After a bit of hiatus, and a short Xmas break to recharge my batteries, I suddenly got the urge to go lure fishing. Not many options at sort notice, but I still have fond memories of the Fish Valley Semenyih Lure (Toman) Pond. I decided to give it another chance …..
When I arrived, two anglers were already working lures in the corner of the pond. As I walked to the lake, one was posing for photos with a freshly caught toman (snakehead) which was a very encouraging sign!
I tried a wide range of lures – both surface and diving hard plugs and soft plastics. All to no avail.
Despite the lack of hits, there was abundant surface activity and the lake was as tranquil as ever:
Finally, at the first of my last 5 planned casts, I got a take. A small fish that only put up a limited struggle, a small but good conditioned baung to save the trip from a skunk:
The fish continues to be poor here. After their initial success, I didn’t see the other two anglers catch anything else. Either the toman here are really smart and are wise to all types of lures, or they are well fed and hard to entice on artificials. And, although stock numbers are certainly down, I still saw reasonable numbers of toman on the surface and associated feeding activity. All very frustrating ….!!