Friday, February 22, 2008

Plano Reel Case

During my previous trips to Hutan Melintang and Pulau Jarak, I saw some of the anglers on the boat using the Plano Reel Case. It looked very strong and could fit a few reels as well as a few spare spools in it. According to them, the case can be brought into the plane as a hand luggage. For frequent travelers and anglers who fish around the globe, this case would come in very handy for them.

I went to a few tackle shops around KL and Selangor and finally managed to find them at Fish Hunter, in KL. Without much hesitation, I decided to get one for myself. Although I am not doing any fishing which requires me to travel by plane at the moment, I could still use it when I travel by car and boat. A great place to store all my reels and spare spools.

:::... Plano Reel Case ...:::

:::... Part of Plano Tackle Systems ...:::

:::... Description on the reel case ...:::

:::... Plano The Reel Case ...:::

:::... Latch ...:::

:::... Tab for padlock ...:::

:::... Padding inside the case ...:::

:::... Padding inside the case ...:::

:::... Padding inside the case ...:::

:::... Padding inside the case ...:::

:::... With my reels in the case ...:::

:::... With some of my reels in the case ...:::

:::... The back of the reel case ...:::

:::... Latch on the reel case ...:::

:::... Decorated with some stickers ...:::

Monday, February 18, 2008

Aquaria KLCC Visit

Last year, during the Chinese New Year holidays, Navin and myself had a fishing trip to Rawang and One Fathom Bank. This year, due to some unavoidable events, we did not plan any fishing for the holidays. Instead, my girlfriend, her family and myself went to Aquaria KLCC to look at fishes. Well, if I can't catch them, might as well have a look at them.

Here are some pictures taken during the trip to Aquaria KLCC. Enjoy them.

:::... Magnificent Toman (Giant Snakehead) ...:::

:::... Toman aka Giant Snakehead ...:::

:::... Lampam I think ...:::

:::... Some ugly looking frog ...:::

:::... Tarantula Spider ...:::

:::... Errmm.... Catfish? ...:::

:::... Pacu. This fish looked like it weighted more that 10kg ...:::

:::... Arowana ...:::

:::... Giant Arapaima ...:::

:::... A tower of fish. Can do jigging. Hehehehe ...:::

:::... Cute looking fella ...:::

:::... Tapah ...:::

:::... Lion Fish ...:::

:::... Turtles ...:::

:::... A type of shark ...:::

:::... Giant Grouper ...:::

:::... Giant Grouper ...:::

:::... Teeth of a Sand Tiger Shark ...:::

:::... A School of Giant Trevally ...:::

:::... Sand Tiger Shark ...:::

:::... Eel. Don't know the type though ...:::

:::... I usually eat this fish at the local hawker centre. Grilled. ...:::

:::... A school of trevally ...:::

:::... Napoleon Wrasse ...:::

:::... Giant Grouper again ...:::

:::... Feeding time ...:::

:::... Shark feeding time ...:::

:::... Very brave diver ...:::

:::... Shark feeding time ...:::

:::... Such a lovely scene ...:::

That is about all the pictures that I have. I didn't take the initiative to note down all the type of fish that was in the Aquaria KLCC. Sorry if I had accidentally identified any of the fish wrongly. Leave a comment and I will correct them accordingly.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Was it a Pacu or A Piranha?

I was browsing The Star Online this morning when I chanced upon this article. Below is a copy of the article.

Fish attacks fisherman in Jerantut

A FISHERMAN in Sungai Tembeling, Jerantut, was bitten in the leg by a fish suspected to belong to the piranha species, Utusan Malaysia reported.

Adanan Nipah, 54, was about to release the 25cm-long fish which was trapped in his net at 10pm on Monday when it repeatedly bit his right leg.

“I caught the fish and put it in a polystyrene container. Then I noticed that my leg had started to swell.

“I've never heard of any fisherman being attacked by fish in Sungai Tembeling,” he said.

~Source : The Star Online


This news actually appeared yesterday in the local Malay newspaper and it created some buzz at the Local Fishing Forum. Click on this link to view the entire thread.

This news got me wondering. Was it a Pacu or was it a Piranha. Pacu is quite famous here in Malaysia and a lot payponds stock them as they provide great fight on light tackle. I did a search on Wikipedia and this is what I managed to find out.

Pacu is a common name used to refer to several species of South American freshwater fish that are closely related to the piranha. They are mainly herbivores, but will also eat small fish, insects, and meat on fishing lures. Their teeth, which may resemble human teeth, are used to cut through vegetation and crush seeds that fall into the water. Pacu and piranha are distinguished from each other by their teeth and jaw alignments; piranha have pointed, razor-sharp teeth in a pronounced underbite, whereas pacu have square, straight teeth in a less severe underbite, or a slight overbite. Additionally, full-grown pacu are much larger than piranha.

A piranha or piraƱa is a member of a family of omnivorous freshwater fish which live in South American rivers. In Venezuelan rivers they are called caribes. They are known for their sharp teeth and an aggressive appetite for meat.

If indeed the fish that attacked the poor fisherman was a piranha, then what brought them to Malaysia? Illegal import? For years the Malaysian anglers have been having problems with the Peacock Bass which is a non native fish introduced some 10 years ago. Now, most of the lakes and some rivers are infested with them. Who is to be blamed? What should be done to overcome this problem?