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Hi,

After a lot of pms', request, begging and groveling, a little something for all people new to this wonderful sport:

These are not RULES... just etiquette

1. Pls catch and release. If you want to eat fish, buy it from your local monger. Chances are he is selling farmed fish and not depleting natural stocks.

2. Don't ask for 'spots around x place where to fish'. Most anglers have given an arm and a leg in trying to find, nurture and protect places to keep a dying sport in India alive. Introduce yourself in the intro section and develop a rapport with other anglers. In time, if you are lucky, you'll be invited to tag along. (This seems selfish, but at the end of the day, it is for the betterment of the sport. Less than 4% of the land in India is protected, let alone our rivers and lakes which are in a pathetic state. Hey... we don't know you... for all I know is you are fish contractor looking for a new spot to put your nets in.

3. Give each other space to fish. Most waters which are worth fishing in can only accommodate X number of rods at a time... if others are there before you, pls wait your turn.

4. Do not steal the spot of an angler busy landing a fish. Don’t steal their tackle and gear either.

5. Use tackle heavy enough to control your fish quickly. Pls don’t use 6 lbs line for a 60 lbs fish.

6. When someone near you hooks a fish keep your tackle out of the way: stop fishing.

7. Land your fish quickly so that other anglers can get their gear back in the water.

8. Fish in the same manner as nearby anglers. If others are coarse fishing, don't start spinning in the same place. Move at least 100 yards away.

9. Do not litter: pack out what you pack in, and more. We have enough trash left behind thanks to frito lay and bisleri... don't add anymore.

10. Do not intentionally snag fish! No jhatka please. Use bait or a lure.

11. Be courteous to fellow anglers or they'll curse you.

This list is not exhaustive. Use your head.

Regret any inconvenience caused by the blunt language, mais c'est la vie! Hope you have a wonderful time on the water.

Tight Lines,
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Thanks Mate. Needed to be put straight. Especially the 'don't ask for spots near X'.

If I may add one.

If a fellow angler is not around and his line gets a bite, don't touch the rod. Instead shout, scream or blow a whistle and get him to come back fast.


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Nice guidelines mate, disagree with the Catch n Release one though. Farmed fish taste like Shite :lol: and people should not be made to feel guilty to eat what they catch. It should be done sensibly and not be a wanton slaughter. Keeping a good one or two fish for the pot is perfectly acceptable, at the same time one should care for and release the other fish they catch.

I will give you yet another one, Bait fishing kills fish the amount of fish that die from swallowed hooks is not funny but no angler is willing to accept that. Move towards lures when you can guys the chances of a fish fatally swallowing a lure is reduced considerably. I am not saying give up bait fishing but it is food for thought.


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IA,

could you pls convert this into a sticky or something. I think there is a lot of valid input from everyone on this subject, and its good that its been broached.

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Michael, the point of your question being?


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So? Should I also sell them?? good night, wakeup.. smell some coffee before you open your mouth, read what I am pointing. Nothing abt taking few fish for pot. 38 fish in 5 days, total 11 fish for pot, 4 fish were taken fresh for BBQ at the resort and rest 7 were brought home. So 29 fish were C&R, not sold in some hotel for profit like some are doing here.. I am not here for next 5 days so have fun,


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Disclaimer : Following are my views with no intent to disrespect any other angler's thought streams. I agree with a lot of the "pro catch and release" thoughts here and i'd like to add my [not so experienced] take on it :

1.I'm a full supporter of Catch and Release. Taking a fish or two to the pan while on a trip isn't too bad either especially IF the fish has very little change of survival. Otherwise the local farm fish isn't all that bad. In any case I fish for the sport of it, its hardly a "Im a self sustaining hunter" trip. we live in the times of broiler chicken. if we've gotten used to that i'm sure we can give a fair chance of survival to the few wild fish who grace us by taking the fly/hook. there is always that odd camping trip where your only major food source is the fish you catch...i'll definitely take a few to the pan in that case...but i CAN be selective about the species, given a choice.

2.Barbless and sharp hooks - nothing like sharp hooks. they penentrate better and help you hold the fish (sharp hooks catch fish!!) Barbless hooks make it easier to take the hook out. It increases your "game" as well : to land the fish you always have to maintain pressure on the fish with no slack line. as long as this is done the hook isnt coming out. I've also seen cases when the fish take off with the lure in its mouth, snapping the line. Barbless hooks would certainly up the chances of survival of these wild fish.I think of it like this : "Barbless hooks makes me work harder and enhances my angling skills". Lefty Creh in his video tricks,tips and techniques" demonstrates that a fish will remain hooked on barbless even after keeping his rod on the river bank and stepping away from it!

3. Handling the fish : The less I handle the fish the more chances it has to revive and survive. with barbless you can just ease off the pressure and the hook will easily come off with minimum handling. Squeezing the fish doesnt help much either. then there's the inevitable drop on it's head while the fish tries to jump out of your hand into the water. No good if youre on a boat, almost always the fish will fall on the boat. Don't even get me started on using dry hands while holding the fish, taking off their protective slime in one easy stroke. All in all, for me ( being the clumsy oaf i am), the less i handle the fish the better it is for the fish. Still haven't figured out how to get the Kotak moment with the fish if its not handled, but maybe in a few years I'll get over my need to preserve the moment....in the meantime I need to handle fish very carefully.

4. I agree with Mr. Ali that one needs to be aware of what they're putting back in the water. To take an invasive species out of the food chain isn't that bad a deal.

5. Saltwater : There really is no harm putting some back, especially when you've got your supper supply.

6. our inland water resources are really stretched( no shit, genius!): pollution, population pressure and a degenerating ground water supply. add to that degradation of the catchment areas and we have a pretty grim picture. bombing and non selective netting take their toll as well. The least we can do is to not take something out when we have the choice! excercising that choice makes me more a part of the solution , than being THE problem.

7. Everyday while i step inside my car for the unavoidable drive to(and fro) work, i prepare myself for the reality of my life. I WILL get honked at the rate of 1 honk a second. I WILL get tailgated all the way from my house to my office. Every 2 wheeler WILL try to get under my wheels. Every other driver will cuss me for my existence. Now everyday i think : I can either join them and be merry. or i can excercise my choice and go nuts trying NOT to follow the street norm. the choice is mine and mine alone. Its kind of like catch and release, isnt it? the more difficult-to-follow choice, but maybe the decent-way-to-live choice?! i'm not judging anyone but myself here and thats my point on this forum. Its true we have freedom of choice, but that choice has responsibility of thought and consequence attached to it.The choice , at the end, is ours and ours alone.

Hey, I just like fishing man....and i also enjoy letting 'em go!


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