Saturday, March 21, 2009

Who says Pulau Angsa has no good quality fish?

Catch report provided by Navin.

Date: 07-MAR-2009
Sea Condition: Air Mati/Air Bani
Location: Around Pulau Angsa, Selangor (2-3 secret spots)
Boatman: K’ (has over 20 years experience fishing in the local waters)
Time: 0900 hrs – 1730 hrs
Bait: Live Octopus
Method: Bottom Fishing
Fishos: George and Navin

Left KL at 7:30am, stopped at Batang Berjuntai to bungkus lunch. Another stop at Sg.Buloh market for some prawns (insurance) just in case, (as this is the first fishing trip with boatman K’). Arrived the jetty at 8:45am, parked the car, unloaded the gear, got some ice and departed without any delay.

I have been fishing Pulau Angsa waters since early 2000 and after some 12-15 trips there, the only noteworthy catch for me was a 8kg Pari (which was witnessed by Krazie Fishie). Other than that it is the usual gelama and tiga gigi. Pulau Angsa at one point was a good area for sizeable ikan bolos and Grade A fish such as the likes of Jenahak, Senangin, Tenggiri and others. However as many boatman would have it, those days are gone and over.

Both George and I was initially skeptical with this boatman nicknamed Mr.K’ who claimed that he only targets jenahak and Pari and he has never brought his customers home empty handed. Also the price of RM8 per octopus got us thinking if we were falling into yet one of those talk only no catch fishing trip.

However after experiencing this wonderful day out fishing I take back all my doubts and queries and salute this boatman called K’. He is not only professional but also honest and very generous with sharing information and tips. How many boatman’s such as this do you come across these days? I knew of one boatman who would just take us out about 30 minutes journey into the waters of Pulau Angsa, drop anchor and fades of to dreamland. He gets irritated when asked to change spots. Well this boatman was unlike that and I am so convinced with his experience and knowledge as it has been proven, that I am intending to make a trip a month to the waters of Pulau Angsa. It is not only close to KL (approx. 1 hour drive) but also protected from rough waters, strong winds and other elements of a perfect storm which I had recently encountered during my recent trip to OFB in Nov 2008.

Catch Update:
9:45 – 11:15am – Total 4 Jenahak’s and 1 Sembilang
3:45 – 5:15pm – Total 10 Jenahak

The above was the peak when the strikes came without having to wait long intervals. We also had live prawns rigged up on one rod for the passing pari. Pari’s here range from a minimum of 5kgs to 30kgs. This trip we did not hook-up any. According to the boatman other than Jenahak and Pari, there are some other lubuks within close proximity that could yield Ikan Merah and bigger Jenahaks. We intend to try these places the next time around and also venture for some tiga gigi for perhaps 1-2 hours when the jenahak’s are not around.

Total Catch by individual:
George (2 rods for jenahak, 1 rod other species)
1) Jenahak 1.3kgs
2) Jenahak 1.0kgs
3) Jenahak 1.0kgs
4) Jenahak 0.5kgs
Total: 3.8kgs

Boatman (2 rods for jenahak)
1) Jenahak 1.7kgs
2) Jenahak 1.4kgs
3) Jenahak 1.3kgs
4) Jenahak 1.3kgs
Total: 5.7kgs

Navin (2 rods for jenahak, 1 rod for other species)
1) Jenahak 2.0kgs
2) Jenahak 1.7kgs
3) Jenahak 1.4kgs
4) Jenahak 1.3kgs
5) Jenahak 0.5kgs
6) Jenahak 0.4kgs
7) Sembilang 0.6kgs
Total: 7.9kgs

Total Catch by three of us:
14 Jenahak @ 16.8kgs and 1 Sembilang @0.6kgs

I must say this is indeed one of my best trips thus far in terms of quality and quantity of grade A catch. Krazie Fishie – please do post this article together with the photos to your blog soon.

Many thanks,