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Fishing for Mahseer

Spinning, Coarse fishing, Fly fishing, Fresh water fishing, Spearfishing

Massive, big-mouthed mahseer are a fight waiting to be had throughout southeast Asia, Pakistan, Nepal and India.

Like carp, they can grow to be scaly monsters on a big omnivores diet and quickly double in size if their habitat allows it.

Mahseer use their weight, sometimes up to 50 kilograms, to break free of a hook-up, taking line and streaking away in a bolt of lightning.

It is an important fish species to Pakistan and Indian waters, a symbol of size and strength, something seen in every catch.

Average mahseer can be taken on a medium rod casting big bait, lures, spinners or poppers that can handle a tough bite. Though rare and hardly mentioned, mahseers have a reputation for being one of the mightiest freshwater fish to fight. If the rural, rugged environment where they are found isn't hard enough, they normally have anglers, bouncing off rocks, running up river against a big old mahseer's screaming strategy to get un-hooked.

It is a remote, destination trophy of a fish to find, yet alone to catch.

Basic Info

Scientific name: Tor tor

Size: common 17.5 cm

Weight: max. 43 kg

Lifespan: 10 years

Methods: Spinning, Coarse fishing, Fly fishing, Fresh water fishing, Spearfishing

Continent(s): Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan