“A creature so beautiful;
of classic proportions
and noble frame.
Rainbow colours, sail-like fins,
and scales of glass.
Infinite perfection that defies compare,
and demands obsession.”


By Stephen Harper
Copies AVAILABLE NOW to order
CLOTH-BOUND EDITION £35 plus £5 p&p

Cover size: 245 mm x 175 mm
Pages: 224 pages
Print: Full colour throughout
Binding: Cloth-bound (hardback) in blue.
Foil-embossed in three colours to front cover and spine, with green and white ‘top and tails’ to spine.

‘Indian’ orange endpapers.

Silk laminated dust jacket.

Special ‘The Mightiest Mahseer’ book-mark.


The Kaveri River and its tributaries are renowned for the largest mahseer to be found anywhere in India – the mighty ‘hump-backed’ Tor remadevii; and as a history of the largest recorded mahseer from southern India, this book is unashamedly concerned with the captures of those mightiest of all mahseer.

Long before the days of the Raj, legends, rumours and tales of monstrous fish abounded within local tradition, and from the mid-19th century, the ‘hump-backed’ mahseer became highly regarded by the privileged elite of the British Empire and Indian society as a sporting fish, “Even surpassing ‘the lordly salmon’…”

Raised onto such a high sporting pedestal, the scene was set for a truly phenomenal period of mahseer angling in southern India during the latter days of the British Raj. A total of twelve rod-and-line captures of mahseer in excess of 100-pounds were recorded, along with an amazing number of 80 and 90-pounders.

However, in 1947, India finally gained her independence and mahseer angling was all but neglected for over three decades, as it began to drift inexorably into distant memories and fading sepia photographs, to become an almost forgotten legend…

With this passage of time, the mighty mahseer was ripe for rediscovery; a new generation of anglers began to read through those dusty, forgotten library volumes from the days of the Raj as they discovered the enthralling mahseer literature of the past.

New ambitions were created and dreams nurtured within the minds of a new breed of young, determined anglers with adventure and a fish of legend on their minds; and mahseer angling history would be made once again…



“Thanks for the copies of the book, it looks superb!” ANDY CLARK (Trans World Fishing Team)

“Enjoying every page of your masterpiece – spent almost the whole of Sunday devouring it!” OWEN BOSEN

“What a fabulous thing! Congratulations!” PHIL CREW

“Loving the book! Congratulations on completing such a monumental achievement!” NIGEL BOTHERWAY (Fisherman’s Blues, Talk Sport2)

“What a superb book – the mahseer book I have been waiting for – the photos and information are outstanding! The book of the year! On my mahseer shelf with the old classics!” SIMON DUNBAR

“Blown away! Absolutely brilliant! Probably the best mahseer book ever written!” KEVIN ANDREWS

“A great piece of work my friend!” JOHNNY JENSEN

“The book looks amazing – a true masterpiece of historical and modern southern Indian mahseer fishing.” DAVE PLUMMER

“Totally stunning!” JOHN CAMPBELL

“What a beautiful book, congratulations!” MARK VEYSEY

“The book is a work of art – beautifully produced.” ANDY COWLEY

“That’s a mighty mahseer book you have – It’s beautifully done.” SAAD BIN JUNG

“Glad I added this one to my library. Colourful, exciting, full of history and information. Mahseer swim my thoughts uncaught, but this book helps fill that gap – thanks Stephen!” PETER WHEAT

“WOW! I am blown away – what a fantastic book!” JAMES HEGGIE

“Everything about the book is superb – it means so much for all the anglers who fished there.” JAVED ANSARI

“My heartiest congratulations – just like the fish, the book is simply stunning! Meticulous research and an extremely valuable account of the importance of this species. Hats off to you and thanks!” ADRIAN PINDER (Mahseer Trust)

“Just finished reading ‘The Mightiest Mahseer’ and what a very enjoyable read it was too. A very well laid out book that documents the history of the amazing captures of the mightiest mahseer caught. Our sport does need publications like this to document our rich history for future generations – hats off to you Stephen, for publishing this gem.” GRAHAM COOK

“I am truly blown away by both the quality and the content – thank you!” NIGEL ROBERTS

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