Stocked pond, pay pond, whatever you want to call them are not always easy to fish, even if you’re familiar with the place.
That’s what happen to David and me when we went for a morning session of pacu fishing at one of our regular spots.
It has been months since our last trip here but we’re familiar with the fishing here.
This has been perhaps our go-to pond for pacu fishing in Malaysia other than EAK.
We love EAK. The pacu there are powerful and plentiful. An average of five fish per session is quite normal. While there are the odd big fish in EAK, fish below 5kg (11 lbs) are common. Often pacu caught are less than 2kg (4 lbs).
In terms of fish size, this place trumps over EAK, hands down. We rarely get any pacu under 5kg, maybe never.
See the biggest pacu ever previously by David in this video:
Our session is made more challenging however as we’ve been foretold about a big competition at the place last night which ended only at 2AM so the fish will be stuffed as it is a bait fishing event.
Fishing was painfully slow from the get go just after 8AM. Not until the late morning did we finally get a bite. Juan is the first to get the eat and it was a strong pull straight into the backing.
The fight ended prematurely though as the pacu bit off the tippet.
David suffered the same fate with a few fish and by the time we decided to call it a day at one plus PM, he’s down to his last fly.
The day was extremely hot too, as it have been the last two weeks. April May months are often the hottest time of the year in Malaysia at times with little rainfall.
David and Juan ended the day with one pacu each with David landing a patin (striped catfish), too.
The good thing about tough fishing is the situation forces us to think hard and try even harder. Wherever we may encounter tough fishing, there is always something to learn and look gain from. Ultimately, that makes us a better angler. Hopefully.