There’s nothing like home-ground advantage and local knowledge. Especially when fishing in a dam. I guess these 2 boatmen will not have any excuses for not winning prizes since they take customers fishing day-in and day-out.
By Zainuddin Muhammad
HULU TERENGGANU: Boatmen know best when it comes to fishing in Tasik Kenyir.
Plying their trade on the lake, Asri Mat Isa and Mohd Zaki Mat Zain are no strangers to the best fishing spots, and they proved it by winning the inaugural Kenyir Cup Fishing Competition yesterday.
The pair, who claimed to be only “occasional anglers”, beat 122 other contestants in the two-day competition, that included 91 registered professional freshwater fishermen from China.
Asri, from Kampung Pasir Dula, said the Kenyir Cup was only his second fishing competition, and was surprised to win his share of the RM15,000 grand prize.
“I guess I was lucky to catch the 75.5cm snakehead fish, while my partner was even luckier to haul in another toman, measuring 78cm, in the catch-and-release competition.
“We managed to collect 320 points after both of us caught the Belida to make sure the Kenyir Cup stays in the country, at least for this year.”
Second place trophy and RM10,000 went to Yeung Wei Chi and Wong King Tsuen from China, while another pair from China, Duzu Gui and Wei Qiang Ghong, finished third and walked away with RM5,000.
All winners received their prizes from State Tourism, Culture, Arts and Heritage Committee chairman Datuk Za’abar Mohd Adib, who said the Kenyir Cup would be held again at the same venue for the next three years.
“The inaugural tournament went fairly well, with only minor glitches in terms of logistics and limited accommodation.
“But it is safe to say the competition will only get better next year.
“We may have to make changes to the format, which include using boathouses instead of small fibreglass boats.
“But we will wait for feedback from the competitors and all the parties involved in the tournament,” he said.
The tournament was co-organised by the state government and the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta).
Kudo for making this a Catch & Release event. They should now think about restocking the place with our native fishes to make it a real attraction.