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Ekspedisi Udang Galah ( Episod 1 )


Ya betul.
Ini bukan udang galah. Ini anak ikan baung.
Itu aku tahu.

Dah nak buat camne?
Dia je yang nak makan umpan.
Atau mungkin udang galah sedang "bercuti" lepas kena tuba ?
Tapi tak pe, nanti kita cari port lain pula.
Kot kot ada rezeki.

What :
Fishing for Giant Freshwater Prawn or Malaysian Prawn ( Macrobrachium rosenbergii, Malay : Udang Galah ).

* photo from the internet

Where :
On a quiet narrow concrete bridge over a small, heavily vegetated river.
Somewhere in Jajahan Pasir Puteh, Kelantan, near Gunong, Jajahan Bachok.
Exact location : Why I must tell you this ? Ha ha.

When :
Between 0900 pm ~ 0230 am.

Who & How :
Mediocre Me, an experienced angler and a "professional" Udang Galah angler. With several sets of fishing rods and hooks.

Going on a boat to and from Kampung Laut, Jajahan Tumpat had made me wondering the exact purpose of several locals fishing by the bank of Kelantan River. Only to found out later that they are fishing for the elusive but prized Udang Galah or Giant Freshwater Prawn or also known as the Malaysian Prawn for its unique distribution in Southeast Asian region, mainly in Malaysia.
A very expensive species on the market, the one like the photo above cost as much as RM 35 per kilo or more ( depending on the location ).

Fishing is one of my favorite but rarely-have-a-chance-to past-times, but never before fishing for the Udang Galah. So, upon seeing those people, I decided to give a try myself and a good colleague of mine helps me to this all new discovery.

Okay okay, it was a failed trip in a sense that we did not catch even one or even catch a glimpse of the targeted Udang Galah. Quite strange for a river well known for its considerable large size and population of Udang Galah. But, well, it was a great experience since this was my first time, going fishing for Udang Galah. So, to pack this up, seriously I would call this an awesome trip and looking forward for another such trip in near future, perhaps under the same stars, cool night breeze, in the middle of nowhere !

* nantikan episod ke-2, itu pun kalau ada laa ~ ha ha


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