Yes, I know it has been a while, my bad. Idea searching mode was activated and it took some time for me to put them into words.
So, what’s up with me? Basically, I was busy trying to put two ideas into one. Casting and photography together. Well, it was not hard to connect the two activities together, after all both are hobbies, the hardest part was selecting the best place that can cater both activities in one time. Both place must be able to be enjoyed by anglers, scenic for photographers and unique for nature lovers.
Here comes the best part, which made me thankful to be born as a Kiulu-rian :). I have THAT place, here ini Kg. Poturidong, Kiulu…and its just 55 minuets drive from Kota Kinabalu.
To be exact, this place is called Sungai Mantaranau, a 4.05 KM river that falls in the Kg. Poturidong Bombon area. A bombon area or some call it Tagal area, is basically a stretch of river that is reserved by the villagers from any fishing activity. This area is exclusively protected and looked after by the Bombon community therefore fish harvesting rights are exclusively theirs. Harvesting is basically done periodically and after agreement of the Bombon council. That’s a little bit of basic information in case you are wondering what Bombon is all about. My real point is, protected area = many fish :).
Now, for the setup of the river itself. Basically this river has a lot of character, upstream or downstream. There are canopy of trees along all along the river bank, giving it a mystique and serene look. Plus, they can be a natural UV protection. The sand, stones and river banks are all molded by nature and the only hint of modification are the local’s small farms and rubber farms a few meters from the river bank. Even the fallen leaves from adds colour to the river bed. On a long stretch of fine days, the water will be crystal clear and cool enough to tempt you for a swim. Even after a few days of rain, the water can be a bit murky but that is how nature is supposed to be, right? My point is, this river offers an original view worth to be appreciated.
Having put both together, my brother and I have decided to purpose to the Bombon council of Kg. Poturidong to open this river for a fishing sport lovers for catch and release activity and also for those who wish to go for photo trekking at this river. There was no problem with the photo trekking activity, however the council decided to assign a casting test team to see the potential of catch and release activity at Mantaranu river before opening it to the public. My point is catch and release is a good way of conserving our nature and conserving will need rules 🙂
Yours truly and a few others then did a test and the result are:
Day 1 (9 July 2012)
- We noticed that there are about 12 major pool and 10 smaller pool along this 4.05 KM river.
- We caught and released 3 Sebarau, 1 Haruan and 7 Barob
Day 2 (12 July 2012)
- River was murky, not much casting done but the team made a discussion on what can be done to make our guest have a smooth casting time here.
- Besides offering a natural river view, this river also offers human interest view for photo hunters. Locals with their daily activities along the river.
Day 3 (17 July 2012)
- My brother Rushdi caught and released 3 Barob and I was busy with my camera taking photo of him and a local passing by the river on a bamboo raft.
Day 4 (18 July 2012)
- We caught and released 13 Barob, the biggest catch weighed 2.2kg.
- Even all the pools along Mantaranau has original names, as called by the locals : Lubuk Tapayas, Lubuk Rikos, Lubuk Pangi and Lubuk Sindoon, to name a few.
All our findings, are presented today to the Poturidong Bombon Council, all aims and reasons have been put down in the proposal paper. Rules and regulation, method and safety procedures, photos and proves…all are discussed thoroughly, before a decisions was is made. So, what was the decision?
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to catch, snap a photo and release casting area of Mantaranau river :-). Come over, I’ll show you around.
p/s Do wait for another write up with details on the casting activity here.
kopisanangan do dongotuong good nite 🙂