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 Post subject: The Little Ones
PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:26 pm 
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It had been a hard and wearying week with far too many people, too many words and too many unkept promises. The wife took one look at me as I returned from the office with the weekend beckoning and , bless her, told me to get out as fast as I could. She followed up by packing my bags. I was gone within the hour.

There was only one place to go and the morning found me putting up my tackle on the verandah of the tea-estate's bungalow. I thought of the big ones in the little lake at the bottom of the hill. Would it be the "method" feeder, or my version of Ali Bhai's feeder rig, or just a plain bolt rig with a pop-up bait on a hair? No! All too complicated! I needed something simple and did not have the mental strength to concentrate on getting a leviathan, nor the physical strength to fight with one.

I took the rig straight out of H. S. Thomas and his "Tank Angling in India". The rod, while of more modern materials than split cane, was an 11foot Avon. A style that Thomas would have recognised. It was paired with a single action fly reel of a type which again he would have had no trouble in identifying, albeit of space age materials and much wider of spool than the reels of his time. It was loaded with ultrathin monno of 14lb test. A"detective" float constructed exactly as prescribed in the book was slid on and stopped with a length of rubber band tied around the line. This held depth well enough but allowed for up and down adjustment without damaging the line. A bronzed Mustad Limerick hook in size 4 of stoutish wire finished it off. The hook had been duly weighted with lead wire, again as per the book.

As an alternative I put up a modernised "Calcutta rig". A 7 foot spinning rod was matched with a wide spool fly reel. A ringed float of peacock quill was added and for no particular reason a two hook ensemble ( I usually fish with a single hook but went for "authenticity" as most Bongs fish with two) with a small running lead to provide weight.

No fancy baits this time! Just the ancient Bong potion of ants eggs and bread paste.

The day was overcast with a hint of rain and a lovely freshening breeze to keep things beautifully cool. I fished at my rod tip and, ever mindful of Thomas' injunction to strike "when the little jigs followed each other in rapid succession", kept a hawk-like gaze upon my float. Sure enough the float did jig and I struck to the jigging. I missed far more than I hit but the fish slowly began to come to the net. No monsters of the deep but little ones, varied in species, perfect to the last small scale.

Striking every little tremor of the float is tiring and I varied it with intervals with the Calcutta rig waiting for the float to sail away and submerge before I struck. I lost floats and hooks to snags and over-enthusiastic strikes and lost all sense of time to the dancing waters.

I fished into the night and the moon was eclipsed by the earth as I fished and in time the breeze leached the noise from my soul and filled it with song!

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The H. S. Thomas rig

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The Calcutta rig

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On the lake

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Fishing at the rod tip[ with the "detective" float!

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Little mrigal (Cirrhina mrigala)

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Tatkhini or Rayek (Cirrhina reba)

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The Little Prince (Tor putitora)

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The dreaded Tilapia (Tilapia nilotica/Tilapia mossambica) which has defied all my efforts to eradicate it!

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Ghonia (Labeo gonius)

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Rohu, (Labeo rohita)the Bong King of Fishes!

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Entirely medicinal I assure you!

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The lone sentinel of the night - the float of the Calcutta rig.

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Common carp (Cyprinus carpio)

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Catla (Catla catla) though not of the Hurculean ilk that Messrs Santosh and Ali meet.

There was even a little kalabans (Labeo calbasu) that managed to get away without having its mug shot taken.

All the best

Lakhyaman

My apologies for including so many pics of unremarkable fish! Lakhyaman.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:22 am 
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Oh how I wish I was your neighbour Mr. Lakhyaman :)

I thoroughly enjoyed your post. It made me feel so very good that my urge to return home has risen four folds :) The Pond, The boardwalk.. everything that you mention and what i see seems to be a perfect place for me once i touch 50. Hope to see you at least once insha allah.

Thanks for the pics and info.

Cheers - DeZZ


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 Post subject: wow
PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:43 am 
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Wow, splendid location and report!


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:57 am 
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Very nice report.

Beautiful pond, lovely fishes and beer.......... What more can one ask for?


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:26 am 
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Lovely Fish

Wish you many more of such fishy moments
Thanks for sharing Lakhyaman


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 Post subject: Re: The Little Ones
PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 11:52 am 
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lakhyaman wrote:
No fancy baits this time! Just the ancient Bong potion of ants eggs and bread paste.


I hope IG and Bobby read this...and you said I can not use fish eggs.... :roll:

I wish (like all others on the forum) that I too had a lake like this... :?

Congratulations on the good day and night and the different fish caught :D


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:10 pm 
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Hi,
Many Congratulations Lakhyaman.
the report is really calm and beautiful.

regards
fishergomian


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 1:57 pm 
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You are one hell of a mad angler. :lol: (Take this as a compliment. :lol:)

Is Bangladesh visa available on arrival.. :!:

Would love to fish with you one of those days. In case you are any where near me, give me a buzz and I will be happy to fish and chat with you.

Some lovely place you have. Congratulations for some beauty of fishes caught.

Regards,

Ali.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 2:43 pm 
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Bags packed... See you soon.... :lol: :lol: Keep the medicine ready though.. Might need some tonic after the journey :wink:

Brilliant post, Lakhyaman...

Tight Lines & Good Fishing,
GRC


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nice... very nice...

regards,

Dr. Prasad


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I just read wiki for Tilapia and it states that these eat the weed and plants and the stuff not usually eaten by other fish. Useful for general upkeep of the lake/pond...

Since I am still learning, it will be great if more "tilapia" experiences can be shared...thanks in advance.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:45 pm 
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great stuff... n' really good quality pics too...!


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:14 pm 
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great report and some very nice pics i wish i can join you in that private lake of yours one of these days mate cheers [smilie=coolup.gif] [smilie=coolup.gif]


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 Post subject: The Little Ones
PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 11:46 pm 
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Teritex: When will you be 50? No need to wait that long!

Rajmallya, Sanju_freeworld, O Great Lionheart, fishergomian, dr. prasad, chefdash: Thank you for your compliments and good wishes and "tight lines" to you all!

MM wrote:
"I wish (like all others on the forum) that I too had a lake like this..."
MM: Like all the others on this forum you do have a lake! Just get here!
Incidentally the trouble with tilapias is that they overbreed and are a nuisance when you are trying to catch better fish!

GRC: Let me know when you are arriving: The medicine is a waiting... (replied to yur pm.)

Ali bhai: Sorry no visa on arrival but if you apply in Mumbai or Delhi I will ensure that you do not have to queue up!

Rajat Da: Look forward to seeing you.

To All: You have a lake. Its up to you to use it.

All the best

Lakhyaman


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:15 am 
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Hi,

Fantastic report and crazy good pictures. Need to plan a business trip to your country.




Cheers,

Jeen


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 Post subject: Re: The Little Ones
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lakhyaman wrote:
Rajmallya, Sanju_freeworld, O Great Lionheart, fishergomian, dr. prasad, chefdash: Thank you for your compliments and good wishes and "tight lines" to you all!
All the best
Lakhyaman


O Great Lakhyaman you are always welcome for some Salty Hookups if you happen to land on this side of the fence :-)
Cheers


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:08 pm 
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Thanks Lakhyaman :D


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 Post subject: The Little Ones
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:10 pm 
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Jeen
Plan to come for the fishing and pm me your business interests and I might be able to help tie the two up for you. Thanks for the compliments.

OGL: Thanks for the kind offer. I would surely love to fish the sea with you.

All the best

Lakhyaman


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Lakhyaman bro one of these days you are going to get a surprise and thanks a ton :D


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Lucky you mate. I have been to Bangladesh before (2 times in 2004 & 2005). Wish the forum was there then & I knew fishing. Next time if I visit again, I will be knocking your door. :lol:

Santosh :-)


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Nice write-up... great photos... this is the kind of stuff that makes you wanna go fishing... now :)


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You "Lucky Man".
Love the "Corona" part of the episode. :D

Ravi


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 Post subject: The Little Ones
PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 1:21 am 
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Santosh: You are welcome to break down the door!

atulhp: Thanks and tight lines!

ravinp58: "Lucky Man" - pun understood and thanks. May the "crown" be on your head!

All the best

Lakhyaman


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 2:20 am 
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Relaxing yet exciting fishing!
Nice to see the little mahseer. Are mahseer still around in the wild in Bangladesh?


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 Post subject: Re: The Little Ones
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MM wrote:
lakhyaman wrote:
No fancy baits this time! Just the ancient Bong potion of ants eggs and bread paste.


I hope IG and Bobby read this...and you said I can not use fish eggs.... :roll:


MM: LOL...guess you were right...... still, it WAS a funny night!! :D :D :D

Lakhyaman: Nice report!! i'm always intrigued by this homogenized use of fly gear..congrats!


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 11:19 pm 
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Amazing Post, Fantastic fish, I urged to get back to fish some waters!!!
rgds
Mayur


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good narrative and gr8 photos.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 11:39 am 
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Ali: There are still a few rivers in the hill tracts and one (our only) hydel dam which hold wild mahseer. An occassional one is caught in some of the rivers of the North-East.

bobbychyma: The direct connection that a fly reel gives with a hooked fish is impossible to beat. A good fly rod has a tremendous ability to act as a progressive brake on a running fish bringing it slowly but surely to a stop, often without any line being given out. It is why I use fly gear for a lot of my coarse fishing. I submit that a flexible rod is more effective at stopping and taming a large fish than a solid poker!

Mayursud, king fisher: Thanks for you kindness!

All the best

Lakhyaman


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 3:12 am 
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Lakhyaman Sahib, you mentioned that the reservoir of the power dam contains mahseer, have you ever fished it? If there are some boats available to hire there it would be enjoyable to toss out some lures/troll.

In Pakistan mahseer have been ravaged by commercial fishermen. There are still some waters which hold mahseer but they are all in extremely remote and inaccessible areas. As I am from the far north I spend most of my serious fishing time in pursuit of trout, so mahseer fishing is something I rarely get to do.


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 Post subject: heaven
PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:14 pm 
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Lakhyaman, you are a true poet
your poem described all our dreams
a cool lake, a cool beer... willing fish ...[and a mobile phone???? lol]
and i wife in a million
you must waken every morning with a smile
thank you


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