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 Post subject: Pink carp
PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 6:36 am 
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Guys,
Anyone have info on this fish? I find the pink carp a very interesting fish, what with its quaint design and colouring. The fight's great too; pound-for-pound it almost matches a mahseer in the rapids, to me anyway!

My group had caught three of them in the Cauvery so far, but the last year or so, they are nowehere to be found.

How big do they grow? Are they widespread, or only endemic to Cauvery?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 9:47 am 
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My group had caught three of them in the Cauvery so far, but the last year or so, they are nowehere to be found.


That's odd because the only time I saw one was in the last week of 2005 at Galibore. No idea what it weighed but it was 24" or little more in length and approximately 4" to 5" at it's widest.

I am afraid I don't have an answer to your other questions.

Rustam


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 4:18 pm 
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Hi Jungle Bum,

I have been fishing the Cauvery since '89 and till the middle '90's we used to catch a lot of Pink Carp. As you said it is a wierd looking fish but quite a scrapper.

It's correct name is Pigmouth carp (Labeo kontius). For more info check out this site -

http://fishbase.sinica.edu.tw/Summary/S ... p?id=13173

Hope this helps,

Cheers,

Cauvery Cowboy


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 10:51 pm 
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Hi Junglebum,

My mum's caught a pink carp during the late 80's when we used to camp and fish the Cauvery (I was very young then), it was a nice size fish as well. There is a picture somewhere, will try to pull it out and post it here.


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 Post subject: Pigmouth Carp
PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 4:06 pm 
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Hi CC,
i beg to differ. The pink carp is different from the Pigmouth carp.
Posting a picture of a pigmouth that i caught about 10 years back (Didn't know it's name till one of our well informed WASI members recently put me on track).
Labeo Konitius(Pigmouth) does have some pink on it, but the real pink carp is confused with the rohu of the Kaveri which is quite often pink on the back, and another fish, the Kurral (which has small scales), is slightly pink,and the rest of the fish is ditto barbel and he is a good scrapper indeed.
Regarding the Pignose, this is the only one i have ever caught, and that too while fishing for Masheer at Moslehalla. Using heavy gear, he came in tail first (foul hooked). Don't know why he went for a Ragiball connected to an 8/0 Oshaunessy hook, with a mouth like that.
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cauvery_cowboy wrote:
Hi Jungle Bum,

I have been fishing the Cauvery since '89 and till the middle '90's we used to catch a lot of Pink Carp. As you said it is a wierd looking fish but quite a scrapper.

It's correct name is Pigmouth carp (Labeo kontius). For more info check out this site -

http://fishbase.sinica.edu.tw/Summary/S ... p?id=13173

Hope this helps,

Cheers,

Cauvery Cowboy


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2006 11:21 pm 
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Just happened to see this picture on Johnny Jensen's website..

http://www.jjphoto.dk/fish_archive/warm ... opogon.htm

more info can be found on fishbase.org


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Alexis


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2006 7:16 am 
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Just for the record, the fish in the link provided by Alexis bears no resemblance to the fish I saw being refered to as a Pink Carp.

Rustam


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 8:43 am 
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Rusty,
This is interesting. The fish referred to in Alexis's posting (Korhi Barb, Hypselobarbus micropogon) IS the one we've been catching!

The three specimens we landed were from the Muttati - Dodda Mulu stretch of the Cauvery, and from Moonraker (Mudrekal).

I guess there's more than one "pink carp" in Cauvery. I think the name's a misnomer anyway!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 10:22 am 
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Aznir,

What is most probable is that the anglers got the name wrong.

Rustam


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 11:04 am 
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Hi Guys,

Just adding my 2 cents..... The picture Alexis has posted was what I used to refer to as 'pink carp'. I haven't seen one for the last 3 years and they're becoming harder to find. They put up quite a scrap and are beautiful looking fish. We had a average of 2 pink carp every trip about 5 years ago and earlier. The best spot being crocodile rocks. I was out fishing with Renuka on evening at Croc Rocks when he had a massive strike and line began peeling off his reel. We both thought it was Mahseer and after a small battle he reeld in a mother of a pink carp. It was easily close to 25lbs. I yelled as he reel the fish almost upto the rod tip and in a flash it was gone. We both sat there looking at each other when he looked up at me and said 'bad line'!! Luckily I wasn't carring a knife on that session.

Wonder where the pink carp are.... coming to think of it there was a fish kill on that stretch that was hushed up... 3 to 4 years ago and the majority of the fish that were floating on the surface were kalabanse and pink carp. Guess they're slower breeders than the rest and haven't really bounced back.

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Mighty Marlin.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 11:36 am 
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Akshay,

The 'Pink Carp' I was refering to was also caught at Crocodile Rock.

Rustam


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 2:56 pm 
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The fish in Johnny Jensens web site looks like what the locals call the "kurral". Could be from the barbel family, and used to be quite common on the Kaveri even down to Hognekal.
Caught them on earth worm and even ragi, but they seem to be a bit scarce these days.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 12:23 pm 
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OB,

That 70 pounder was a Golden, the only one we caught, late Nov 05. The rest were blue fins in the 10 - 25 lb range.

I think that catch was sheer luck. The fish must have been migrating down and happen to have a pit stop right where my bait was! Next day, I was fishing at Dodda Mulu (the big sandbank pool) and spotted a giant mahseer swimming down with the currrent. Golden. Didn't stop: I think it was on its way to Haira, since it thought you were camped there...

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 2:00 pm 
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Hi JB,
Wish i had seen the mother.
Don't forget a copy of your cd for Sundar at Galibori camp.
Regards
Owen


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 5:26 am 
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We fished the Cauvery in February 2004 when the river had virtually dried up. There was no water in the rapids above Galibore and the only fishing areas were downstream of Croc Rocks. All the fish for miles were holed up there and thousands of pink carp were shoaled all the way along the stretch. In areas the water was black (or pink) with them. The river erupted as far as the eye could see as cormorants flew upstream spooking the fish. A spectacular sight. Some mornings we witnessed crocodiles feeding on the shoals.

We tried to catch them and failed. The guide finally foul hooked one for lunch.

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We weren't bothered by catfish at all and the guides told us that the otters had taken most of them.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 9:40 am 
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Hi Ecc,
Its the pig nose carp labeo Konitius. Foul hooked more often than not.
Tastes like an old boot :lol:
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Owen


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