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    Anybody else see this, last night. The title is awful but does concisely offer an explanation for the witnessed disappearences of adults.

    The "culprits" appear to be very large Gooch Catfish - 160lb+ which have lots of large, hsarp and inward pointing teeth. One o those grabs your tootsies and pulls you down - unlikey to make a reappearence.

    The programme was interesting, relatively scientific (nowhere near as sensationalist as I expected) - some good underwater photgraphy and some angling shots - Jeremy Wade - who I have come across on realtime and is a qualified biologist (seemed to know his stuff and was extremely rational...until it came to hurling himself into a fast flowing river in order to continue playing one of these large fish!!!)<blockquote class=quoteheader>Andy Youngs wrote (see)</blockquote><blockquote class=quote>

    </blockquote>A Gooch Catfish - not as big as the ones featured!!!
    He is every other inch a gentleman.

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    Eltham, SE London


    About time he bought a new shirt as well. The one he was wearing had more holes than a keepnet. Maybe channel 5 doesn't pay too well. Interesting program though.
    Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing.

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    Having tried to catch one myself in the Himalayas inbetween mahseer fishing i found it quite interesting to watch.
    It was very sensationalist and over the top, but if it hadn't have been then it probably wouldn't have been on TV in the first place, plus there was some interesting scientific stuff.
    Often on these sorts of rivers it is necessary to follow the fish (have done myself in the past) so not as irrational as it seemed, especially as there are usually shallow areas downstream of the deep pools if you do get swept away!
    I think Jeremy came across very well in the show, even though he would have known exactly what they were after before he went out there - I'm sure i briefly spotted Vinay Badola (who helped him make Jungle Hooks) during the programme and he runs a fishing camp on Kali and spends a lot of time after goonch himself - pity he wasn't in the programme himself as he is also very knowledgeable.

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    Reassuring advice Gary - although I'm not sure if I'll throw myself in the Dane (and I wouldn't voluntarily chuck myself in the Mersey!!!)

    And I wonder if some of the circus will start forcefeeding barbel and carp with legs and arms so they really pack on weight? [img]/forum/smilies/wink_smiley.gif[/img]
    He is every other inch a gentleman.

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    I like Jeremy Wade and thoroughly enjoyed Jungle Hooks.

    However, this program was virtually a remake of one of the episodes of Jungle Hooks. So the &quot;mystery&quot; of what was supposedly eating people had already been solved!

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    To be honest you don't even think about your safety at the time when you have a big fish on - I've fallen over on rocks and properly bashed myself about out there but not even noticed until after I've landed the fish and the adrenaline has worn off! It does help that the water is usually a lot warmer than over here.
    The reaction that you get from the fish when they tip the remains of a funeral pyre in is amazing, I have seen some big mahseer and goonch lying dormant in a deep pool, but as soon as that goes in upstream of them they all moved up into 2-3 ft of water and went mad. Perhaps I'll have to try it with a cow next time I'm by a river in this country (definitely not in India as they are sacred), although the farmer might not be best pleased!

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    I am now announcing my patent Burke and Hare Resurrectionist Boilies - I'll produce them up to 22mm for the UK market and up to football size for you sub-continentalists! Please don't complain if I don't list the precise ingredients on the side of the packet!! I'm even working with a packaging company to produce a nifty box for sales - it appears to be a similar shape to a coffin lead!!

    I can understand that focus on the fish, Gary, and I've followed the odd fish downstream...but the Mersey has dangers far worse than any Himalaya fed torrent. if you float past Warrington you are in severe danger of being swept into....Liverpool [img]/forum/smilies/surprised_smiley.gif[/img]
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    Todmorden.Its in Yorkshire not Lancashire.


    Cue the Monk adding to this thread.......!
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    I'll wave to you all from Runcorn bridge...[img]/forum/smilies/hot_smiley.gif[/img].

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    I also thought that Jungle Hooks was better but i don't think it would have made it onto terrestrial TV as it wouldn't have appealed to a wider audience.
    At least this was better than that Robson Green rubbish that was on recently, and i was quite impressed by the underwater footage of the goonch.
    It did make me laugh though when the cameraman kept telling Jeremy to be careful - this is someone who has travelled down the Congo on his own after goliath tiger fish and India is tame in comparison!

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