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Saturday, July 26, 2008

SAF Yacht Club Sea Wall

It has been a while visiting this place. Seeing that tide table said it would be a nice evening hightide, I decided to try out here again. During the day, it would be hot like the sahara desert, but in the evening, it is a nice breezy spot with good view and open sea.

Shawn came along all the way from Lab Park where he was fishing. We reached the place rather late at 5pm thereabout. The fishing period here is rather limited as once the sun goes down, it would be pitch dark like anything.

Old man and the sea

It wasn't too crowded, and there was ample space for everyone fishing here. Despite that the entrance said that this area to be restricted with the cartoon of the soldier shooting at the trespassers, it never was any problem for the fishing folks here.

Shawn finally broke the egg

I started luring but ended not being able to get into the swing of things. My lines kept making "char bee hoon" (fishing slang for entangled lines) due to the strong inward wind. Therefore, my casts were like quite short and limited distance. Shawn went on to do bottom fishing. However it was quite rocky area here and bottom fishing was difficult. He finally managed to get a small snapper on Sabiki with prawn meat.

Looks like good ground for these critters

There were some uncles there fishing for small fishes like scats and rabbits, I think. They all seemed to congregate around the stone.

Path to Secret Garden

The uncles left and one of them returned to ask for help to push the van that was stucked at the forested area. We finally did manage to get the van unstuck and from this, I realized that there was another way in for the fishing here.

Mr lure, where the fish?

Very nice dinner for some people tonight

We didn't get anything respectable at the end of the fishing. But on the way out, we passed by this 2 malay man who was holding a line with 2 chermins. Wow. From my converstaion with them, it was gotten 15 minutes back and on live prawns. Seeing such a catch, my faith in this area was restored.

I shall be back.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Kulai Nanyang fishing pond

I am not much of a fishing pond person, as I don't find fishing in a fishing pond sporting. But this fishing pond had been featured in some blogs, and I found it interesting enough to give it a try. It is also a catch and release pond, quite a new concept for fishing pond operators. Due to lack of time and money, I did not think that I would ever have a chance to be fishing for Patins, Pacus, Carps and all the fresh water monsters in a natural setting. A visit to the pay pond seemed like a good change.

To top it off, it was very cheap fishing here. Per rod only would cost RM8. And that's for the whole day from 10am till 7pm. Unfortunately, luring is not allowed. Darn.

Morning stop at Mac in Skudai

Here. But too early

Suppose to park on top

Wishing pond

Lots of car eating flies here

Since too early, fresbies time

Floating caterpillar joining in the game

Reaching there after a early morning bash through the checkpoint, we were too early. D and E took the time to have some fun playing fresbies in the big compound. The place looked kind of oldish and broken down. Quite like the old style fishing ponds that used to be common in Choa Chu Kang/Yio Chu Kangs areas.

Can do prawn fishing here too

The flies attracting mixture. RM2 per ball

They got bored after 5 mins

My 2 rods and the "rod holder". Big splashes on the right

When we entered, we could see big fishes making splashes in the water. I was thinking that it would really be easy fishing here. I was dead wrong. For the whole of 3 hours, there were only 3 catches (not by me) in a pond of 20-30 rods. Somehow, the fishes might have been accustomed to the fishing pressure here, and would be quite careful to "pounce" on any food here. I was using the housebrand mixture of dough. The fishes wouldn't even touch it. The most were some slight twitches on my 2 rods, and that was about it.

Dough didn't work. Added Kaya bread. No work also

This guy got a monster

Our corner on the left

The important aerator

Two wild animals

Perfect view to calm the mind

There's an aquarium beside the pond

But someone across did get a very good one. It seemed that the regulars here have their own mixture of dough, and do not use the bait prepared by the operator. The fish was making the reel screech noisily and put up a very good fight. The guy tried to land it but was careless, and the line snapped. What a waste. I thought it looked like a huge Patin. The other fishes caught were a Tilapia and another Patin.

At 1pm, I admitted defeat and packed. The experience kind of reinforce the idea that I wasn't keen on fishing in a pay pond. The dull wait for the fish to bite, in a shoulder to shoulder fishing environment, shared by buzzing houseflies and mosquitoes. Not quite my cup of tea.