It was a long public holiday weekend and the weather forecast was favourable – (relatively) cool and overcast and no rain. I took the opportunity to visit FV Semenyih with wifey to get some fresh air and, potentially, catch some fish. I was hoping for carp following recent reports on the Fishyology blog site of decent catches of good sized carp (of various species).
Bait for the session was to be bread, plain and simple, and I also bought some coconut jam buns. We were to be chumming to attract fish and using weighted floats and 20lb fluorocarbon leaders. Only the float was weighted so that the bait could sink slowly in amongst the bread berley.
We arrived and set up on the road near the restaurant (fishing the main catch & release pond). Two anglers were already in action when we arrived and had got the fish into a bit of a frenzy with frequent bread ground-baiting. We tagged onto the edge of the action and started to get bites almost immediately. I got bitten off a number of times by pacu, either at the strike or during the fight, before I eventually landed the first fish:
After a few more missed strikes and bite-offs I was soon hooked-up again. This time to a different species – a less aggressive and jerky fight than a pacu, but powerful and staying deep. As suspected, a nice plump rohu of c.6 kg was soon in the net. I’d noticed the dark shapes swimming through the bread line and was pleased to get this fish on the bank. As usual for here, the tail fin was badly worn/bitten (by pacu?) away, which made the fight a little easier than if the fish was in good condition:
Up until this point I was getting all the action and wifey was getting a little frustrated. I re-tied the stop knot on her float rig (to stop the float slipping down towards the hook) and she suddenly started getting success. First with a small pacu:
And then she landed three lampam in quick succession:
Lampam (Java Barb)
And then another pacu ……
The wife’s second pacu
Suddenly, the tables had turned. Now wifey was getting all the bites and I couldn’t catch to save my life ….!! finally, I picked off a good fish from amongst the bread. I suspected another rohu, but this one was bigger and more powerful. I was just getting ready to bring it in for netting when the hook suddenly pulled without us ever seeing the fish in the murky pea green water. It had partially straightened the hook and made its escape (I was using light gauge long shank hooks to help reduce pacu bite off risk, but was concerned that they were a bit light if we hooked one of the larger fish in the pond and I was proved painfully right ….!).
To add insult to injury, wifey then went and hooked-up and skilfully fought a larger pacu of 5kg, our biggest of the session (on the same light gauge hooks …..):
I managed to snag a smaller, consolation pacu as dusk started to draw in signalling the end of the fishing:
Dusk drawing in over Fish Valley
The score for the session was a combined total of 5 pacu, a rohu and 3 lampam. Not bad. As a point of interest, the anglers fishing to our left hammered the pacu . They were chumming heavily and fishing large floating bread buns. They were in constant action, landing around 15 to 20 pacu between them, all of decent size, ranging between about 4-8 kg. amazing, I’m going to return soon to target pacu using the same fishing techniques. stay tuned …!!