Deep sea trips in Port Dickson are fully booked months in advance as catch reports over the years prove its waters are teeming with sizeable game fish. If a weekend trip to PD has given you the itch to fish, many land-based spots produce decent fishes too, for free. What a lot of people do not know is that PD has 3 saltwater paid fishing ponds located 10 minutes away from the PD Waterfront.
We visited Upin Ipin One Pro Fishing, the biggest and most challenging of the three. The pond was once abandoned and recently bought over by Ariffin, an angler who saw its potential and was willing to invest with hopes of bringing it back alive. The process has not been easy for the military retiree however our visit tells us growth and success may just be around the corner for this little known pond.
What lured our visit was the ridiculously affordable cost of fishing for quality fishes. At RM15/hour (minimum 3 hours), you could land for yourself a Grouper of more than 2 kgs…maybe more, a Red Drum of 4 kgs, Red Snapper, Barramundi and so much more. The first hour of our visit saw an angler land a Red Drum and two Red Snappers.
Ariffin releases more than 20 fishes of a variety into his pond every 3 hours with tons of fresh fishes arriving weekly. The pond is well stocked without any structures underneath. There is a catch though…the fishes don’t bite that easy. Bait choice and presentation, time of day and water conditions matter. Going back to your basics of fishing with dead bait is essential for a productive day. We find the challenge exciting as the art of fishing a dead bait on an ideal rig is fast being taken over by lures. The Upin Ipin pond tests your patience as an angler and if you think you have the knowledge, skills and experience to land one of the many fishes there, we urge you to give it a try and keep us updated if you do succeed or succumb to the challenge of the Upin Ipin One Pro Fishing Pond.
The good news, other than cost and fish variety, Ariffin is friendly and willing to share on tips of fishing in his pond, alongside rooting for you to catch. If you’re one to say there is no “kick” in pond fishing compared to the uncertainty and adrenaline of sea fishing, Upin Ipin is the pond for you. To know more about the pond, it’s location and get in contact with Ariffin, visit the Upin Ipin One Pro Fishing Facebook page.
(Cover photo of this entry was taken from the pond’s FB page)