FISH VALLEY, SEMENYIH – 18 OCT 2014
After 5-6 years of my fishing quest in Fish Valley, I believe its about to come to an end. I have captured most of the species that it has to offer using different technique and bait, it seems only one species which I have yet to caught on regular basis, The Mekong Catfish. Within 6 years, only twice I have come face to face with this formidable foe and on both occasion, I have only won one battle and lost another. Finding the perfect bait that works on all species was no easy task. Currently, I am perfecting another technique “Floating Bread” which I learn from my friend Mahfuz who was fishing regularly in Fish Valley.
This time also mark the first time for my lovely friend Suzie Sulaiman who wanted to try out her first fishing outing. So we decided to set the date on the 18th, but during the day, it was raining heavily and we could only start our fishing session at 5.00pm. As usual, the bait that are we going to use today is flavored buns which you can buy at any grocery store. I believe any brand or flavoring would do as today I am using plain small Buns which I bought at Giant.
The basic idea was to attach the hook to the bun and tied it with a rubber band. This is to ensure the bun still holds its floating characteristic and the rubber band will hold the hook in place. Casting distance was the setback of this technique, in order to cast further, this sort of bait might require extra rubber band securing the hook and the bait.
The basic fundemantal of “Floating Bread”, you can use all sort of bread, number of hooks and type of preferred leader either fluorocarbon or braided line. My setting? Single Hook tied to a fluorocarbon leader and that’s it.
After a few cast and chumming the water with bread. We can see lots of surface activity with fishes starting to feed on the floating bread. It was not long when we had our first strike. It was a Common-Carp and really does not put a good fight as it was already giving in during our first pull. Still a promising start to the day since we only have 2.5 hours of fishing.
Common-Carp our first “Floating-Bread” technique victim haha
Beautiful golden colored Common-Carp
Things got quite after our first fish, but still there is a lot of surface activity which looks like Mekong Catfish. They don’t seem to like plain bun and most of time, our opponent seems to be good in avoiding the hooks haha. After finishing m first tray of bun, we switch location and cast slightly near to the restaurant.
It only takes few second before an aggressive species takes the bait. I quickly hooked it for Suzie and pass her the rod so that she can wrestle the fish to submission. This time the fish is putting a good fight and Suzie is enjoying her first real battle. As expected it was a large Pacu. I wanted Suzie to hold the fish, but Pacu is a strong fish and it is likely to went berserk we land it. So I took the liberty to photo our catch :).
Huge Pacu just could not resist our easy meal haha
Suzie’s final fish proves to be her toughest challenger yet. It strikes pretty hard on our floating bread and and fought harder then the Pacu. This is the first time I’ve seen an aggressive species besides Pacu taken our bait in Fish Valley. It could either be a Rohu or Patin. After a few minutes, finally the fish emerge from the water and it was a huge Sultan Fish! Never knew they stocked Sultan Fish in the catch and release pond. Sultan Fish will become our latest addition to our long list of species caught in Fish Valley.
We ended the day quite late in the evening. It is always good to guide new comer to expose their self to angling and learn the fundamental of fishing and hopefully we will be back for more fishing activity and I hope others would give a chance to learn about this beautiful hobby 🙂
Hanging on dearly for her first real contender!! Not bad for a first timer!
Sultan Fish or Jelawat will be our new addition to the our long list of fish caught in Fish Valley
Suzie with her trophy catch of the day! Sultan Fish!