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 Post subject: Surf casting for GT
PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:02 am 
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A sky full of shining stars and a three quarter moon at 50-55 degrees was our source of illumination. We had been fishing for about 3 hours with only Mani having success with a catfish a shade under a kilo. I reeled in and discovered that my hook was missing so tied on another Owner 6/0 and baited it with a fillet of the freshly caught cat. Made the cast not knowing if I had hit the spot I wanted because of the darkness.

Then followed the surf casters silent vigil, fore finger gently holding the braid, time loses its significance when surfcasting, only the finger holding the braid matters. Suddenly a sharp tug and then the angler's instinctive reaction to it, the strike, short and firm in this case.

The universe stops and then the surfcasters dream comes true, the magical sound of running drag and bent rod. I had set a loose drag and on the first run turned it up a notch or two. A short pause then another run and again the drag was tightened a notch or two. This went on for 4 or 5 runs the fish made. At times I did manage to lift and pump a few precious yards of line back. The fish headed to my left towards a sandbank and Shekar who had joined us while engaged in his duties of saving Ridley Turtle eggs commented if it beached itself on the sand bank it would be impossible to retrieve so we followed the fish to the sandbank. Shekar showed me where to wade across the channel onto the sandbank and this is where the finale took place. Me on the edge of the sandbank closest to shore the fish just off the opposite edge of the sandbank in deep waters and Shekar who took a look at the amount of line left on my spool and took off to my left urging me to keep a steady lift and pump retrieve when ever the opportunity presented itself.

By now the fish didn't exert as much force as it had earlier but I was still cautious. This caution was due to 15-16 feet of 17lb mono which connected my 30lb braid to my rig. My hook line was about 3 feet of 30lb fluro and my 4 oz bank sinker was rigged on 50lb mono. Prithivi had shown me this rig and said it is easier to cast with the mono than with braid. I fought the fish and brought it into shallow waters and then onto the sandbank. Shekar ran across and completed the act.

In all the GT made 7-8 runs and what helped me was the fact it ran towards a sandbank. Also, the length of the 11 foot Daiwa Emblem surfcasting rod gave me the advantage as far as leverage was concerned.
Tackle was Abu Cardinal 606 ALB spinning reel with about 250 yards of 30lb braid matched to 11 ft Mh 15-30 lb Daiwa Emblem surfcasting rod




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Awesome :shock: Catch Bro.....Thats a Beauty...... :D


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Very Nice catch. What weight?

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awesome feelings. Next day Sekar caught another GT of 15kgs 30 mins later than our timing. Night fishing is another thrill and we should go often.

David the Lucky guy... congrats on your persistence and patient which an angler should have. This GT should have weighed surely more than 20kgs.

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Thanks Viper and quietkuki...weight I guesstimate anything between 20-25 Kgs.

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Congratulations Once again David, Your patience and enthusiaism towards fishing everytime gives yous success everytime.

You holds the biggest catch of the spot. It was almost 5 years ago some one caught such a big catch.

David become talk of that village now.

We all were tired of fishing the earlier day and not so keen to go on that day. We packed up slowly and on the way seraching for bait fish.

We bought dead mullets and i was looking at some different kind of sardin. David was insisting me not to buy any more. but i bought it some even though david was telling not to buy. This sardin really worked well with Cat Fish.

I'm not very sure about the bait name, it looks like sardin but little flat and harder than sardin.


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Congratulations David!

Amazing catch, thanks for sharing the info.

See you soon,

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FANTASTIC! Great fish and an equally engaging write up.


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Congratulations David :-) Nice catch, you are very lucky in 2010.
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Great catch David.

BTW, are you puting your 8' shimano rod to use these days?

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Hi Maruthu

the 8' Teramar is not a seeing any action these days, problem of carting it around. I've got the ideal lure for it, rapala x-rap subwalk 2 oz but till I can afford a car it's a no go.

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Exceent catch.
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Robert, I'll join you guys in another 6 months or so..
Till then please keep posting the pictures
:-) , its nice to know fishing in Chennai has improved a lot and you guys are having fun!!

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amazing... congrats buddy. this is awesome. thank you for the pic and the nice narration. it felt as if we were there with you...... some day


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Nice Gt David!. Chennai is becoming a Gt Heaven.
looking forward to more reports from you guys.

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real good ill have to come back


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OMG! This is a real Gaint. Waow Amazing!


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wow , congrats .


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hi david.. long time.. how are u..is ur mobile number the same?


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