The Barracuda Pond – An Excerpt from the series “Fishing Goa”

Standing on the grassy banks of the pond, I stared into its brackish green water. Everything was still, except for the chance ripple of a dragonfly dipping into the water. Being the start of June, it was hot and sticky, and I could literally cut through the humidity with a knife. Among the deep greens... Continue Reading →

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Hooked – Fishing in Goa Part 4

The Sails of Tiracol If Goa boasts of deep waters, then it’s at Tiracol. Bashfully beautiful, with the river at her stern and the open sea to her face - Tiracol’s water is deep blue, at times transparent enough to see down into her cobalt depths. Sitting on a wooden stool with his back to... Continue Reading →

Hooked – Fishing in Goa Part 3

The Last Asylum Polem, Goa Polem’s secluded shimmering blue waters, thick jungles, and jagged headlands have always held a special place in my heart. Polem makes a perfect fishing paradise; in fact, it’s one of the last intact and unspoiled beaches of Goa. But what really makes Polem my favorite haunt is that it lies... Continue Reading →

Hooked – Fishing in Goa Part 1

The thing about Goa is that it wants to make a man put his roots down. Even an essentially rootless person like myself. It is laid back (almost horizontal at times) and compared to the rest of this money mad country, a haven for the senses. Yep, I could almost feel myself putting my roots... Continue Reading →

Fishing those Dark Waters

It is a land of undulating rocky hills, jungle clad valleys and jagged cliffs that drop right into the sea. The west coast of India is a remote and challenging place to angle in, but the rewards are unmatched. There are no fishing guides, no tackle shops and no traces of hotels. A small shack with fresh spring water on a deserted beach is your only abode, a canoe with an outboard motor - your only mode of transport. But in the ocean, it is a different story – mystical huge rocks which are surrounded by lurking predators, screaming drags and rods bending backwards trying to withstand the daunting strength of gargantuan oceanic beasts fighting for their lives. You need to have it in you to take on this fight or else you’re better off casting of a pier in Goa.

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