FISH VALLEY, SEMENYIH – 13 MAY 2014
Our last visit to Fish Valley, Semenyih was a great outing, that is when we were fishing at the Catch and Release pond. After a few days, Andrew text me that he saw a blog post of Toman fishing in Fish Valley, Semenyih. Then I remember a few month ago, Badrul did mentioned that Fish Valley will open its own Toman pond just like the one in Jurassic Fishing Pond, Rawang which was already closed last year. Andrew is eager in removing Toman out of his Bucket list! Thus I set a date which is on 13 May to try out the Toman Pond.
Luckily my home was not far from fishing valley. I drop by 4 days before our trip and ask some questions regarding the modus operandi of the designated pond. The damage is RM100 for 4 hours. The pond is only open during public holiday and weekends. Only two sessions per open day which is 7.30am til 11.30am or 3.00pm til 7.00pm. After reading the blog report, they suggest that any lures would work may it be top water or deep diver and the toman are in Frenzy Mode! during early morning gradually slowed down towards the closing hours of the morning session. I assume that it will become frenzy again towards late evening. I decided only to join Andrew and Badrul that morning as I would like to be their photographer on that day as this is a defining moment for AG. Me and Badrul arrive at the pond around 7.30 then I say AG was already fighting with a TOMAN!! or Giant Snake Head!!.
AG told me that he was not even sure what type lure to use and he say the other guys (4 of them) use all sorts of lures. The first catch was s Starlit brand lure. A sub-walk dive pencil which dives less then 1 ft. After three tries, one lucky Toman or GSH just can’t resist the wobbly lure. AG is on a Daiwa Crossbeat Spinning Rod with a 5-10lb rating paired with Shimano Ultegra 4000 with a 15lb mainline.
It only takes 3 cast and boom, Toman hits it!
3kg or 6.6lb specimen, great job!
Retake on our first score! Scratch it off from the bucket list!
Toman holding area for recovery process
After we end our photo session with our first Toman of the day, the pond keeper release the Toman into a holding area where it will give time for the Toman to recover after a heavy fight. In my opinion, it is a good practice to ensure the survival ability of the Toman in the pond. Manage to have long chat with the pond keeper, which is currently enroll in an internship course with Fish Valley, Semenyih for 6 month. He mentioned that there are at least 1 Tan of Toman and another 1 Tan of Pacu being released. They just opened the pond during labor day and I think within 1-3 month the bite rate will be phenomenal and maybe slowed down afterwards. So hurry! Haha.
While chit chatting with the guy, AG score another one and this time was Pacu, hitting the same lure! This might turn out to be a great outing! The size of the pacu was not as big as the Catch and Release pond but on a light tackle yeah it is great fun as Pacu are a great fighter. After a while AG scores another Toman, this time he needs to work slightly harder as Toman frenzy has ended. The best spot for the Toman Pond is at the center of it as there is a man made structure where Toman loves to hangout haha.
AG with a nice Pacu! AG 2 – BH 0 hehe
AG’s pulling away with a third of the day and Toman No2!! AG 3 – BH 0
This time was on White Colored SP Lure
Badrul had tried all sorts of lures and different color combination but still no fish is keen in having a go on what he has to offer. Only a couple of late charge by the Toman but none are keen enough to fully strike the lure. I suggested that try a deeper lure as now Toman are probably in Mid-Water thus I vibration lure would do the trick. Switched to the Rapala Rattlin 5 and once the lure hit the water, first turn of the Daiwa J-Dream 5.3, Bang!! a Pacu hits the lure.
Badrul pull one back in style hehe
I think all the Pacu in this pond is similar in size. Current score! AG 3 – BH 1
This fish put a good fight!
It all went quiet after the first 2 hours as the current score is 3-1. A couple of Toman surfaces near the man made structure and sending a lure down the area is difficult as it is very far from where we are standing. AG manage to send one dead center and soon another fish hit the same lure that ends his long waiting list in landing a Toman. They way the fish fights does look like Toman at the end of the line.
Hatrik! No5 of the day! AG is pulling away haha
Badrul not going down easily, Rapala Shad Rap did the trip with this nice native Catfish or Baung. Current score AG 4 – BH 2
Final 30 minutes and sun is directly above our head, it seems AG will win this casting battle haha. Nothing to serious just pure fun under the sun. AG manage to land the last fish of the day which is another pacu. With RM100 for 4 hours of fishing plus the beautiful sceneray and good food is only in walking distance. Fish Valley, Semenyih will definitely become one of the best and proper fishing pond in Malaysia. We end the day at 11.30pm and manage to chat with the owner of FV. He has other plans which includes opening another pond which he will stock with a new breed of catfish. It is said to be stronger then the Asian Redtail or the Amazonian Catfsish but this will be realize another 3-4 year hopefully. We ended the day with a nice lunch at the restaurant, and that is for now from Fishyology.com and thank you for reading!!
7th and final catch of the day. AG wins with a 5-2 score. Better luck next time buddy!