NEFFP, RAWANG – 31 AUG 2015
Fishing marathon, 2 days in Royal Belum and head straight to the Natural Exotic Fish Fishing Pond. Today’s trip is special for me as I need to guide an 8 year old kiddo who wants to explore more about fishing. I have been communication with Mark (the father) over the past week and we finalize our outing would be at the NEFFP, Rawang.
It would be a basic FW outing, baiting Asian Redtail Catfish and Amazonian Catfish with fish cutlets that are easy and effective. The only thing that keeps playing on my mind is that a 8 year old kid would find it a bit hard to work on a heavy rod and reel. I can’t go light as it would be too dangerous on the equipment. I decided to go for a medium size reel and a slightly elastic and heavier rod. I head back from Royal Belum at 12.00pm and arrived in Rawang at 6.30pm. We can only begin our fishing session as Mark Family were lost due to the wrong information that is available on the internet about the exact location of NEFFP.
As they arrived, the kid was very small and I am a bit worried because Amazonian can be tough to land but I give the kid a shot and off we go for our first cast of the day. No more Keli for baitfish in NEFFP. Last time there is Lampam and Keli now only Lampam. Bought a few and throw one line on live bait and the other on Lampam cutlet. I doesn’t took long before the fish took the bait and the kid is hot on his first task!
First impression, the kid knows basic control on when to reel and pull the fish. That is very rare for those who has very few fishing outings before. Forgive the positioning of the rod, He’s an 8 years old working on a medium heavy setup!
10 minutes later, finally he manage to land his first ever Amazonian Catfish. The parents were surprised and I was surprised too. This kid just keep pulling and reeling the reel until the fish submits defeats. RESPECT!
The other rod on live bait also hooked during the battle but it broke the line easily. I took the time to rebuild the rigs and recast again. This time 2 lines on fish cutlets. Soon both rod were taken and soon it was a father and son showdown. Both fish were hooked properly and its Fish On!
Fish on! His second of the day. It really surprises me how he has enough energy to fight such a huge fish. Back pain, and muscle cramps around the arms are some of the usual body pain after a prolong battle with a fish. But he keeps on going 🙂
Mark’s turn to fight the exotic fish at NEFFP. It went straight to the restaurant but soon he is able to stop the fish and reel it home. The gear in the reel slipped but lucky we have replacement reel 🙂
2 Good size Amazonians will put a smile in your face. Fishing is a great example for a Father and Son time outing. You guys should try this too 🙂
The father and son tried it so now its the mother turn haha. I cast out again on the same setup as last time, 2 lines on fish cutlets. We keeps getting one hookup after another but the circle hook slips easily from the large mouth. It is normal for the hook to slip as it was not given enough time for the hook to properly hooked the fish at the edge of the mouth.
I only use circle hook for bait fishing for predatory fish as it reduces the injury and mortality rate. After a while, one fish was properly hooked and this time it was the mother’s turn. She refuses to be the next person to reel in the fish but this time we all insisted that at least she must do this once. She took the challenge and begin probably one of her best fishing battle she will ever experienced.
With heavy setup, it will be less torturing when battling an exotic species here in NEFFP. First glimpse looks like a different species then the Amazonian Catfish.
Asian Redtail fish! Another FW monsters of Asia! Way to go mom lol 😀
Mark with our largest Amazonian Catfish, probably weighing more than 15kg. Too bad I didn’t bring my scale. After a long battle, He hardly have enough energy to hold the fish! That’s what I called a River Monster!
Heading towards our final hour, we had a couple more strikes buteach time the fish would earn is freedom. It must have been more than 10 miss hits and manage to land 6. All we need now is just one more fish to sealed our outing. It was mean’t to be, and my new young padawan just hooked another fish.
Sweating, tanned and exhausted, this kid never gave up and on his way to his 4th fish of the day! It looks like another Amazonian on its way!
Lucky no 7, our 7th fish of the day. Could have landed more but that is just how they fishing is. Really proud to have guided Mark’s family and hopefully we will be having other greater trips in the future and hopefully someone is hooked for life 🙂