Did I tell you that I love to fish? Ya, I do that very often. As you know, fishing is a very therapeutic activity where you get to sit alone, waiting for the fish to bite and during that period, you get to think about a lot of things.
So, now let’s go through the checklist on fishing. The male species can give their tips on how to catch the swimming fishes in the sea. At the same time, the females and gays can talk about fishing for male partners? If you are a single woman, read slowly and absorb. If you are married or have lots of experiences, remember to give your inputs in the comment box, ok?
# 1 – We need the right equipment.
Well, we have to get the best and most expensive one that we can afford. Like the above rod? It is a cheapo one and only meant for small fishes. To translate what equipment means, it means nice hair, nice body, nice skin, nice smell, nice boobs, nice skills etc etc. If you want big fish, you gotta invest in better equipment.
# 2 – Attitude
We need lots of patience. And be positive. You cannot hook any fish, not even gelama and kembong (the cheapest variety) if you have no patience to wait. And if you are negative and thinks that the fish is not biting, they will not bite! Easy as that. So, have patience. You can’t rush them.
# 3 – Location
You want big fish, you gotta go to the right sea and risk a little to go far out into the sea. No doubt, the sea is full of fishes, not every fish is worth catching.
# 4 – Baits
Bait is part of equipment. If you want to catch garoupa, you need fresh, small, live fishes. If you merely hope to get cheap fishes, worms and cockles will do. In real life, you have to tune yourself to bait your fish. Before that, you need a good mirror. Be truthful. If your bait is mere cockles, don’t put high hope to catch a garoupa.
# 5 – Strategy
When the fish is not biting, you need to change strategy. Chinese has a saying ‘Bertindak mengikut angin’ (change with the wind). Check if you are in the right sea? Move to a new place. Check if your hook is too big, too small. Upgrade, if necessary. Is your bait fresh? Learn new skills.
# 6 – What do you do with the catch?
Be realistic. If you think you cannot ever hook a prized fish, settle for the common ones. Otherwise, you will be left with no fish at the end of the day. But if the fish is too small for your standard, throw it back to the sea without any second thoughts. Don’t keep because fish rots.
# 7 – What if you catch too many fishes?
Say you have several small fishes and finally got a big one. Do you throw all the small ones back into the sea? Don’t be too quick to judge a fish by its outer appearance. Some unedible fish like the ‘sai seng’ (believed to eat human faeces) are huge and looks solid. Whilst some really nice fish like the ‘sua chooi’ (a whitish, small but terribly nice fish) looks unimpressive. Experience will teach you how to judge a fish. If not, come ask 5xmom.
# 8 – What if the fish never bite?
Well, Jesus loves to fish. In the Bible, they talk about fishing all the time. You heard of ‘fisherman and fisher of man’ right? When the fishermen failed to catch any fish after a long night, Jesus told them to cast their nets from the other side of the boat and voila, the net almost burst with too many fishes. So, remember to call on Jesus (if you are not a Muslim, i.e.) to help you fish. Jesus was very mangchang (annoyed) with his disciples (or were they not yet his disciples?) when they doubted and argued with him that there is no fish. So, just close your eyes and ask Jesus for help if you really, really cannot catch a single fish.
(Photo of #2 taken many years ago when he got a garoupa (a prized fish) on a fluke fishing trip. This boy prayed hard when the fishes weren’t biting and out of nowhere, he caught this almost 1 kati spotted garoupa within minutes he dropped his hook into the water. I see that as God’s intervention to seal a child’s belief in Him.)
# 9 – Can you ever get lucky?
Yes, yes, yes. Sometimes, mysterious things can happen when you least expect it. So, good luck on your fishing trip!
More inputs please. Care to share your fishing tips?