Jayanti Sarovar is now a fish lovers’ paradise. (Bhola Prasad)
Anglers, who returned home with drooping shoulders after last month’s competition at Jayanti Sarovar, will get one more chance to net the biggest catch.
Jamshedpur Angling Club is hosting another meet at the same venue in October.
Most of the anglers from Calcutta, Haldia, Midnapore, Kharagpur, Bhubaneswar, Ghatshila, Ranchi, Dhanbad and of course Jamshedpur, who participated in the last meet, drew a blank, thanks to cloudy weather and a slight drizzle.
A four-member group from Ranchi, in fact, left the competition midway after failing to catch a single fish.
“Contestants will not be disappointed this time as we will be changing the rules. Anglers can use multiple hooks and throw their bait to a distance of 60ft. This will help them net more number of fishes,” JAC secretary Geoffrey Bonjour told The Telegraph.
Anglers were allowed to use only two hooks and fish at a distance of 30ft at the last competition held in honour of the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna JRD Tata.
According to Bonjour, the competition in October is aimed at popularising angling. “Two-three competitions in a year will generate interest among those who are inclined towards the sport. Over 100 anglers, mostly outstation, took part in the last competition. It shows that angling has good scope in the steel city,” he added.
The angling club has three lakes — Jayanti Sarovar, Beldih lake and Bara lake — at its disposal.
This year, the annual angling meet was shifted to Jayanti Sarovar as the Beldih reservoir had undergone desiltation and had no fish. On August 2, the club released fishlings and fish fries in Beldih. Days later, the exercise was repeated at Bara.
“We had procured fishlings and fries from Bengal as the fish originating from there is of huge size. Fish fries — katla, rui, mrigal, kalibos and birbal — were released in Beldih and Bara. The exercise to release fries will be taken up at Sarovar later,” a club member said.
The Sarovar is currently a fisherman’s paradise. Flitting through the clean waters are Indian carp (katla), catfish (magur), wallago attu (boal), rohu (rui), mrigal, tilapia, giant river-catfish (aar), prawns and more.
The upcoming competition will once again test the patience of anglers at the scenic Sarovar.