I still remember my first day at powai when I went fishing with Ali as his guest, since then I have heard stories of the unstoppable monsters that are time and again hooked but never landed. Stories of how 300 yards of line was emptied within seconds by the unstoppable monsters treating 30/40 Lb tackle with complete disdain.
Last weekend it was my & bablu bhai’s turn to hook one such Powai Monster.
I called Bablu bhai around noon on Sunday and we made a plan to do some light tackle fishing. Lot of mrigal action was happening in Powai, and I armed myself with an 8.6 ft 8 – 12 Lb rod and a size 2500 reel with 10 lb line and size 6 barb less hooks. Just a day before we caught 18 Mrigals in the range of 3 to 6 lb on the same setup in 5 hrs of fishing. Mrigals are hard fighters and absolute blast on light tackle.
We reached the lake at about 2.00 Pm, hired a boat & ground baited the dam area. In about an hour we were getting consistent bites of Mrigal & common carps. One of the senior members came towards us to check what setup we were using and joked that if we hook a fish of 4 – 5 kg, it will break us in seconds. Only thing I could say to him was, pahile lagne to do.
By 3.30PM Bablu Bhai landed a couple of nice Mrigals and we were just chatting casually when suddenly my float dipped twice. I gave a lazy one handed strike, thinking it was an mrigal nibbling the earthworm I had as bait. What followed after that was the best fight I ever had. 200 yards on 10 lb braid was taken within seconds and the 10 Lb mono backing of about 20 yards I had on the reel was now visible. Bablu bhai released the boat tide to the dam wall just in nick of time. Looking at the bend and the sound of screaming drag, we knew it was a monster; fish was unstoppable. We were dragged by the fish all over right till the end of the lake towards the boundary of IIT, those who have been to powai will have an idea of the distance which is well over a kilometre.
Not once did the fish surfaced and nearly emptied my reel many times during the fight. The drag was roughly set to 7 to 8 lb (near lock down on the reel). And the rod remained in U all the time. With encouraging words like “santosh, land it at any cost” from bablu bhai, the news was spreading with club members calling bablu bhai to ask what it is, I did all I could to control the fish.
Javed bhai one of the best angler we have in Powai, gave us company in his boat throughout the fight.
The fight lasted for over 1hour & 30 minutes. Before the line got cut on the big boulders that are below at far end of the lake.
When it was over, Javed came over to say, that was a fight of a lifetime and he has never seen or heard a fish fight so long and far in the history of Powai lake.
I don’t know how big the fish was, some said has to be 20 kg. while few even estimated it to be 30 -40 Kg. fish.
Well that could be true, but I am ready to hook the monster again on the very same tackle..
Below are some pictures of Mrigal action we are having these days in powai on light tackle.