Predatory fish are fish that feed primarily on other smaller fish, including, at times, on their own fry and fingerlings. They also feed on crustaceans, insects and even plant matter of course. Going after Predatory Fish gets you into a whole different league of fisherwomen and men. None of our angling trips are boring, sit-at-the-water-side kind of trips. These trips entail lots of walking and wading and are heavy exercise over rocks and sandy beaches in search of the fish of your dreams.
You can fish most of the rivers we fish in with Spinning or Fly Fishing equipment. Depending upon the chosen expedition, we’ll inform you in detail about which equipment will work well and what all won’t do as good. The style and techniques of fishing are entirely of your preference. Where advance preparation does not suffice and experience reaches its limits, our Angling Guides will help with ‘local information and know-how’ to make your expeditions more productive and even more fun.
The mighty GOLDEN MAHSEER
The Indian sub-continent’s numero uno predatory fish that makes for the finest angling experience is the Golden Mahseer or Himalayan Mahseer (Tor putitora). There are many sub-species of the Mahseer with varying scale colouration and snout shape. All have large fins and a strong, muscular shoulder which makes them immensely strong swimmers, what with the water currents they constantly have to swim against. These sporting fish are excellent fighters when hooked, especially in the Himalayan region. The fish can also be found in mountainous rivers and streams from Iran in the West, all the way up to Myanmar and Thailand in the East.
This “Salmon” of Indian waters, as the first British anglers often described it, is an angler’s delight. Catch one above 10lbs. and you’ll know what we mean by saying that. Catch one above 40lbs. and you’ll want to return again and again to hunt for them. Catch one above 70lbs and you’ll want to forget Canada and Alaska and keep coming back to the Indian sub-continent and to Aquaterra.
That stated, the fish is an endangered species and we follow a strict catch & release policy for these fish at Aquaterra.
The agile TROUT
Unlike the Golden Mahseer, which is an indigenous species, the trout and its various species and sub-species were introduced into Indian waters by the British, well over a century ago. They have since flourished in our mountain brooks, streams and rivers.
The Brown Trout (the more common, Salmo trutta) and the Rainbow Trout (the rarer, Oncorhynchus mykiss) are found in Indian waters ranging from the State of Jammu & Kashmir to Himachal Pradesh and into Uttarakhand. We will soon have this aspect of our Angling Adventures set up. Stay tuned and do not forget to register, so we keep you in to the loop.
Other fish possible to catch on some of our expeditions:
The Giant Devil Cat Fish a.k.a. ‘Goonch’ (Bagarius yarrelli), the Snow Trout a.k.a. ‘Asla’ (Schizothorax richardsoni) and the Indian Mottled Eel (Anguilla bengalensi) can also be caught in the region, amongst a few other indigenous species.