Joining the Mahseer Trust could win you a near-£3000 trip to fish for them in India. Two outfitters have offered places on their exclusive stretches of the Ramganga in the Himalayas, and on the famed river Cauvery at Coorg. Most of the prime mahseer fishing in the country has been closed after the government banned fishing for the iconic fish in its wildlife sanctuaries. The trust is working with scientists to convince officials that fishing camps are vital if the mahseer is not to go the same way as the tiger. In areas where fishing was allowed in the sanctuaries, the local people and guides earn money from visiting anglers and were protecting the rivers. But poaching, netting and dynamiting is rife now that fishing has been banned in these prime areas. More information about the Mahseer Trust and its work here.