TASIK BERIS, KEDAH – 10 JAN 2015
Tasik Beris marked as the opening act of 2015 for Fishyology to explore the best fishing location in Malaysia. I was on a trip to Kedah for 5 days and decided to go out fishing with GoPancingMalaysia.net northern territory members. I guess this what I like about GPM because of extensive network of anglers across Malaysia and they share the same passion as I am.
So we set the date, and time and our journey begins as early as 5am in the morning, pickup Tie in Sedaka and Shamril in Gurun. Tasik Beris is located in Sik, Kedah and it is famous for its Grape Vineyard. I was surprised that they are able to produce local grapes and I heard it was quite good. However grape was not on my menu today, Toman (Giant Snake Head) and Sebarau (Hampala Barb) will be my two main targets for Tasik Beris.
So basically, Tasik Beris is one of the hot spot for anglers that enjoys freshwater fishing and boating activities. As we travel along Sik, and the sky was clear and the sun was just about to rise. The sun overshadowed by mountain range soothes my feeling and I was blessed to watch such a beautiful scenery. Tie manage to arrange our boats and we kick off our session around 8am after a good old fashion nasi goreng breakfast at the entry to the jetty.
We bid farewell to the owner 🙂
Our journey begins! 2015 here we come 🙂
Tasik Beris was one of the newest man made dam in Malaysia and it was developed in 2000. Not much information of the size of the dam and if you google Tasik Beris, all that came out was Grapes :D. It was a beautiful place with tree structures and top water grass filled the lake, becoming a natural habitat for the fishes to spawn and seek refuge from predators and anglers haha.
We started the morning session casting spoons and jump frogs hoping that we can land a Sebarau or Toman. The weather was perfect for angling activity plus lots of top water activity. However they are not interested with what are at them. We continue on our journey across this vast lake the scenery was so captivating that I really enjoy this trip. Towards our lunch break, we did not manage to land anything and there is only minimal fish activity on the surface.
The water was so calm and we can see 200m of flat lake to spot any activity on the surface. We spot a few jumps but we are not sure what type of fish it was. We set back and had our lunch brake at the main river entry to the lake. We chatted on our experience so far but it seems I have way to go. It was good conversation accompanied by beautiful landscape and tasty lunch haha.
A quick selfie with Tie haha our guide today 🙂
Grass and underwater structure filled Tasik Beris, provides a perfect cover for predatory fish like Sebarau and Toman
Actively scout for surface activity to locate Toman, but there are no activity at all
The lake acts like a perfect mirror, reflecting the image of the sky 🙂 Beautiful!
Time was 2.00pm before we head back to continue our hunt for Toman and Sebarau. As soon as we hit open water, it drizzles and it is likely for the rain to stop. We continue on fishing but our effort has yet to be rewarded. We head to our starting point near the jetty and we ventured downstream to the old channel that acts as the main out-flowing river in Tasik Beris.
Finally, at the last possible moment, Shamril landed a Juvenile Sebarau!! The fight was ok for this size and rapala flatrap was the lure that scores our much needed fish haha. It was not long when Tie hooked another Sebarau using a small spoon. As time is running out fast, I submit that it is my day to go home empty handed haha. I have my fare share of glory day over the last few trip. For this trip, I guess I bring back home something that worth more than our trophy fish. Friendship and great memories 🙂
Tie our guide with his Baby Sebarau. Safely released for sustainability 🙂
Sebarau or Hampala Barb fallen for Rapala Flat Rap
The place was stunningly beautiful and it gets better during sunset. It was a perfect image and I wish if I have some sort device to share you the scene that I saw. My Iphone was not able to produce superior image but It’s up for you guys to find out the beauty of Tasik Beris.
We end our 2015 first report and stay tuned for more action from Fishyology and our team. Thank you!