Murrel fishing using frog lures to me is by far the most interesting form of fishing I have come across.
Sure murrel don’t have the strength, size or speed that other fish have, but they make up for that with attitude. Some fish hit with so much aggression that you fail to react because of the intensity , and there are others which follow the lure with extreme interest but turn away just when you think they will inhale the frog. Fishing for Murrel in the Periyar is completely different from what we did in Ahmedabad. The Periyar is heavily fished with people using nets, poison, electric arcs and all other methods imaginable .So whatever fish are left, like to stay in and around inaccessible structure and spook very easily. The maral like to stay in wild pineapple bushes and grass beds which grow on the edges of the river.
So to hope for a hit the lure has to land right in the gaps between these trees and worked outwards. And the fight consists of an adrenalin fueled combination of striking and pulling, to get the fish out into deeper water.(No line out)
And only when the fish is in the boat does the heart rate become normal.
Some fish we caught..
what a beauty?
The periyar murrel record..