All good ideas - thanks folks. The real problem is that this thread is in the SHORE fishing section. You see, I've basically only fished from the rocks here in Pondicherry, and I can't even imagine trying to throw a bait net from the rocks. The home-made jig I have is as close as I can get to a Sabiki jig, but still the sardines just leave it alone.
I have another idea. I made a float out of a kids toy cricket ball. My plan is to put a jig on and use this float, casting the whole mess way out onto the waves. The wave action should make a nice jigging motion. So I could just watch it bob up and down for a while, checking it now and then and particularly if it looks like something is on the line.
Oh, I have had good success catching what look like catfish here at the jetty in Pondicherry. I'm not at all interested in eating any of them, but the locals are happy to take them off my hands. It's a riot - nobody understands what I'm trying to say in English until I get ready to throw the fish back in the water. Then invariably someone speaks up, "Hey, hey, hey, I'll take it!" (only in Tamil) and then we all understand each other just great!
My other plan is to get onto a boat. I am making friends with the local fishermen, and there is one guy who speaks decent English. He is the other person in Pondicherry who has a fising pole, and twice now we have fished together. I think I'll get him to help me hail a boat and get off the shore. If that happens, you all will see a post or two from me in the BOAT fishing forum!
Can someone recommend an amount of rupees I should offer to pay one of these fishermen for an hour or two of their guide services? I'd like to offer them about half of what they would make in a normal day's fishing. Maybe the way to look at it is half of what the boat would make in a normal day's fishing. Thoughts?