Friday, October 8, 2010

Our Fishing Day a Success at Rampayan Laut, Kota Belud

Last Sunday I and the boys went for a fishing day out! The place was at Rampayan Laut, Sabah. It was my first time fishing in so many years since I last went fishing with my dad when I was little.

It was an early start at 5am. Everything was still dark and that was the first time I and hun watched the Sun rise as we travelled. It was beautiful.

We stopped by somewhere near Tuaran in a Bajau village to get some live shrimps. For RM35 we got shrimps that can fill our styrofoam box entirely! Well not the whole thing as in volume, but we can't see the bottom of the box after the shrimps were counted and put into it. =)

Got some 'pisang goreng' 'roti telur' and curry puffs at a stall beside the road out from the village. Cheap too! RM1 for 7 pieces! xD

Got there around 8am and met Totoi, hun's friend's big brother. He was to help us with moving the boat later on.

We went to the port, got our food, drinks and fishing tools. I'm phobia of heights and apparently, that day, on water too. Maybe because I couldn't swim. I managed to crawl to the boat alas. xD

Totoi told us that we needed 'ikan bilis' (the big type) for bait as well. So we saw this gentleman here and asked for some. =p
fishing day with friends at rampayan laut kota belud sabah malaysia

Lucky us they caught a lot! It was literally all over their boat! His son helped us pack the fishes. And God bless their souls, they said it was free. But Jali gave money for it anyways.
fishing day with friends at rampayan laut kota belud sabah malaysia

Here's the view from our second spot to fish.
fishing day with friends at rampayan laut kota belud sabah malaysia

We took photos of big fishes that was caught. =) Enjoy~

Jali with his catch. First big catch for the team! 'Ikan merah'.
fishing day with friends at rampayan laut kota belud sabah malaysia

Here's Totoi with his first catch.
fishing day with friends at rampayan laut kota belud sabah malaysia

Another one~
fishing day with friends at rampayan laut kota belud sabah malaysia

Couldn't believe our luck! We got another 'ikan merah'!
fishing day with friends at rampayan laut kota belud sabah malaysia

Too much of 'ikan merah' was caught that day, along with 'ikan putih' and another smaller fish. Hun got his first catch and it was the first 'ikan kerapu' for us!
fishing day with friends at rampayan laut kota belud sabah malaysia

Throw a towel over your shoulders and you're officially a fisherman! Or fisherwoman? xD
fishing day with friends at rampayan laut kota belud sabah malaysia

Jali, Totoi, hun and Jimmy was so great at fishing. I on the other hand....caught none. I just can't tell if it was the fish on the fishing rod...everytime I'd be pulling thinking it was the fish, but it was just the water. Or once, this cloth somebody threw. But it wasn't how much I can catch, it was just spending time with hun and his friends, be a part of the experience. =)

'Ikan merah' is a very aggressive type of fish man, there were 2-3 of it nearly tumbled our box over!

Here was the whole catch.
fishing day with friends at rampayan laut kota belud sabah malaysia

Big fishies!
fishing day with friends at rampayan laut kota belud sabah malaysia

Happy man with his catch. Jali sure is into fishing a lot. He caught the most fishes that day! Along with Jimmy, Totoi and hun...not the lady. xD
fishing day with friends at rampayan laut kota belud sabah malaysia

We then went to Totoi's home and some fishes were cooked 'sup ikan masak halia' with a bit chilie. Sooo tasty, sooo sweet, soooo fresh and I felt good. Really good eating it all.

The guys were so nice, they gave me loads of fish still after 'all the fishes I caught'. xD

So there it was, my 'first' experience fishing, fishing with the boys and to Rampayan Laut. =)

Let's say you're to go there to fish too....

I see a lot of people on the riverbank fishing and they got a lot too! There was this spot under a big tree they got big fishes too.
You would wana wear something that covers up all over your body- long sleeved shirt, cap, hat, shoes and also sunblock- bring it with you. You'd get wet and you'll need re-application.
Bring thick, good strings for the rod so that you won't get snaps all the time, like my guy did. xD
Best to bring an umbrella, or one like a stand, in case it drizzles.
Come in the morning, say 7am, for I see the people there goes fishing in the mornings. Maybe that's the time fishes comes out eh?
Bring food with you, packed ones, not the ones that you need to use your naked hand to hold it. You'll have no time/ won't bother to wash your hands with antibacterial soap or anything like that.

Map to Rampayan Laut, Kota Belud, Sabah.

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Shine on,
Del

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