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 Post subject: Fishing in kovalam
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 10:14 pm 
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Hi
Last Sunday, Maruthu and I went to kovalam near Chennai for some surf fishing, having GT's in mind. We had high hopes when we hit there.
We reached there at 7.00 am and Maruthu started casting the cast net for some bait fishes, but we got only some small fishes like sardines. We bought some mullets and filleted them and cast them near the river mouth.
There were lots of bait fishes, and the water looked really good as if holding big fishes.
We tried spinning with various lures yo-zuris shad and bombers, near the river mouth but got no hits :(
We were standing in very shallow backwaters and saw a few huge sting rays right in front of us. And thank God we dint stamp on any of those..
I was casting a red head bomber lure and got a hit once, and after a few mins fight we found it was a catfish.. Donno what made the fish take the lure. We both were surprised as we dint know these catfishes take lures. The fish had lots of pea sized eggs in its mouth. We took a few pics and let the fish swim away.
I will post the pic of the fish andd its eggs.

Just wanted to know, do catfishes take lures ..

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Thanks for the report, Binu. Yes, catfish also take lures especially if the lure is retrieved slowly and just off the bottom. Look forward to your pics.

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thanks for that binu. i didnt know catfish carry eggs in their mouth.

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Thanks for the report


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Pics of catfish and her eggs

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thanks for that binu. i do believe though that that fish is a 'he'. males practice oral gestation in sea catfish - so ive read.

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Hi Binu,

Believe the fish hit the lure out of aggression, saltwater catfish very seldom take lures and when they do take it is like bops described.

Fish that practice oral gestation do not feed during that period.

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Hi Bobby, i too thought this fish had attacked the lure out of aggression.

Singh, is that a male catfish, i found the fish had a larger belly than the other ones that i have seen

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http://zipcodezoo.com/Animals/A/Arius_arius.asp

binu read the bit on 'physical description'. other journals and databases say the same thing. another interesting thing - the Arius Arius usually have 3 pairs of barbels and rarely 2, which is the case of the one you hooked.

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Wow thanks Singh, thats a news to me :-)
I am happy to have hooked a rare fish then :D

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binu wrote:
Wow thanks Singh, thats a news to me :-)
I am happy to have hooked a rare fish then :D

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And happier that you let it go :lol:


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Nice to see u guys :wink:


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Till yesterday, I didn't know catfish lived in saltwater also. Is this 'kovalam' you mentioned near Trivandrum in Kerala? As in Kovalum Beach?


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skunker wrote:
Till yesterday, I didn't know catfish lived in saltwater also. Is this 'kovalam' you mentioned near Trivandrum in Kerala? As in Kovalum Beach?


This place is near Chennai.

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lure_fisherman wrote:
skunker wrote:
Till yesterday, I didn't know catfish lived in saltwater also. Is this 'kovalam' you mentioned near Trivandrum in Kerala? As in Kovalum Beach?


This place is near Chennai.

Maruthu

Oh, Ok. How's the striper fishing going for you?


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Thanks for the report binu, it is very informative.
Saravanan


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PostPosted: Tue May 11, 2010 2:18 am 
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skunker wrote:
Oh, Ok. How's the striper fishing going for you?


Trying pretty hard. Hoping to land some soon.

Maruthu


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