Sunday, August 8, 2010

Auntie Pond On National Day's Eve

CR by Alan
http://acfishing.blogspot.com/2010/08/auntie-pond-080810.html

This trip was planned way in advance by Alan Chan. It's a great idea and i hopped on the train immediately as i haven't been fishing in any saltwater pay pond for almost 1 year plus already. If you fish pay ponds often, fishing at such ponds would be routine for such people but since our group of friends that are going today(Roger, Momok, AG etc...) don't really do pay-ponds, i guess we had some new experiences. But what can be certain is that it's damn exciting holding onto your rod when it's fish release timing...

Getting all excited...
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A fish?
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My first impression of the pond was that it was pretty compact and small but i found out that it was quite a "complete" pond because there were suitable areas for luring/baiting. This is good as there will not be many entangled lines this way. Since we are booking the whole pond, almost everyone knew each other so it was more relaxing than the usual public pay ponds where its hustle and bustle and all about business.

Alan doing some stunt to get his bait back... from the land snags...
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The bites were slow the whole day and the first fish was landed by Momok. It's a milk fish on fish meat! It gave him some good runs so he was a happy man from the start. Everyone including me were casting rubbers fervently. These are white rabbit rubber lures that are effective for pond fishing. There were no takes and we waited for the fish release. I was using dead fish meat when the cages opened and i landed my first fish of the day... A decent sized Red Snapper... More red snappers were landed but the takes were slow...

First fish...
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Momok getting his Milk Fish and Jarret with a Red/Gold Snapper...
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Takes were very slow in between fish release and there was not any sign of Ang Cho(Golden Snapper) at all. It was until i got a hit somewhere during lunch time that i had the fun of fighting the Ang Cho. The Ang Cho is much more stronger than the Red Snapper and they fight dirty. After 1 bust off due to the line going round some poles, i learnt my lesson and landed the next 2 pcs although it was quite a close fight.

The best fighter of the pond...1 and 2...
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I feel the key is not the heavy drag but the angle in which to load the rod. If the fish is diving in, load it from a steep angle and give a few strikes in order to turn the fish out of the snags. The fish will feel the stress and pain... So it will swim out of the snags... It's pretty fun trying to guide the Ang Cho out of the snags and into the landing net... They only give up after a few good runs...

Ang Cho for everyone!
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I baited throughout the day and tested various baits... The sun was too hot and i forgot about luring... I did the relaxing baiting and just sitting around talking shop with the rest of the kakis. Live Prawns are definitely more effective for the Snappers... Hehehe... End of the day, the pond had some usual characteristics of pay ponds... Barras/Kim Chios and the pump area and Snappers at the cage areas... Maybe next time can only release Ang Cho, MJ and Kim Chios... Cos the Barras there are not very sizeable... :/

Momok with a Barra...
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Xris with a reddie...
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I will definitely visit the pond again if Alan organizes another trip... Mainly for the small Ang Cho hole.... Because it's too fun... Kekeke... Also do get my first fish on rubber there.... Oh yes, the fishes are very healthy. The snappers are fat and have very nice colour... We landed i guess 30 plus fishes out of the 60kg we ordered for the day...

Thanks Alan for planning the trip! :)

I will post more pics of the total catch once i can get them from Alan...

1 comment:

Paddy Pike said...

Well done Nigel and crew, There are some very impressive fish caught there, I thought the Milk Fish caught by Momok was a cracking catch, But well done to everyone who took part,
Regards,
,,,Paddy,,,

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