Man who 'drugged' a 14-kilo catla

Bengal doc wins angling contest

By Our Correspondent in Jamshedpur
  • Published 30.07.18
PRIZE CATCH: Arup Mandal, the winner from Kharagpur, flanked by runners-up Prabhakar Naskar (left) and Debashish Roy in Jamshedpur on Sunday. (Bhola Prasad)

Jamshedpur: Arup Mandal, a doctor from Kharagpur, Bengal, netted a 14.7kg catla ( katla in Bengali) to top the angling competition at Jayanti Sarovar to mark JRD Tata's 114th birth anniversary on Sunday.

Prabhakar Naskar from North 24-Parganas, also in Bengal, finished second with a 10.35kg catla while Chakradharpur's Debashish Roy booked the third slot with his 8.5kg catla during the nine-and-a-half-hour event that was part of celebrations for the Bharat Ratna.

"My prize catch came along around 2 o'clock in the afternoon. I had to work extra hard to reel the fish in. It was that heavy a catch," said 38-year-old Mandal, an anaesthetist by profession. He took home a trophy and an LED television.

Most of the 66 anglers, who came from Kharagpur, North 24-Parganas, Calcutta and Purulia in Bengal and Bhubaneswar in Odisha, besides Ranchi, Ghatshila and Chakradharpur, netted catla. A few managed to hook rohu and mrigal carp too.

"The catla is in abundance at this Jubilee Park lake. So, the contestants mostly walked home with that fish in various sizes. The event went off smoothly and the anglers were happy," said Nasim Khan, assistant secretary of Jamshedpur Angling Club that organised the competition.

The crowd that watched the contest went crazier with every catch. They clapped and screamed when a Calcutta angler reeled in a 7kg rohu.

"What a test of patience! What a feast for the eyes! The catch was very impressive this year," said Sukamal Das, a resident of Sakchi who didn't budge from his perch until prizes were given away.

Club president Manmohan Singh, secretary Aftab Khan and other functionaries were present at the prize distribution ceremony held under a shamiana amid showers.