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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:26 am 
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Keeping the same format as for saltwater lures, I invite contributions from fellow anglers on their 3 favourite lures for catching freshwater fish in India.

To kick off the topic, I will list mine below. Please do note that my freshwater trips in India are limited as I reside abroad for most of the year and my emphasis has been on saltwater angling.

Nevertheless, I have fished in North and South Indian rivers and lakes since the 1970s and caught my share of fish. Primarily mahseer but also a lot of murrel in the Cauvery.

My tried and tested freshwater lures:

1. Jointed Rapala J11 in Rainbow Trout colour ( for mahseer)

2. Green and Gold Halco Scorpion ( called Sorcerer in India) ..... trolling for mahseer from a boat

3. Mepps No.3 in silver ( for murrel)

Honourable mention may be made of various other lures, such as the Lil Cleo, Toby spoon, Halco silver Wobbler, Rooster Tails,Tail Dancer, various soft plastics etc. but I would take the above mentioned 3 lures if I had a choice.

Let us see what you have to say!

Kingfish


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:03 am 
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Seems that we have far more saltwater anglers active on the forum than those for freshwater!

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:23 am 
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I tried my best to catch a Mahseer or two up in the headwaters of Western Ghats on fly. My guide used both silver and gold spoons. Didn't do any better and I didn't know any better. But I think I'm better prepared next time around.

Cheers.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 4:12 pm 
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kingfish wrote:
Seems that we have far more saltwater anglers active on the forum than those for freshwater!

Kingfish


I guess so as well.


I do not fish much in freshwater, but when I rarely do, I fish the following lures:

1. Scum frog to fish for murrel in the weed
2. Rapala X Rap 10
3. Paddle tail soft plastic lures like storm or squigies between 3" to 4"

I doubt I'll ever fish much in freshwater as long as I'm staying here in India, with the better fishing opportunities and variety our saltwater has to offer.

Cheers!
Maruthu

PS: I have some trout magnet lures that I'd love to try catching tilapia with.
If that works, then I might spend a tad bit more time fishing in freshwater for big tilapia.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:43 pm 
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kingfish wrote:
Seems that we have far more saltwater anglers active on the forum than those for freshwater!

Kingfish


I just saw this post,

for me, fresh water game has mainly been Murrel and Mahseer,

so I'd say,

1) Surecatch Frog (though i hate the durability of Surecatch frogs, it is the cheapest and easily available, walking generic fogs cheaper than that is hard)

2) Mepps/ Decathlon Spinners (durable but prone to snagging)

3) Spoons ( trout spoons and regular sizes have worked really well, prone to snagging but loosing them doesn't hurt as much as a spinner :wink: )

I've had good success with squidgies and also walking the halco roosta 45 and buzzbait/spinbait but the above would be the top three :D


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:01 pm 
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@ ziegen_joseph

Interesting selection, especially using the Halco popper.

What would you use to catch mahseer out of your selection?

Kingfish


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:50 pm 
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kingfish wrote:
@ ziegen_joseph

Interesting selection, especially using the Halco popper.

What would you use to catch mahseer out of your selection?

Kingfish



Kingfish, I've caught masheer on just spoons, more on golden spoons 12-15 grams and also on 5 gram trout spoons,

Yes the halco poppers was a total accidental discovery, I was throwing some ultralight lures and spoons and softplastic trying to see if I can lure some big tilapias in a lake having both snakeheads and tilapias, and since the snakeheads were hitting more, I tested sight casting the halco roosts 45 popper too which is about 5 grams and it worked like a charm!

Ziegen


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:14 am 
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Excellent! Finesse fishing.

What outfit are you using to cast such light lures?

Kingfish


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:11 am 
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Kingfish,

I have an ugly stick gX2 5ft ultralight pairs to a 1000 Sharky 2 and 4lbs flurokote from kastking. The action on the rod is slow and I do miss a few hooksets, but it is fun :D


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