How to Fish Estuarine Fish
Rock Hopping – Sometimes they get the fish, sometimes the sea gets them..
The term rock hopping was coined by Aussie anglers. It describes the brave lot who hops from rock to rock, usually limestone outcrops, to go for the big game from land.
What happens is that they hop from rock to rock to fish from the cliffs for amberjacks and mackerels using long powerful surfcasters. Sometimes, they even get marlins from the rocks, with their feet confidently on the ground.
They wear special shoes which have spikes fixed onto their soles so that they could gain a foothold on the slippery rocks while fishing, especially when the sprays get to them. The smart ones tie a rope round their waist and wear flotation vests when fishing from the wet cliffs.
For rock hoppers, fishing has its ups and downs. Failure to know the tide’s highest level almost always spells fatality. Otherwise they get fish and go home happy. And sometimes, the sea gets them first.
In any case, some Malaysians have seen rock hopping from fishing videos and this fell is emulating them. I spotted him standing precariously on the concrete bank of a wave-breaker in Port Klang.
Sure, there are plenty of fish at rising tide. But he was risking his life foolishly. If you can see, there is a speedboat just at the horizon and lucky for this chap, the waves are not that high when they swept at his feet. Otherwise, he would have been statistic. This type of foolhardiness should never be emulated. Fish but fish smart!
Beach Holidays – Mangrove Fishing Tip for Anglers
Often when you go on a holiday by the beach, there are lots of activities that come to mind. Quite often too, for the fishing hardcore like you and me, the first thing is to scout for some areas to spend a few quiet hours wetting the lines.
Along the west coast of the peninsula, there are quite a number. Even at seasoned beach resorts, there are stretches of unspoilt mangrove swamps for you to try your luck.
Of course, here you may only get small fry compared to the deep sea, but hey, on light lines, they can deliver quite a wallop.
Here I would like to present to you some of my favorite spots which have delivered some good specimens of whiting, jacks and even once, a barramundi or siakap in our lingo.
This stretch of beach lies between south Selangor till Malacca. Although beach resorts dot the beach, if you are hard working, you can find quite a bit of fishing spots to cast from.
How do you look for these spots? Well, you simply drive around. I usually check out the fishing jetties. Meet up with the local fishermen and over a cuppa, they may tell you where you are likely to find fish. Usually these fishermen sell baits to supplement their incomes, so offer to but some baits.
Then ask them where you can fish from and chances are if you are polite enough, they may let you in on the secrets they share, even if a little bit.
In any case, the photos within are some of the areas I have fished quite a bit, especially for sand whitings, archerfish and silver grunters. Got quite a number of jacks, too, on a recent trip.
Where are they located? Port Dickson and thereabouts!
When fishing in these tidal pools and mangrove swamps, make sure you go in pairs of group. Make sure you know when the tide is coming in and how high that particular day is. Check with the locals. No fishing is worth your life. Enjoy!
Archerfish, known as Sumpit in Malay or Soopit in Peranakan living in the east coast states.
Description: Carnivorous hunter that feeds mostly on insects by the water’s edge and along piers and rocky outcrops. The fish is greenish silver in color, about 6 inches in length at adulthood.
There are a train of black stripes on both sides of its hardy body. Can usually be seen feeding in estuarine areas, in groups of two to six.
When it spots a low flying insect or one which lands on the pier near to the water’s surface, this archerfish shoots a stream of water into the insect. If it falls into the water, the fish snaps it up.
This fish, I am not sure if it can be eaten, sometimes feed on small crustaceans. Can be reared in marine aquariums if you decide to fish it and not know what to do with the bounty.
Tips: Small hooks on light tackle are best. Baits can comprise flies (I have used houseflies and bluebottles with much success) or cuttlefish bits retrieved across the water’s surface fast.
The bites will come fast and furious or your cast may end up in a curious chase by the fish but no hookups. Best place to look for them are near piers and jetties at river mouths.
How to Fish Freshwater Fish
How to choose frogs for haruan fishing
Everyone who knows how to fish for haruans also know that without fresh frogs, you are as good as staying home to watch Manchester United beat the hell out of Liverpool. So, how do you choose fresh frogs that will last the two or three day’s journey?
Easy. Don’t let the frog seller choose for you or you will be shortchanged. Look at the most active ones around and catch them. Turn their belly up and look at the area near the throat.
If you see dark lines running down as shown in the picture here, drop the frog. They have been in their pen for several days and chances are that they won’t live past the 24 hour mark.
Choose those without dark lines and you will be assured of good fresh frogs for your two or three days’ haruan hunting trip.
Note for How to Fish Freshwater Fish
- To keep frogs happy until you hook them up as baits, drop some leaves or wet newspaper into their container.
- To keep frog lovers happy, use plastic frogs.
How to Fish Saltwater Fish
Net Casting for Fish
What do you do when the tide is going out fast and you have not much time to fish? Well, you can try casting the net for fish just as this chap did.
Although it looks quite easy, casting the net is not that simple. It takes years of practice to get it perfect, meaning the net spreads to its maximum before hitting the water and catching the fish unaware. And this guy, I have seen, have done well by the shores of Lukut. He was casting his net for mullets or belanak in Malay.
We all know that the belanak can only be caught using nets and never baits. Fly maybe but definitely not easy. Net casting is the only sure bet – if you know how. Otherwise, you risk prolapsing a disc or worse, slipping one.
If you want to learn to cast, get a smaller diameter net and learn on dry land until you see the net spread out at its widest on the ground. Only then should you try it out.
Otherwise, you will be in for some major disappointment – and perhaps even injury – not to mention a bruised ego when all you get in your net is rubbish and not fish.
Fine fishing in Dungun, Terengganu
People say you have to be blind, deaf and totally dumb not to know where to fish in a State like Terengganu.
Well, I have been there and I can tell you that there are a thousand fishing spots along the long coastline but you will have to be careful because if nobody is out there casting his rod, that should tell you something.
These pictures were taken in Dungun and from the number of boats, you have a fair idea that that the fishing industry is thriving.