The last time I went fishing was when I was 10 years old and that was with my uncle and cousins at a small river somewhere in Hulu Langat. I remembered him putting the baby frogs onto the fishing rod before throwing the line into the water and us playing kejar-kejar while waiting for the fishes to be caught.
But tonight was a different adventure. My friend invited us to go prawn fishing at a manmade pond in Sri Kemuning at the stroke of midnight. It seems better to catch the prawns at night, maybe because they would have vision problems and hook themselves to the line without us even trying so hard to catch them. *cue laugh* Haha. Come and see what fun we had trying to capture those prawns!
The journey takes about 30-40 minutes from Puchong unless you drive like me (40km/h) then you'll reach the next day *smirk*. If you don't then the only sound directions I can guide you with because it was dark and I couldn't see the road signs much. All I know it you head towards Kota Kemuning and then you turn in to Sri Kemuning (near the UiTM Shah Alam dance faculty), go past KFC/Pizza Hut and look out for a Chinese temple on the left. The pond is right inside the area so you gotta look out for the signboard on the road before you turn in.
And there you have it, the Sri Kemuning Prawn Fishing activity at night. I had an impression that it would be somewhere remote, at a big lake with huge mosquitoes biting my skin but it wasn't! This place is kept rather nicely with a proper registration counter, bench seats and nets to put the prawns in once you've captured them. The whole pond is nicely lighted and it looked gorgeous against the bright moon. There's also a humble canteen where you can request to have your prawns cooked for you or maggie mee goreng
or teh o ais
if you're hungry or thirsty. It's quite convenient especially for someone who seldom goes fishing like me.
The first and foremost important thing I learned before we threw the line in, is to get big juicy worms from an aquarium shop and have it chopped up to pieces before it's placed on the hook. I am not exactly worm friendly or fie friendly (to the worms) and refused to touch them so I just held the rod while my two friends did the dirty work. Ha Ha. Say what you want but I hate worms!
Secondly, once we've got the worms on the rods, we learned how to throw the line. Apparently there's a technique to it. You gotta loosen the line first, hold it with your index finger, lift the rod over your shoulder.. oh by the way please tell everyone to not stand behind you when you throw the line.. if it's your first time that is. We don't want to risk hooking people by their sleeves and throwing them in instead! Count to three... one.. two.. three.. and swish forward as far as you can! By the way, you're not supposed to throw the rod together with the line. That would be a big no no.. *sways finger* Once it's in, lock the line and leave it on the ground or hold it but make sure you know when the rod is being pulled by the prawns.
Thirdly, we sat and waited. This is the part where patience is required.. like a lot of patience.. It took us an hour before the first prawn was caught and after that we were on a roll! I managed to fish out the second prawn and the third so the spot that we had good fengshui. We also had a system. Two friends would help to hook worms on the road, and two peopl would fish and two people would help to unhook the prawns from the line and place it in the net. We improvised our way in putting those prawns into the net as some were quite feisty!
The prawns were quite big and look at those legs will ya! We don't mind eating a dozen of these as long as we can fish them. If you're interested in fishing, do go for the ones who rears the prawns and not the ones taken from the sea. I still want them to be alive when my kids/grand kids come along. :P
That's how the net looks like. If you're interested in fishing here, do come after midnight as that's when's the best time for them to appear it seems! They'll be hungrier too! What a way to spend the day!
Seri Kemuning Prawn Fishing Pond.
Price: RM 15 per hour / per fishing rod