FISHING GROWS UP: Jayanti Sarovar in Jubilee Park on Friday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Q. How can you beat the night chill?
A. Forget blankets. Take your fishing tackle and wait for a prized catch. Sizzling!
Night life in the city will get really fishy from next week.
The 250-odd members of Jamshedpur Angling Club (JAC) can bask in the good news of being able to fish in the dead of the night.
Buoyed by the success of last week’s night angling competition, the club has decided to extend the facility of fishing at Jayanti Sarovar in Jubilee Park and Bara Lake in Sidhgora under moonlight.
At present, anglers are allowed to pursue their passion only from 5am to 9pm.
“From next week, members can extend their stay at both the lakes till 5am the next day,” JAC secretary Geoffrey Bonjour told The Telegraph.
“The outstation anglers had enjoyed hefty catch during the recent night-long competition. Most of the 40-odd contestants netted fish over 10kg. The anglers then urged us to start night angling for our members and also organise a similar competition,” Bonjour added.
The hosts will not compromise with the security aspect.
That’s why Bistupur police will be kept in the loop.
A little punctuality will also help. “Members must enter Jubilee Park before 10pm as gates will be closed from both Circuit House and Sakchi ends,” Bonjour said.
The night exercise will come with a rider. “Members will not be allowed to fish from one single spot. It has been observed that anglers continue using a particular platform that has proved lucky to them once. This practice irritates other members,” the JAC functionary further said.
Also according to JAC rules, if a small fish bites, the angler must throw it back into the water. Only a fully developed fish can be taken home.
Welcoming the decision of night fishing, veteran angler Md Sheikh (58) was jubilant.
“Better late than never. I have been coming to Jayanti Sarovar for nearly two decades but most of the time I return empty-handed. Fish eat well in night when it is cold, so I am assuming they will bite more easily. I am looking forward to a big yield,” the Mango resident added.
Another member Pratim Ghosh said the problem of midnight fish thieves no longer exists.
“We can expect plenty of fish. I’ll come with my bedding and woollens as it will be really chilly now. But I am sure it will be worth it,” the Agrico resident grinned.