I had not gone for angling for quite some time due to work pressures (Both Domestic and Professional). So, when Mr. Rajat Dada phoned me on last Thursday and invited me to join him and Mr. Ali, I was delighted. I postponed all my other work and decided to spend the week end somewhere on West Coast of India. Abhijeet had given us info and suggested that we should hire a small boat for trolling from one of his aquaintences. Abhijeet, however, exxpressed his inability to accompany us due to exigencies at work place.
Later on I was pleased to know that Santosh too was coming. We left Mumbai on Friday night in Abby's vehicle. Though I had read Abby's few posts in I.A, I had not met him personally so far. So it was nice to add Abby in my Friends List.
Abby drove all along. The discussions on this fine Sport and each one's stories as to how he was attracted to this, kept all of us away from dosing and we did'nt know how the time passed and we reached our destination early in the morning when the eastern sky was just coming out of the darkness slowly.
The Full tide was at around 07.30 Hrs. After the Morning Ablutions, we prepared ourselves for Morning trolling session. The person with a boat was contacted and we started trolling while it was still dark. Five persons trolling on one boat was a bit tricky. As the Sun appeared on Eastern sky slowly, we could see the shoreline clearly, which was so far not visible due to darkness.
We wished each other 'Tight Lines'. Soon it was Santosh who got the first hit and we (Four of us) retrieved our lines from water to allow Santosh to fight his fish. It was MJ and he gave a good fight. Santosh landed his first fish of the day. Next, it was Abby who got the strike and he too landed a nice MJ. It was my turn next to get a hit, but suddenly the fish was successful in throwing the lure and I lost it. Next, only Santosh and Abby were getting hits. Santosh landed 4 MJs and Abby had landed 2 MJs. It was now around 0830 Hrs. and we decided to return back. The boatman incresed the speed of boat. All of us except Abby, removed our lures from water as we thought this speed would be too much for a fish to go for the pray. However, to our surprise, Abby suddenly shouted "Got it"! His reel was singing and the Fish was on the run! The boat man reduced the speed. The fish was giving a good fight and soon it appeared near surface. It was a pleasant surprise to see that it was a 'Finger Mark' of a decent size, a beauty. We wanted to release it but boat man pleaded not to release it. Thus, it was a 'nice and Fishfull' morning session.
After a nice cool bath and lunch at a restaurant we had few hours of sleep in the afternoon. Every one was tired, especially Abby, who had driven all along in the night.
We went for evening trolling session at 17.00 Hrs. As we started Trolling, it was Ali's turn to get his first hit and to everyone's awe, a Baramundi rose out from water vertically and shook its head wildly and threw the lure out! Thus Ali lost his Baramundi! Immediatly, Santosh too got a strike and again it was a Baramundi this time. Santosh fought for few minutes, but again this one too was lost.
After about 30 minutes, again Santosh got a good hit and Santosh Shouted 'Chondak'! (the vernacular name for Baramundi). This time it was hooked properly and after a good fight when Santosh brought it near boat, it tried to go under the Boat but Santosh expertly prevented it to do so and landed the fish in Boat. After wards, Santosh had caught some more MJs, a Rock Cod and one small Grouper. We released Grouper, one MJ and Rock Cod. Rajat, Ali and myself were the ones who had not opened the account on first day. All in all, it was a good and enjoyable day.
We had a nice Dinner at the sea shore. The food was cooked by one of the Fisherman who offers lodging and boarding to travelers. We decided to go again for Trolling next day in the morning at 05.00 Hrs and turned in. It was very hot in the night in the room where we stayed.
Santosh and me got up at 04.30 Hrs. and woke up others. But Ali and Rajat preffered to abstain themselves from Morning Trolling Session and decided to sleep. So, Abby, Santosh and me got ready and proceeded for Trolling. We boarded the boat at 05.30 hrs. The sea was calm and there was no wind.
Soon after the Sun Rays hit the water, we started getting hits. Again, it was Santosh to get day's first strike. It was a good size MJ and weighed 2.25 kg. Now it was my turn to get a hit and I landed a 1 kg MJ. Soon Abby too got a hit and landed a 1.75 kg MJ. After that I got a hit again and landed a bigger MJ weighing 2.0 kg. So my score was 2. Santosh was the one to get maximum strikes. Abby too got one more MJ. Suddenly it started raining and we had about 45 minutes of showers. We started returning back to shore at 0815 hrs, when suddenly, Santosh got a good hit and it was again a MJ that weighed 2.25 kg. The total catch was 8 MJs. We released one.
After landing on shore, we went for a shower and breakfast at Lodge. Ali Bhai and Rajat were still sleeping. After a shower and a good Breakfast consisting of Poha and Bread & Omlette, we were recharged and decided to do some spinning on the rocks.
We started spinning at 10.30 Hrs. I put a Blue Rapala Ex RAP. There were no strikes coming for about 45 minutes. So I changed my lure and put up a 'Rapala Fire Tiger'. On second cast I got a strike and I landed one MJ of around half a Kilo. I immediately released it.
After couple of casts, again I got a big hit and this time it was a good size MJ and it gave a very good fight. I landed it carefully as I was on a High Rock and distance between water and my rock was about 10 feet vertically. Santosh came running towards me and grabbed the line and told me to be careful. But in my excitement, I foolishly grabbed the Lure and in a splitt of a second the tail side 'Treble Hook' pierced my Right Hand middle finger. I thoufgt I could remove it by pulling it gently and so tried it too. But it gave a jerk of pain. I realized that the hook had gone much dipper and the 'Barb' was preventing it from coming out from my finger. Santosh called everyone and Ali and him tried to cut the hook with a Plier. However, the Plier that we had, was not good enough to cut that No. 4X hook and moreover, their attempt to do so was giving me sever pain. Surprisingly there was no profuse bleeding and that gave me some respite.
Ali Bhai then very expertly disengaged the Treble Hook from the Fire Tiger by removing it from the Ring. This corrective action of Mr. Ali gave me lot of relief, because now the pain, that was due to hanging Lure from my finger had totally vanished. Now there was only a light treble hook attached to my middle finger. It reduced the pain to great extent and I was relieved!
We decided to release this MJ who had hooked me in return while fighting with me on my own teritory ', the Land, with full Valor! Ali Bhai released the brave MJ with an expertize giving a good demonstration as to how one should release a fish with to and fro gentle motion to make it comfortable.
We decided to pack up and visit a Physician in the village in order to get the treble hook removed from my finger. Luckily, our enquiry for availability of a Medical Doctor in that small village and that too on Sunday, led us to a very competent Medcal Practitioner whose dispensary was open on Sunday!
He gave me a local Anaesthesia and then took a small cut and removed the treble. I felt no pain at all. He dressed the wound and gave one ATS injection and prescribed some tablets. We thanked the Doctor and proceeded to the lodge for a cool shower and a lunch and a return back to Mumbai.
So, Friends, I have tried to share with you all, the joy we got and give you a First Hand Information about our trip as well. It was a fantastic trip and everyone of us enjoyed every moment in this trip.
I am posting few pics of our trip in this Forum for sharing with you all, the moments of our Joy!
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