Well i had been wanting to visit Pawai for a long time now, and my exams got over last week, so i decided that this was the perfect time for the much awaited trip. After scheduling, and rescheduling trip dates i finally landed up at pawai at around 11:30 on 14th. Ali Bhai was there, giving me a warm welccome, and my very own rod (THANK YOU IA)!
We pushed off with the lone rod and a big bucket of ground bait. I didn't know what exactly was in store for me, but on reaching Ali Bhai's machan, he went inside and came out with 2 absolutely beautiful looking rods. I observed how he set the depth and everything, and we started fishing. The small fish kept finishing off the bait, but nothing decently sized, so didnt register any bites. I remember Ali Bhai missed a couple of bites only because he was explaining something to me
After an hour or so, Ali Bhai set up a small rod with a basic floating rig and handed it to me, explaining the basic ways of casting, etc. I managed Then Ali Bhai untied the machan and began rowing off into the middle of the lake. Rowing looked pretty simple, and even though Ali was rowing against the wind, i though i would have been able to handle it. I was handed the oars for barely a minute, and i tired myself out in half that time
i managed to turn the boat in a semi-circle
After reaching 'crocodile island', and anchoring the boat, Ali set up the rig and we began fishing. Ali handed me a feeder rig and we waited. After some time, junior Ali joined us, also a very jovial and fun looking guy (his rod looked a little dangerous though
). After another half hour and no bites, we brought out the small rod and started casting with earthworm. Junior Ali soon hooked into a fish, and handed me the rod. I landed the fish. It was a nice looking Khali (i dont remember the name Ali Bhai). After that we got frequent bites on earthworm on the small rod. I lost quite a few fish after hooking though, including, i think, a nice mrigal based on the bubbles which popped on the spot. I would have absolutely loved to stay on, but i had to get back to Pune, so i left at around 5, just when the fish were starting to bite
Just a few pictures. The float always seems to dip only when your doing something else so, so i didnt click too many.
P.S. Ali caught some very big fish yesterday, the day which i had originally planned to come on
, including a 6 kg khalbouse and a 4 kg hybrid i think. To think what i missed...
All in all, a thoroughly fun and exciting trip, the company and scenery were unmatched. Even the boatman was telling me about how generous and good a person Ali is on the way back
I cannot convey how much i enjoyed myself, and next time hopefully ill get a real whopper. Thank you again IA, and especially Ali Bhai and Junior Ali for a day well spent !