Monday, April 8, 2013

Taman Negara Pahang

As promised to my nephew that I will take him camping & fishing,... after waiting for several months, here we are off to Pahang National Park.....A 4 hours transfer from KL, we reached there in the morning... unloading our stuffs at the pick up point....
We took off after loading our stuffs on to the long boat,... and this will take us another 3 - 4 hours (depending on the water level condition) boat ride journey to reach camp site....
The night drive was a tiring journey, I doze off in the long boat ride... When I woke up, we were still not at our camp site yet.....
Setting up a nice and comfortable tent after the long boat ride to the camp site...
After putting up the tent under the hot sun, my younger brother eagerly having a splash with my nephew in the cold calm stream.....
My nephew Benjamin proudly holding up someone's catch... just for his memorable shot...Hah hah hah!
Yep! After an 'exciting' fight with his prey, he finally concurred a spiny eel fish....
Some delicious Red Masheers kept for our consumption later that night....
Helping out to prepare our meal.....
Bed time stories for my nephew after the meal....and zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Fresh air, nice weather and beautiful scenes the next morning....
I took a short stroll along the banks, and this is my only result doing casting that morning..... Cheers!
Packing up things and heading home back down the river.....
On the way down the river, my nephew already asking me, "When are you bringing me here again?"...Hahaha... not too soon my dear....

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Giant Snakehead Attraction

Ayer Ganda,... one of my favourite places to fish for Giant snakehead (Toman)..... slow sunrise in the morning with cooling breeze around the water has welcomed me to return to this water.... 
This time a couple from France,.. Julien and his wife Magdalina had come for the Toman challenge...
Toman fishing in Malaysia is not an easy game for a beginner who is not so experienced in lure casting method.... Normally the first day is just a warm up practice for the first timer, but some will have beginner's luck to start with.......
A hot afternoon break under the shade of the rubber trees.....
Curiosity has brought Magdalina scouring around the rubber tree plantation....
Sight fishing Toman is kind of a waiting game also,... where by you have to get ready to cast a lure to a fish at anytime... and patiently wait for the Toman to surface for air... Of course a lightning fast cast a lure into it's striking zone requires a hell of a casting skill....
 And it is a total satisfaction once you really catch it.... 
Toman fishing is a very challenging fishing game,... patience, fast casting and accuracy are the 3 most essential method ingredient of all.... Besides that you need to fight the powerful Toman out from it's refuge near the structures.... 
 Beautiful catches from Julien during the trip......
 Hope they will be back soon for another exciting escapade.....

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Exotic Amazon Game Fish - Aimara

I wish to apologise for being away for a long while since my last update a year ago.... Here is one of my trip to South America again, but this time I went to French Guiana (an oversea region of France) for hunt of Aimara the Wolf Fish.... After a long flight from Singapore via Paris, I finally reach there 2 days later and quickly bunk in the jungle hut before we transfer to the water......
Woke up the next morning and setting up to go to the fishing ground....
Well checked the food and gasoline before depart....
After a few hours of ground and water transfer, finally I had reached the floating rest house where I was going to stay during my fishing here......
The rain started to fall heavily that evening,... And what do you know.... the guide said this is the start of the raining season.... and it is going to be like this for the whole week during our stay.....hard to imagine how it is going to affect the fishing conditions.....
Our first day of fishing....
After a few hours of trying,... I landed my fist Aimara (Hoplias aimara)... It is small but I am excited of its exotic appearance and aggressive to attack the surface lure....
Foul hooked a bait fish....
Caught a slightly bigger Wolf Fish when the rain started to fall again.....
Nothing turned up after the rain stopped.... I called it a day and went back to the floating rest house....
The second day we tried at the fast flowing water near the river mouth.....
Yes! Caught a decent sized Aimara....What a powerful, aggressive and prehistoric looking fish, I can't believe it really gave a good fight under the strong current.....

Look at its fearsome teeth.... that's how it crush the lures....
This Aimara weight 11 kg.... it was my biggest catch during the trip... but I heard some anglers caught more than 20kg specimens from this river....
No matter how many times I look at the big mouth of this Aimara Wolf Fish,... I am always still impressed with its awesome features.....
Meanwhile at the floating rest house you can catch some Carp fish for a little pass time....
This strange looking fish "Kamenourou" (Leporinus friderici friderici) in these waters fight strongly too.....
This Threespoted leoporinus "Kamenourou" has a very sharp human like teeth..... it will bite you if you are careless....
Plenty of catches all around......
Some other unknown fishes....
Plenty of food & beverages served during our stay at the floating hotel.....
Effective lures that were used for this fishing trip.....
This popper lure is the best among the lot.....
The raining season brought abundant of water flowing down the rivers.....
And the giant Aimara ambushes in the fast running water for it's prey.....

It is hard to imagine how this fish can actually wait & hide in the fast flowing rapids....
Some wonderful catches of these great specimens,.... and thanks to my guide Dominique who has given his full undivided service to me.... Yeah! Beautiful catches.....
Admire at this fossil like looking creature.....
After shooting a few of my catches..... my cameraman Hoe was eager to try his luck too....
But, this is what he caught for his maiden hooked up...... Hahahah!....
After a few tries and more miss bites,... he finally hooked a big guy at a small rapid down stream..... This Aimara sure was a fighter,... its ferrocious, acrobatic and powerful fight is essential to all anglers.....
Happy catch by Hoe..... Awesome!!
Some flora in these waters....
Rain, rain, and more rain......
The Acoupa Weakfish (Cynoscion acoupa) some kind of freshwater croaker also a predatory species in these waters..... Well, you can often catch them by vertical jigging along the deep pool area...