We went to a shop in town and when the man asked what we wanted to buy I just told him everything that we needed to start fishing. Then he started asking what kinda reel, what kinda fishing rod and what kinda this and that, so I asked him to decide. Hubby has a little bit of fishing knowledge but not enough to survive on. So, the shop owner grabbed us some fishing stuff and taught us how to tie knots, which none of us could master and I have no idea what he knots were he tying. He said by the look of our faces, we were looking at some strange things... oh, yes... strange indeed.
Yesterday (Saturday) I wasn't working.... *hip hip hooray* I checked the schedule for high tides and the tides were in the afternoon. I learnt that we could go fishing two hours before and two hours after, roughly... and I didn't want to drive far... hey, we're living in an island, we should be able to fish every where. We went to the Bayan Mutiara beach with some shades.
We settled down with nothing much to put our ass on except for some old newspapers. Hubby knows how to bring the whole house out wherever we go, which was kinda useful because I tend to walk out of the house with minimal items. Next time, when I'm a professional angler, I think I would leave the house with just a pair of pliers in my pocket, a fishing rod, a box of hooks and baits and my camera plus phone then I'll just slam the door shut. Oh, yeah... a pail, too... *sigh*
My precious has the ability to say a prayer that God will answer on the spot, every time~! We asked her to say a prayer so that we could catch some fish. While waiting for the hubby to fix up the fishing rod, I snapped a picture or two of the island's icon, the Penang Bridge. The weather was cloudy so not much of a view. It was cloudy as we have been praying that it would be cloudy, not sun blazing hot. I get sunburn very fast because I'm still very fair and lovely. Now, I looked like a cooked lobster.
Hubby taught us how to throw the line and I could throw the furthest. The first catch was a plastic bag filled with sand. The second catch was another plastic bag which was kinda heavy with I don't know what. The rest of the baits were eaten but none bit the hook. Fishes go to school nowadays. They know how to evade a hook. So, it was more like a fish feeding session where all of us fed the fish. I could see the ripples where the schools of fish popped their heads up. But we couldn't throw the line far enough. As we were thinking there was no fish there, a fish or two jumped out of the surface... were the fish mocking us?
|The puffer fish catch....|
|The floating heart...|
When we came back, I posted the photo of the fish to the state angler's club site. Oh, yeah... greatly poisonous puffer fish and I think they had a good laugh. We used the wrong rig, meant for fresh water fish to fish in the sea. We shouldn't be getting any fishes so one of the members said that the Fishing God must be smiling on us. All things are possible with our Lord, whether the rigs were right or wrong. We have no idea what is a rig. The only rig I know is the oil rig for petroleum. The two fishes probably gave me a push not to give up and to try again.
I got to know really nice people who are ever willing to share with us the knowledge of fishing. I have never felt so empty in the head before. I totally do not know what I'm doing. Oh, there were lots of fresh seaweeds down there... which means pollution was not that high?