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Sustainable fishing?

Sustainable fishing… is there such a thing? In my humble opinion, to start with, it really depends on where and how you do your fishing. Catch and release is just one form of fishing which most of us anglers like to think of it as ‘sustainable’.

A view of one of the lakes at the farm. The Gua Tempuring cave complex is just in the background.

The aquaculture lake. This one's full of tilapia. There could be some big snakeheads in there. Unfortunately, I did not have any jigs of soft plastics with me during then.

A few years ago, I chanced upon the opportunity to experience a different kind of fishing. That came through my uncle’s work (agricultural research related) connections. Quite surprisingly, he managed to organize a ‘gig’ at a client’s farm in the outskirts of Ipoh city, in the state of Perak, Malaysia. What surprised me the most, upon arrival at the farm, was the fact that it’s private. At least, we won’t have to worry about the presence of illegal netters. Not knowing what species to expect, two good size lakes were there at our disposal. Among the two, one’s used as an aquaculture for tilapia breeding, which leaves us with just one lake to fish.

Time to fish!

One of the 'better' size common brown snakehead from the lake.

This one lake isn’t as big as the other, but the conditions looked promising. Within just moments fishing, we bagged about half a dozen common brown snakehead. The ones caught were not big, probably 2 lbs the most. And all were caught on the Bomber Bushwacker ¼ oz spinnerbait.

Not very big but this one's my best at the lake.

Now here’s the catch, catch and release isn’t technically allowed here. All fish caught good size snakeheads especially, have to be bagged. I wasn’t going to protest because fishing was really good. Besides, it’s a private lake and the owner probably knows what he’s doing. In all, it looked like a farm which was really well managed and we were told that no one actually does much fishing at any of the lakes because they have better things to do.

Red chillies for lunch anyone? I'll pass...

One of the many types of dragon flies seen there.

Guess what? A cute mongrel + rottweiler hybrid pup from the parent guard dogs of the farm.

Here’s the part where some of you might think the term ‘sustainable’ fits in. Two of the biggest fish were served as lunch with the green produce in season. In a way, it’s ‘low carbon mileage food at its best. The fish and the greens practically came from the same spot.

Apart from fishing, the limestone hills near the lake is just magnificent. This is just one of the many.

Although the story above didn’t involve catch and release, in a way, it shows that fishing could still be done in a sustainable manner if it’s managed well in the first place. I doubt this type of fishing would apply to any of the public waters in Malaysia, but there’s still hope for the private lake owners. I guess, if given the chance, I’ll definitely come back for more fishing.
[ 2011/02/06 19:36 ] Category: None | TB(0) | CM(0)
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