Friday 22/June/2007 Afternoon.
Santosh calls up. What’s up buddy. Nothing great. So what about fishing. Lets go Saturday morning. Sure, why not. What about Dr. Yejnesh. He is busy with his newly born angler. O.K. see you at Powai 10.30 P.M.
Friday 22/June/2007 Evening.
I call up Zainul, my friend and an avid angler to join us. He is also Game. The program for Saturday is fixed.
Saturday 23/June/2007 Morning.
It is cloudy and the lake is almost full. Only one Machan is available. There is a sense of expectancy in the atmosphere. If it rains heavily the fishes will start biting. Man this is Catla season. We all are fed up catching Mirgals and Silvers.
Saturday 23/June/2007 Noon.
It is still cloudy. No bites yet.
Saturday 23/June/2007, 1.30 P.M.
Santosh catches a big Tilapia. Is he not happy.?
Saturday 23/June/2007, 2.30 P.M.
Still no bites. One of the member, sitting next to us has just caught a big silver by line touch method. There is a great temptation to follow his method but the imposing image of the water god is restraining us. No foul fishing man, no foul fishing.
Saturday 23/June/2007, 4.30 P.M.
Still no bites. Santosh and My brother Hussaini are landing Tilapia one after another. The same member has caught another silver. It is huge man. Must be more than 40 lb. There is a inquiring look from Jawwad, my driver, his unspoken words are screaming. Why do not you also start the line touch method. Almost all the member of the lake pulling their line through water in hope of catching some thing. The temptation to take there path is so great. Nooooooooo foul fishing man, no foul fishing. Santosh and Hussaini have landed some more Tilapia.
My Brother with his Catch.
Saturday 23/June/2007, 4.35 P.M.
First bite of the day. The float dipped nicely as I am lighting the #%$# cigarette. Missed the strike.
Saturday 23/June/2007, 5.30 P.M.
Zainul catches the first fish of the day. A 5 lb Mirgal in prime condition.
Saturday 23/June/2007, 6.30 P.M.
Still no luck. One of our friend Jawed has just caught a Great 10 lb Mangur. Still no catch. The ground bait bucket is almost empty. The fishes are circling round my float. The rising bubbles show their activity underneath. There are huge splashes in front of us as the fishes jumps up or whirl on the surfaces.
The first rain drop strikes the lake. Soon after, it is raining. Thank god, the rain is here. Now the fishes will bite.
Zainul catches his second fish. Again it is a 3lb Mirgal.
Saturday 23/June/2007, 7.00 P.M.
The wind is picking up. The moderate drizzle just a few moment ago is becoming a heavy down pore. Every one and every thing , despite the protection of boat-roof, is wet.
Saturday 23/June/2007, 7.05 P.M.
The heavens are pouring. The strong wind just a moment ago has become a raging gale. The other wise calm surface of the lake has turned into a swirling torrent of water and wind. The Machan with witch our boat is tide is groaning with the wind pressure. The boat is lurching dangerously. Santosh is still holding his rod in the hope of catching a fish. It is too dark for me to see the float. It is hope less to even think of going out of water in that strong wind. Our boat will be swept away. Mrs. Santosh is calling up repeatedly to ask him to come out of water. She is sure afraid.
Saturday 23/June/2007, 8.00 P.M.
It is still pouring. Every thing is wet. The wind is slackening a bit. A boat is coming towards us. It is Afzal, the expert boat man of the club. He will toe us out.
Saturday 23/June/2007, 8.30 P.M.
Finally we are out of water. It is still raining very hard. All of us are receiving calls from our wives. Looks like they are really afraid about us. All of them are sounding scared and angry. They want us to come home immediately but we are busy making plan for tomorrow, fully aware that we have to face angry sharks at home to even think of going to the lake on Sunday. What then, it has rained today and the fishes will bite tomorrow. I did not caught a single fish today but tomorrow is another day. Surly the fishes will bite. LONG LIVE ANGLING.
Sunday is another story and will be told on some other day..