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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 12:47 pm 
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Hi Guys,
I am introducing myself nearly after a year after joining IA. I am working in Chennai, in a IT company. My interests in fish and fishing began when i was a small kid. i love fishes whether alive, or dead. I have as much interest in aquariums as i have in fishing. i usually browse through IA for the tips given by all of you and your experiences. I have also met a few of you.
I have been surf fishing in Chennai for a while, from the beaches in kovalam. But so far i managed to catch only the catfishes and some very small fishes. But yest i got a bit lucky. i went there alone, and was casting some lures, but dint get any strike as usual :(
Then i tried baiting with small dead fish, and after 15 mins, i got a hard strike. I set the hook, and started reeling quickly, as it was the first strike so hard, in all my life and i dint want to lose the fish. it took 5 mins for me to see some splashes in the water, as the fish got near the shore. When the fish was abt 3 metres away from me, i could see the fish clearly, and wow that was a guitarfish :)
The fish was around 2.5 feet long, and i dont know to estimate the weight.
I'll post the pic soon as i have it in my mobile.

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Binu ..


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Welcome to the madness Binu,
... and keep on doin it!
Best
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Good going Binu. Hope your line always has something on.

Waiting for the pictures.


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good to see that keeping the faith is paying of for you. as for me - ive started having fishing nightmares. thats how desperate iam to catch something now. in my last nightmare my reel was making an aweful screeching noise so i opened it up to find there was loads of rust on the axle. enough about my misery.

so what are the other species in your swim?

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good going binu
and congrates for your catch..........
its been some time that i have joined this forum and gained lots and lots of experience from the experts.............
wish me luck as i have also not caught anything big that is worth posting on the forum...............
but feeling inside is so strong that i will post a nice picture soon............
wish me luck mate
hozefa.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 10:31 pm 
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Congrats! Binu,

Waiting for your pics. What bait did you use? How deep was the water? Did you use a Float or lead weight and bottom fishing?

Looking forward to your reply. and Tight Lines! :D :D

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Arun


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Thanks a lot everyone :)
Vikram, i have fished in freshwater in a nearby lake and caught small murrels. In surf i have caught garfishes, and some small fishes othe rthan the catfishes. I am posting the pic of guitarfish that i caught yesterday.
Hozefa, dude you'll surely catch something big. Keep trying mate and keep learning, coz thats what i did. See you soon with a pic :)

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hi Arun ,
I used some small fishes which looked like sardines as bait. And i did bottom fishing. The water was not too deep, but i had cast about 60 metres far with a 4oz pyramid sinker. The hook was a small 4 size, and my line was 30 pound mono ..


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what is the taste and texture of guitar fish meat binu?


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Hi Mate,

Its not the taste or texture, you have got to listen to this one. :lol:

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i released the fish back after taking a few pics :D


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Catch and release, eh! That's one tune every guitar fish likes.

Great going Binu.


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Thanks, Binu,

Where do you get Pyramid Sinkers in Chennai? Send me the address on my PM. We don't get Pyramid sinkers and Bomb sinkers here in Mumbai. Hence whenever I try Beach casting, my bait comes near shore and whenever I try Bait casting at rocky shores, I get snags.

Catch and release of Guitar Fish is good thing you did.

Arun


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my bad buddy. because i dont see you cradling the fish in your arms i asumed otherwise. :-)


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Welcome on board Binu. Nice catch, keep it up.

Cheers
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Yeah Mken, I love to see the release of a fish. The way they swim back into the sea is as delighting as hooking one :)
Arun, i make the pyramid sinkers myself. Its quite easy, take a thin sheet of tin and fold it into the pyramid shape. Next i keep it an a box containing sand so that when u pour in molten lead it doesnt flow out through the gap formed while folding the tin.
I keep a swivel at the base and hold it with a plier while i pour in lead into the mould. And theree you have your sinker ready :D

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Binu


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Hi Binu

Welcome to the Club :D ...Good to meet a IA member with the same name :D ,

By the way Nice Catch

Regds
Binu :D


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Binu, when you cast lead into the tin mold, is the lead coming off easily?


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Keep reeling them in.... :D


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Eljefe, its coming off easily for me. Only at the joint where the lead would have oozed out through the gap, it would be holding tight.

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HI Binu,

welcome to IA.

You seem to be playing the tunes that many here like to hear.

Keep playing them loud.


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Thanks very much Binu for the method of preparing a Pyramid Sinker.

Now I would make them myself as per your guidance.
:D
Tight Lines,

Arun


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Bravo Binu. Thanks for the Pyramid method. Will make my own now and call them Binu's Pyramids.


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Hi Binu,

Welcome to IA. I can imagine how happy you must have felt after landing that fish :)

Keep on doing it mate.

@ Hozefa: Wishing you good luck, catch one soon.

Tight lines ............ Santosh


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HI Binu,
can yoou please post a pic of your lead mold?
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hi eljefe,
The mould is in my home at Coimbatore. Will post its pic in a couple of weeks. I'll post a pic of the sinker if needed, in a couple of days.

Thanks,
Binu


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Hi Binu,
nice report and great fishing. Welcome to the madness of angling world..

Arun and Eljefe, if you want to cast lead in any shape, you can make your own mould by using plaster of paris. First make one pattern from wood or M-seal etc. You can make mould using two or three opening. In case you want to cast yery intricated pattern, try investment casting. First make the pattern of thermocole and then dip it in semi liquid plaster of paris. leave small opening at any one spot (Commenly known as gate in mould makers term). after the plaster of paris dry on the pattern, add sufficiant plaster of paris above it so as all wall become thick. Let the plaster dry and then heat it so as the thermocole inside is evaporated. Pore molten lead inside and hopefully you will get the moulding as per your requirment. for better results provide two, three air vents at top using nails at the time of making your mould..

Hope it will help..

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Ali..


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Is this fish related to sharks, rays or any other species? A good first catch
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welcome here


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arun.mohile wrote:
Thanks very much Binu for the method of preparing a Pyramid Sinker.
Arun


Hey Mr Arun Mohile are you looking for such sinkers for surf.
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Yes, Tathagat, I wish to use a Pyramid sinker for surf casting. Any advice?


Arun


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