wel...ol' this time i have been thinking of posting pics once i catch something worth comparing to what the pros at IA have caught...!
but then i suppose it's more about
'Trying - Discovering - Learning & finally Experiencing...!'
so here's a compilation to narrate the story so far...
My first experience of angling came on a family holiday in central africa... ... as an 'OUTDOORS / NATURE' lovin guy
i was looking forward to check out this particular'Outdoor Activity'... and so with a few chx-mayo sandwiches and beers we reached the destination...
i was told the weather was just right with a slight overshadow...!
to begin with i was given a quick tutorial on the terminal tackle by the pro Mr.AJ who i was visiting ... followed by my first lesson on how to cast.
and i waited ...
till... i finally felt something ... a slight pull on the line... the excitement was simply overwhelming ... that very moment i knew i was hooked on to fishing for the erst o' moa life...
...it was to be my first fish and i cud'nt wait to land it...
with some help from Mr.AJ we landed the afro tilapia... it was'nt a biggie but the first fish is well.... yer 'FIRST FISH' eh?[smilie=hellyeah.gif]
WHAT A FEEELLIG...!!![smilie=happyspin.gif]
n' in the next 2hrs...
(in the pic moa cousin -another IA member :[smilie=huggles.gif] ostrocastro & moa old guy)
was converted into ...THIS.... et voila...![smilie=happydance.gif]
" Fillet of 'Line Caught Afro Tilapia' with roasted root garden vegetables... sauce Vierge et piccallily Sabayon"
The fish was good enough for 4 portions...
The holiday ended with a game drive...
leaving me dreaming about catching bigger fishes and the excitement that it would bring...!!!
I cud'nt wait to get bck to britain ... and so bought a basic spin-cast rod n' reel combo (not unlike the ugly-stick) with some terminal tackle at nairobi airport on my way back...
on my first weekend off i bought a day liscence & went to the nearest lake known to stock pike, tench, carp and rudd.
With no idea wot i was planning to target ... i took some random baits like large worms... corn and luncheon meat... as advised by a polish steward in my kitchen...
...angling is as good as a national sport in Poland or so i am told...!
and i casted off...
and waited ... and waited... but no luck...! well maybe i should'nt blame it on luck... i didnt have a damn clue what i was doing...!
also i did'nt know about this forum back then..![smilie=nolikey.gif]
This was then followed by another failed attempt in India - at the Kumarakom Lake in kerala...
Finally luck shone on me ..... at a lake in Neral near Matheran...
(Maharashtra-India)... this time i'd borrowed Mr.AJ's 10ft Trout rod.
(Fish ID please...?) is dat a very young silver carp... or am i just trying to flatter myself up...![smilie=nope.gif]
Damn tilapia again...!!![smilie=intent.gif]
Koi carp...? right...eh?[smilie=happyspin.gif]
After this lucky streak... i tried carping with some basic bread paste and atta dough at the damns in Nashik... i was told by the local fishmongers that the damns there are known to stock decent sized catlas...
but nothing worked...
so finally i decided to get some pro - guidance... and was luckliy invited by santosh at the Powai angling club.
One of the machaans at the lake...
santosh taught me all about the feeder rig ... and carping basics with some general Q&A....
thanks to santosh... i finally realised... how and what to look for in the damns around Nashik
...!!! a real geezer that guy...![smilie=cool.gif]
The Powai Angling Club...!!! still cant believe such a place actually exists in Mumbai... if i was in india for any longer ...i would indeed have applied for a proper membership...!!! an Oasis ...lads... simply brilliant...!!![smilie=superkewl.gif]
Good times so far... n still hungry to better my game...
i hope these pics help me get some attention or should i say 'invitations'
from the pros at IA to see 'em in action...
[Also if anyone's interested in a trip down to nashik - spinning for murrels ... and hopefully mhaseer... pls let me know...
AliBhai... Lionheart.... i have another month before i get bck to britain...
untill then i got lotsa time to fish...! if ya guys knw wot i mean ...![smilie=m-moi.gif]
Does that sound a tad too desperate??? HELLLL YESSSS...!!!!![smilie=hellyeah.gif]
CHEERZ N' TIGHT LINES (TO ME TOO...!!!)