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Yes I wonder too...


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Hey Bobby,

Aren't you supposed to be fishing off the western coast now? Or am I getting mixed up. :shock:

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MM, that is the enigma of the Bobster !!! :twisted: :twisted:


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Hi MM,

Was supposed to, apparently the weather down there was so bad that my mates asked me to postpone my trip. No boats were going out...

So I may do this trip mid Oct or more likely for the November full moon.

Caught in a quandry...the time I had orignally planned to go was perfect as far as timing was concerned.. :cry:

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Timing perfect my a_ _ wait till you read the update i have for you guys . bobster ..december .... it may not rain


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Freddy,

December will be difficult to get on a plane to Bombay.

I will do November...but I the missed October Moon mate, in my mind Oct was just perfect. Too bad.

If Oct timing was bad as you say, then what the F#%& are you complaining about? :lol: Was your trip so bad?

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Sounds like Freddy has a big one up his sleeve mate!


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The poor guy had to cut his trip short mate.

Thank god I did not go there, all the way from HK with so many plans and dreams, would have been a disaster.

I may have been scared for life :P

I should not be saying this considering Fred's misfortune, but it makes me feel kind of good that I postponed the trip.

Really sorry Freddy :(


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hi...just saw this link abt eels...could this be the one we are trying to find? ive seen similar ones (much smaller but)in the market in erode,Tamil Nadu...caught from Cauvery probably..and all the above stories of using ash etc..ive heard earlier from a friend of mine from nagercoil,tamil nadu...would be great if someone can get pics of it.....

www.bahnhof.se/.../artiklar_langfenad_al.html


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Im not sure if this is the same thing, but this is what I caught in Cauvery

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This is a Spiny back eel. Seen loads of them caught at Kanva Reservoir by the locals using Bamboo rods.

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Hi Derek,
The picture of the eel that you posted, is as Alexis said "The spiny back eel" pretty common in the Kaveri and other lakes dams and even ulsoor lake at one time. Does not grow much bigger than that.
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Do they make good eating?


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Yep Bobby! The locals love them. Rate them better than the butter cats and the murral. Cooked in a curry mostly.
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Never tasted a Butter Cat and just tasted my first Murral, a "Farm grown" murral the other day and I quite liked it. So I have another couple of Culinary encounters to look forward to. :lol:


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An update to the Eel story!

I had it from a chap that actually saw the "Malanja Meen". This peculiar fish is found in the Barapole river. "Malanja" means slime in the local diallect and Meen stands for fish. This fish is known to travel over land on a layer of slime that it secretes through its skin.

I was told that this fish can travel upto a kilometre from the river generally at night and feeds on chicken shit and hatchlings. It normally follows a regular path over land. The locals sprinkle ash over this path and come back the next morning to find the eel lying helpless on the ash. The ash absorbs the slime and prevents the fish from moving.

The fish is known to act like a snake when cornered and partly raises itself off the ground to scare away attackers.

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Nice update bops, how was the trip?

The Malinga Meen now has aura of a mystery beast, eating chickens, traveling on land at night, crawling over slime and imitating a Snake and no one seems to have a picture of this creature...spookily perfect. Indian version of Nessy. Or let's say Messy because of that slime trail.

On a serious note that is really interesting stuff, does anyone have a picture. I am going to put up a reward, a 11' spinning rod (casting wt 40 - 100 grams) for a good and authentic picture of "Malinga Meen Messy"


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OK Bops that is in line with what Tim told me, and he has actually seen what you have described.
I have one more thing to add, i believe that the locals also catch them on handline, but have to run like hell up the banks pulling the line in as they go, because if the eel is able to get a grip on anything (especially roots of trees), the fisherman will never be able to get it out of the river.It uses the tip of its tail to find that hold.


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Hi Owen,

Any Pictures?

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this was my last weekend's experience in Marthandam, a place in southern Tamil nadu, which is my native. i go there only during vacations.
so here it goes..
I saw one small eel, on Friday night then my uncle said of a place near that where he had seen a bigger one.

I went and checked that place and the eel was completely outside its hiding hole waiting to eat something. It was 8 pm evening, so I switched off

My torch and got the line and hook and put some kind of foolish knot and thought it was strong enough to take the eel.

Then catching a small frog I let the line tied to a small twig (i dint take my rod with me)and kept the frog near the holeand went to my home. After 15 mins or so I came to the spot and found lots of disturbances in water and the water was muddy. Checking the line it was very tight I pulled it and could feel the fish twisting its head, but all of a sudden the line went loose and all I had was the line without the hook.

The next day I had already tied the knot at home and had four frogs with me and went to the spot abt the same time and dint expect to see the eel again..

But the eel was in the same spot and I had tied the line to a twig and went for searching some more eels. I came back 5 mins later to see the line tight again and pulled it but this time the line came off with the hook.

Next another frog and this time as soon as I switched off the torch the line went tight and the frog was gone. Lastly I decided to have the line in my hand and kept the frog at the same place and had to wait for 5 mins with torch switched off. The line was loose and suddenly I could see the line getting tight and within seconds it was pulling hard, I pulled the line back and in seconds I took the eel out of water and it was coiling like a snake.

It was abt 1’10” long, and would have weighed well more than a kg,

It had swallowed the hook entirely and the line had twisted on its body whole..

The real thing I missed was talking a snap of it,, my mobile was not with me that time..

i had sent this as a mail to my friend, and happened to see about the eel in the forum.
People nearby also said that this eel, was capable of coming out of water to hunt chickens in the night.
i also heard about an eel, about 10 kg, in another hiding place, but couldnt visit that..
next time i'll come with pics of a bigger one..


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Don't know how I missed this post before, but here's my two pennorth...

When we first visited Madikeri in 2001, we had a walk around the market down by the bus station and saw loads of fish for sale.
Included were half a dozen eels, which looked just like our eels over here. They were all about 1/2K and a pretty uniform black in colour.

There, that probably doesn't help at all!


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Hi Steve,

Were those eels that were being sold in the market alive?

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Bobby


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Hi Owen,

Any Pictures?

Bobby

I would have laid claim to that rod by now if i did Bobby.
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Hi Owen,

I am serious about the Rod Mate!

Only thing is someone will have to pick it up from Bombay, I am not mailing it to anyone.

I had made 200 of those babies now I have about 12 left.


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Hey Bob can I pick up a couple as Im off to Durg on 25th .. Can pay you for them if youre not in a generous mood


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Hi Fred,

Those Rods are not for sale mate. I have just 10 left and 2 in Bombay only. One is promised someone on this Forum already and the other goes to the one with the Pic.

I will be making a new batch, in the process now, this time round will be lighter and better.

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The malinga or malaga eel
Land crawling monster of mythical jheel
You never met thief fish so sleazy
Crawl a kilometre over slime,
From a pre Jurassic time,
Just to eat chicken, done over easy

It raises its head off the ground,
Makes weird clucking dinosaur sounds
Enemy of cockerels, hated by hen,
And talked about at length by certain angling men.

never seen on land, just the slime trail it leaves
Pass me the sherry, yes! another one jeeves
Its gobbled up the chicken, fetch me the gun,
HIC! first a tot of khodays rum!

One fifth snake, filled with noxious slime,
One-eighth fish, almost dinosaur by a bit
Methinks malinja…

is total bull sh** !!

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Amazing poetry!!

Where do I send the cigar?

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Sounds good Ryan,
Did the khodays help? :lol:
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Nice one Ryan!! :lol:

Why do you think if offered to give away a Rod? :wink:


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Bobby, they were dead, along with some catla and rohu. I don't imagine they're still there now though :wink: :lol:


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The malinja are still around guy's, and not too hard to find if you are on the right river. Darn sight easier to find than the mahseer i am told.
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Owen, Get a picture and the Rod is yours.

Steve, you never know with the Malinja, last I heard they could fly :badgrin:

Reason I asked is all the eels the sell here in Hong Kong are live...


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I am not an eel man Bobby, and i am not being rude, but i have enough rods to keep me busy in this lifetime. Perhaps another deserving angler should go for it. They are a pretty common eel, so it should be no big deal.
Just time and knowledge of the area is all that is required to get a picture of one. You never said catch one, right ?
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No mate, I did not say catch one...just a genuine picture.

No offence taken my friend, I completely appreciate what you are saying. Never the less the rod is a beauty Owen... :lol:


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had caught it in the chalakudy river

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Gentlemen I believe the Malinja eel is alive again!

The Indian mottled eel, Anguilla bengalensis bengalensis,


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good and authentic picture of "Malinga Meen Messy... Bobby send Mr. aloo2007 the rod...
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Bobby ,, Untie that broom from the rod tip now and send the rod to the winner :))))))))))))) Chinese rods available at 1000 a peice for lamba Jadoo's now


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Is it Malinja guys :?: :!:

I think I have seen this fish before but does the story of its coming up the shore and eating chickens etc. is true :?:

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The Rod is yours Mr. Aloo 2007.

It may take some time I will get it with me with I come over to Bombay and give you an address where you can collect it from.


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Thanks Bobby

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Hi,


Here at Hyderabad we call it tambu. You can see them in groups.

We caught them in Krishna river

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Hi,

In Kerala towards north (Calicut) they are known as malingil. I have caught couple of them my self infact in my village they are abundant. No matter what we use as bait we are sure to catch them. I dont know if they usually move in a school, but during mansoon rain they move in a school looking for good spots to breed. They have good demand for its flesh in Calicut district.

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prabin wrote:
I dont know if they usually move in a school, but during mansoon rain they move in a school looking for good spots to breed. Regards
Prabin


Looks like they have appointed GRC as their masterji
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:lol: :lol: :lol:

... Coming to Mumbai very soon :twisted: :twisted:


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I heard from a certain gentleman from a coffee growing area in the hills (in the presence of MM) that the "MALAGA" eel that hunts chickens is "verry dangerrrouss" .

Apparently, according to conversation over drinks with other gentlemen, most attacks occur late in the evenings when planters head back home from the club. The eel is known to take over minds and make the poor planters do strange things.

Reportedly The MALAGA eel has been spotted all over the area operating under the cover of darkness in estate areas. A local wild boar was seen sobbing softly in the corner of a plantation one morning and when asked what the matter was, it fled into the bushes one hoof over its eyes, bawling. The MALAGA eel is suspected.


fab story
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rajatmukherje wrote:
Wolf wrote:
hello all,

I heard from a certain gentleman from a coffee growing area in the hills (in the presence of MM) that the "MALAGA" eel that hunts chickens is "verry dangerrrouss" .

Apparently, according to conversation over drinks with other gentlemen, most attacks occur late in the evenings when planters head back home from the club. The eel is known to take over minds and make the poor planters do strange things.

Reportedly The MALAGA eel has been spotted all over the area operating under the cover of darkness in estate areas. A local wild boar was seen sobbing softly in the corner of a plantation one morning and when asked what the matter was, it fled into the bushes one hoof over its eyes, bawling. The MALAGA eel is suspected.


fab story
:twisted: :twisted: :twisted:


Ohhhhhhhhh, nice story. Congrats to the gentleman in question for enlightening all of us. :lol: :lol: :lol: :wink:

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On a recent trip some fishermen on the Krishna mentioned being "attacked" by one of these, he referred to it by the local name "aheer". I tried to cross question him a bit but he insisted that he was telling the truth and that it was not that uncommon an occurence.Apparently the eel is of great value since slime covering it is used by the local vaids in medicines and the flesh is considered to be an aphrodisiac :wink:
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yaj wrote:
On a recent trip some fishermen on the Krishna mentioned being "attacked" by one of these...........
Apparently the eel is of great value since in the slime covering it is used by the local vaids in medicines and the flesh is considered to be an aphrodisiac :wink:
Regards,
Yaj.


Eels are in abundance in Pakistan as well. The one posted by aloo2007 is a big eel by all standards. Tarbella dam also holds big eels, the biggest I have seen personally was approx a Kg in weight. But i have never heard of eels attacking any one. Though people do get injured unhooking them if you dont handle them properly as they have real blade like dorsal fins.

Yaj as for the aphrodite thingy its the same here as well, eels are a sort after commodity for the purpose you mentioned. :wink:


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