you a better hook hold.

It might also be worth looking at your set up. If you are using mono mainline then i would continue the mono on for the hook length (below a swivel or another joining mechanism) for this will not only give better abrasion resistance but will also be less visible in the water. It is not usual to use a braided hook length apart from in specialist carp fishing when thin high tech braided hook lengths are used.

it does seem that maybe the fish was lost through your sheer excitement! and i'm sure next time you will be more relaxed having learnt from your mistake:)

all the best, Scott


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:25 pm 
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I am just back from the same spot this morning, at 5.30 am,Mulleys 3 kg+
splashing all around..i used the same bait, puntius on hook retrieved
slowly, hours go by and yet no strike. Its happening regularly..is it because of
my thick braided leader which is so visible underwater?


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 7:05 pm 
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That fish won the game mate.
keep trying.

Ravi


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:28 pm 
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Ravi's post sums it all up...
we are emulating the hunter gatherers and on the occasion you hunted but didnt gather.
also it is an idea to play the fish away from you, when it gets close and sees you? ... well even if you are tired, if you see a tiger you can manage one final sprint cant you...lol... well to a fish you are the tiger


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 6:33 pm 
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