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Contest for anglers

Around 1,000 spectators are expected at the event. Photo: Special Arranagment  

On July 25, anglers will compete at Thiruporur Game Fishing Sengadu village, Thiruporur taluk (off OMR), to catch the biggest fish in a six-hour tournament. The fish caught by the contestants will be weighed and released back into the lake.

Organised by Beach Wolves Adventures Company, the event aims at promoting sport fishing in the city.

“TGF is the only pond where one can catch fish from freshwater and also from seawater. Here, both experienced and upcoming anglers can interact with angling experts and also learn new techniques. The event also serves as a platform for anglers to share their experience. The competition is self-regulated, one angler’s catch is authenticated by the fellow angler,” explains Prithviraj Manivelu, who has been angling and sport-fishing for many years. he is the brain behind this event.

The participants have to catch Carp, Basa, Tilapia, Greenchromide and Barramundi.

The judgement will b e based on: the maximum number of fish (total number of them caught), biggest fish (Carp) and the biggest Barramundi (it could be just one catch or the accumulated weight if there is more than one catch).

Anglers have to use only one rod and can switch to any technique in the course of the competition.

Around 1,000 spectators and 70 to 100 participants are expected to be at the event.

“This is the first tournament in Tamil Nadu where we have used social media to reach out to people. We are expecting about 100 anglers and we already have registrations from Bangalore, Mumbai and even from Kolkata,” says Prithviraj, who was introduced to fishing when he was ten years old.

“I started fishing at our farm in Pulicat where we grew crabs. My dad introduced me to fishing when I was very young. I started fishing for big fish at the Kovalam beach at the age of 14. I bought myself a boat just after the Tsunami and started fishing from the boat and also taking people to fish from the boat. In 2006, I was employed in Andamans as Head of Operations for India’s first fishing charter company. After returning to the city, I have been involved in offshore, onshore and TGF development. Beach Wolves Adventures is an offshoot of that,” he explains.

After being operational from May 2015, Beach Wolves Adventures aims at providing facility and guidance to anglers that are interested in sport fishing activities in Tamil Nadu.

“There are 10 locations identified as highly productive angling spots. We plan to promote them by organising angling trips and also by conducting angling events. We also plan to conduct a surf angling competition in September at Kovalam beach which is considered to be an angling haven in Chennai.

The Competition participation Fee is Rs. 500.

Money collected in excess will be donated to a care centre. For details call 9840724547 or 8056022098.

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