Finally, I got my eldest son to try out the NEFFP, as he kept telling me that he wanted to catch an Amazon Redtail Catfish, but always had an excuse not to join me. The plan was for Siôn to start off alternating lures and live-baits whilst I tried out a paste concoction for Mekong or Patin Catfish.
We started off with a live-bait fished relatively shallow under a float whilst Siôn fished a white Starlit plastic lure and I made up the Mekong bait. The anglers in the next swim were fishing the magic Starlit lure and were having plenty of hook-ups – Siôn emulated their slow retrieve and was soon hooking Asian Redtail Cats, unfortunately all foul hooked.
Meanwhile, I was making up a mix of white bread, shredded dried coconut, coconut milk, sweetcorn and juice thickened up with tapioca flour. I experimented and soon got a good paste with a good consistency that stayed on the hook well. I changed the live-bait rig to a float-fished spring feeder packed with paste above a 30cm braid hook length and tasty morsel of paste. I fished this, at varying depths for about two hours with only one possible bite! I thought that this would at least be attacked by carp, if not the desired giant Mekong Catfish …… hmmm, back to the drawing board!!
In-between fishing paste I had a couple of short spells lure fishing and had a magical spell where I mouth hooked 3 good Asian Cats in a row, all on the Starlit white lure:
Meanwhile, Siôn was steadily increasing his Asian Catfish tally. And, as nightfall approached, also added a couple of Amazon Catfish to achieve his goal. The final tally was 8 Asian and 2 Amazon Redtail Catfish, 8 fish on lures.