As most of you must be aware, I have recently stepped into angling... Was in Karwar for the Dussera Holidays. Had big dreams of landing an MJ when leaving from Pune, but they all crashed with every cat fish and eel I caught.
I reached Karwar on thursday morning. Prepared for the evening tide. Went to the Breakwater 1 Hr before the tide. Caught some small Bangada (Mackerel) at the fishing port to use as live bait. Started casting a fire tiger, but after several casts, nothing hit the lure. Then changed to a popper, again the same results.
Then changed to live bait (Mackerel), still no hits. Then changed to dead bait, and after ages got a pull. After reeling in a bit, the pull felt familiar --- as usual, there was a Moray at the end of the line. After a few more Morays called in a day.
Then after dinner, went to an estuary near my place, with sardines as dead bait. Landed a few small cat fish.
Next morning, had a location in mind, The Karwar Bridge. Had seen a lot of activity under the bridge a few years back. After trying lures for some time changed to dead bait (Shrimps). Landed a small flounder and a cat fish. Then went back home.
For the Friday evening tide, had planned to visit devbaug beach. Started casting with some dead shrimps. Landed a small sting ray and lots more cat fish.
Then I gave up fishing for the trip.
Saturday morning, I went to a place where the local anglers get their catch to sell to an agent. They go to far off places in their boats and are back after a day. The catches were awesome, some MJs, Big Cat Fish, Parrot fishes, etc...
I'm not sure what went wrong with me. Are there no more fish along the Karwar coast to be caught? Has the coast been over fished? Have the fish migrated? etc etc... I left the place full of questions and an unfulfilled dream of landing a decent fish.