Added on - 25th Dec 2011.
In October, I had the honour of being invited by my mate Ron, to go and fish in Sepayang for giant snake head with our Alangka Jumbo Frogs.
Sepayang, is located in Endau Malaysia and is approximately 280km from Singapore, and 7km from Kuala Rompin on the east coast of West Malaysia. The location appears to be a man-made water catchment area that has been purposefully dammed up leaving in its wake a sunken forest of dead and exposed tree trunks.
However, regardless that this be the case, Sepayang is nothing short of breath-taking in respect of its natural beauty.
Anglers who go there for the first time, as in my case, are awe struck by the absolute absence of any man-made noise, the vastness of the terrain, the picturesque lush surroundings and perhaps most importantly of all, the lack of any other human contact at that location.
What this creates is an indescribable sense of tranquility - which for a city dweller as myself, brings much respite and restoration to a restless mind caught up with the hecticness of city life. A day out in Sepayang, regardless of whether you catch anything, is guaranteed to be, as they say, "chicken soup" for the soul.
As for the fishing, I witnessed many occurrences of giant snake head fry coming to the surface, which suggests a heathy breeding environment for this species of fish.
Over the course of 2 days, Ron and I caught about 21 giant snake heads of various sizes on our Alangka Jumbo Frogs, with him out-catching me 5:1..... kudos to him.
The Jumbo Frogs were absolutely perfect for this location. They cast well and stood up to repeated snake head attacks, that no soft body frog could hope to ever withstand.
I also managed to get another opportunity to put to the test, our prototype CTS extra fast action, 10-20lbs, EBX blank, that we co-designed with Stephen Pratt of CTS and showed at the Thai Tackle Show in April 2011.
However, that said, all this is of a lesser significance to me than the privilege of being able to witness first hand, God's magnificence in his creation of Sepayang's natural beauty and to receive the much needed peace that I experienced whilst fishing at this location.
As they say, a bad day fishing is so much better than a day at the office.