This was my first time fishing at Kolam pancing Seksyen 24. I’d dropped in on the place to check it out when I was in the area a few years ago but had never gotten around to actually fishing here. Mahfudz (from Reelyology Reel workshop) had invited me along to fish some months before and, for various reasons, we hadn’t been able to make the trip happen.
Anyway here we were, me and Mahfudz, finally giving this venue a combined kick. Mahfudz had kindly organised bait – pellets with strawberry flavouring and keli cut bait. I was surprised by the number of anglers when I arrived, considering it was a Friday afternoon – it was pretty busy. The favourable tariff helped – RM35 for a 12 hour session …. very reasonable. Also as I arrived, an angler helped by his mate was rushing to the reception desk with a large Mekong Catfish is a landing net – this was a common process throughout the session. I learned from Fuz that this was due to the big fish prize draw that is part of the entrance ticket price!
The session started off well, Fuz was hooked-up within 20 minutes of arriving and soon had a spirited Chao Phraya Catfish of c.3 kg on the bank, taken on keli cut-bait fished on a float rig:
Barely 30 minutes later he was in action again – another, slightly larger Chao Phraya cat:
Meanwhile, I was struggling with the float rig – it was spinning and tangling during the cast and aside from the odd touch was getting no significant or hookable takes. I decided to switch to a ledger rig and was soon into action, finally scoring my first fish an hour and a half after commencing fishing:
I quickly followed up my first fish with another:
Despite their diminutive size, these fish were hard fighting and stubborn and i was surprised at their relatively small size given the tenacity of the fight:
A mini feeding frenzy was developing – I started picking up fish at regular intervals on ledgered keli bait:
Fuz was having less success on the float, but did hook up a decent sized fish that unfortunately broke him off at the leader knot after about 5 minutes into the fight.
We then traded fish – I’d switched to a heavier set-up of a 10-20lb spinning rod paired with a Saragosa Sw6000 spooled with 30lb braid. I changed to this set-up as the pond was starting to get busy and I wanted to be able to better control the fish and help reduced risk of line tangles. i was also thinking of switching to pellets to try for a Mekong Catfish. The heavier set-up helped with my next fish, a slightly larger Chao Phraya cat of c.5 kg:
Fuz then followed up with another better size Chao:
And I finished up with the last fish of the session:
As the afternoon passed into early evening, a steady stream of new anglers arrived after finishing work ….. a very popular venue.
Some of the people were seasoned veterans – there was a constant buzz of screaming reels and bent rods from around the pond as a number of good sized Mekong Catfish were hooked and landed ….. certainly the most productive fishery for Mekong Catfish that I have seen. as the big fish were caught they were taken to the reception area for weighing and inclusion in the prize draw list:
As dusk descended into darkness the Chao bite stopped. Inspired by the large Mekong’s being taken, coupled with the lack of bites on fish bait, both me and Fuz switched to pellets. But we had no interest at all in our offerings. We decided to call it a day at 9pm and retire to the cafe for a dinner of local food.
It had been a fun session – plenty of fish and the prospects of some really big fish. I will return soon for a crack at the Mekong Catfish.