The waters of a restricted jetty in south goa have become the secret lair of the giant baras this winter. They lurk beneath the waters and fear no one. The jetty is also home to large shoals of juvis.. including small squids recently. Being top predators with unlimited food supply they are weary of anything new and rarely go after fancy lures. They swim freely out in deeper waters during day and at night like a sniper stay in shadow spots around the jetty and stike to take down passing pray.
I have fought day and night and once hooked a 10 kg plus bara but never succeeded in landing them. My losses include .. a broken okuma reel, leaders, fluro, braid, lots of soft lures. It became an obsession. A constant battle. I can't loose always, I had to win. So began my quest... the hunt had began.
I upgraded my rig completely. new hooks, heavy duty snaps, split rings. I slowly eliminated my weak links. Luckily i had good advice from Nasir bhai from casa. I spent at least two to three days in a week, out day and night, studying them. I have spotted at lest four to five of them hiding along the jetty shadows. There were days when i used to cast hard and soft lures right on top them and they did not care a bit.
Then the tides slowly changed, i started catching 2 to 3 kg baras. Luckily okuma replaced my broken body assembly free of charge and shipped new parts. I took a few days break as i was caught up in office. It had been almost a month since a giant had broken my reel. An angler never forgets..
Then came a day.... Instincts kick in.. a hunter always knows... When the heavenly bodies align and tide is perfect.... .
As luck would have it, I finished my office early and I had the whole evening free. So decided to head out. Moon phase, tide all at its best. All the giants were there playing, chasing squids... but not biting. After three hours of casting.. no luck , I decided to change tactics and location. My first cast no luck. The second cast.
All i felt was a soft tug. Then my reel screamed. It was a deja vu... but i had done my home work. max drag set. kept guiding the fish away from jetty and slowly reel in. Had to do a bit of acrobatic. Allowed the fish to tire out then slowly brought him to jetty steps.
The battle was over .... Peace.
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