Got back last night, from a weekend at the WASI lakes and realized that on a short trip, with little time for prebaiting, go native!
We had 2 Rohu, one was 25lbs (caught by me), and a 20 lbsRohu, and a Carnatic Carp of 2 lbs caught by Tim.
Lost 2 biggies, one broke free after 25min of following him around in a coracle (20lb line) my friend Tim's dream fish, and the other i hooked with a float set up, that took all of 120 meters of 10lb line to the other end of the lake. I followed it halfway in a coracle, and the hook came free.
All fish caught on small balls of ragi. Hooks tied directly to the main line, with mini spiral lead mounted on stiff silicon tubing, with rubber shock beads at either end, and power gum holding it in place, as is done for mahseer.
Will vouch for the Rohu in this lake, they are built like tropedos, and really strong fighters. All of them took off like rockets, and could not be stopped. Tightning the drag would have been disasterous on that first run. Infact i have had less trouble landing masheer of the same size, but then the tackle used would have been a lot heavier.
Will post some pix soon as they are developed.