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 Post subject: Pondicherry Fishing
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Greetings,

I am new to this Forum, and it looks like a great one to belong to. I am from the USA and I usually fish for big king salmon there (10 to 30 pounds) as well as the Atlantic Ocean for striped bass and bluefish. I have also done lots of bluewater fishing in the Caribbean, Atlantic Ocean, and also Pacific Ocean off of Mexico. I like to fish!

I am staying in Pondicherry for the next six months (until March of 2008). Is there anyone that can tell me about saltwater fishing opportunities here in Pondicherry? The beach called Quiet Beach looks like a nice place to surf cast, and the rocks and jetties around there and downtown Pondy look like nice places too. My fishing gear will be arriving in a week or so from the USA.

I am also wondering about opportunities to troll for big game fish in this part of India. Pondicherry would be great, but I don't see any sportfisher boats around here. What about the rest of the Tamil Nadu coast? Are there places where there is a marina with a few sportfishing boats? Any professional charters around here? I know there are some magnificent game fish out there in the Bay of Bengal but the local fishermen seem only to know about using nets to catch small fish and the occasional pomfret.

Any folks have some information for me? Would anyone like to join a Yankee in some sportfishing?


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Welcome Alann, hope you get the info you need from our members.

There used to be a basic sportfishing service operating out of Chennai but the operator has now moved to the Andamans so that's ruled out. You will probably be the first amongst us to explore angling opportunities in Pondi and we'd love to know if you have any luck.

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Hi,
you guys were the first towalk on the moon. Be the first to seriously fish for sport the Pondi shores . Best of luck .Keep us imformed.


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"should I be using a steel leader here?"

In daylight, it'd be a good idea 'cause the razor gang (mackerel, barracouda etc) will be hitting your lures. At night, I prefer mono or flouro.


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Here's a real quick fishing report... My equipment arrived and I made it down to the breakwall here in downtown Pondy. As soon as I started fishing (about 7:00 AM) there were like FORTY (40) local fishermen surrounding me, all wanting to look in my backpack at my fishing gear, etc. I must say, as an American that was a bit unnerving. Since I was little I was taught that when people get that close they are trying to steal your belongings. But I have learned enough about India to know when I'm just being paranoid, so I just trusted them.

After a little while I caught a cute little sardine on my home made Sabiki jig and put it in a bucket. Then I didn't have a hook small enough to live line the little guy, so a few of these most helpful locals gave me one and got me all set up. The live sardine was in the water only a few minutes when I got a nice strike, kind of the "bump, bump, bump, bump" type of small fish strike. It felt about like when a flounder hits. It was a fish about 6 or 7 inches long and was kind of like perch coloring, but darker. The guys said it is a "cudamdadumbada" and that it is very good for eating. So I'll fry it up tonight!

No hits on my top popper, but there was a ton of action in the water. All in all I was only able to do about one hour of effective fishing due to the hectic nature of 40 people staring at me, giving suggestions, etc. Don't get me wrong, I'm thankful for their help and also for the stretching experience that we Americans seem to need when here in Asia. But next time I plan to head somewhere out in the boonies so I can think like a fish instead of like a tourist.

Oh, the 30 pound test seems to be overkill for this kind of fishing. I'm going down to 12 pound test with a light drag. I'll continue to use a leader, just in case.

I'll post a photo of this little fish sometime soon. Thanks all!


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Here's a photo of the little guy. I wouldn't have kept him because he is so small, but somehow I got carried away by all the excitement of the mass of people watching. Anyway, here's to bigger (and more) fish in the future!



Okay, so what's the name of this fish??

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Good Start Mate...keep going


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Looks a bit like a blubber lipped snapper, not sure though....


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Hi Alan,

I think its a reef cod or at least thats what we call it.See the picture of a bigger specimen caught by Fred. Check the following topic.





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Yes, it definitely looked just like the Reef Cod from that other thread. Of course, it was a LOT smaller... But the coloring and fins were just like that before it died.

I tried fishing again today in the middle of the day, but had no hits. I was casting three different lures from the rocks here in Pondy - a jig, a casting spoon, and a top popper. I did not see much action in the water, so I'm not surprised I had no hits.

Today I stopped by the fish market and picked up a bunch of sardines and popped them in my freezer. Next time I fish, I'm putting one of those puppies on the bottom with an appropriately sized hook and some weights. I'll be TOTALLY stumped if I don't get a fish to hit that.

Okay, while I was at the fish market I purchased some really nice fish. I would love to target this fish. Can anyone identify it for me with the local name and maybe an equivalent name among sportfishermen? Here's a photo of three of them:



(I apologize for posting a photo too large last time - this time I formatted it to 640x480 :wink: )

These fish look like a cross between atlantic mackerel and king mackerel (kingfish). I'd almost say they look like small specimens from the tuna family. I don't know the color of the flesh yet, but I will tomorrow after I fillet them! I look forward to anything you folks can tell me about the name of this fish and how I might attempt to catch them.

Thanks! -alann


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Hey alann

Those are from the Tuna family and are called Kawakawa.
The Tamil name for Tuna in general is "Soorai" and Yellowfin Tuna in particular are called "Kerai".
I doubt there is a Tamil name for this particular species though.

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Also, this can only be caught trolling.
So, you'll have to get on a boat and try and locate a school first.
I'm not sure how you'll target this fish in particular.
But if they're around, they will go for lures for sure.

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The English name is a Mackerel Tuna
http://www.amonline.net.au/FISHES/fishf ... ffinis.htm

Very similar to the pacific Bonito, but the Bonito has horizontal stripes and white flesh.

High speed trolling with small lures or casting metal spoons (Raiders, Dexter Wedge's etc) at a school of feeding fish would be the usual tactics


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Hi Guys,

You're looking at the Mackerel Tuna, which Ken has already pointed out. We call them bonito here. Often see them in huge shoals feeding on small bait fish or being fed on.

They'll readily take a small spinner or metal wedges thrown at them. They also can be caught using a teaser and a chain of skirted lures. We use them as bait very often and have caught spanish mackerel on them. Multiple hookups of bonito are very common and we've hooked upto six fish at a time on a chain of small skirted lures.

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Hi guys ,

Here's a very ambitious one.






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Hi Jeen,

A Bonito on a Roosta!! What that fish thinking? Did you cast into a school of them that were feeding or was this a one of? Guess you could have cast the bonito back out, still attached to the Roosta and landed a big GT :wink:

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Okay, I must ask the dumb question - what is a GT? It sounds like they hit top poppers. I have some poppers here in Pondicherry. Does anyone think I should spend time trying to use them? I have tried them for probably an hour total, but with no hits at all.

One more question... I have a hand made jig that I have used to catch only one small sardine. The sardine was excellent as live bait, and so I am wondering if anyone has a jig that works particularly well in these waters for catching bait fish. If so, can you post a photo of it, or at least describe it? My jig has 5 hooks that are very small, each with two very small green beads on them. I'll keep throwing it, hopefully in the early morning hours.

Okay, now for a report! Yesterday I fished at the jetty in Pondy from 3:00 PM until about 4:30. There was NO action in the water, but I was enjoying being out anyway. After giving up on using the jig, I switched to frozen sardines, on the bottom. I set up a Carolina rig with a medium size hook. After about 15 minutes I got a strike, and it was a HUGE strike. Turns out it was a stingray and it took me about 15 minutes to land it. The thing took around 300 feet of line off - I had only about 50 feet of line left and finally it slowed down and came back at me. I was using Berkley 12 pound Big Game line. I would have paid $100 to be using 20 or 30 pound test, but this Big Game line did not let me down. The reel was a Penn AF 4000, shown here:



The rod was a 10-20 lb Cabela's SaltStriker, 7 1/2 feet long. This rod/reel/line combo turned out to be just right. I would not have wanted anything lighter, that's for sure.

I had 100 to 120 people watching me land this fish. It was a blast. The Indians are so helpful and friendly. They carried by stuff for me as I walked back down the jetty to the sand in order to land the fish. Then, when the stringray was in 1 foot of water, they pulled it in and broke off the stinger for me. They showed me how to hold it for a picture, but I guess the guy who was using my cell phone could not get it to work. So I only got this one picture of it while it was laying on the sand:



I tried to hold this stingray and could not hold it up with one arm. I estimate that it weighed at least 40 pounds. I let the Indians keep it, and I think the fishermen were going to use it as bait in their nets or something.

This was a fun fight, that's for sure. Can anyone recommend other techniques I should be using here to target fish that are better for eating? Do I stand a chance at catching nice tasting fish using bait on the bottom?

This forum is awesome. Thanks guys!

Tight lines! -alann


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Gr8 show.
Keep Postin - Alot more is instored for u
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Great going Alann,

Wonderful to see you move from 'how' to 'see what I caught'.


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Hi Alan,

Nice to see you on to a fish stingray or not. I can almost predict your next catch being a decent barracuda, Grouper or emperor snapper.
A GT is a trevally, a giant trevaly, hence the GT.

Heres a picture of a couple so that you know what you are in for. However you may have to upgrade your tacke.



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Wow, great pics, thanks for that and the info! So, will these fish fight significantly harder than the stingray that I landed?

Next question is, can I get some comments about these species such as: fighting characteristics, sharp teeth (need leader), desirable for eating, any size limits, links to a photo of the fish, etc.

I realize I could find this information if I read through a few hundred posts (and I will likely do that soon!) but perhaps someone has a write-up you can point me to that would save me some time?

Thanks in advance! -alann


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Alann,
A very 'seaworthy' angler once told me, "when a GT takes your hook, its not an event you will forget in a hurry!'' I guess the salty's among us will be able to give a better idea.I think Jeen is being polite :) by saying you will need to upgrade your tackle... ;)


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well done alaan, keep up the fishing, looks like you are making Pondi your home surf
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