It was the Chinese New Year holidays (Gong Xi Fa Cai) and my good mate wanted to take his son, Abdullah, out fishing and to get some (relatively) fresh (relatively) country -side air. As it was CNY, options with pay-ponds were limited. however I’d heard that Fish Valley Semenyih was open so we decided to give the main (bait) pond a try. It was my first visit to this particular location in a year. Bait was bread and palm oil seeds, target species were pacu and carp.
My plan to fish in the bamboo patches on the vegetated east bank were scuppered upon arrival – it was already quite busy. we opted, instead, to fish in the relative comfort of the NE corner near the restaurant. We could park there and plastic chairs were stacked nearby.
I rigged up two rods, for me and my mate’s brother, to soak palm oil seeds for pacu. Abdullah did the same. Meanwhile, I began chumming the water directly in-front of us with bread and soon had what I thought were small fish feeding. I was hoping to attract carp an pacu close to the bank. I rigged up my cross-beat with a small float and started to fish, as the palm oil seed were not eliciting any interest.
After a couple of subtle half take, the float finally disappeared under the surface and I struck into a reasonable sized fish. The first of the day after almost two hours without anything. After a brief struggle, a decent sized copper coloured Rohu came to the net, It was in reasonable condition except that the tail fin was almost completely gone – either bitten or rotted by disease. After a quick photo, it was returned to its fate.
The fight of the first fish had caused all surface activity on the bread to cease foe a while, and it was a good half an hour until fish started swirling amongst the floating bread again. Whilst trying my luck with bread, my rod rigged with palm oil was nearly ripped from the bank stick. I dropped the float rod and ran over to do battle with a strong opponent that had run to the centre of the lake. After I managed to subdue the fish and bring it closer, I was thankful for the 65lb braid leader as a large pacu appeared at the net. The braid was chaffed by the fish’s teeth but had withstood the strain. A nicely conditioned 7kg fish:
Preparing for release
After releasing the pacu, I reset a palm oil bait back out into the deeper part of the lake and returned to float fishing bread – it was almost like fishing for mullet in the docks wen I was a kid, except these fish were bigger ….. Abdullah had also, by now, started to try bread. There was sporading surface activity – swirls and splashes and big lumps of bread being sucked under the surface. But it was still slow going.
Finally, after a further hour or so, I had another good take and reacted instinctively to set the hook as the float was suddenly jerked under. This was a better fish that put up a surprisingly stubborn and strong fight. I initially suspected another big pacu, and was mildly surprised when a fat rohu came into view. Once again this fish (around 6kg+ in weight), had a badly eroded tail, but was in otherwise reasonable condition. A few quick photos and then back to the pond.
Big Rohu (no.2)
Video – Big Rohu (no.2)
It was, by now, getting late and the light was starting to fade. Despite a few bites, Abdullah had drawn a blank and Aky had fared no better. I was surprised that we didn’t get more action on the palm oil seed, but I was pleased with the rohu on light float gear – I will give that another go next month.