Angling: Sea Fishing

Sea FishingSea 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.


The region extends from the well-known beach resort of Goa down to Trivandrum along the south west coast, with some large ports as well as numerous fishing villages. It is at these fishing harbors that one can charter a sea going mechanized boat. These may have only basic facilities but if given time, can prepare for a good trip out to sea. The local fishermen are a well-experienced lot and will be able to Provide information on the best fishing areas. The main ports on this part of the coast are Goa, Mangalore, Cochin and Trivandrum.

As these are all well-established tourist centres, one can stay in comfortable and conveniently located hotels to suit all pockets. Angling permits must be obtained from the local Fisheries office. Best time of the year would be from October to March each year. Weather forecasting facilities and charts are available as well as radio communication.


Off the Kerala coast in the Arabian Sea, the Lakshadweep Islands have been recently opened to restricted tourism. The islands are small but have some of the cleanest, most unspoiled beaches found anywhere in the world. Only a few sea going mechanized boats of about 20 ft. length are available, as local resources are limited. The region is rich in game fish, which includes Sharks, Baiacuda, Blue Marlin, Sear, Kulvel, Gruppers etc. Angling within the lagoon area is. Allowed but killing to Turtles is prohibited. The Bangaram Island has a resort hotel and other accommodation. The best time of the year for angling in this region is November-April. The islands are connected by regular sailings as well as by Vayudoot flights from Cochin.

The state of Orissa on India's east coast has some interesting possibilities for game fishing. A narrow opening to the Bay of Bengal connects one of the largest brackish water lakes, the Chilka Lake. The lake has an area of 1000 sq. kms. But, interestingly, has an average depth of only 2 metres. The lake is one of the richest areas for Tiger Prawn, which is a major export product of this region.

Sport angling is possible where the lake opens to the sea. Here, one could fish for Tuna and several other fish. Sharks are very rare. Some Dolphins can also be seen in this region. Chilka Lake abounds in migratory bird life and is well known to ornithologists. A few boat charters are available through the assistance of the state tourism authorities. The lake is ringed with some good tourist lodges called Panthnivases. It is also possible to stay at one of the hotels at Puri, which is a beach resort. No equipment is available locally. The best time of the year is between November and March each year.


The string of islands called the Andaman and Nicobar group stretches 725 kms from the north to soutn in the Bay of Bengal. Though there are 293 islands in all, only a few are open to tourism. Some of these are tiny while others are large and covered with virgin dense evergreen deciduous and natural tropical rain forest. Good coral and marine life exists around most of these islands making it a paradise for snorkellers and scuba divers.

Some of these islands are inhabited by tribes, which are still hostile to outsiders. The islands open to tourists are Port Blair (South Andaman Island), Jolly Buoy, Red Skin, Conquer, Neil and Havelock Islands. The angler can reap rich rewards if he ventures off the coast of south Andaman's. Local boat charters are available. Angling equipment, limited to a small choice, is available with one of the local resorts in Port Blair. The suggested methods of fishing are by rolling lane or polar lane methods for pelagic Fish (column or surface living) and by hand lanes for domicile fish (rocky bottom living). Port Blair has all facilities for tourists including good hotels 'and transportation.


Since equipment for sea fishing is not locally available in India, all sportsmen are advised to bring it themselves. Most of the species mentioned are internationally known, hence the equipment should be the same as used in other parts of the world. Spares and stand-by equipment must also be brought along if an extended trip is planned.


The coastal region of India has higher temperatures as the climate is predominantly tropical. Temperatures range between 15degree and 32 C during the fishing season. Rainfall is low during this period, though humidity of 75% or above is experienced. Clothing requirements must be catered for accordingly. The sun can be hot during the mid-afternoon, hence over-exposure of the skin can lead to sunburns or rashes. Creams and lotions must be carried on these trips.
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