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Visitors on a fishing high

Jamshedpur, July 27: It looks like Jeh has a lot more fans outside Jamshedpur.

Jamshedpur Angling Club, which is hosting an angling contest on Sunday on the eve of JRD Tata’s birth anniversary, has till today registered about 90 participants, out of which 60 are visitors from neighbouring towns.

Anglers from Calcutta, Kharagpur, Midnapore, Jhargram, Ranchi, Dhanbad and Bokaro have enrolled their names for the competition at Jayanti Sarovar at Jubilee Park.

Local enthusiasts are also bucking up.

“We are expecting around 100 anglers. This time, a majority of them are from outside the steel city, particularly Bengal,” said club secretary Geoffrey Bonjour.

Earlier there used to be maximum of 30-35 outstation anglers. But this time, the club advertised in Calcutta, Jhargram and Kharagpur.

“We had distributed pamphlets and put up posters across cities. This helped in drawing a good number of participants. Out of the 60 outstation entries, 40 are from Bengal alone,” added Bonjour.

For the first time, the scenic Jayanti Sarovar and not Beldih Lake, Dhatkidih, is the chosen venue for the daylong event between 7.30am and 4.30pm. For, Beldih Lake is at present sans fish, thanks to a recent desiltation drive.

Some 90 ghats have come up around the Sarovar.

“We will adjust extra participants if the number exceeds 90. The lake has been cleaned and anglers can expect a good day and good catch,” said club advisor S.K. Biswas.

Biswas’s claims are not unwarranted. For, swimming in the clean waters are Indian carp (katla), catfish (magur), wallago attu (boal), rohu (rui), mrigal, tilapia, giant river-catfish (aar), prawns and more.

Contestants will be allowed to fish in two categories, A and B. Indian carp, mrigal and rohu make up A, while B comprises the rarer fish — catfish, giant river-catfish, wallago attu, tilapia.

Prizes will be awarded across various categories. A Japanese firm, Shimano, will sponsor the fishing gear that will be given to winners.

Bonjour added that club patron captain Dhananjay Mishra would inaugurate the event, while Dalbhum subdivisional officer Subosh Kumar would hand over the prizes.