Fishing in the Indian sub-continent offers the angler a variety of sport not available in many parts of the world. The settings alone vary from the majesty of Himalayan valleys with snow fed streams and high altitude lakes to the vast coastal regions of the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal.
The challenge of fishing for the wily Trout, the mighty Mahseer or battling a massive Shark is also unmatched and the true angler will carry away not only memorable experiences to add to his list of the most exciting fishing yarns, but the satisfaction of a holiday in one of the most fascinating destinations in the world.
Angling in India can be conveniently classified into: Mahseer (Barbus Tor) fishing, Trout fishing and Sea fishing.
The information has been provided to enable the angler to understand the quarry, prepare for the sport, plan his excursion as well as ensure that he is properly equipped.
Categories of Anglings
Mahseer (Barbus Tor) fishing
The Barbus Tor, popularly called the Mahseer or the Tiger of the Indian Rivers, is one of the largest freshwater fish and one of the greatest fighting fish in the world. It is natural to Indian lakes and streams and can attain sizes up to 5.5ft and weigh over 50kg. Mahseer is generally found in the rivers of the Terai regions of the Himalayas, the Shivalik Hills in the north, and the river Kaveri in the south, where it has been fished for successfully with rod and line. The Mahseer is found where the river speeds through narrow gorges and spills out over a rocky river bed. The larger fish are found above large rapids and in the pools below the falls.
Unlike the Mahseer, the Trout is not indigenous to Indian waters. The Snow Trout is however fond in all high altitude streams and lakes. It was introduced into various predetermined lakes and river in various parts of the country. Trout hatcheries are in operatron in the Kashmir valley, Kulu valley. Agoda near Uttrakashi and Avalanche in the Nilgiris. The Snow Trout is however, touch in all high altitude streams and lakes.
Sea fishing as a sport has not bet been well developed in India. But there is a good variety of game fish off the coasts of India like Baracuda, Mullet, Perch, Tuna, Marlin, Blue Marlin, Sail Fish and Sear. So the enterprising angler can put together a rewarding and memorable trip in some very exotic regions of India.