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Hi Mighty Marlin,

The Megalops Cyprinoides can not be caught on a hook is a big Myth. I reproduce below a paragraph from that Classic " The Rod in India" By Henry Sullivan Thomas, published in 1897:

" Megalops Cyprinoides", which it is as easy to call Megalops as anything else, alsotakes a bait well at times. I have come across them coming up an estuary in a shoal, and it was like hauling in Mackerel; and they run about the same size. There was a fish on as fast as ever you could get your line into the water. But the fun was short-lived. It was in mid-stream, and they were all past the boat in a very little time. I have also taken tem on a May fly and a Carnatic Carp fly, in a pond which was connected with the Adyar estuary. Some of them sprang a foot in air and all fought well. I have also taken them with a dead bait and float."

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Hi MM,

Arun is right. The Oxeye is a very game fish that will go for any bait fish imitations like small spoons, spinners plugs and small bait fish. We have caught a few at cochin in the backwaters.

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I would use a sabiki rig with no bait whatsoever, people catching them by the dozens using the sabiki and vertical jigging technique from bridge tops around cochin

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Hi Arun, I just read the same chapter out of 'Rod in india' this afternoon :lol: Also snapped the tip section of a Ron Thompson 7 weight fly rod this afternoon :oops: ...... light drag takes a little getting used to :wink: after all the GT , Doggie fishing we've been doing. So fly fishing for them is no longer an option.

Hi Jeen, We've found some lovely water for light fishing that apperently teems with Oxeye Tarpon. I'm going to start with the smallest plugs/barra plugs I have and bump troll them. If that doesn't work I'll try dead bait. Some how can't bring myself to use a float here yet.

Hi Vincent, I use sabiki rigs on a reglular basis to catch bait fish or to keep myself amused on days I'm not fishing offshore. It's amazing the wide variety of species one can catch on sabiki off a jetty here. The areas I'm looking at for the Oxeye Tarpon are an average depth of 2 to 6 meters making it a bit diff/impractical to use a sabiki.

I'll try and send you guys a pic of the inflatable we use and the waters I fish for them. Heading out tomorrow morning, so will let you know what I catch.

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Hi Ken, I'm fishing a huge expanse of water.... more like a bay/mangrove/creek system in Port Blair. We've caught small grouper and GT slow trolling there. The fishermen regularly net mullet, mangrove jack, barra and taropn in this system.
I'm off in the morning tomorrow so will keep you all posted if I do catch something.

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