You can catch fish at this Kozhikode fish farm...and take it home too
We forget some of the little things in life in the hustle and bustle of our routine life. Between smart phone, television, email and social media, here is a man from Kozhikode who loves to nurture his passion and unplug himself from the noisy and busy world atleast for some time of the day when he gets hooked to the old practice of fishing. But wait, it is not only his passion but his farm on 8 cents of land allows you too to fish and take the catch home.
Meet ex-military man Santhosh Kumar whose joy of fishing goes beyond everything. His large artificial pond at Pavangad in Kozhikode is full of fishes and he makes a good catch by allowing all to fish and take home the catch.
Santhosh Kumar invested around Rs 1.60 lakh initially to build up his artificial pond with the help of the agriculture officer and the complete setup was ready. The agri department had given 4000 fish seedlings and now his farm is ready for fishing activity. "Pangusis (Asaam vala) and Philopia (tilapia) fishes are grown in the pond. When families with children visit the place and when the children enjoy the art of fishing, I derive pleasure from that," says Santhosh.
Anybody can visit his farm in Pavangad, near MES School and KSEB office, and fish as much as they want. There is no entrance fee to enter the farm or to fish but the only condition is take home the catch by paying up. If they do not catch any fish, then you don't have to pay. Santhosh charges Rs 200 for a kilo of fish. Sometimes a single fish may weigh somewhere up to 2 kg. Since they are pesticide-free, people love to take home their catch for their dining table. Also Santhosh says he is happy when seeing others spend their time trying out the age-old practice which relaxes their time and mind.
The fishes once taken out of water are not put back into the pond. Fishing rods are provided and you can take your time and fish till your heart's content.
The place is crowded on weekends and on holidays and people on coming to know about the farm reach even from far off places like Koyilandy and Beypore.
Santhosh says he gets sheer pleasure on seeing others relive and revive the old practice. Just walk up and down on the edges of the pond, then cast and see your prize catch.
Santhosh promises that his passion is a way to show to the world that fishing is a chance to unplug from the busy life and take home the catch for the dinner table.
So if you like to have pesticide free fishes, and if you are a fan of fishing then head out to this farm, rod in hand and see what's biting. You will not only feel better while you are catching fish but even after you are back home.