Ha ha Ken,
Wished you were there man!!! we sent you a post card... depending on the efficiency of the indian mail service, it should get to you in about 6 trillion years!!!
Man what a trip!!! Like Eljefe said... insane trip!!! a whole lot of fish (by delhi standards) in 2.5 hours of fishing!!!
here is what it looked like...
Windswept rainy morning!!! Man it was pouring by the time we hit Gurgaon… seemed pointless at first, but I kept my fingers crossed that the cloud cover would break, and about 10 am it did…. But boy was it slushy!!!
The OTR happened to be very impromptu, trying to get at the big 6kg sols, but better sense prevailed and we left them for another day!!!
It was back to the big ‘jodh’ after that, and the dry field we drove across last time did not seem too inviting! I think quagmire would be the right word to describe it! Taking a little detour through a slushy dirt track, we soon ran out of road and did manage to get bogged down… but sheer luck and a 2.8ltr engine did the job of getting us out…
Anyway, we reached the waters, baited the lines and the waiting game began… we’ll we waited for about a minute and a half till the first bite, and after that, there ws no looking back!!! What a riot!!!
The first fish of the day was a common carp weighing in a tad over 3 lbs. Caught using the huble earth worm! Next came a baam (Anguilla bengalensis bengalensis), measuring in about 12”… slippery lil fellow! Earthworm again!
Eljefe then managed to get a desi Magur… and the question of the day arose…’Kya Sher Ghaas khata hai’? I guess they do, cause Eljefe managed to get him on raagi concoction! I guess South Indian grub was the flavour of the day, and the guys at Sagar Ratna were busy!!! He got his next bite of an eel (again of raagi paste)!
I got another carp roughly the same size on earth worm again, and then we packed and headed out to le lac du Chuchakwas. We were bored of getting nuisance bites from little 100 gm sols all along!!!
Reached the canal opening at the lake, and we were dismayed at the low water level… but we took out a rod each any way… me with my Shakespeare Excursion light action using 4lb line and Eljefe with his fav. Ugly Stick… dunno what line he had on…but he was using a no. 8 barbless carp hook &… you are allowed one guess for the bait….
Both of us got busy on the water… Eljefe on the canal banks, while I decided to walk onto the bridge to see the action under it… both sink our lines in… wait about 30 secs and both get bites!!! And boy did they bite!!! I hear a big splash, look up and see Eljefe fighting this huge sol (damn thing spat the hook) 5 feet from the bank! As for me, mesmerized by the action 30 yards away, I’ve totally forgotten about my line in the water… big mistake when you are doing a balancing act on bridge pylon!!! The initial tug had me holding on for dear life, rod and fish! One hand on the bridge, other on the water with feet dangling in thin air… Only thing I was worried about was loosing the sol… after all, there was a trauma specialist there to take care of any broken bones!!!
And then began the dilemma… how do I land the guy… he was huge, I had 2 lbs mono, was dangling in thin air and didn’t have a clue how to land the fish or myself!!! One of the local kids came to the rescue and climbed down to secure the sol, while I secured my self!!! Nice fat fellow, got home and weighed him in at 2.4 kgs!!!
So in a nut shell, we had a good day, and can’t wait to get back again!!!