Friday, February 10, 2012

Malaysia Desaru Johor Freshwater Luring

Catch reports are coming up slowly due to the Chinese New Year period having a massive slowing effect on the author. Hahaha. This was a trip we were very excited about but disappointed as a whole. Freshwater fishing for Toman in natural rivers in Malaysia or Thailand is very different from Singapore as water bodies are extensive and have more natural vegetation. The Toman here are more "natural" and one must go during the "season" to get more hits.

Luring in this kind of environments is an instant draw for many toman anglers simply because it is wilder and much more challenging. Weedless lures like frogs, spoons are much more popular than what we use in Singapore as weedy terrain is common. Diving lures are popular as the Tomans can lay deep. Trolling lures like the Rapala Deep Tail Dancer is one of my favourite lures when slow trolling for the Toman.

So much for the background... Now for the actual report...

During our trip, the first thing we notice is that it took a long time to actually get out on the water as the boatman need to fetch the boat one by one.. Zzz... That was pretty not exciting.. When we finally got out onto the water it was already 9am... dawn timing is over by this time and looks like it's going to be a hard time luring those Toman and getting them to bite...

Launching boat 1... then driving out to get another boat...
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Boat 1 with another group launched out
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Finally launching our own boat...
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A video of the launching...


Pushing the boat out into open water


It's our first time on the boat and the first thing i noticed about the boatman is that he is very quiet and doesn't seem excited at all hahahaa.... but as we started fishing, he show us that he know a thing or two by offing the engine once we got near to the strike zone and paddling. He was quite hardworking and never stop exploring spots for us so it was up to us to perform lol....

We're finally on the water!
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Fishing in the natural environment...
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Weedy...
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But sadly, either we weren't up to the mark or the fishes weren't keen... We only had one big hit on Shawn's scumfrog the moment the lure hit the water but the fish totally missed the lure! I had also lost a fish after it threw the hooks... after casting my Komatsu Frog from sincere tackle right at the fish.... looking at the abrasion marks on the 60lbs leader, this looked to be a good sized Toman at least above 4kg.... Tommy landed a smallie on Rapala lure....

Tommy with his first Toman ever
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No shelter means you must protect your face with cloth... rendering yourself to become darth vader fisher
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Around lunch time we headed to the floating house to cool down, talk about our morning fishing and have some drinks... lol this is a nice part of the trip as it brings back kampong memories and made me feel like a man in the wild hahaha....

Relaxing....
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Mr snake at the house...
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The guys had a good rest
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A good relaxing day out of work
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After that we set off again in part two to find our Toman.... And yup Shawn got a big hit... good sized Toman again as you can see in the video.... But the landing was a little rushed and rod angle was not correct... thus the Toman managed to get away... "AIYAHHHH" hahahaha....

Shawn losing his good sized Toman


Shawn landed one small one later...
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I was also given a very good chance to land a fish later on when a toman around 3kg took my white scumfrog.... all of us were looking elsewhere and i actually striked the fish out of reaction lol... it was a good hookup and i quickly bring the fish in BUT... just as i was about to land it... it got away... as i forgot to close my snap swivel... OMG...... That was it.... We called it a day and started our long journey back as it started pouring...

No matter what, we still love doing this!


We'll be back for another trip to check out the place again;.... Hopefully this time we can launch earlier... hahaha....

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