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Return to Air Kuning, Lake 4 and 1 (Day 1 & 2)

My first fishing trip to Air Kuning after a five year absence, first thoughts… unbelievably hot! Believe me, Air Kuning is really a hot place to fish. If you can't stand the heat, do not take the risk (i.e heatstroke, etc.). At times, it’s almost like being in a tropical dessert. And at times, it's like being in a frying pan. Despite the brutal conditions, I was scheduled to fish there for 2 weekends (I hope I could do more). The first one was supposed to be a ‘look see’ type pre-fishing trip. Ironically, that turned out to be true!

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The water level in the main lake was exceptionally low. Even the sand banks were exposed.

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Every one was hoping for the best, including Melvin. Say hi!

Apart from the intense heat from the sun and reflection, the water level was exceptionally low. Most of the sand banks were exposed, suggesting that it was probably not the ideal time to be fishing there. Even the water temperature had picked up, no thanks to the unusually hot weather. Least is there to say, the fish would have probably gone in to 'sleep mode'. Over the course of that particular weekend, the catches weren’t great, both in terms of numbers and quality. The best that I could do was a 2 lb fish and it wasn't even lip hooked. Despite the fact, it was a hard earned fish as I nearly lost it in the hydrilla bush. As for the rest, I’d rather forget about them as none of them made it past the 1 lb mark.

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This is the best that I can do over the course of the weekend. The fish wasn't even lip hooked and I nearly lost it in the weeds. Notice where the line ends? The jerk bait is actually on the other side of the fish.

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Off you go.

Parts of the lake that we were fishing (Air Kuning, Lake 1) on Sunday was literally chocked with cabomba and hydrilla. Personally, we had no issues with fishing in the weeds, but these were preventing the sunlight from penetrating the lake. In all, at parts of the lake with unusually dense vegetation, the ecosystem do not look healthy. But the good this is, it's all down to the cycle of nature. Weeds grow, become dense and die off, and it's an ongoing process. Could we have picked the wrong time to fish?

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A view of the cabombas at Lake 1. Some parts were chocked with hydrilla.

We were so desperate for results that we tried fishing just about everywhere. We even tried fishing the shallows but the results were not anywhere near desirable. There were follows from quite a few small ones but that was it, no series takers.

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The shallows near the inlet were quiet. There were many follows but no series takers.

In all, it was a difficult weekend, both fishing and weather wise. Not the sort of start that I was hoping for. Could this mean that we were in for another difficult weekend ahead? We shall find out in the next post. Thanks for reading.
[ 2011/03/05 17:33 ] Category: None | TB(0) | CM(0)
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