Last night we arrived at the beautiful Mayfair Hotel in Bhubaneswar, India and discovered this is a true 5-star facility with beautiful gardens, sculptures, an amazing pool and a lagoon right in the middle of the resort that is decorated with a large plane and encircled by private villas. The food is excellent here and we look forward to a couple of more nights at this world-class facility.
This morning we met our guides who shuffled us to an island in the middle of the Mahanadi River in a comfortable fishing boat powered by two 8hp Yamaha outboards. To my surprise these outboards run on gasoline and karosine! The island was surrounded by 40-50’ of water on the channel-side which made it easy for us to fish from shore for a variety of Mahanadi River fish. I joined our native fishermen and used their traditional way of catching fish by fishing a hand-line on the bottom and with a peacock-quill float as well as using a bamboo pool and single action reel. We landed a variety of fish that included the Featherback which I had read about and really wanted to catch. We used small worms that are picked in the rice-paddies for bait on tiny #10 hooks fished right on the bottom in 40-50’ of water. We also fish strands of algae wrapped on a tiny #12 hook to catch Indian Barbel and the mighty Rohu (a carp species that is a column-feeder/in-between the bottom and surface, which had teeth and a mouth at the front of it’s head).