uism in India is not only carefree spending time on sunny Indian beaches, running around shopping malls in search of souvenirs or sitting aimlessly in bars. Tourism in India is also very interesting and well-organized excursions to Indian sights, what is more than enough. And as well is active recreation, which include fishing.
All fishermen know that fishing is the best opportunity even for a while to escape from the bustle of the city and some of life’s problems and merge with nature. But few people think that you can fish not only in their neighborhoods, where every bush and rock, and you know what to expect from the fish. One can also go fishing in other countries, for example in India, the main condition is not to break the laws of the country.
Types of fishing in India
In India, fishing is an accessible and common recreational activity. Which, in general, not surprisingly, because the territory of the country is literally dotted with many rivers. In addition, Indian shores are washed by the ocean and sea waters. Here, anglers have the opportunity to try their luck in three types of fishing: offshore, deep sea fishing in the ocean, as well as fishing in the rivers.
The Ramganga River at Corbett National Park, the Ganges along the Haridwar to Rishikesh highway, the Bias River at Pong Dam and the Maharana Pratap Sagar Reservoir are considered the best places for river fishing in the North. In the south are, of course, the rivers of Karnataka state. In Karnataka, fishing tourism in general is very well organized. There are many specialized fishing camps on the rivers of the state. The rivers abound with a variety of fish species. The most common are barb, rohu, catla, salmon, trout, mashir.
In those states that have a seashore, you can try sea fishing. You can negotiate with local fishermen and rent a boat and simple tackle. Which will cost in the amount of 1000 – 5000 rupees, depending on the duration of the lease and the ability to haggle. Also, by prior arrangement with the travel agency, you can order individual fishing. Provided: boat, gear, various types of bait, escort. The cost ranges from five to one hundred thousand rupees. If you have skills in navigation and driving a boat – you can refuse an escort. It would be cheaper. You can also take your own fishing gear. In the markets a quality set of spinning rod, reel and braided rope can be purchased for 700 – 1000 rupees.
Fishing in the Indian Ocean mainly comes down to coral fishing and trolling. Coral fishing is fishing in shallow depths in coral reefs. Catches are coral trout, parrot fish, grouper, snapper. Deep water trolling is more time consuming, but the catch is much richer. Barracuda, mackerel, trevallya, marlin, mahi-mahi, giant caracas, sailfish, swordfish, and tuna are caught trolling.
Fishing Bases and Camps in India
The bulk of the specialized fishing bases and camps are in Karnataka. They are located along the coast of the Cauvery River and its tributaries. The Cauvery is famous for being home to the masheer, the largest and most cunning fish in the tropics. Hundreds of fishermen from all over the world come here to try their luck and catch their own huge masheer. The camps are quite comfortably equipped. You can choose a cottage, a forest hut or a tent. The most famous camps are Bhimeshwari, Galibor and Dodamakali.
Bhimeshwari camp is considered the main gathering place for fishermen who come to catch masheer. It is also the most comfortable of the camps in the south. There are 9 cottages and 8 forest huts all equipped with air conditioning. In addition, the cottages have a bathroom with hot and cold water, as well as a refrigerator. The kitchen is outdoors under a tent.
Up the river 16 kilometers from Bhimeshwari is Galibor Camp. There are 7 cottages and 11 huts available for accommodation. There is no electricity in the camp. Beautiful nature. Nearby is a watering hole for elephants.
Downriver, 6 kilometers from Bhimeshwari is the Dodamakali camp. Fishermen mostly come here in search of solitude. The camp is small, with permanent buildings designed to accommodate 10 to 15 people. Three cottages and two huts. The conditions are relatively spartan. No electricity, the “conveniences” are on the street. According to official information, the largest maschir was caught in waters territorially belonging to this camp. Its declared weight was 50,647 kilograms.
In all the camps in addition to accommodation in cottages and forest huts, as provided and accommodation in tents. Tents are set in specially prepared places. Accommodation in tents is much cheaper than in the stationary cottages, but the conditions are the same. If you don’t have your own equipment, you can rent everything you need at the camps. Tents, dishes, comfortable clothes and shoes, boats, tackle, bait and bait. Rental tackle is of very high quality, designed for the fish that live here.
Fishes of India
The Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, and the country’s rivers are home to a variety of fish. Going to fish in India, you need to know which fish you may have to wrestle with.
Albula (white fox) – a sea dweller, up to a meter long, with a weight of 8.5 kg. Caught on a variety of baits with a float rod.
Barbus (barbel) – an inhabitant of rivers with a fast stream and rocky or sandy bottom. It feeds mainly at night. Favorite treat fish roe, as well as worms, mollusks, insect larvae. The moustache grows to one meter in length and weighs up to 15 kilograms. The preferred tackle for fishing is a bottom trap. Bait – meat of shells, crayfish, crabs, insect larvae, soft cheese.
Grouper – lives in warm coastal waters of the Arabian Sea. Sluggish and slow giant achieves a length of up to 2.5 m and weighs more than 400 kg. A loner. Feeds on a variety of fish, young turtles, crabs, lobsters.
Dorab – an inhabitant of the Arabian Sea, belongs to the family of herring, but, strange as it may seem, dorab their complete opposite. Never gathers in large flocks, is an active predator. Eats fish and crustaceans.
Karankas – lives in the Indian Ocean. A large predator of the family of horse mackerel. Weighs up to 70 kg. Carancas hunts at dusk or early dawn. Catch preferably by live bait. With baiting will have to tinker – it’s a very strong fighter.
Catfish – lives in freshwater reservoirs of northern India. Peaceful fish, reaching a weight of up to 8 kilograms and a length of about a meter and a half. It feeds on zooplankton.
Bullhead perch – lives in the Indian Ocean, in coral reefs, in small flocks. Nocturnal predator. The object of hunting – shrimp and small crabs.
Trachinot is a marine predator. Caught on the track or by spinning. When fishing on the track prefer natural baits: strips of fish meat, small squid. Bait should work at a distance of 40 – 60 meters from the boat. When fishing with spinning better proven itself artificial lures: wobblers 7 – 11 cm, small but heavy oscillators. Spinning will need a powerful, sending, with a test up to 100 grams.
Yellowfin tuna – lives in the sea and ocean. Tuna size reaches 2.5 meters, and weight up to 200 kilograms. With such dimensions it is a very strong competitor, while wriggling out of which will have to make a lot of effort and skill. Catch trolling tackle on wobblers, baits with podsadka meat fish or squid.
Marlin blue (blue) – strong, high-speed predator. Can reach speeds of up to 100 km / h. Feeds on tuna and squid.
The golden maschir (masir, masher) belongs to the carp family, lives in clean rivers with warm water, weighs up to 50 kg. By behavior, the masher is more of a predator. Bait for fishing – spinning, preferably large wobblers of neutral colors. When fishing by fly fishing tackle with a class of at least nine will be needed, as a bait it is better to use the silver streamers.
Parrot fish – lives in coral reefs. Belongs to the perch family. It gets its name from the shape of its mouth, which resembles a parrot’s beak and bright multi-colored.
Sailfish – family of perch. This fish has a large dorsal fin reminiscent of the form of a sail, which is why it got its name. Predator, which hunts for small fish.
It is necessary to remember that not everywhere you can just throw a tackle into the water and catch fish. In India, as in other countries, there are places that are designed for free fishing. But also, there are bodies of water that are protected by the state and where you will need a license to fish. To be able to do what one likes without any problems, one must take care of all the necessary documents beforehand. Obtaining a license, if it is not provided by the host party, will not be very difficult. Each state in the country has a “Department of Tourism and Fisheries” and if all the necessary documents are available, it is done within 2 – 3 hours. After that, you can have carefree fun with your favorite activity.