Category: Prawn Fishing

Pangkalan Kota’s ‘udang galah’ draw

LITTLE-KNOWN: For anglers who are familiar with the area, cheap boat rental and tasty giant freshwater prawns here are enough reasons to return.

Razali Mat Som (right) and friends with their haul of ‘udang galah’ in Pangkalan Kota. Pic by Shahrul M. Zain

PANGKALAN Kota near Kampung Durian Chondong in Ledang may be less well known by anglers in this country due to its remote location.

But those who have come to the village to fish would inevitably return as the section of Sungai Muar that flows through the village is a haven for udang galah (giant freshwater prawns).

Cheap boat rental, from as low as RM10 a day, ensure that anglers familiar with the area, will return to fish again.

Razali Mat Som, 55, from Putrajaya, said he was introduced to the area several years ago by a friend and they have frequently returned to fish for udang galah.

“The udang galah in this area may be smaller than or as big as those from other more popular spots like in Kuala Selangor, Banting, Sungai Perak and Sungai Linggi but those found here are tastier,” said Razali.

He said he could catch up to three kilogrammes of udang galah a day if he comes at the right time, usually when the weather is hot.

“It is more challenging to fish here as there are no modern facilities available. If anglers want to spend the night, they have to set up camp here,” he added.

“Unlike other places where the fishing have been commercialised, the villagers here still keep to the traditional methods of fishing for udang galah using rod and line, and occasionally, traps.

“The boat rental is also cheap. At only RM10, we can fish from dawn to dusk,” said Razali.

He hoped the traditional village atmosphere in the area could be used to promote Pangkalan Kota to tourists.

[Courtesy of NST,]

Category: Prawn Fishing