Sorry guys for the delay..
To start with many thanks to every one for making the first ever salt water angling competition in India a Grand success.
And as correctly pointed out by Bobby, catching fish was secondary with everyone sharing their tackle, tactics and even their lucky lures.
Also special thanks to Abhi, Vishal, Tato, Rajat & Bablu bhai for the support in organizing the trip.
I am glad to key down few words as the trip report as Ali’s internet connection is down. (although the trip started from 8th Morning, the fun started from the day before)
7th Evening: Every one calling each other to make sure that nothing goes wrong with the morning pick up. I got a call from Veer, “ Santosh, I am sooo excited, don’t know what to do”
I told him to have a couple of drinks & go to bed
, I guess he misunderstood my advice, had a dozen of drinks and went to bed.
8th Morning: 3.30 Am, Rajat calls up “ Partner, Bus kidar hai?”
The bus driver got confused with the address and parked the bus opposite In orbit mall instead of Mega mall which is close to Ali’s house. (Cant blame him with so many malls opening in every lane of Mumbai).
Fortunately, the driver was reached on his cell phone and the bus started from Mega mall at 4.10 Am without Veer who was probably having sweet dreams of fighting a trophy fish.
With all pickup’s done on time and with some quick pictures out side my house, we got a call from Veer that he could not wakeup on time. We gave him the directions to come by state transport, which he did.
We reached Harihareshwar at 10.30 Am with Pune gang reaching few minutes before us.
We checked in our rooms, got the tackle ready and by 11.00 Am all were on the rocks for the first session, the water was clear, calm and the weather not too bad, Scots & Nils both caught decent MJ’s in the first session
while Ali lost one.
We got back to our hotel by 1.30 pm, few quick drinks followed by wonderful lunch of malwani chicken & fish fry.
8th Evening Session: We started our fishing at 4.00 Pm and the session ended at 7.00 Pm with Mr. Arun & Abhi (spoonangler) landing one MJ each. Sanjay got one small Grouper on bait & Wajim landed two puffer fish.
Abhi lost one fish which cut his line on the rocks & Bablu bhai lost two big fish. The second one gave him a 30 to 40 yards run before throwing the hooks.
We all got back to the hotel by 7.30 PM. It was a crazy evening with whisky, rum, vodka, beer scotch flowing like Kaveri rapids,
Abhi singing a nice song, Tato entertaining us with his sexy chaddi
, fish that got away stories and Veer & rajats bong love
. Priceless moments indeed
9th Morning: We split up the group, and went fishing at different location just to have more options.
The 9th morning session produced Neil’s Barra , Vishal & Abhi both caught one M’J each with Tato & I losing fish.
Total fish caught:
Puffer fish: 2
Participants: Santosh, Ali, Vishal, Abhi, Tat’s, Bablu Bhai, Alan (UK), Veer, Vajim (Rus), Scott(UK), Neil, Pratap, Vicky, Nils (UK), Rajat, Sanjay, Saydul, Mr. Arun.
We all missed M’Ken, Fred, & Yaj.
Winner: Abhi for number of fish caught & Neil for biggest fish & every one else for the wonderful time we had..
Thanks to all once again for the wonderful company & sportsmanship and I sincerely hope that we can have such a meet once again.
I am waiting for some pictures to reach me, and will post them ASAP.