hi guys ! i have been a lurker on the forum for quiet a while. i had a light spinning rod and used to fish in haryana. the fish we used to catch in the canals near my home were mainly small murrel and carp. at times a catfish used to be caught. i recently got some better spinning gear a Daiwa D'shock combo and spooled with Yo-Zuri 12lb hybrid line. we tried fishing in a large lake in orissa which we have stocked with species like rohu , catla , grass carp and which has murrel,mulley and indo gangetic koi ab initio.
i tried going after the catla and rohu using tips i got on the forum and had good results.
but the hankering to get a murrel persisted and i got a few scum frogs. i kept on trying the critters without results and concluded that these murrel had not read the forum reviews and were hence not interesed in scum frogs.
spinners (mepps 1) also failed. so did poppers and thundersticks.
while i stood on the bank casting my lures my gillie who is an oriya stood sniggering. i asked what was so funny and he said that the murrel only go for small fish. i swallowed my caustic reply and told him to rig one up. he promptly took a small fish cut off the head and the tail and told me to cast it. i did and was rewarded with an immediate bite. the fish when landed was a small murrel of around 1-1.25 lbs.
tonight i decided to hit the same lake again. i cast all my lures and did not get a single bite .a mulley swam upto my popper and rolled away. i then decided to use live frogs and got my first bite immediately. i got the fish close enough to see that it was a murrel around 2 -3 lbs but the brute bit through the line !!!
now an issue arose for which i had not catered. i normally use size 14 hooks for rohu and catla. i only had two hooks with me which were big enough to impale frogs and one was gone!
i slapped on 30 lb floro trace (thank god i had ordered it) and cast again. the hit this time told me that i had gotten some thing big. a tug of war ensued and shortly the hook was spat out. dejection galore! in my last cast the frog was solidly taken with a splash i heard and felt.the reel sang a bit and i was able to land a 2lbs murrel.
my spirits boosted i cast again and got one more murrel around 3-3.5 lbs. this one put up a decent fight and was landed in short order.
pics are of both the fish. check out the maw on them.
the best part was the look on my gillies face as he was convinced i was again on a fools errand.
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