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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Try out - Port Dickson

This was more of a driving trip than fishing. But I had formed the habit to always pack my light rod with me where I go. The plan was to hit Port Dickson town and drive down the coastal road, checking out all the tourist places. It being near the sea, there should be quite a bit of opportunity to fish.

On the way
Coming out from the Toll

Toll after coming out from the NSH

Exit to Port Dickson from NSH

I had driven up about 2 years back. But that time, being the first time, I was quite lost. Today, with the help of my trusty GPS, getting lost was a thing of the past. Where-ever I drive, I had the benefit of knowing exactly where I was.

Port Dickson Town
GPS said we were there

Boats parking

The ferry terminal

The town

Reaching there, Port Dickson town wasn't much to look at. I was stopped at a MY police spot check, but luckily, I was waved onwards. The ferry terminal itself looked quite run down. Water was dirty and partly due to the low tide, the rubbish was everywhere. I wasn't too sure if this is the actual Port of the Port Dickson. Couple of years back, I remembered I was on Star Cruise and we made a stop here. But this place didn't look like it could take a big ship. Might be some newer port elsewhere.

Bagan Pinang
PD Beach resort

Taking shelter

Fairly ok beach

I made my way next down south, stopping at a place called PD Beach resort. It was like still under final touches of construction, and most things were like quite new. But the beach wasn't too great. It was fairly clean, but again water level was low. There was a pack of dogs at one end, and it it didn't look safe to move around.

Regency Resort
The building

Sea horse statue


Can climb?

Beautiful beach

Can go there?

Moving downwards, I next hit Regency resort. This was a very nice place, with a clean and well maintained beach. But unfortunately, I had arrived during the low tide. Nothing much to see then. The first trip here, we actually had lunch at this place. There were a couple of resort pools, and D wanted very much to swim in. But no, we were not guest of the resort. This place kind of looked upmarket, and the sand and beach here was like better than the earlier one. Beach and water was very clean and should be an enjoyable place to hang out.

Telok Kemang Beach
Common motif of Fish bone

Beach, right side

Beach, left side

Food court

Beach scooter

Shopping centre

Crossing the road to the centre of activity


Next was Telok Kemang public beach. This was to be our lunch place. The beach itself was very crowded. Food here was so so, with all the stalls selling the same thing. We ordered lunch. There were lots of flies buzzing around and eating wasn't that pleasant an experience. While D was trying to finish lunch, I moved around to have a look at the beach. This place was kind of like the equivalent of our East Coast Park. Lots of activities and people, complete with ice cream man.

Blue Lagoon (Tanjong Biru), Cape Recardo
Where I parked

Fun with catching crabs and small fishes

There were nestful of these

Looking inward, from the far end of the beach

Nice view of the left side of Blue Lagoon

The children having fun at the lagoon.

Car at blue lagoon

Blue Lagoon (later, when high tide)

Building my house.

Me with my light fishing outfit

Mad guy with rod at Blue Lagoon

Another view

After lunch, we finally reached the Cape, but I couldn't see the light house. It is an important landmark in Port Dickson, with some history to it. I think there was a war fought here, but I didn't quite read up on the history. The Blue Lagoon was also found here. Due to the low tide, the water was very far off. But there were lots of interesting sights walking along the sand. Lots of small fishes were trapped in pools of water. And the tiny red crabs were all crawling all over. Quite a breath taking sight when they were doing it en masse. Very much like tiny red ants. The children had a great time catching them and generally had fun. But it got a bit out of hand when they started throwing sand at each other. D and E had a good scolding after that.

I took out my rod and tried casting with my grub. The water was very shallow, and there wasn't any bite. But it was a great feeling to be able to do that, throwing out my lines towards the open sea. There was a malay family doing netting. They did catch some small fishes.

Teluk Pelandok
The Jetty

Great to be sitting here and having a sip at the local soft drinks

Soft drinks, old style. Need to return bottle, else 20cts more.

Me at Telok Pelandok

From there, we moved to Teluk Pelandok. From the internet, it looked like a nice place with a jetty. It mentioned that people come here to fish. But reaching there, it was just a small fishing house, with boats parking alongside it. A very small place indeed. But the jetty was there. An indeed, there was 1 person that was fishing. A bought some locally made soft drinks. The weather being very cooling, we sat there and enjoyed the breeze. Again I took out my rod to test the water. But no bites at all. Water was too murky and too rough for lures to work, I think.

Coastal road drive to Melaka

Craving for Chicken rice ball

Alamak, the famous one is behind us. :P

From there, we drove down all the way along the coast to reach Melaka. We had a sumptous Melaka Chicken rice ball there. In our excitement, we missed out the "real" famous chicken rice stall just behind us. But no matter, the other one looked more expensive.

It was already dark after dinner. I took the NSH back all the way to Singapore via the 2nd link. We reached home at 11pm. A very tiring but fruitful trip indeed.


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Anonymous said...

Hi, driving up to Port Dickson tomorrow. Did you eventually find any good fishing spot? If so do let me know, thanks. Andrew +65 90071735.