Yes, I know! I know! I have been lazy and all that. But what to do? Work, work and more work. Pffftttttt......
But never you fear, you can never keep a fish lover and native fishes away for too long. Errrrr, did I say Native fishes.....I meant any fishes, even Gambusia :halo:
The day was decided and the preparation went full swing. Deepak satyanarayan did all the planning...... like the place to go, stay, recce, study or collect. Beta Mahatvaraj and Venketachalam Nataraj of Chennai( yeah! the same Chennai of the recent downpour fame) were to travel by train to Mysore and join Deepak there. Another keen hobbyist and a valuable member of ASK Ricky Madappa was to join us in Madikeri.
Started off at sharp 5.00am on 13th Nov 2015. Drive from Bangalore to Mysore was uneventful and reached at exactly 8.00am. Beta and Venkat had already reached Mysore at 7.15am, and no time was wasted in setting off. After a hearty Breakfast at a Hotel near Deepak's house, set off for Madikeri(Coorg) and reached exactly at 11.00am. We had informed Ricky that we will reach around 12.00pm, and he had planned accordingly. So we reached our roosting place, deposited our luggage, ate some snacks and exactly at 12.00am, lo presto Ricky dropped in.
Reached the first habitat .......
In the lap of western Ghats
Only to find murky water.
But due to perseverance were able to collect.........Deepak, Please?
What is the tactics used to catch fishes from their habitat (ponds, lake, rivers etc). do you catch is yourself or get help from someone else?
Last time I tried myself catching from a pond in my hometown, had to return empty handed They were really faster, intelligent and smarter than me (of course)
Thanks in advance.
There is no single technique to catch all. It depends on what fishes we are looking for and/or the type of habitat.
We catch by ourselves most of the time as we are usually the only people at the place. In terms of local help - sometimes few people try to help but most of the times we get laughed at for catching small fishes :)
In terms of difficulty, initial attempts are always hard. Have spent hours trying to catch without any result. But persistence does pay off in the end. I would say, keep trying and vary the techniques as you see how fishes react to them.
By now it was 2.30pm and time to head out to the next waterbody. But first Lunch!
Stopped by a small hotel in the midst of a Coffee estate and ordered Lunch to a small boy who was sitting on the counter. On inquiring if food was ready since we could not spend time waiting for food, he convinced us that it will be served in a minute.
This happened next.......
Beta Mahatvaraj and Ricky Madappa
It was a full half hour before we were served lunch. That kid turned out to be a terrific businessman. Not only he made us wait for food, I have a sneaking doubt that he overcharged us. Never mind, On to the next Habitat.......
The camera is kaput. Children decided to learn the art of photography using it. I wanted them to be as good a photographer as my good friend Hayath. Now the camera is behaving like a teenager. It's become an entity with a mind of it's own. It decided where and when it wants to focus and I am downgraded to just clicking the button
Well, to continue.......
Reached the next waterbody around 4.30pm. We only had 1.5 more hours, before it became dark since it was Dakshinayana.
Beta recording the habitat
The other 3 guys getting ready to collect....
The last water change of the day, using the natural stream water. The most important part of any collection trip!
That's the end of day-1. Happy we did not encounter any Leeches
To be continued......
Reached the room at around 6.30pm. A hot water bath and we were ready for the sun downers. But the modern technology has ruined the traditional male bonding over sun downers, or any downers for that matter.
I rest my case,,,,,,
A good dinner prepared by the Homestay. Especially a Coorgy non-veg delicacy prepared using Kaccahmpuli
Retired for the night only to waken at 2.30am with a severe attack of Migraine. After suffering for 30mins went to the bathroom, fingered my throat and omitted out all the bile. Still not allright at 5.00am, time decided to wake up and go to the next waterbody. Informed other members to cancel the same and went to sleep again. Got up at 7.00am and,hallelujah the world was a wonderful place again.
Excellent breakfast at Neel sagar opposite Madikeri fort, and Ricky was with us at sharp 9.00am as planned. On we went to the next spot, crossing a reserve forest and not attempting to make the mistake of fishing there. We are law abiding citizens, see?
To my pleasant surprise the next spot selected by Deepak was in the most beautiful place in the world. We had entered South Canara district, the coastal district of Karnataka the beaches of which compare to Seychelles or the Caribbean! Wow!
But being fresh water hobbyist stayed away from the beaches and got on with the work.
The first habitat.......The water level was high due to rains the previous few days.
The view on the other side....
Unable to do anything decided to walk downstream till we came to a more manageable place.
Promptly unloaded the nets and the rest of the paraphernalia. Guess what we found and what took precedent?
Bhavania australis and documenting the Biotope, the answer to my previous question.
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