Ken L wrote:
I've been toying with targeting both Rohu and Catla on a future visit to India but know very little about either species.
How big do they grow ?
What would be a typical sized fish ?
how widespread are they ?
Can anyone recoment any waters that don't regularly get netted ?
Rohu and Catla are very widespread through out India. They're commercially harvested throught out the country and are a vital source of protein in rural areas.
Rohu (labeo rohita) is common in all rivers and grows to over 10kilos. The few we've caught have been on the Cauvery. They've been caught on a variety of baits... worm, ragi, sweet corn, and bread paste. The key is to use small hooks and light line. Majority have been caught on 'dead line' and a couple using float. A good fish would be in the 3 to 5 kilo range.
Catla (catla catla) again is widespread, would probably be easier to land one from a dam/reservoir/lake rather than a river. I have not heard of catla being landed on the stretch of the Cauvery we fish. Known to rach huge sizes (6' long according to Circumventing the Mahseer!!) The largest one I've seen would be around 10 to 12 kilos. Have never really fished for Catla.
I don't have any images of a catla, but hopefully someone from the forum will post a couple for us to see.