After four months spent in India another trip has come to an end but there are more than a few fond memories of fish, beautiful landscape and fantastic people wich made the trip what it was.
After 15 hours of travel on buses and rickshaws i arrived to Powai lake on the 2nd pretty hot and bothered. I need not have worried because as Ali welcomed me to his machan with that warm smile i felt all the stress of the previous day melt away. Ali was already casting a line for gourami so i settled down and took in the lake. we spent a lovely afternoon exchanging fishy experiences from the previous months and discusses potential future trips.
Towards the evening Ali kindly passed me a float rod and we fished for rohu and mirgal. Ali threw groundbait and told me how frustrating the powai fish could be for an angler. I quickly saw what he menat as i failed to conect with bite after bite which Ali put down to liners. Towards the evening we put the rod away and headed over to the club house to say our farewells.
Ali left me with some bait so i headed back to the machan, cast out the feeder rod and settled down to watch the policeman hanging from the line. I couldn't imagine my last day could get any better but then the policeman started to jiggle a little before moving a few inches higher. I tensed up ready for a run. A minute later the piece of dough acting as the indicator flew away and the line screamed from the reel! i grabbed the rod and immediately a fish launched itself from the water in a bid for freedom. After a good fight and some more jumps i finally had my prize in the net. After a snap i released a beautiful 6kg Rohu back into the lake.
I couldn't get the big smile from my face and sleep was near impossible so i fished on into the night but without further bites! what a perfect end to an already amazing day!
Thank you kindly Ali,
best Wishes, Scott
Ps, i'll upload more photos of the kayak trip today to http://.