Its been some time since the cold wave has disappeared from Mumbai... this return to normalcy in the weather triggered the thoughts of better fishing days awaiting me and my fishing buddies, who have had an absolute frustrating time during Nov. to Jan.We condoled ourselves blaming the winters, "after all fishing in winters is a bad idea" so they say......
But now since the temperatures were rising, we were back with fresh enthusiasm.... only to have 5 trips(4 Madh & 1 Manori) with absolutely no hookups,no strikes,no bites, no nothing.. not even the pesky cat fish!
We knew there is something fundamentally wrong in our approach(remember we are new to spinning lures) so on the 6th trip(Gorai) we decided to do some bottom fishing as well(using our good old bottle rigs and prawns for bait). We cast these rigs and kept checking them periodically, as we continued to spin our Rapalas.At the end of the day we had absolutely no strikes on the lures, but at least we got some thing to cheer as we managed some smallish fish on the bottom rigs(including a baby barra!).
So I wonder if we are missing a trick with the lures?? I have tried different retrieve speeds/ different Lures/colours but nothing seems to work.. Or may be its just because our Bombay waters are too muddy & polluted for the fish to see the Rapalas.
One of our team mates landed a big barramundi(his first on a lure) in Keri(goa) with an Xrap magnum about a week back.He tried the same lucky Lure in Mumbai with absolutely no strikes.We kept spinning all day long near rocks/far out in the open/near drop offs etc. But all we had were some sore arms,aching backs and a hell lot of plastic bags!...Arrggh..
Any advice, especially from mumbai based anglers would be seriously appreciated.Infact, It would be great if any of you experienced guys could join us on our next fishing trip and show us newbies how its done.
I know there are big fish down there and some day we gonna get em.
Thanks for reading.
PS. Just for the record, the first 5 attempts were all in the night on the rising tide. The 6th was in the day, started on the low thru to the high tide in the evening.