Kundapur: Monsoon rains kick off bountiful fishing season in Malyadi

Silvester D'Souza

Daijiworld Media Network – Malyadi

Kundapur, Jun 13: As the monsoon rains commence, rural areas witness the onset of agricultural activities on one hand and fishing expeditions on the other. With fields, ponds, and lakes brimming with water due to the rains, fish from other areas migrate, leading to abundant catches. On Wednesday, local residents of Tekkatte village’s Malyadi region gathered in large numbers at the river and ponds, engaging in fishing activities and celebrating their catch.

With the monsoon season in full swing, fishing has begun in various parts of the taluk. During the time when fish migrate, locals lay their nets in the Malyadi river and surrounding ponds, rejoicing as they catch fish weighing over 5 kg each. Many villagers waded through fields and ponds, tracking and catching fish, reveling in their success. The fishing expedition yielded various types of fish, including Rohu and Catla, some weighing around 5 kg each.

Fishing gear

Old fishing nets and mosquito nets serve as the primary tools for monsoon fishing. Different methods such as casting nets, placing traps, and setting up nets along field borders and streams are employed to catch a variety of fish.

Fishing in fields

Typically, riverbanks, streams, and fields near ponds are hotspots for fishing. Continuous rain causes streams, ponds, and rivers to overflow, filling fields with water, where nets are set up to catch fish.

Massive catch

Teams of around 6 to 7 people managed to catch over 500 kg of Catla fish. Each fish weighed between 5 to 6 kg and, due to their medicinal value, were in high demand, selling for approximately 500 to 600 rupees on the spot.

A joyful tradition

Monsoon fishing not only brings joy but also provides fresh fish. It is a common practice in villages. "We are traditional fishermen, engaging in both sea and river fishing. During the fishing ban, we resort to monsoon fishing. The heavy rains have resulted in a good catch. However, this abundance of fish may not last beyond a few days," said Uday Koravadi, a local fisherman.

Local sentiment

"Every year, we get good fish, but usually, it takes several days after the start of the monsoon. This year, within just four to five days of heavy rains, we are seeing such large groups of fish. This fishing activity attracts not only locals but also people from neighboring villages," remarked Srinivas Malyadi, a local resident.




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  • Rems, Mangaluru

    Fri, Jun 14 2024

    From where did Rohu and Katla fish come into our waters ? As far as i know, introducing non native breeds of fish or any other animal is not good for our nature.

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Fri, Jun 14 2024

    I agree with you. Katla/Rohu fish are not getting in our rivers. These are grown in the ponds by providing artificial food. So they grow soo fat. Sweet fish and different smell which is very different from our normal sea/river fish. Normally, these fish are cooked in calcutta/bengali people.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Fri, Jun 14 2024

    they call it hilsa maacher jol or royi maach aloo baja...they first apply turmeric and fry the fish then put in the gravy...only hilsa fish they do it like done in coastal belt....

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Fri, Jun 14 2024

    ☝👍😋😋😋......good chef award for you. Alongwith other invaluable knowledge, cooking talent too considered superb. Woww great going...god bless 🙌

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Fri, Jun 14 2024

    nothing like eating fresh fish curry, vegetable dry and boiled rice..with little pickle and dry fish chutney...

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Fri, Jun 14 2024

    Menu seems to be mouth watering....one glass of butter milk alongwith that meal. Kabhi kabhi fish curry ke badle thuvar daal ka saar, fish fry and rest dishes same as you mentioned. Banake ek bar hum sab ko party devo na Kuju ji kyo kanjusi karthe ho ? Hm?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Fri, Jun 14 2024

    This fish is Delicious ...

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  • Malinga, Mangaluru

    Fri, Jun 14 2024

    Barbaric!!! Killing these innocent creatures by suffocating... cruelty at its heights!!! And then eating it!!!!! Wack..... I like only small sardines, silver fish and anchovy.

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  • Rahul, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 14 2024

    Maybe you are eating live sardines.

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  • Ravla, Sarlabettu

    Fri, Jun 14 2024

    Mahalinga, sardines, silver fish have no lives ? Killing and eating not cruelty ?

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  • Kathiyayani Nambiar, Manipal

    Fri, Jun 14 2024

    I have tasted river fishes during my stay at Kundpaura and I liked it very much They are very fresh and very good fishes and the meat of these fishes are a kind of sweet and soft

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    Thu, Jun 13 2024

    Despite the rainy season, fish isn’t available in the market. However, seeing such large fish in the village’s fields and ponds brings joy. 🐟

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