Angling festival concludes; Nomuk wins competition

DARAK, Oct 26: Mogum Nomuk, with a catch of a 3.6 kg chocolate mahseer, was declared the winner of the Eco-tourism-cum-Angling Festival which concluded here in West Siang district on Friday.
Nomuk won Rs 50,000, a memento, a certificate, and angling gears.
Pagmi Karga emerged the runner-up with the catch of a 1.3 kg chocolate mahseer, and won Rs 30,000 cash prize, along with angling gear and a certificate, while Tannu Tassing came third with the catch of a 1 kg chocolate mahseer and bagged Rs 20,000 along with a memento and a certificate.
With six fish to his credit, Karga also won the ‘highest catch’ title. He won another Rs 20,000, which he donated to the Arunachal Anglers’ Forum (AAF), which has been spearheading the ‘Save golden mahseer’ movement for long.
As many as 65 anglers from Sikkim, Meghalaya, Assam and Arunachal took part in the competition.
Earlier, Liromoba MLA Nyamar Karbak and Tourism Director Abu Tayeng while declaring the tournament open urged the locals to preserve the flora and fauna of the region to make it popular among anglers and adventure seekers.
AAF president Bengia Tayu spoke on the objectives of conducting the tournament and said, “Darak has the potential to be the best place for angling sports in the country if fish preservation work is taken sincerely.”
The festival was organised by the Lodu Ao Welfare Society, in collaboration with the tourism department, the Young Mission Adventure Club, and the AAF.