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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2007 7:26 am 
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The story and photos of the fort william tank by jude brought back memories
of my days in calcutta at this wonderful weekend retreat, i was then working for the mittal group and the mittal family took delight in sending their driver to my place many weekends asking if i could come to the house on some
excuse to do with their travel plans or such trivial things as custom documents arriving in the mail.
but i soon learned not to spend my sundays at home, so it was dawn at havaldah tank 1 or 2, twenty rupees secured you a machan[upto 1984].
I remember this day as if it was yesterday, I had secured a machan at tank 2, on the dividing strip under the palm tree, and it was the 26th of december[boxing day]1984.[just before i came to australia]
My wife was with me on that day as she always was in those days, [now its
excuse after excuse from sea sickness to the sea is too rough or i'm going
shopping with the kids, mind you the kids are now adults aged 22 and 24 and do their own shopping anyway!]
Anyway we had settled in for an enjoyable days fishing , groundbaited the char' with some secret mixture of ingredients passed down to me from my peers and a combination of ready mixed ingrediants from sealdah market where i had picked up our fresh ants eggs the day before,[prices veried considerably according to weather it rained or not,etc.]
There were the usual banter with the other regular anglers like lou O'brian etc,and we always managed to send someone for tikias and paratas from kidderpur, which were fantastic to eat hot and hot, along with our packed lunch.
I was soaking my tope' in rum[old monk] as i had been advised and nothing happened till about sunset, when i noticed tiny bubbles on the surface right over the char',soon i got a few gentle bobs on my float,
indicating a fish on the bait but not quite taking it down enough for me to strike, by this time my stomech was churning and my anticipation was reaching fever pitch, my grip on the rod tightened several times as the
float indicated it may disappear any moment, only to continue to drive me insane,
I turned the music off on the tape recorder and lowered the lamp light
till it was just a flicker, hoping that might help the situation, there was only half an hour left to packup time which was 8 pm, and i was going to take the chance and strike if the float came down to the surface, which it had done several times earlier, only to come up again.
then it happened !the float went down slowly and as it touched the surface i struck! the rod buckled over and line screamed of as the tiny
3" brass reel howled in protest above the silence of that winter night,
with heart pounding and a million thoughts racing thru my head, keep the rod tip up! let him run ! keep the tension on the line , lift and wind! were
followed with prayers of O'god don't let me lose it!
By then all who heard my reel rushed over to see the tamasa! and throw in free advise, some wanting to "pull the fish in for me!" etc.
But hay ! was i about to hand my rod over to someone else after sitting there the whole day! waiting for this moment! Over my dead body!buddy!.
Finally i saw the fish! it was massive,a rohu of gigantic size shimmering
in the light of some one's flashlight and i promptly got into the water, beside the machan' and netted the beast, to the cheers of all around!
it weighed nearly 9 kg, and i was proud as punch!
I could not wait to get home to show my dad my catch, proudly hanging the fish in a nylon keep net on the side of the yazdi as i motored home
with my wife [than my girlfriend] and i will always remember the look on my dad's face, as he threw me his usual line"so, did you catch anything!"
Dad! feast your eyes on this ! I replied as i carried the fish in thru the front door, I don't know who was more proud , me, my dad, or my wife,
But i will always remember that day when i followed in my dad's footsteps .
Regards
Peter, the connection from down under!


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2007 8:36 am 
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Hi Peter,

Nice story.

Long time no see? Where were you? Now dont tell us that you didnt go out for fishing on your boat all these days. Post some pics and stories.

Cheers,
Apoo


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2007 9:23 am 
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Nice to see you back Peter.
Nice story, almost felt i was there.

You watching this post Gavin & Saiki ? You bong bretheren have eaten up all those huge Rohu from this lake :lol:
Only tidlers left now (that should get some response) :lol:
Regards
Owen


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 4:42 am 
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Hi Apoo,
Good to hear from you , It's great to be back, just been busy with work and
fishing ! Well! I have been getting a lot of fishing in over the last 3 months,
and we went to a place here called Portland in south western victoria on the ocean over the easter break and spent 3 days of fishing fun, getting back on monday, watch this space as i will post the story in the next couple of days.
Regards,
your friend.
Peter.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 4:50 am 
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Hi Owen.
Thanks for the feedback, its great to hear you enjoyed the story, As that is my whole intention, I love a good story and i try to paint a clear picture of my experiences!
Glad to hear fromyou again!
Your buddy from down under!
Peter.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 1:02 am 
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Hey Peter, I didn't know you could write so well! Looks like i'm gonna have to rope you in for the new Angling in India book.

Cheers Mate!

Bops


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 4:23 am 
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Hi Bops,
I'll be glad to contribute to the book, but make sure you edit it as i have
never checked it for any mistakes ,etc and just write it as it comes to
mind.
Cheers!
Peter from down under.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:23 am 
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Hey Peter.. Fantastic write up.. The divider that you talk of, is the filter for the Tank.. Some fantastic fish come there, especially some big rohus... Over the years, people have caught some big big fish from here.. I remember a dude who latched on to one biggie.. The fish did not run out as usual but made a dash inside the filter.. With fear of the line snapping, this guy bounded up the bank and came right to the mouth of the filter.. He is on his knees, at the edge of the filter, dips the entire rod into the water and starts to coax the fish out.... Very very VERY bad idea !!

To know what the filter looks like, please check out one of Jude's pics of the Fort and you will see a stone-structure jetting out into the water.. From the edge, the water is about 12 feet deep...

Anyways, suddenly this fish decides to have a go at the open waters... 0-60kmph in 3 seconds flat !!! And before our angler friend could say fish and chips, he found himself dangling on the edge of the filter with a dip in the water at the offering.. Luckily for him, the Havildar of the Tank manages to hold on to him..
This time he manages to play the fish away from the Filter (thanks to fellow anglers standing next to the filter and disturbing the water so that they don't have a repeat performance) and lands it about 45 minutes later...
His catch = 18kg catla.. This done on a 10lb line..

Just to point out, the seat Peter and myself are talking about, is never vacant.. Its a sure catch spot, provided u r using the right stuff...

Peter - Please get ur you-know-what to you-know-where... We need to catch couple of these buggers this time around.. I will provide the Rum :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 1:58 pm 
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Hi Gav!
Great to hear from you buddy!
That's a great story, I remember the filter well, one day in those early 80's
there was an elderly retired colonel called colonel chatterjee or bannerjee,
who used to smoke a pipe and walk around the tank flicking a spinner from a spin stick in the water,we used to find this quite amusing as we could not fathom out how the system worked! than one day he walked out on to the edge of the filter with me following close behind, and cast the spinner out from that corner into tank 1, as he started to wind i could see the lure clearly in the water, and though it was about 6 to 8 feet below the surface
I suddenly saw this big sowli' charge in after it , grab the lure and head back into the depths,the colonel hooked up for a couple of seconds, and nearly went into the drink, as he was surprised as me!and was caught
a bit offguard, though he lost that fish that day,he won my respect!
I suddenly realised there was more ways to catch a fish than i thought i knew!
I look forward to my trip to calcutta in december, and yes we will chase them big katla, it will be one of the highlights of my trip as i have been dying to fish there again,
Ps i'll supply the scotch/ we'll try the rum on the fish! I swear it works!


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 4:17 pm 
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Amen to the Rum, Peter !! My groundbait has so much rum in it that am planning to market it from the local grog shop... :lol: :lol: :lol:

Looking forward to the year end, mate... :P


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 5:42 pm 
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No wonder them Katla have reached that magical double figure weight!
you've been feeding them breakfast. lunch , dinner and drinks all in one
meal! [bread, white butter, egg yolk, ghee -ghad, cheese, eggs[ants] and
soaked in rum for good measure,] the poor things are too drunk and overfed to exercise!
cheers! oops!
Peter.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 5:47 pm 
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:lol: :lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:52 pm 
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wow...wow...wow...
peter buddy thats a nice story, and u told it so well... :-)
my broadband connection was out for 7 days
got the conn back today...n ur story struck me...
thanks for that
@owen buddy...i'm pretty new in this field :(
but it's a fact that u mentioned :(
peter, so when ya r comin here??? december???
coudn't wait... :-) (scotch i meant buddy :lol: :lol: :lol: )


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 4:09 am 
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G'day Shakes!
Thanks for the generous comments, it gives one great pleasure to give
others pleasure and i think it helps you thru the working week!
after all a bad days fishing is better than a good day working!
look forward to meeting you guys in december,
Yeah!we'll take ol' johnny for a good walk!
cheers.
Peter.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 6:03 am 
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Peter,

I can understand your love for FW.

I was with Gavin just one afternoon and it was an experience of a lifetime.

Gavin, I have graduated !!!
Check post - Forbes Sagar 15th April 2007

Jude


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Peter D'Costa wrote:
it gives one great pleasure to give
others pleasure
Peter.


Ahem!!

That was a lovely story Peter and well told too..


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:01 am 
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Hi Jude .
Looks like you've started something,bringing out in me long buried memories! for that i've got to sing out in true beatles' style!
" Hay jude!.. don't be afraid!
you were made to... go out and catch them!
the minute you let them into your char'
than you'll begin ....to catch them ...katla.
So let them run and let them in,
hay jude...begin.. to make it as.. an angler!
Don't you know... that its a pool,
where big fish school!
will make you better!!
better! better!... havaldah!"
cheers!
Peter/from downunder!


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:16 am 
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Hi Bobby.
great to hear from you! We've gotta catch up!
my dinner invite still stands, next time you make it to melbourne !
And if you have time , let's hit the water!
Chao!buddy!
Peter.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 9:43 am 
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Hey Peter - You the resident lyricist, aint' you ?? :lol: :lol:

Jude Dude - Saw the pics on Forbes'... You going pro now !! :wink:


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Yep it's Peter the Bard :lol:


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Thanks Peter, there is an outside chance that I may be in Melbourne next month. It’s a slim chance though..

While on the subject of Bards, I had one too many glasses of Red last night, a friend from Dubai is in town and he managed to get me on stage and do a very bad impersonation of Ronan Keating.

So much for the two songs 2 songs I sang “You say it best…When you say nothing at all” how the audience must have hoped I just did that, and the other “I tomorrow never comes”, must have been real torture just thinking if tomorrow never comes and me subjecting them to all that cacophony for the rest of the night, not very pleasant… :badgrin: :badgrin:


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Peter Peter,

I have never heard this version of the - Hey Jude.

But it sounds better than the regular.... :wink:

Most probably the Beatles may be rolling in their graves... :twisted:

You some rockstar angler or something ??/
Do the fish come when you croon to them ??? :P

Jude


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 2:56 pm 
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Hay Jude!
I tried to croon to the fish once!
but all i attracted was red ants and mosquitos!
at least i can claim to have had a crowd!
and they really wanted a part of me!
cheers.
Peter.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 3:06 pm 
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Bobby !
I sing the first song when i get home after a a hard day's fishing and not catch a fish!
and the second one when the fish are on the bite, and i don't wanna go home!
Cheers!
Peter.
ps: hope your trip here comes thru, do let me know!


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:14 pm 
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Nice story Pete...well said...!!
nice lyrics too

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 4:11 am 
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Thanks Sreekanth.
isn't this a great way to make friends with people you would never have
met otherwise!
we're all the same, though we live in differant parts of the world
we share so many common pursuits! and emotions!
Cheers,and hope to meet up with you guys in december.
Peter./from downunder.


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Peter D'Costa wrote:
Thanks Sreekanth.
isn't this a great way to make friends with people you would never have
met otherwise!
we're all the same, though we live in differant parts of the world
we share so many common pursuits! and emotions!
Cheers,and hope to meet up with you guys in december.
Peter./from downunder.

right said buddy.... :-)


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Hey Peter ... if oyur passsing through Mumbai .. gimme a call +919820287872.. cheers and yeah nice story ... real nice


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