Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Fishing Land, Sri Kembangan

Location : Fishing Land, Sri Kembangan
Date : 16 July 2006
Time : 8.00 am - 12.30 pm
Bait used : Lures and live baby seluang
Price : RM26.00 per person.
Total Catch : Peacock Bass - 3 (2 by me on lure, 1 by Pacu on live seluang), Toman - 1 (By Rortate on lure)

A bunch of us from Malaysian Fishing Forum (MFN) decided to get together and attack Fishing Land in Sri Kembangan. The participants on that day were Rorytate, his girlfriend Vinnie, Pacu, 4sun and yours trully Krazie Fishie.

Everyone had their reason for going fishing that day. I was aiming for my first ever fish on lure, Pacu, Rorytate and Vinnie were there for the fun of it and 4sun was there to horne his baitcasting skills from sifu Rorytate.

:::... View of the lake ...:::

:::... A different view of the lake ...:::

:::... Jetty for land based anglers...:::

All of us met up at a mamak shop for our breakfast before proceeding to the pond. Once we arrived at the pond, Rorytate showed 4sun a few pointers on the proper baitcasting techniques. After that short lesson, we all boarded the boat and started to row out and find our lubuk to fish from. 4sun and me shared a boat, while Rorytate, Vinnie and Pacu were on another boat.

:::... Rorytate, Vinnie and Pacu ...:::

:::... 4sun horning his baitcasting skills ...:::

The day started of slowly. We we casting at every possible directions. I was trying out the various lures that I had in my collection. None of them seems to be interested in my lures. We shifted spot a few times.

Suddenly, I saw Rorytate engaging a fish. His rod was bent double. I stopped fishing and watched him. Below is what he had to say about the fish.

Rod: Shimano Exage XT light action rod(lure wt:4-10)
Reel: calcutta 50 with 15lb line(powerpro)
lure: Heddon Zara Puppy
Place: FishingLand

Was casting away with the lure all over the place and walking the dawgs.

Unexpectedly, there is a big splash and solid strike and i thought it's a big PB due to the way it was running away. Line is stripping slowly and under control. SUDDENLY, it kicks and start running even faster and faster. I got no choice as my drag is at mid and it keep stripping. SPLASH~! It's going furthur and furthur. My rod bends at breaking point, can feel the line is like a guitar string with the vibes. It's definitely not a PB now. As i do not have choice to control the fish(it's a ferocious one - can feel the fish is shaking the lure off), instructed my partner to lift the anchor and to go nearer to the fish. The line is still stripping and you will not believe the sound of the line being stripped out. It's a fast and breaking point sound!

POP! DAMN ! Damn ........

Snapped....sigh..as i was reeling in i felt minimal pressure at the end of the line. Damn the clip opened..sigh......then i felt a heavier pressure....??..my lure is still there....as i lifted up my lure, one of my hooks is straightened.....dang!

Analysed my lure, the marks are extremely bad, deep and loads of teeth bites.

Well, thought i missed the big one, tried again, casted my Zara puppy and continue with the doggie style. Hmmn...how come i dont see my lure?? Reeled in and realised that the big one actually puntured the lure!! Another lure down the drain......

My conclusion and lesson learnt:
The drag should not be too tight as you may straightened the hooks.
To my experience on Toman, there was not a toman can do that, and i believe the one i striked was a HUGE one. The teeth marks are so bad that you wont believe it.

:::... Rorytate engaging in a fight ...:::

:::... Moments before he lost the fish ...:::

Soon after that Rorytate managed to land a juvenile toman. The fish was successfully caught and released.

Then it was my turn to get some action. I was casting using my Halco Sorcerer lure. I was reeling my line in when I felt something taking my lure. Wooohooo....!!!!! My first ever fish on lure. It was a small Peacock Bass. Although small, I will always be my most cherished moment in fishing.

:::... First ever fish on lure ...:::

Shortly after that, I got my second fish. I was using the same lure. Hehehhe... must be my lucky day.

:::... My second fish for the day ...:::

:::... Peacock Bass on Halco Sorcerer ...:::

After that, the action kinda slowed down. The sun was starting to come out from behind the clouds and we were getting roasted. After a couple of casting for haruan, we decided to call it a day and head to the shore.

I would like to thank Rorytate, Vinnie, Pacu and 4sun for the great time last sunday. Hope to do more fishing with the all of you in the coming months to come.

Monday, July 10, 2006


Recently, while cleaning my fishing rods, I found that one of my rod had a hairline crack.

:::... Shakespeare "Connoisseur" ...:::

Technical Specifications
Shakespeare “Connoisseur”
Model : SC 662
Action : Medium Light, Fast Action
Line Weight : 8 – 15 lb
Length : 6’6” (2 pieces)

:::... Krazie Fishie's Shakespeare Connoisseur ...:::

This particular rod hold many fond memories for me. This was my first rod. I still remember the day I purchased this rod.

I was fresh out of college and had just started my first job. When I got my first paycheck, I called up my cousin and headed off to the nearest tackle shop to purchase a new rod and reel.

After going thru the numerous racks of rods that were on display, this particular rod caught my eyes. I decided to purchase this rod and paired it with an Abu Garcia Cardinal 302. This was way back in early 2003.

Fast forward to the present time... I was cleaning my rods and I found a hairline crack. At first I thought that it was just a scratch on the rod.

:::... Not so visible crack ...:::

Upon closer inspection, the scratch was more visible. It didn't look like a scratch at all. It was a crack. When pressure is applied to the rod, the crack is visible.

:::... The crack is clearly visible when pressure is applied to the rod ...:::

After all the memories that the rod has given me, I think it is only appropriate that I retire this rod from active service. From now on, I will be proudly displayed in my room, among the other fishing tackle. This rod has had its fair share of ups and downs. At least it did not break. If it would have broke, I would have been very dissapointed. At least in its current state, it still looks majestic and stands tall.

.....REST IN PEACE.....

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Are You A SMART Angler?

Today’s anglers have access to more information about their sport than ever before. We know more about the fish we are after and the places they live. We have at our disposal many different techniques and lures. In short, fishing today can be a complicated sport – if we let it! The letters in the word ‘SMART’ should help you on some basics.

Safety First
  1. Wear your life jacket. It floats – you don’t.
  2. Fishing on ice or cold water calls for extra caution. Cold water kills!
  3. If you fish from a boat, take a safe boating course.
  4. Watch those hooks!
Good outdoor Manners are important
Anglers need to have good manners towards other people, especially other anglers and landowners. Conservation, or good manners towards the environment, is also important.

Good manners towards the environment include:
  • Not littering or polluting – while on the stream or not!
  • Picking up trash that you find.
  • Using the resource wisely.
  • Following regulations.
  • Thread lightly, leave only footprints.
Good manner toward others include:
  • Asking permission from landowners to enter their land to fish.
  • Respecting the landowner by not littering and closing gates behind you.
  • Giving other anglers plenty of space to fish.
Appreciate clean water.
Without clean water, there are no fish. Learn all you can about the fish you are after and the places they live. This way, you will become a better angler. You might also become a better conservationist! Do all you can to protect our water resources.

Keep only those fish you can eat. Release the rest of your catch.
  • Take care of your catch – whether you are keeping it or releasing it!
Remember there is nothing wrong with keeping a few fish for meal. Just don’t fill the freezer only to have the fish to go to waste. Take care of the fish for the skillet. Don’t ruin a good meal because you neglected to take care of the fish.

If you plan to release your catch:
  • Land the fish quickly.
  • Keep the fish in the water as much as possible.
  • Handle the fish as little as possible.
  • Quickly remove the hook(s)
  • Return the fish to the water quickly.
  • If necessary, revive the fish by gently moving it back and forth in the water.
Teach others to be SMART anglers.
The future of our sport is in our hands. We need the support of non-anglers and anglers if fishing is to remain a part of our culture. Young and new anglers need to learn these basic ideas. Why not take someone under your “fin” and teach them to be SMART angler.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Putra Perdana Pond

It has been quite some time since I had gone out fishing and updated my blog. A lot things happening during the weekends, thus fishing put on hold. Even my regular fishing kaki is not able to fish due to increase in job responsibilities and studies.

Yesterday (2 July 2006), after dropping off by kid brother in the university (He was offer a place in UPM, doing his degree inPetro-Chemical), I proceeded to a lake near Putra Perdana in Puchong. According to the locals there, the lake holds a variety of fish. Haruan, Toman (?), Tilapia, Patin and catfish.

:::... View of Lake ...:::

:::... View Of Lake ...:::

:::...View of Lake ...:::

I tried my hands at casting. I still haven't caught anthing on lure before. Maybe today was my lucky day. Initially when I began casting with lures about two months ago, I only had about 3 lures with me. Yesterday when I went casting, I had about 20+ lures at my disposal. Tried each and every one of them. I did about 20 cast using each lures. Just to try out the effectiveness and swim action of the lure.

:::... My lures ...:::

:::... Casting outfit. Abu Garcia Workhorse Rod and Shimano Slade 2500 reel ...:::

:::.. Came prepared ...:::

Sadly... there were no taker. Not even a single bite. Well, at least I managed to try out all my lures and didn't lose any of them.

I was casting for about 1 1/2 hours before I decided to pack up and leave.