After being a good boy for the weekend, I was given a one day pass to go fishing by my drill sergeant.. So gave my old man a call the evening before and told him about my temporary freedom.. After being married for over 35 years, it was easier for him to get permission from his wife a.k.a Mom..
An early breakfast was followed by a stroll down to dad's place and by around 730am, we were at Sealdah market, picking up ants eggs.. Half an hour later, we were in the Fort..
Bait and gear ready, my dad (hereafter referred as Old Man) and myself parted ways to each other's machans.. Please note that we do not share each other's baits to be used as we both feel that we will get jinxed. Suggestions are thrown but never confirmed on being used..
Anyways, after settling down on my machan and offloading all my gear, I decided to groundbait the area as it had been some time since I fished the swim.. Choice of groundbait would be Khol (soaked overnite in in water) with rice soaked overnite in country liquor and biscuit crumbs. Also used was Ghee gaard (ghee residue) mixed with some ants eggs and mud. 20 cricket size balls would be enough for today..
Groundbait was duly dispatched into the water about 40 feet from the machan. Water depth here is about 10 feet...
Baits used were bandel cheese with bread and ghee mixed with bread. Both were coated with ants eggs..
After about 30 minutes, I had some fish jump where I had dropped my groundbait, but I was not getting any takes. Few nibbles but nothing major for me to strike and I did not want to as I new they were only small fish and a mis-strike would only hurt them, so i let them have their fun and food..
The day began getting hotter and the fishing became even slower. Met up with old man during the day and we sat next to his machan and had a cold one. My Old man prefers his couple of shots of whiskey while he fishes (while I know most anglers would not advocate this practice, but my dad has been doing this nigh 50 years and i am not going to try and stop him.... for fear being thrown into the water
Anyways, it was about 4.30pm now, and dad had caught quite a few small fish about a kg each and that were hell bent on suicide.. To be noted that all were returned back to the water with due expletives being used against their parents and grandparents and their absence...
Alongwith other angling friends we decided to have a cup of chaai at the canteen that borders that FW lakes. While sipping on the hot cup of tea, I saw this fish jump and settle down in the "chaar" (area of groundbait). I knew at once, he was there to feed.. I raced back to my seat but approached stealthily as I was close as well as when I got onto the wooden machan.. I didnt want to spook him.. My baits were not looking too appetising so I took some bread and mixed it with ghee and few drops of vanilla essence. It did smell quite good and good enough for me to eat
.. A roll in the ants eggs was followed by the bait being cast to the designated spot where I saw the fish settle..
A few minutes later, the float bobbed and disappeared. Whhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, the reel screamed as I tightened the drag a bit.. I was using small hooks and braid line so I was confident on my set up but then also didn't want to piss off lady luck.. After a 10 minute fight, i landed this 3kg rohu (it must have been about 5kgs but the water shrank it
, I swear
An hour later, we were back at my parents' place where Mrs RidgeCooke and Mrs RidgeCooke Sr were waiting with the rolling pins ready to their bidding in case of a failed outing... Luckily for our craniums, we were safe..
Here's the picture of our fish. Sorry I could not get more pics of FW but will try again in the near future.. Being a military area, I do not want to rub the military the wrong way and get a missile up my sensitive regions...
Anyways, my vocab has come to an end.. Will answer questions thrown by the forum for a nominal fee to be decided upon the type of questions asked)..
P.S. am trying to post the pics but is not coming... How do u guys do it ????????????????????????????