We left Deori this am and headed north to Taragarh, India and stopped south of Jogindarnagar, India to shoot a Golden Mahseer TV show. We arrived on the Ranee River and found a local guide who directed us to a stretch of river that held many Golden Mahseer. The Raneee River has about 20-30 km. of fishable Golden Mahseer water before it meets the Beas River. The upper-section of the Ranee River has clear water while mid-way down the river a silty tributary flows into it making the water slightly dis-colored. We fished Blue Fox Vibrax #2 & #3 rigged with Gamakatsu single Siwash hooks and Lucky Strike Banshee spoons to catch our trophy fish. Our fishing outfits of choice were the Rapala R-Type, 2-piece medium-heavy action spinning combo loaded with Sufix 10 lb. test 100% Castable Fluorocarbon Line and the Rapala Magnum 4-piece, spinning pack-rod matched iwth a Rap-6 spinning reel and again loaded with Sufix 10 lb. test 100% Castable Fluorocarbon Line. We again had an Indian gallery who were curious as we were filming the TV show and several monkeys that were also curious….only in Incredible India!!
Golden Mahseer are one of the most sought-after trophy gamefish in India. They can reach weights in excess of 100 lb., but most Mahseer average 3-10 lb. Mahseer are part of the Barbel family and are omniverous feeding both on vegetation and smaller fish and other organisms. They are excellent sport fished on flies, lures and live baitfish.