Golden Mahseer

Golden Mahseer

The target of our expedition is the Golden Mahseer, India's fabulous freshwater fish. Large scale commercial fishing and poaching using such methods as electrocution, dynamite, and poisoning, have drastically reduced the number of these rare fish leading to extinction in many formally abundant areas. Few fishermen have enjoyed a face-to-face encounter with this beautiful fish, but VIP Fishing Trips will lead you to virgin areas along the Himalayan rivers where the great Mahseer is still to be seen.

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In this unspoilt wilderness you will be competing not only with the fish, but also the powerful currents from which the Mahseer has evolved its legendary power. Here, the skill of the sports fisherman is tested to the maximum.

The Golden Mahseer (Tor putitora) is also known as the Indian Tarpon, due to its strength and size - in the local language "mah" means huge and "seer" means head. It inhabits mountain and gravel rivers on the southern slopes of the Himalayas, and can reach up to more than 50 kgs in weight. To protect the population of this extremely rare fish, more information about the expedition destination is given only to serious candidates.

Fish: Location: Duration: Availability: Price:
Golden Mahseer India 10 days March - May / September - November from 4 900 € / person see all prices


We offer individual programmes to suit the client:

Mahseer fishing takes place primarily in daylight hours, but a successful catch can also be achieved in the middle of the night as well. Unlike other tour operators, VIP Fishing Trips creates a fishing program to suite your requirements, so if you wish, Mahseer fishing at night is also possible. The target location is selected in advance, according to weather conditions and river levels, which is essential for successful fishing. The most widely used fishing technique for catching Mahseer is float fishing, but for catching the largest fish, bottom fishing, using ragu paste or small fish as bait, is the best. When camping, it is possible to fish both day and night; during the day you can focus on float fishing, and at night you can fish with bait directly from your tent. The main tactic for Mahseer fishing is to choose the right place, with plenty of big fish, in advance, and to ground bait the location, on a regular basis, for a few days before you start to fish. The preparation of the individual fishing sites is carried out before the start of each expedition, to ensure that all our clients have a chance to achieve a record catch.

The success of the expedition is guaranteed by our professional local guides, who are among the best in India. They dive into deep pools and accurately locate the largest specimens. Thanks to them, you will go to places where Mahseer are guaranteed to occur. In addition one of the most respected European sports fishermen, and an expert on freshwater giants, Jakub Vagner, will be guiding you throughout the whole expedition, to offer his leadership, advice, and experience to help you add this beautiful and unique fish to your list of trophies.

Expedition Price for 2011 (10 days of fishing)

1 Person 6 900 /person 
2 - 3 Persons 5 500 /person 
4 Persons 4 900 /person

The expedition is conducted so as to allow each participant to have the maximum chance of success. For this reason, each expedition is limited to 4 persons, which allows us to guarantee a personal approach to each of the fishermen. We will only increase numbers at the express wish of the client.

Available expedition times:

March - May / September - November

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