THYE FISHING VILLAGE – 24 OCT 2014
Heading towards the last quarter of the year, monsoon season has already begun and closing the east coast of any fishing activity. Royal Belum and Kenyir is definitely in my to do list this year to experience first hand fishing during the Monsoon season. October and November is a good time to revisit several great fishing spot like Thye Fishing Village and Tiger Five Saltwater Fishing Pond.
Thus I decided to start with a small group outing to Thye Fishing Village along with Andrew Griffin, Shamin Shaimah and Naweshad. This will be their first ever trip up North of Malaysia. Both Andrew and Shamin are reputable angling blogger and it is always a great to share our experience and dreams so that we can move forward with our content and improve our site further.
This is a 2 day trip and this post will highlight all our fishing activity in Day 1. We begin our day at 8.00am and the rendezvous point is at Andrew’s house. We begin our ice breaking session and we all seems to click in pretty well. Our journey begins at 9.00am and it only took 3 hours to reach our destination. All four of us has been sharing our experience and with all the chit chatting shortens the travel time haha.
Confusion in the booking adds up the thrill to this trip haha. Luckily the room that I booked is available and we waste no and begin our fishing session. Started the session with Yozuri 3D popper and to my surprise it took the popper! Bahaha! This is pretty cool! All the sudden, there is a surge af adrenaline pumping in my vain when I watch a Barramundi started to attack my surface lure.
Officially, this is the first Barramundi @ Siakap for the year 2014 🙂
Lucky Barramundi @ Siakap fallen for Yozuri 3D Popper!
Andrew first Barramundi in Day 1
Here you can use multiple technique from lure fishing, bottom fishing and live baiting. Day 1, my only focus was to lure fishing during the day and bottom fishing in between rest session. This should maximize our chance in landing exotic species like the milkfish and ladyfish. What amazes me is the effectiveness of surface lures and grub soft plastic that triggers the fish to attack the lure. Although the effectiveness rate is likely to be 10 out of 50. Still both item is a must have lure in your tackle box should you visit Thye Fishing Village. Timing and presentation of the lure is very important to entice the Siakap to give a go at what we are throwing at them.
Grub works very well in this pond, this Siakap @ Barramundi fallen for the redhead grub! Nash first score!
In action! Nash hard work finally paid off!
We drove all the from KL to Kedah, is it worth it? YES!
Hook remover, Pliers, Lip Grip and Landing Net are essential tools to ensure the fish is managed properly and released safely 🙂
Shamin with one of her many Barramundi @ Siakap in Day 1
Bait fishing is another method and the bait that use can either be sardines or small mackerel and pallets. Cut sardines, mackerel and pallet has better chance in enticing Barramundi @ Siakap with a probability score of 20 out of 50. Between pallet and cut fish, pallet works even better as that is the source of food that the fish farmer has been using to feed them. Throw a couple in the water you don’t have to wait long for the Barramundi to go crazy over it haha.
Muscle fatigue will happen when you hook to many fish lol!
Light setup less then 10lb rod rating, 15lb mainline, small reels is what I recommended. It add up the pleasure of fighting Barramundi which has strong fast swim and sometimes put a great acrobatic show as it jumps out of the water. The usage of circle hook is highly recommended and 5/0 size suits well or even smaller. However occasionally we experienced our circle hook caught deep in the fish guts. This can be avoided with shorter slack time given when the fish take our bait. It will reduce the chance of deep hooked circle hook that will cause severe bleeding to the fish.
Light setup requires great control from the angler to balance the drag and the fighting mechanism to ensure the reel and line is not heavily loaded.
Shamin, The Girl on Fire! Indeed she caught the largest Barramundi, weighing 12lb.
We continue fishing during the evening and ended the day around 9.00pm. Lure fishing using hard lures kick off again, had a couple of aggressive takes but I did not manage to hooked it properly. Its a great start to the day and we enjoyed our first day outing. We manage to head to one of our GoPancingMalaysia friend who is currently on a wedding event just near Thye Fishing Village. Thank you for the dinner and hopefully tomorrow will be another great day for the rest of us!
Watching a beautiful sunset is a great way to energize yourself after a good day of fishing, and a great way for us to appreciate our beautiful life 🙂