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Pune is an abuzz with abundant activities in its natural vicinity. A less-known but more exciting activity Pune is fond of nowadays is Sport Fishing. At the city’s local water bodies, you will find people angling patiently to catch their favorite fish.
The sport fishing might be unadventurous for people who have already enjoyed it, but for youngsters, who have not tested the sport before, it is most exciting and exhilarating. Places like Bhima River, lakes in Lonavala, Khandala and in the city are haven for the anglers now and are becoming a favorite spot on weekends. Among the variety of fish anglers catch are like mirgul, catfish, catla, and murrel.
What’s more, people are becoming more interested to learn the sport and enjoy the angling. Some folks are also looking fishing as a special weekend hangout activity which enables them to spend their time happily- catching fish and enjoying angling.
Fishing, for some people may seem a game of chance rather than skill, but that is not the case at all. Col Pratap, a veteran angler says “what skills one requires for fishing is handling of the hook and keeping your patience in control. If you have mastered these two things, you can be a good angler.”
The budding anglers may take a long time to brush up their fishing skills of handling rod and reel, but once learned it’s tempting and one can not stop oneself angling.
An angler can easily land a fish of 5 to 6 kgs if he/she is skilled at the handling of reel. As you go on landing a fish, you become even more cautious and full of patience as a fish may play a game with you.
“It’s a very engaging sport,” says Pranav Waghchavare, who got addicted to the sport long back. Earlier he would go with his friend, to learn how to lure the fish. Having been trained in the fishing sport, he does not need anybody to teach as he has mastered the angling skills. Angling is not a sport that takes a lot of effort to learn, but what it needs is the knowledge of fishes and their habitat. If you are looking forward to fish in deep waters of the sea, then you must read water first as every location differs, same is the case with angling.
Neil, who has won the all India Salt Water Competition held at Harihareshwar in November, says,
One needs to know the variety of fishes first and then you learn their behavioral skills such as their location, eating habits and location most of the time they stay in
This competition is held every year at the same place where anglers from all over the world participate. I think angling is becoming demanding sport and it should be introduced in all sports clubs all over the country, says Neil.
Well, we can’t say whether angling will be introduced in sports club or not but sport fishing should not be considered lesser important for its a thousand year old profession.
Angling could be a way for all human beings to reconnect and care for nature which is a need of the day today. This will also educate people of the frequently occurring changes.