Rod, reel and (when the fish bites) that great feel!

Rod, reel and (when the fish bites) that great feel!

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2017-02-02 12:01 Angler Roland Dsouza with his catchMangaluru: Every day, after finishing his work, Manoj Narvekar, an entrepreneur, heads to the seashore to find a quiet spot, not to read a book but to fish!"I end my day with fishing. I am happy if I get a good catch. During weekends, I visit Malpe, Sasihitlu and Saint Mary's island with my friends for fishing," says Manoj. Manoj is part of a new trend involving youth and professionals who are increasingly taking up angling as a hobby. And Mangaluru, which is surrounded by a river and sea, is an angler’s paradise.Angler Manoj NarvekarAngler Robin Sequeira"Whenever I am free, I visit the seashore or river banks to catch fish," says Robin Sequeira, fashion designer-turned-musician from Valencia. ““Usually we catch locally known fish such as red snapper, cat fish or lady fish. Sometimes, we catch bigger sized fish depending on the fishing rod and lure."  Angler Vikas Rao, who works in the sales section of an auto dealership, says that he is crazy about fishing as it refreshes him. "Since I observe and concentrate just on fishing without being distracted, it relaxes me. I am happy that this craze has kept me away from all bad habits," Vikas says.  For entrepreneur Urban D'souza, angling is good way to time pass as he doesn't like to watch TV."I find it to be a good exercise. Sometimes, netting a good catch helps me to eat fresh fish as well," says the entrepreneur. Anglers in Mangaluru invest Rs 5,000 to a lakh to buy complete fishing kit and modern equipment. Since most of them have connections in Gulf countries, they import modern gadgets. More Pictures: Angler Vikas RaoAngler Rijay MendoncaAccording to Rijay, a freelance event organiser, fishing equipment are expensive. And the more the angler invests, the more the catch.Mathew Lobo, a mechanical engineer, says spent Rs10,000 in buying a modern kit from Dubai."Now, I am addicted to fishing and my day is incomplete without a visit to seashore with my kit," says Lobo. Angler Glen DsouzaAngler Hakeem HusainAngler Nagesh KumarAngler Roland DsouzaAngler Shreyas NSAngler Srinivas PS