• Video of the week: 83lb mahseer from Cauvery

    by  • December 14, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Well, looks like anglers won’t get the chance to catch fish like this any more, thanks to the stupid Indian ruling that there should be no fishing in game parks. This camp at Gallbore was the last one to survive, largely because there was government interest in it. The game parks are one of the few places where mahseer flourish, because anglers bring much-needed income to the area, and it’s in the guides’ interest to keep out poachers. What will happen now? No anglers, no need to protect the mahseer. The fish will be dynamited, netted and disappear. Don’t you love bureaucracy? Watch the video (not that great, but it shows you a wonderful fish at the end) here.


    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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