Dec17, 2014: I had just taken shower when my phone indicated a message arrived…that was from a good friend of mine…since a long time ago. The message was so short 'Bah esk tuyun'..but it meant a lot to me.hehehe..ok Mal..u got it!
|Low tide is always a problem. Otai Kamal ran heavy sweat to get the boat to the shore. It helped him to keep fit at the present age!|
The fishing method was not casting entirely but bottom fishing as the water condition looked pretty bad. Casting won't work perfectly in this cold murky water. Luckily, I got few sinkers and small sizes of hooks in my tackle box. However, I still needed gears to do the job..hehehe..my CQ and Curado done it very well!
|No pain no gain. Fortunately the water was still there and it helped the boat moved swiftly.|
6:45am, Otai Kamal flew the boat to the limit and 15 minutes later, he manouvered his boat closed to some shrimp fishermen. They were pulling the net into the boat which caught lots shrimps. It seemed to be a good day to see lots pointed finger sizes shrimps in the bucket. We bought those live shrimps about rm 10 and just enough for bottom fishing. I hope casting would taken more place in that day..Hopefully..hehehe.
|another ten meter rowing to the pontoon. Keep it up!|
The sea condition was not so good at all as the wind from the southwest became so strong. However, Otai Kamal still speed up his boat confidently such as nothing to be worried!.steady kau Mal!!.hehehe..Few minutes later, we got into ‘Bangkuduan’ river mouth system.
|Accommodation for Nature lovers. Some lodges and seafood restaurant. These are new here and I should have time to visit in the future.|
Ten years ago, I have heard many great stories about fishing spot in ‘Bangkuduan’. This river witnesses many catching record by some legend. Surely, Otai Kamal is one of the living legend in this Padas Basin. He started using modern tools in this arena just few years ago. Hand line method becomes history as he enjoys with rod and reel.
|Above: A man that witnessed a great story of living legend(so lucky to learn a lot from him)|
Below:Another angler is dealing a good price for live shrimp with generous fishermen.
Our first fishing hole was a junction between two rivers. The boat anchored wisely and closed to the bank. Bottom rigs prepared quickly and live bait shrimp released underneath the boat. It won’t be long when the first strike happened!..baby GT eaten frenzy. These are for dinner and insurance better than catching nothing during casting…I totally agreed.
|a good method to keep shimps alive the whole day|
While the tide was getting high, we moved to another spot after five minutes without and nibbled. The same method was over and over until awaited casting session taken place. Well, I could say that this river is so deep and deep diving lure is effected to enter the striking zone. We armed with new Ofmer Xdeep that written on the box could dive more than 3 meters and they would be sent to as close as to the Nipah and Mangrove trees. We believed that the spot should be a striking zone for hidden predators..as usual…hehehe..who knows..
|Not bad at all but enough to make me worried. Instead, Otai Kamal showed no mercy as he still 'rempit' the 15 ft boat!|
|Baby GT Frenzy in the first hole. "Taruk makan taruk makan"..perghhh!!bag limit should be practiced in this hole or there will be no more someday.|
For an hour, we were casting along the riverbank but only caught some groupers and baby barracudas. Due to the low quality of water..a bit cold murky..there were still no Ungahs (mangrove jack) appeared. We were so curious about that. My new parrot ofmer had not found and predators yet. I guessed that the bad weather disallowed them to be more active.
|hehehe..Otai Kamal was so lucky to get his short pant back from the culprit. hehehehe|
We got into a small river at 4:00 pm. We only had 30 minutes to explore the river. The sky was getting dark and wind blew strongly. I guessed that we would experience another stormy day right after this. After 20 minutes without any strike, Otai Kamal decided to end the trip. I could see a bit worried on his face..God!..you made me double worried..hehehe..but I could count on you otai!
|another grouper's strike by Otai Kamal. I admitted that he is really master on how to catch this species. fortunately, he is not hesitate to share the technique. This makes you a living legend!|
|God!..the sign that gave us nice experienced. it reminds us on how small we are as human being. Allah is almighty!|
It was 5:05 pm when we reached to Otai Kamal’s house. This should be a lesson for me to bring a dry cloth during rainy season..specially end of year when the monsoon comes. Consequently, I drove home in a wet cloth..hehehe..that was so cold Lempayun..you asked for it!
Well, I would like to say thousand thanks to Otai Kamal and I am still expecting another short message from him next year..with faizal hehehe..salam