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Anglers make hay at Beldih Lake

Sunday was a happy day for Jamshedpur anglers.

An open angling competition at Beldih Lake to mark JRD Tata’s birth anniversary drew 57 enthusiasts from the steel city, Ranchi, Calcutta, Kharagpur, Asansol and Chaibasa. The event was organised by Jamshedpur Angling Club.

The winners of the competition were decided on the basis of the weight of their catch. And contestants were only allowed to fish katla, mrigal and rohu.

Local angler Ali Raza snared the first catch within 20 minutes of the event kicking off at 7am — a mrigal weighing 600gm. Many more followed as the competition continued till 7pm.

Veteran Eithsom Akhtar reeled in the heaviest catch of the day — a 1.28Kg rohu — to emerge winner. He defeated city mate Nasir Ahmed, who managed a 1.24kg mrigal. Ashish Dam from Ranchi walked home with a 1.2kg mrigal and the third prize.

The prizes were handed over by Capt. Dhananjay Mishra, general manager of Jusco (town services).

It was more a test of patience than practice as contenders sat under umbrellas of different hues on platforms on the banks of the lake. One by one, the wait paid off.

“I am lucky. It did not take me long to make the first catch,” said Raza. Notably in 2010, Raza had walked home with the biggest catch — a 1.9kg mrigal. The veteran angler also notched the maximum number of awards by catching seven fishes of different species that year.

Officials of the Jamshedpur Angling Club were also present on the occasion.

Established in 1947, the club now has 197 members. Subroto Das, the general secretary of the club said the weather was conducive but there were too few fish to bite the bait.

About 20 fish were caught. The anglers also managed to catch small fish weighing less than half a kilo. But as per rules, they had to be released back into the water.