NEFFP, RAWANG – 6 JAN 2016
2016 opener, we visit the Natural Exotic Fish Fishing Pond, Rawang. This time with Wayne and Grace, who travel all the way from San Francisco, California. Both of them is on Malaysia tour and decided to stop over in KL to do some fishing. Planning has been made months ago and I have been providing great insights on which location should they choose, finally we decided to head down to NEFFP. Weather forecast suggests that it will be hot and sunny sky until early evening thus we begin our fishing session as early as possible.
Last trip in NEFFP was back in OCT 2015. That 10 year old kiddo did an amazing job taming the ruthless Amazon and Asian Redtail Catfish. This time it’s up to Wayne and Grace to challenge the formidable river monsters. Traffic from KL to Rawang was clear as I manage to avoid early rush hour to the office. We soon arrive at our destination and begin our fishing session right away.
The best record so far was set in OCT, 14 fish landed from a possible 19. Today I am looking to top that set a new standard and better landed rate percentage. Thanks to some great tips from Asrazi, we have improvised our bait selection and rigging. PE6 Rating paired with a 8000 class reel should do the job in fending off the strong pull of the fish here. As soon as we get to our best fishing spot, we cast or first bait and it doesn’t took long before we are on route to our first fish of the day. Wayne did well hooking the fish and controlling it all the way to end.
The characteristic of Amazon and Asian Redtail Catfish would use its sensitive whiskers to source food. The usual catfish cutlet is a good bait, but let it overnight outside the freezers proves to be a better option. Asians and Amazonians can quickly pick up the scent and nailed the bait. We were landed 3 out possible 5 in the first one hour proving that it is a good bait option.
No time to waste, first cast – Fish ON!!
Asian Redtail Catfish, first fish of the day!
Grace is up next as we encourage her try a reel one in. She never has done any fishing in her life, reelin in one fish from exotic is like a small mountain climb for first timers. It’s not that this fish fought very hard, but on heavy gear and top with hard pulling Asian Redtail is a little bit hard for first timers. Although she struggles to land one in, finally she scored her first fish.
Grace on route to land her first fish
Our second Asian Redtail Catfish
Grace pose with one of many Amazonian Catfish landed today 🙂
We continue on, and switch spot to explore a wider area. Stinky fish cutlets prove to be wondrous bait for the catfish. Next two hook-up was bit tough to handle. Bigger specimens tend to peel lines easily and head straight to the restaurant in their bid to cut the line and twice they manage to do it. Even on 60lb shock leader and 75lb main line it is still tough to stop them.
Disappointed by the missed opportunity, we buckle up and land 7 in a row to compensate that disappointment, including a Wallago. That Wallago took the bait when I was retrieving the line across shallow banks. I pass the rod to Wayne and he landed a beautiful and rare Wallago of the Exotics fishing pond.
It has a long body just like the Knife Fish or more like the African Catfish. Pointy needle like tooth filled the mouth of the fish and it must have been feeding just at the banks. Scavenging for bait leftovers and it has the same characteristic shown to large Amazonian who roam the banks to look for food.
The largest Amazonian Catfish landed today.
Our trophy catch of the day, Wallago! A native predatory river monsters that inhabits the Malaysian waters.
Finally she did it again! Using all strength that’s left in her, she scores a beautiful Amazonian 🙂
Clear blue sky, the fish is biting.. Perfect day 🙂
Wayne and Grace.. You guys are awesome 🙂
Fishing might not be a common “dating” activity for most people here, but it can be great ways spend your time with your love ones. Once you landed your first fish, you would probably hooked for life J. The finally tally 17 out of possible 22. A new record being set on this day and we had wonderful time fishing with Wayne and Grace. If one day I’ll be there in San Francisco, I know I had a friend who I can count on.
We had a great time. Thanks for guiding us! Hopefully, I will be back again and we can catch many other species.