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 Post subject: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:46 pm 
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Hi guys,

Just back from river fishing in Goa, caught a good MJ and a decent Barramundi and dropped three others due to various reasons!

I am pleasantly surprised at the size of barra and MJs in Goan waters ... they can put the Aussie version to shame sometimes.

I don't mean to poach your fish, you are welcome to visit and catch them in Australia!!

Pictures below.

Kingfish


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:42 am 
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Some more.
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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:37 am 
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Just one more.....


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:31 am 
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Nice pictures and report, Kingfish!


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:17 am 
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Thanks Venkat. I was taken by surprise by the fishing in Goa ..... did not expect it to be so productive with all the netting taking place.

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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:31 am 
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Very nice Kingfish, nice Mangroves, where in Goa was this?


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:09 pm 
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Nice report Kingfish! Thanks for sharing!

I had a Barra at least 8 KGs chase a squidgie lure you gifted me. The only problem with that lure and barra is that the are heavily weigted which is nice to fish, but the barras are not able to suck them in.... The next cast a 2 Kilo MJ nailed it :-)

Maruthu


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:11 pm 
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Kingfish,

I'll likely be there on the west coast this weekend.
Let me know if you are still around and want to fish the waters I fish....

Maruthu


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:54 pm 
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Hi Kingfish,

Thanks for report and pictures.

tight lines for your upcoming fishing trips.

fish4fun


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:18 pm 
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Hello Bobby,

It was one of the rivers near Goa.

Kingfish


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:24 pm 
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Hello Maruthu,

Interesting... Barra can take in quite large fish when feeding and I believe I gave you the smaller sized Squidgies . Would it have helped to speed up the retrieve or flick the rod to give erratic action to the soft plastic? I am groping in the dark here as I have not yet got a barra on a Squidgy.

In any case, glad that you got an MJ in the bargain!

Also Maruthu, sincere thanks for your offer but I am back in Chandigarh now.Wish you good fishing.

Kingfish


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:31 pm 
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@fish4fun

Nice to hear from you and thank you. I will need all your good wishes for future trips.

Kingfish


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:13 am 
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kingfish wrote:
Hello Maruthu,

Interesting... Barra can take in quite large fish when feeding and I believe I gave you the smaller sized Squidgies . Would it have helped to speed up the retrieve or flick the rod to give erratic action to the soft plastic? I am groping in the dark here as I have not yet got a barra on a Squidgy.

In any case, glad that you got an MJ in the bargain!

Also Maruthu, sincere thanks for your offer but I am back in Chandigarh now.Wish you good fishing.

Kingfish


Kingfish,

I am very thankful for your squidgy lure.
I haven't lost a barramundi on it for the first time.

They go insane for the lure, but the fact that they're heavily weighted means that they attract fish extremely well, but they don't get sucked in well. But the MJs bite them pretty good. I managed to get an MJ (not a big one) taking the squidgy on the video. Let me see if I can get that on YT and post it here....

Maruthu


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:38 am 
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Hi Kingfish,

Quite nice catches there. Thanks for posting.

~Arun


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:56 am 
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Hello Arun,

Many thanks. Hope you enjoyed the report.

Kingfish


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:03 am 
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Maruthu,

Food for thought. Which Squidgy is it ? The white ones with red nose ( called Drop Bear) ?

What I can do is get the similar lure without the inbuilt weight. You can then rig it with a lighter jig head of , say, a 1/4 oz. This will still get down to the depths yet be light enough to be sucked in.

Let me know what you think ... we have to get those barra and post them on this forum!

Kingfish

P.S. Let us see that MJ caught on the Squidgy on YT . Please advise when posted.


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:00 pm 
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Nice catch there King!

Do the Barra's fight well? how the about them MJ's?

Cheers....


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:55 am 
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@ Ulygun

Two of the hardest fighters, in my opinion.

The MJs are like bulldogs, strong and tenacious. You have to head them off from cover.

Barramundi are spectacular fighters, taking to the air with headshaking leaps trying to throw the hooks of the lure (successfully once this time, although it was a smaller barra).

You must try for these if you visit these parts.

No report from your end for sometime?

Regards,
Kingfish


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:15 am 
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Couple of points in passing.....

1. Please have a tetanus injection if you are fishing , these are usually valid for 10 years and you can get booster shots to stay protected. There are rusty hooks flying around with fish slime on them and it is common to see hooks embedded in flesh (as it happened on this trip) .The risk of infection is always there.

By the way, the guide did have his tetanus shots up to date.


2. I find it difficult to use a baitcaster reel now for even trolling!

I have got so used to spinning reels that it is now difficult to handle baitcasters with their different mechanics and layout.It becomes even more difficult in the heat of battle switching from one format to the other.

I think I will now just use the spinners for trolling as well, they have become just as good as the baitcaster in line capacities with the advent of braided line and in their drag rating.

Kingfish


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:26 pm 
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Fabulous report Kingfish, some nice fish there. Glad to see that Goa is still productive after all these years of being hammered.


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:36 pm 
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Thanks Bops,

Hope Goan fishing keeps improving, despite the odds.

Kingfish


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:28 pm 
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kingfish wrote:
Maruthu,

Food for thought. Which Squidgy is it ? The white ones with red nose ( called Drop Bear) ?

What I can do is get the similar lure without the inbuilt weight. You can then rig it with a lighter jig head of , say, a 1/4 oz. This will still get down to the depths yet be light enough to be sucked in.

Let me know what you think ... we have to get those barra and post them on this forum!

Kingfish

P.S. Let us see that MJ caught on the Squidgy on YT . Please advise when posted.


Kingfish,

It was the one in white with red nose.
I think it is very productive and could use a few more of the same ones Kingfish! :-)
Is there a size around 4" or so? That'd be even more productive.
Though it might be a bit heavier there is enough current where I fish....

I have to canvel my trip to the west coast this weekend as I had things comeup.
But will definitely make it there sometime in the next three weeks or so....
That video of the MJ on squidgy is not that great of a video, but I shall post that this weekend anyway.

Maruthu


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:32 pm 
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IndianAngler wrote:
Fabulous report Kingfish, some nice fish there. Glad to see that Goa is still productive after all these years of being hammered.


Bops, I guess that it is the gift/curse of Goa, with everything that are being hammered out there!!!! :twisted:


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:59 pm 
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Maruthu,

I return to Sydney next week and will look into the Squidgies issue in more detail then.

Just off the cuff, Squidgies are also available with what they call the " S Factor". This is essentially a
scent in a tube to be applied to the Squidgy to make it more enticing for the fish.

This scent may convert those barra follow ups into strikes and maybe one solution to your problem. Will endeavour to get a supply of these to India next time out.

Kingfish


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:04 pm 
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Where is Jeen these days?

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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:42 pm 
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kingfish wrote:
Maruthu,

I return to Sydney next week and will look into the Squidgies issue in more detail then.

Just off the cuff, Squidgies are also available with what they call the " S Factor". This is essentially a
scent in a tube to be applied to the Squidgy to make it more enticing for the fish.

This scent may convert those barra follow ups into strikes and maybe one solution to your problem. Will endeavour to get a supply of these to India next time out.

Kingfish


There is no issue with teh lure itself Kingfish. It is a great lure....
I'd gladly take those squidgies from you :-) Will try to get more pics/reports going forward....


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:25 pm 
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Kingfish,

Here we go with the video of the MJ on a squidgy :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHlooTu8Rig&t=31s

Maruthu


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:58 pm 
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Maruthu,

Just saw the video, it came out a bit grainy on my iPad but nice catch .... saw your previous video of some time back where you caught an MJ at the same spot.

What is the attrition rate of the Squidgies vs. the toothy MJs? Remember that you can always patch these soft plastics with the excellent Fevi Kwik Gel instant adhesive made in India.

Kingfish


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:07 pm 
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kingfish wrote:
Maruthu,

Just saw the video, it came out a bit grainy on my iPad but nice catch .... saw your previous video of some time back where you caught an MJ at the same spot.

What is the attrition rate of the Squidgies vs. the toothy MJs? Remember that you can always patch these soft plastics with the excellent Fevi Kwik Gel instant adhesive made in India.

Kingfish


They've held up pretty good for me.
I only have one lure left because I lost the rest to snags (as you can see in the video).

Please let me know if I could have a couple of packs in 4" size of the same colour.
I'd prefer to pay for them this time, if I can have them during the next time you visit India.

I love these lures much better than storm lures, because of the weight and stability in current/rough water.

Thanks again for the squidgy lures Kingfish!

Maruthu


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:15 pm 
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Maruthu,

A fair trade would be packets of Squidgies for you taking me to your secret fishing spots!

Will bring plentiful supplies of the same later in the year.

Regards,
Kingfish


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:11 pm 
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kingfish wrote:
Maruthu,

A fair trade would be packets of Squidgies for you taking me to your secret fishing spots!

Will bring plentiful supplies of the same later in the year.

Regards,
Kingfish


I'd gladly take you to my fishing spots!
We might have to plan it based on the tide though.
Those sopts could be dead for days or very productive, depending on the tide.

Let's get those elusive Barras next time.

Maruthu


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 Post subject: Re: Goodness, Goa!
PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:11 pm 
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@ Ulygun

Two of the hardest fighters, in my opinion.

The MJs are like bulldogs, strong and tenacious. You have to head them off from cover.

Barramundi are spectacular fighters, taking to the air with headshaking leaps trying to throw the hooks of the lure (successfully once this time, although it was a smaller barra).

You must try for these if you visit these parts.

No report from your end for sometime?

Regards,
Kingfish


@Kingfish,

Thanks a ton for details of the fish fighting characteristics. Nice to know this, as I was disappointed last time when I had hooked on a MJ while in Mangalore. However, it was ~8-10" nothing more and may be the reason why. But Burramundi seems like a LMB on steroids! Lol. Would love to chase some of them tails during my next visit to Mangalore.

I was informed by the local anglers that there are Barra and GT visiting the shoreline often but I couldn't find out the season when they are found in plenty. I'm usually in India during the Nov-Dec time. May be the pattern is similar to Goa, just going by the same side of the pond theory.

I've been pretty busy with work these days, but I've been hitting the trout stocked river as and when I get a chance. I will share with the group soon. Thanks for bringing it up.

Appreciate the information and wish you the best on the water Kingfish! You da man!

Tight lines fellas!


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