Me and my friends were planning for a short trip to Nepal for a long time and the dream fulfilled when we finally boarded the train from Ghy to Siliguri on the 17th of this month. Our original plan was:
17th night: Guwahati to Siliguri
18th morning: Siliguri to the fishing spot in Nepal. Night Fishing
19th: whole day fishing
20th whole day fishing
21st:start early morning from the spot so that we reach siliguri by noon and take a train at 12.30 back to Guwahati.
But the trip turned up like this.
On 17th night we boarded the train and reached Siliguri in the morning the next day. The train reached Siliguri an hour late. Mr. Premdan came to pick us at the station. Went to the rest house offered by Mr. Foning to freshen up a little and head directly to the destination. But we took almost three hours to get out of Siliguri town to Kakarbhitta. From there it was a 6 hour journey to the fishing spot. By the time we reached the spot where a boat was supposed to take us further half an hour journey to the fishing spot, it was already 4pm in the evening. We were very excited to take that boat journey. But the boatman was nowhere to be seen. Later the boatman's wife told us that his boat engine had some problem and he had gone to Kathmandu to get spare parts. He will reach the ghat in two days. We were totally devastated. We tried to call up the boatman of the nearby ghat to take us to the spot but he was too busy ferrying his own passengers. He assured us to take us the next day early in the morning. So we decided to spend the night in the ghat. The boatman who was supposed to take us to the ghat ran a small tea shop. The wife gave us permission to sleep in the tea shop for the night. The next day the other boatman was again ferrying his own passengers and came to pick us at 12.00 noon. We didnt say anything to the boatman as he was supposed to take us back to the ghat again. Our morale was very low by the time we reached the fishing spot. That day also we couldnt fish properly as we had to organise the camp and cook the lunch as well. By 2.00 pm we were ready to fish. On the opposite bank of the river one local handliner had caught a golden mahseer. We called him to our side of the bank to see his tackles and the fish. To our surprise he was fishing for the first time in his life with mono line of approx 100 lb and a 3/0 size treble hook. No lures/spinners/or spoons. The mahseer weighed 7.3 kg. That day Mr. Ashok caught two golden mahseers too. I was the only one to carry a camera and I was fishing a bit far away from the other anglers. So I couldnt click any pics of his catch. Catch and Release was not at all practised and the two mahseers were kept for the pot. I was quite saddened by this attitude as we had a lot of pork, live chicken and vegetables to eat for atleast three days. The mahseers could have been released back to their water. So that day the count was Mr. Ashok- 2 and the rest of the gang -nil.
The next Morning Mr. Ashok caught one more golden mahseer and I hooked one. I didnt even wait to check the weight of the mahseer. I felt like it was around 2.5kg. I even forgot to carry my camera also that morning. So no pics. The local peaple were totally dumbstruck when I released that beautiful mahseer back in the water. They thought I was going near the water to clean the fish from the slimes. By 11.00 am we were ready to be picked up by that boatman. There also he came an hour late. We reached back Siliguri by 7.00 pm and went to bed by 11.00pm. On 21st we boarded the train at 12.05 pm and reached Guwahati by 7.00pm the same day.
The tackles used were:
A few rapala floating lures
Acme little cleo spoons
Luhr Johnson Crocodile spoons
Blue fox spinners.
The reels were penn spinfisher 650
Penn sargus 6000
One Daiwa (model not known)
The rods were
St. Croix Triumph 4pc travel rod
Shimano Exage 5pc travel rod
Abu garcia Tournament II 2pc rod
Berkley Pro Select 2pc rod
Emerald Marine 2pc rod.
40 lb braids.
The total catch was:
Mr. Ashok - 3
Myself - 1
Rest of the gang - nil.
We had actually visited the place a month early.
Special thanks to Mr. Premdan for the excellent meals he had cooked for us.
I will be going to that place again soon.
Hope you like the pics.
The river ghat.
The first night we slept under this tea shop
Waiting for the boat man to pick us.
We were fishing for small fish while waiting for the boat to come and pick us
The place where the boat dropped us. We had to carry our stuff for 500mtrs through rocky terrain before we reached the actual place to camp.
Mr.Premdan holding one caught by the local handliner
The camp and the tackles
Dinesh and Shankar
Dinesh trying his luck
Taking a much needed relaxing dip in the cold waters
Waiting for the boat to arrive and take us back to the ghat.