Peacock Bass Pond, Semenyih – 24 JUL 2016
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir dan Batin to all our readers. I think over the pass 2 weeks, most of us including me were caught up with this joyous festive season. Visiting friends and families, simply to get together and celebrate Hari Raya. So my last trip was at the exotics with my new found friend, Brian who was on visit to Malaysia. It turns out to be a slow fishing day but it is part and parcel of any fishing trip. Some days are good and some days are bad. So I was bit itchy to head back to the water and try something new.
My prayers were heard and got a chance to try out a new attraction in Semenyih. Peacock Bass Pond. Thanks to Jep who shared the info on Facebook and manage book a slot at the new establishment. So me, Azrul and Haszuan were set to go out and try to land ourselves some good size peacock bass. It was situated up in Sungai Lalang, on the same path to Saujana D’Rimba fishing pond. The map shows you the final junction before reaching the Peacock Bass Pond, Semenyih.
The new Peacock Bass Semenyoh pond is actually a private pond. It is said that they stocked around 1000 bass and another 10 Giant Snakehead are also stocked in to the pond. It doesn’t open everyday though, I think right now the owner would only open on weekend to reduce the pressure and ensure bite rate is at an acceptable level. So for Sat – Sun, each day would have 2 slots (7am-12pm and 12pm-7pm) and right now only 2 boats are operational. So we took the Sunday morning slot and were fired up to start the day.
They provide a 12ft boat and a 55lb thruster to move around the small pond. It is sufficient for the the 3 of us and to bad I didn’t took a photo of that boat because were are just to excited to get it on haha. Out of many FW species, Peacock bass fishing is my weakest link. I find it hard to catch. However I am determine today I’m gonna catch one. We try to start the day as early as possible because that is the only best time for peacock bass fishing. As we maneuver around the pond, Haszuan started the day with a nice 30cm +- peacock bass on Senses Savior 50s.
At first we were starting with a lure that range 5-8cm and the pond is not that deep, more less about 1-2m. We were not getting any hits and we realize maybe the lure size is a bit too big for this pond. We down size it a bit to 3-5cm range. Haszuan already landed one on Senses Savior 50s, a 5cm sinking minnow. I started to use a much smaller lure and this time Tetraworks Poco2 has been called for duty. We can clearly see Peacock Bass were hammering baitfish along the banks. I started focusing on placing my tiny lure as close to the bank. 1ft out, half ft out still no strikes. Once I place the lure inches away from the banks, I starting getting hits and followers. Next cast, boom! finally caught my first Peacock Bass 2016 haha. Sounded pathetic as others are catching them easily haha but I’m getting there.
So we continue on fishing along edge of the water. It is hard to control when casting tiny lures. Sometimes you get it right and sometime you over throw it. As long as the lure landed on the strike zone, we were getting hit. Haszuan misses a couple using spoon and even I loss around 5 strike as the fish and the lure not connected properly. Including one massive top water explosion which could have been a Toman or even big Peacock Bass. As we continue on, the sun is getting higher and the bite rate on my poco2 was close to zero. The owner of the pond came by and handed us to try small Soft Plastic. 5cm size I guess.
One thing about SP is it requires a lot of patience when retrieving it underneath the water. It is a slow process, felling every ground structure, small twitch.. Not my thing. I never had any luck using SP. Except for controlled pond like Jugra, yeah I had some good success, but for SP in a natural setting seems a bit hard. Still I give it a go. Is was right until the end. when one of my cast was taken simultaneously by a small Peacock Bass. Lucky shot but haha that triggers my intuition to know more about SP usage.
Overall the pond is beautiful! It has a natural feel to it and very clean. The service was superb and the owners would guide us on how to effectively outsmart the Peacock Bass. To bad we didn’t stock up our micro lure, other wise it could have been a better result. So next time if you want to come here, be prepared and and bring 3-5cm lure range. As for me, I think its about time to learn how to use soft plastic as one of the main fishing technique. Thank you.
SEMENYIH PB POND – 0123107188