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 Post subject: Rohu and Catla
PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2006 6:34 pm 
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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 ?
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Can anyone recoment any waters that don't regularly get netted ?


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 Post subject: Re: Rohu and Catla
PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 7:58 am 
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Ken L wrote:
Can anyone recoment any waters that don't regularly get netted ?


Hi Ken,

There are two possibilities. One is the Jungle Lodges stretch of the Cauvery - there is a father and son team that comes down regularly from Calcutta just to fish for Rohu at Galibore.

The other possibility is the WASI (see my sig below) stretch. Rohu are known to exist at Forbes Sagar and the lake adjoining the WASI cottage and big one's at that. However, I have only heard of one small Rohu being pulled out in the past year.

Rustam


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 1:07 pm 
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Rustam,

Just a couple of questions...

How big do the rohu and catla grow? We have both fish here in Malaysia (improted from India of course, for aquaculture). The rohu can hit about 8 or 9 kg, whereas the less common catla hit a whopping 35 kg (netted by a fisherman from a deep water supply lake).

I never knew there's rohu at Galibore! What bait does it go for? Ragi? or maybe my terminal tackle is too big (7/0 hook).

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 6:49 pm 
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Dear Aznir,

The rohu have very small mouths and generally take small bait like sweetcorn or worm. It is very difficult to detect the bite of a rohu since it does not take as aggressively as common carp or mahseer. A hair rig may actually work quite well though I am yet to try it.

I'm very fond of carp fishing and my first book on fishing was Carp Fever by Kevin Maddocks. An excellent book and great inspiration for a new carper.

Tight lines
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 7:14 pm 
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junglebum wrote:
How big do the rohu and catla grow?


Aznir,

I am not very sure what the present sizes in these areas are and hence refrained from commenting on it.

I have heard that the Calcuttans referred to above did pull out a 20 lbs. rohu at Galibore.

Rustam


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 Post subject: Re: Rohu and Catla
PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 3:32 pm 
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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 ?
and
Can anyone recoment any waters that don't regularly get netted ?


Hey Ken,

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.

Cheers,
Mighty Marlin.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 3:59 pm 
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Akshay,

Are you using an specific rod and reel for rohu?

Rustam


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 4:08 pm 
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Hey Rustam,

No we aren't. We're using our murral rods for the carp. None of us are dedicated carp anglers. Just clip the leader off tie a hook on with some ragi or worm and cast.
Saw a couple of carp rods last night and they were real beauties.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 5:11 pm 
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No we aren't. We're using our murral rods for the carp.


Ta!

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None of us are dedicated carp anglers.


Any particular reason for this - lack of numbers, specialist tackle required, etc?

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Saw a couple of carp rods last night and they were real beauties.


Nakul's?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 5:23 pm 
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Any particular reason for this - lack of numbers, specialist tackle required, etc?

Rustam we've got Mahseer swimming in our waters!!!!

Nakul's?

Yup you know the beauties I'm talking about. A pity I can't get myself t go out and concentrate on carp once in a while. Always get side tracked by spinning for murral

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 Post subject: Just a Newbie question
PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 5:33 pm 
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Hi MM,

So those carp rods, how long were they? Can they be used for murrel effortlessly?

Inder


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 5:33 pm 
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Rustam we've got Mahseer swimming in our waters!!!!


:mrgreen: That did not occur to me. I wonder if one could use a catfish rod with a heavy Test Curve for both carp and mahseer?

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Yup you know the beauties I'm talking about.


Actually, it never even occured to me to see them. Will take a look the next time I am over.

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A pity I can't get myself t go out and concentrate on carp once in a while.


Not too many do. Infact I have never seen anyone deliberately do so in the one year I have been fishing, though Prathap does seem to have a rohu in his bonnet off late. :mrgreen:

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Always get side tracked by spinning for murral


Wish they would put up a fight though. One year on and I have yet to hear my reel scream. :roll:

Rustam


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 5:50 pm 
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kanwar76 wrote:
Hi MM,

So those carp rods, how long were they? Can they be used for murrel effortlessly?

Inder


Hi Kanwar,

They were 2 piece 12ft Team Daiwa carp rods. Real beauties, am not too sure of the test curves and they came with matching shimano 6500 baitrunners.

No they can't be used for spinning. They're too long.

Regards,

Mighty Marlin.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 6:18 pm 
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Thanks MM,

I am learning something everyday here :lol: :)

Inder


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 Post subject: Rohu & Mirgal
PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 12:36 pm 
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Ken & Junglebum,
The catla can grow to over 40 lbs, and do so in lakes in eastern india if they are not out on contract (which means the contractors net them at regular intervals), most of the lakes come under this catagory, except the Wasi lakes, but i haven't heard of any Catla catches from here.
There are large Rohu and Mirgal, Grass in these lakes that could top 30 lbs. Haven't caught any myself, but have some pix of members who have. (Just fished there once myself) I am more into the Masheer fishing myself. My brother Robbie is the expert on Rohu /Catla /Mirgal. Fishes for them everyday in a place called Jamshedpur in the east.Can give you details of tackle, rigs and baits used in the east of India if you want.
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junglebum wrote:
Rustam,

Just a couple of questions...

How big do the rohu and catla grow? We have both fish here in Malaysia (improted from India of course, for aquaculture). The rohu can hit about 8 or 9 kg, whereas the less common catla hit a whopping 35 kg (netted by a fisherman from a deep water supply lake).

I never knew there's rohu at Galibore! What bait does it go for? Ragi? or maybe my terminal tackle is too big (7/0 hook).

><<:>


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 4:20 pm 
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Hey Owen,

Can u give me Robbie's contact details. Jamshedpur is an over nite trip from Kolkata and I travel a lot to this place for official work. Wil plan out on some fishing with him fi possible. Am a fanatic rohu/catla/mrigal angler..
Thanks bud!! :D


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 Post subject: Robbies contact
PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 1:01 pm 
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Hi Gavin,
You can contact Robbie by phone, he is not too active on the net. His number is 98355459397. Tell him to get his ass on Indian angler. I was in Jsr last week, and visit Kolkata quite often. Robbie is pretty good at rod repairs too. We could meet up sometime.
Tight Lines
Owen
Gavin Ridge Cooke wrote:
Hey Owen,

Can u give me Robbie's contact details. Jamshedpur is an over nite trip from Kolkata and I travel a lot to this place for official work. Wil plan out on some fishing with him fi possible. Am a fanatic rohu/catla/mrigal anger..
Thanks bud!! :D


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 6:02 pm 
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Hey Owen, u have added an extra digit to his number :shock:

Just check it out and confirm.. Will be giving him a call soon.
Am looking forward to meeting u


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