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Nothing fishy about how the Japanese fish

- Expert Lee Chee Seng David to host ethical angling session from 10am today

Most angling enthusiasts may have heard of fly fishing — a smart technique mastered by the Japanese. But, now they will also get to learn how to handle fish with care from a Japanese expert.

Thanks to Jamshedpur Angling Club, city anglers will get to know the finer nuances of safe fish handling, an essential part of ethical angling.

Giving tips to the anglers will be Lee Chee Seng David, an expert from the fishing division of Shimano Inc. — a Japanese company that manufactures a variety of fishing products like rods, reels, clothing, accessories, lures and footwear.

Jamshedpur Angling Club, established in 1947 and having a membership base of over 200, will host this orientation session on Tuesday, coinciding with the annual angling competition to mark the 110th birth anniversary of J.R.D. Tata.

This year, the Japanese firm will sponsor the contest. Winners will get prizes such as fishing rods, reels and hooks manufactured by Shimano Inc. Over 150 anglers from Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand will take part in the event.

Club secretary Geoffrey Bonjour said that this would be the 20th edition of the JRD angling competition and the second time when the event would be held at Jayanti Sarovar, Jubilee Park. Earlier, it used to be held at Beldih Lake.

Though the contest will start from 7am, those interested can troop to Nature Education Centre inside Tata zoo, Jubilee Park, to catch the hour-long seminar on ethical angling from 10am.

According to angling club rules for fresh water fishing, any member who gets a single catch weighing less than 500gm has to release it back to the lake. But, it must be done gently, or else the fish will die.

“There have been several occasions during competitions as well as our regular sessions when the fish have died while being released into water. David’s session will enlighten us on how to prevent this,” said Bonjour.

David will also teach anglers different ways of tying hooks, fastening of fishing line etc. for fresh water fish. He will also teach how to use barb-less hooks and minimise the time of handling a live fish.

Bonjour threw in his own tips. “One must keep fish in water while handling it and release it head first,” he said.


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