Mervin Boey Fishing Note Book

Looking forward to next trip
November 27, 2010, 2:21 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

2010 Pilgrimage trip to Kuala Rompin Oct 1st – 3rd
November 24, 2010, 11:23 pm
Filed under: Offshore

Yet again its time to go back to hunt for sailfish however not much positive news on sailfish catch rumored in Singapore. Sailfish was hardly seen and no one knows where they are.

During our 2 days of fishing, it was indeed hard to spot them and baitfish were almost zero. Most of the boats have resorted buying in pails of fresh anchovy from the trawlers to use as bait for bottom.

We did not bother to chase for sailfish and decided to concentrate on bottom fishing instead. Our haul was one of best amongst the many boats over the weekend. We caught many “Selar puam puam” which the locals call it. They were fantastic on light tackle which succumbed easily to the anchovy bait.

We managed to get even decent catches on 2nd day with many misses on Ang Kuay and Chermins.

Tap├óm – A flyfishing journey
November 12, 2010, 12:10 am
Filed under: Fly Fishing, Great Stuffs

Permits that will send shivers down your spine
November 12, 2010, 12:04 am
Filed under: Fly Fishing, Great Stuffs

Unexpected catch amongst the Peacock Bass
November 11, 2010, 11:25 pm
Filed under: Fly Fishing

Was so busy catching loads of small peacocks at Ground X when an unexpected marble goby (soon hock) gobbled my pheasant tail nymph when I made a nice soft cast to a shallow patch.

Not one but 2 landed!

Picture of Pheasant Tail Nymph

Protecting the Kelahs
November 2, 2010, 11:27 pm
Filed under: Fly Fishing, Great Stuffs

“Kelah has a few common English names such as Malaysian Red Mahseer; Thai Red Mahseer; Greater Brook Carp.

“Commercial fishermen on the other hand, prize them for their market value. Kelah used to be sold at RM18 to RM25 per kg but of late, some fine-dining restaurants are charging as much as RM100 per kg due to their rarity and tender sweet flesh favoured by diners.

Unchecked, relentless hunting of this fish by anglers, commercial fishermen and poachers alike has driven the Kelah to the verge of extinction. This, together with uncontrolled deforestation due to land clearing and timber harvesting activities upriver, has threatened the habitat of these precious species.

Some of the best places to catch the mighty Kelah are actually in some of the areas where they are best protected. In East Malaysia, one of the best places to target the Kelah is Babagon.

Kelah favours pools (lubuks) of 5-15m deep, under heavy cover of vegetation, with darkish water, punctuated by areas of swift flows, waterfalls and rapids (the last three being nature’s way of oxygenating the water). This game fish loves to hide and play among the many sunken logs and rocky banks, which also gives them the opportunity to ambush prey. ” Quoted by Seet Cher Hung

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