hey guys, today I and Ashish had an interesting time at powai.
we are there at 10.30am and as usual we were playing 'goli hook' on atta.
Within the hour we had a huge shoal of fish right under our rods. what's really interesting is that we had huge fish surfacing on both sides and splashing. then there were huge air bubbles (like a bunch of TT balls) right under the rods and near the floats.
This happened a few times for us to start wondering if the bottom feeders (ROHU???) were burping!!!
And Ashish was hopping mad
because the "damn" handphone would ring and the fish would bite
That was an interesting 1 - 1 1/2 hour but no fish
AND THEN... the float started dipping just a bit a few times, then gone, then again then nothing
Pull out the line and there's no bait !!!
This story repeated itself for nearly half an hour with me cursing the little nuisance fish (gobi) as I had a similar experience last weekend for nearly an hour while the big daddies of angling were in the AGM
Then at about 1 pm, I finally decided to strike - like many times in the last hour - not expecting to catch anything and to my pleasant surprise, the fish actually pulled back ... and hard.
A short fight later out comes a fish about 14-15 inches long, felt like over a kilo when lifted out (to get the hook off, which I couldn't from that tiny mouth) and looks like the fellow in the little aquarium in the club house but about 3-4 times larger.
Then about 20 minutes later, Ashsish managed to hook another of these fellows.
Benny id-ed the fish as Gourami
These fellows seem to have a really small mouth so they to seem nibble out the bait (hence the float dips?) but they seem to have danced all around the damn bait never ever pulling it more than a centimeter or two.
I have started to think that the gourami's eat the bait (with their tiny mouths) like we eat ice-cream candy....lick, suck, slurp ... and maybe burp
Look at those ridiculously small slits called mouth
Both the slick gourami's side-by-side
Another closeup of the gourami's[/list][/list]