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 Post subject: Toman
PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:53 pm 
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It was almost a year ago that we were invited by a friend to fish the Malaysian waters for Toman ( Giant snake head).

On the 1st of October me and my son Rahul eventually left to do just that. Well this fish is a new species for us and a lot of internet surfing went into our preparation for the trip. We had packed 4 rods , reels and an assortment of top water lures and diving plugs.

Since we fish a lot for Murrel we assumed that the Toman would be a very similar fish . Being top water addicts we were really looking forward to some serious top water sport.

However the fishing was very hard as the fish were very reluctant to hit the lures. The reason being the fish comes up to breath, and then dive. The cast has to be made at that precise moment with great accuracy and as much stealth as possible ( a difficult task!!) Since we were fishing a reservoir the banks drop down real fast and and fish dive down to any where from 10 to 30 meters or even more. This makes lure fishing rather a tall task and all the movement you impart to the lure fall on deaf ears.. The sure shot method is to toss a live cat fish which is like a homing device that dives right after the toman to the bottom.

We had a few friends with us who fished live bait and they had big numbers of fish caught. However us being lure fisher men we tried our butts off casting at every rise from sun rise to sunset and caught fewer fish but that one fish on lure was worth a thousand casts.

To see Toman hit top water lures is a sight to behold. The explosion can be heard from right across the lake. We lost a lot of fish to cut mono shock leaders. The tomans teeth are like razor blades and the bite pressure is like a pair of garden shears!!

Towards the end of the trip we were much more educated on Toman behavior and will surely go again to fish these magnificent fish on top water lures.

Every day we tried one or two cat fish bait and each accounted for a toman.

Pictures to follow …..

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A bit of rain to start with

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A typical Toman terrain


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casting at toman babies may get the mama to strike



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Or a greedy baby



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Rahul fighting one. Near the boat it gets quite intense!


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Some colors

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Another tussle



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Each one a different color

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Nice Teeth !!

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Cat fish bait about 8"


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Cat fish that met a Toman


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More Colors

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One on a lipped lure


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Beauty on a stick bait


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A very rare Flower Toman ( similar to our Murrel )



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Similar to murrel but the pectorals are quite large.


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The smaller ones are less colorful but yet a great fish on top water lure


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Jeen


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Beautiful colours, ornamental.


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Eagerly waiting for the pictures :D ...

And I found out I was slow in typing !! Nice pictures. Always enjoyed your posts Jeen !! Thanks


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Congrats to team jeen . Amazing Colours and awesome catches.


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Jeen, very nice pics and thanks for sharing.. :))


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Beautiful fishes with very vivid colors. Thanks for sharing...


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Wonderful fish caught and amazing pics too. Thnks for sharing the pics and happy fishing.


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Jeen,

Really beautiful pictures and nice equipment ( Stella and ....?).

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beautiful location .. extremely beautiful fish... beautiful handling as usual.. beautiful releases... wish you guys the best always..


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:D Another action packed beautiful report from JEEN & Sons :D

Thanks for sharing your beautiful fishy moments with us

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All Day I Dream About :roll: Fiiiiiiiiiiiish


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Jeen

You've got VIBGYOR Toman's. Man some pretty looking fish. Hows your son? Hope he is recovering faster.

Take care. Are you back in AUH?

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Awesome as usual Jeen....check your PM

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Amazing colors. Beautiful fishes.

Jeen,

Some time I envey you but mostly it is admiration when I go through your post. You are not only a great angler from heart, you are also the best father one can ask. Your son are blessed. The only thing I can say is "Respect" to you and your angling ways.

Heartiest congratulations for landing some "Lookers".

Regards,

Ali. :-)


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Great catch. Beautiful fish. Congrats to you and Rahul.


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Thanks guys.

King Fish :- The reels were Stella 5000 and Daiwa certate 3000. Rods were Major craft & Tenruyu.

Dezz:- Jeenu is much better and recovering fast. Yes back in the UAE

Jeen


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 1:42 pm 
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Jeen,

Both great reels.

What lb. Line and type please, as I may make a trip there this December?

Thank you,

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:shock: :shock: wow amazing colours and such huge ones, just amazing.. thank u so very much for sharing


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King Fish ,

We used PE 3 roughly 35 lb braid varivas. and 50 lb mono shock leader.

jeen


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Thank you Jeen,

Was this a guided operation or can one hire a boat on the waters and strike off on one' own?

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congratulations to you and rahul. awesome catch and beautiful pictures. is that a boga grip jeen? or some other make.


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amazingly beautiful colors and fish. WOW !
thanks for sharing

cheers!


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Awesome colors! very beautiful fish! As always a splendid display!

Thank you for sharing!

Regards,


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King fish,

We took a guided trip with jean Francois helias and got a raw deal, in terms of very poor organisation and a guide who wanted to fish for himself rather than put the guests on to fish. Will pm you some contacts where you can get a better deal and a committed guide.

Amir:- Yes that was a boga grip.


Jeen


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Beautiful specimens.


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Some beautiful fishes there Jeen.....Too good to be true...


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Jeen,

Thank you for the advice....I've had guides like that also !

I think one of the side benefits of this forum is the incidental information
That is passed between the forum members to help each other.

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Very beautiful fish Jeen! Congrats!


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Those are some really beautiful snakeheads! Thanks for sharing.


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Super! Love the photography as always :-)


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Wow jeen they are lovely creature. Congratulation. :D

An interesting info on the nature and behavior of toman. Anything more to know about them?

Is that really flower toman? they look exactly like channa maruilius except bigger eye and longer pectoral fin

on the net i couldn't find any similar pics of flower toman but these

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if im wrong can youp please throw some light on flower toman :P


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Hey Jeen,

very good stuff mate..looks like you guys had a ball!

all the best, Scott


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arish wrote:
Wow jeen they are lovely creature. Congratulation. :D

An interesting info on the nature and behavior of toman. Anything more to know about them?

Is that really flower toman? they look exactly like channa maruilius except bigger eye and longer pectoral fin

on the net i couldn't find any similar pics of flower toman but these

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if im wrong can youp please throw some light on flower toman :P


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channa marulioides


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Thanks Humaid

got it :P


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Some nice fish there Jeen beautiful fish! Fished for these snakehead before in northern thailand and not with him :wink: used the locals. We did well and went 3 times in total for 5 days a time think the best fish was 15lbs. Found the best action came to surface lures, propeller baits were my fav.

My Thai friend tells me that now the fishin is very poor and not worth the effort Seems bangkok pet shops net the fry for peoples home aquariums :x


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good fish jeen.


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Amazing Jeen...


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