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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:01 am 
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Instead of opening a new thread every time, I will use this thread to post my stories...

2015 has been a great year for me, did lot of fishing, purchased lot of gear and most importantly I have started fishing from the shore.

My new avatar as a Surf angler...
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Couple of weeks back I was in my native and here is the report.

Southern tip of India has plenty of beautiful beaches and this time I was able to visit few of them and had a blast in fishing.
Here are the photographs of few of the beaches..

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I was walking along one of the beaches and found a hole and started casting. I was into my fifth cast of so, the lure got hit and I saw a huge splash. It was like I hooked a freight train and I immediately realized it as a GT. For the next 10 minutes it was a epic fight and this GT had put a very tough fight. In fact I estimated it to be triple the size until I saw it in the wash. My cousin was with me and he had clicked very memorable photos. Here are the photos of the fight and the GT.

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After the GT, I could not fish for a couple of days and I decided to try a jetty. I noticed the peculiar bait movement and I know I have a good chance of catching a Barramundi.
After a few casts the lure got hit and boom there was a big flash and I saw a big barramundi on the other end. I expected it to do and arial display, but instead it started pulling the line.
I fish was very near to the rocks and was trying to pull into the rocks. I know if I give any chance I am going to loose the fish and it was a very challenging battle with rocks on either side.
It did put up a very good fight and after sometime it came up and I am thrilled to see the fish. It is a huge barra. It weighed 29 pounds and is more than a meter long. Here are the pics..

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Other than the GT and Barra I got few MJ and couple of small groupers.
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Here are few bird photographs I took..

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Happy Fishing,
Venkatesan.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:10 am 
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Great pictures and report !! Congratulations on that Barramundi !! That's a beast. I am jealous :)
I think you are putting that Saragosa to good use !! Good job .

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:12 am 
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Hello Venkat,

What a glorious end to 2015 !

The pictures are superb and I cannot imagine such beautiful beaches in India, they match the one's in Australia. It must be a joy to discover these and then to catch such large fish from them!

Looking forward to more such reports from you in 2016!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:55 am 
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Super stuff Venky.. Congrats and Happy New year


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:36 pm 
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Great report and fantastic pics!

Congrats and keep them coming Venkat....

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:46 am 
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Nice pics and great catch! [smilie=coolup.gif]


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 2:21 pm 
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Congrats Venky
Supperrrr Pics


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 7:23 pm 
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congrats venky nice catch

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2016 1:51 pm 
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Venky...Some fantastic catches and nice photos (Y)


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2016 8:33 am 
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Awesome Venky, great photos


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Fantastic report Venky :-)

That is a monster Barra and a nice GT. Cheers !


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 9:16 pm 
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It is quite some time since I did fishing in the sea and recently we went for a fishing trip in west coast for a couple of days..
We heard the weather was good but to our surprise on reaching there it become gloomy and started raining.
Till on the evening when we were packing for returning it rained cats and dogs and as we were leaving it was sunny again [smilie=holyshit.gif] .
But this is part of the game :roll: We were able to fish for 2 sessions when it was raining a little...
Overall it was a little letdown as we were expecting to do a lot..

Recently I got a new casting setup (200 curado I and AbuGarcia vendata rod) for snakehead fishing and I thought I will try this for Mangrove Jacks.
This is the first time ever I am fishing a casting setup and I am very much liking it except of the drag on the light reel...I asking too much..

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Generally I use a long leader with FG knot on rocks and this time some home I got a crazy idea of not using a long leader.
I paid the price ultimately.. Lost 4 fishes on the fight.. :oops: One was a very good sized MJ.
The first fish has dragged the braid over the rocks and in the heat of the battle i failed to notice and missed the next three..
I am not going to fish without a long leader from the rocks!!

In the next session I used my trusted Saragosa with a old spinning rod. Within a couple of cast I got a heavy strike, but unfortunately it missed the hooks.
The MJ pulled heavily for about 2 seconds and let it of. Again I missed a very good sized MJ.
After some time I managed to land this MJ. It was no match for the Gosa..

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This time we thought of doing jigging as well and I have got these jigs..
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Here is a pic of the terrain...

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 3:50 am 
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Nice action there, Venkat.

Stay away from baitcaster reels for sea fishing!

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 3:29 pm 
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Congrats Venkat!

Why is the handle on the wrong side of the reel :D

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 3:42 pm 
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lure_fisherman wrote:
Why is the handle on the wrong side of the reel :D
Maruthu

It is a lefty!! I prefer left handed for the lighter setup. :D


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:21 pm 
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During Diwali I went to my native and was able to fish few sessions.
I was very desperate to fish my new bait casting light setup and prove that it will be good for light sea fishing.
Last time in west-coast I used the light setup a I hooked up few fishes but I lost all of them in the fight and I learnt to valuable lesson to use a leader always in a rocky terrain.
Here is my first fish caught on the casting setup. It gave a nice fight on the light tackle.

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After this fish I lost one good sized GT on my regular setup. To evade a big swell I had to loose the drag and run for life. GT seized the opportunity and spit the hook.

Here are couple of fishes I caught afterwards. I caught few more but did not click photos..

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This is the first MJ caught on the casting setup.
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This GT also I caught on the lighter casting setup and put up a very good fight. I caught few more GT on the light tackle but did not click photos.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:36 am 
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Nice catches on the light setup.

Done any jigging?

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:58 am 
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kingfish wrote:
Done any jigging?
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I had plans of all sorts and planned to explore couple of other spots as well. But unfortunately my uncle died (father's bro) and I couldn't fish much. He was 83 yrs old and it was a natural death.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:09 pm 
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Congrats Venkat! Nice fish there and cool pics.

Glad you are starting to like the baitcaster.
Hope we could hit the west coast sometime soon in 2017.

Maruthu


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:42 pm 
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Superb Catch Venkat. There is fishing news all around the coast.


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Venkat good job. Just curious what lures were you using on the lighter baitcaster for the smaller GT's?


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Superb Catch Venkat. There is fishing news all around the coast.


Ezekial, how is fishing in Chennai?


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:48 pm 
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Venkat good job. Just curious what lures were you using on the lighter baitcaster for the smaller GT's?



Binu,

I'm curious about what you've been catching these days! Pics on IA please....


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binu wrote:
Venkat good job. Just curious what lures were you using on the lighter baitcaster for the smaller GT's?


Binu, I am using small soft plastics with the baitcaster.


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h_venkatesan wrote:
binu wrote:
Venkat good job. Just curious what lures were you using on the lighter baitcaster for the smaller GT's?


Binu, I am using small soft plastics with the baitcaster.


Thats great. I like soft plastics. I usually fish the 6" and 7" versions, haven't fished the smaller soft plastics in a long time.


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binu wrote:
Venkat good job. Just curious what lures were you using on the lighter baitcaster for the smaller GT's?



Binu,

I'm curious about what you've been catching these days! Pics on IA please....


Maruthu,
Thanksgiving is coming up this week, and I may make one or two last trip to the shore, before winding up for the season. Will definitely post a report!


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:11 pm 
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lure_fisherman wrote:
binu wrote:
Venkat good job. Just curious what lures were you using on the lighter baitcaster for the smaller GT's?



Binu,

I'm curious about what you've been catching these days! Pics on IA please....


Maruthu,
Thanksgiving is coming up this week, and I may make one or two last trip to the shore, before winding up for the season. Will definitely post a report!


Good luck!

Looking forward to the report :-)

Maruthu


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:24 pm 
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Interesting colours those MJs, nice deep colours, coincidently, I caught a few MJs last month and I was particularly interested in their coloring but not as deep as the ones in your pictures, October/November must be special :) for MJs


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:51 pm 
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Yes, sometimes they are colored very bright. I think it depends on what they eat.
In Fish market I have seen very brightly colored big ones.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:12 pm 
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Normally with fish, the more shrimp and prawns they eat the redder they get, it comes from the shell of the shrimp and prawns. Incidentally this is how I believe Flamingoes develop their orange colour, and for those of you who keep Arowana and want that red colour in those Malaysians Shrimp is the way to go.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:43 pm 
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Hope everyone is doing fine! It is a long time since I updated. This year I have not done much of fishing but I have few info to share.
Last month we got our second princesses.

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The next new member to our family is an XUV, a dream came true and is my first car. This will take me to all sorts of places to do fishing.
Already proved its worth when we went to fishing. I had a friend accompanied in his Xylo and it got stuck in the sand.
Xylo is rear wheel driven and the rear wheel was less than a feet from the road but still we could not get it out on the road.
We had to take the help of the local people to get the car out. My car being a all wheel drive came out of much deeper sand without a fuss.

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When I was there in the native, after the birth of my baby, I got few chances to wet the line.
The terrain is not friendly with harsh waves rolling the sand, combined with no rain in the last year have made things difficult.
More over many places were crazily netted. I managed to catch few small fishes..

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This is by far the smallest GT I ever caught. Could you imagine it swallowed a 4 inch lure :roll:

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I have got a new Saragosa 6000 SW. Reel is in my native and I don't have a pic to post.
Hopefully in the coming trips I will make a use of it.

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Hello Venkat,

Congratulations on the new addition to the family.

Having your own transport will open up new opportunities for you in angling.... especially if it is a 4 wheel drive.

Does not matter about the size of the fish, it must have been fun. Did you not have a Saragossa 6000SW
a while back?

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kingfish wrote:
Did you not have a Saragossa 6000SW
a while back?

Regards,
Kingfish


The current Saragossa I have is the 8000 size one. Always felt it is a little larger for most of the time unless big GT are around. So I got the 6000 size.

Venkatesan.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:39 am 
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Congrats Venkat!
Wish you a happy time with family and safe rides in the future!

Nice report and thank you for sharing!
Now that you have an action camera, I can't wait for the videos :)

Cheers!
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lure_fisherman wrote:
Congrats Venkat!
Wish you a happy time with family and safe rides in the future!

Nice report and thank you for sharing!
Now that you have an action camera, I can't wait for the videos :)

Cheers!
Maruthu


From the next trip onwards, I will try to make video and will share.


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Congratulations on your new born !! She is a doll. The XUV looks great, I am hoping to hear many reports from new unexplored angling locations!! I wouldn't drive it much in the sand though ;)
What rod do you have the Saragossa 6k parired with?


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Congratulations on the new born..... Nice report and keep on exploring.

Cheers....


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binu wrote:
I wouldn't drive it much in the sand though ;)
What rod do you have the Saragossa 6k parired with?


Me either, All wheel drive is just for light stuff.
Planning to get a 9 footer. Currently paired with my 10 foot rod and it balances well.


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h_venkatesan wrote:
binu wrote:
I wouldn't drive it much in the sand though ;)
What rod do you have the Saragossa 6k parired with?


Me either, All wheel drive is just for light stuff.
Planning to get a 9 footer. Currently paired with my 10 foot rod and it balances well.



Cool, I thought you were planning to drive on the beach, when you mentioned sand. Not that your vehicle is not capable, but because its a new Vehicle. Keep us updated on the rod that you buy.

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Many congratulations Venkat for the new member in the family.


tight lines & happy fishing

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