Hunting for a big Marble Goby @ Soon Hock @ Haruan Bodoh @ Ketutu @ Ikan Ubi

Marble Goby also known as Haruan Bodoh, Ketutu or Soon Hock is a prized fish. Its not a great fighter or is it a sight to behold, its quite an ugly fish to be honest. So what is so captivating about this fish then?

Its market price. Currently in Ben’s Grocers at Publika a kilo of this fish comes in at RM170. Fancy eating that.

Taman Aman is infested with these fishes. So infested to a point that they become a nuisance. Usually swallowing the hook whole or found in the bait net devouring the live bait caught. More of these have been caught in the bait net instead of line. A very greedy fish to be honest.

The trouble is that the Gobys that have been coming on board are pretty much juveniles. The largest caught barely toughing 9 inches. For them to breeding so rapidly there has to be some larger ones lurking about. With that goal in mind we set out to land ourselves a good portioned fish.

What we have been receiving however are its offspring. Here are the pics of the haul from three evenings there. Please take note we did not photograph all the fish as some were to small and would require a magnifying glass to look at.

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caught gobbling the prawns
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largest pair so far

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These were the noticeable catches of the whole investigation. There were about 15 specimens caught on line and in net. Clearly the novelty of the smaller specimens have depreciated at this point of time.

There were other fantastic fish too. Some with brilliant coloration. The lampams were spectacular fighters. For entertainment purpose the OFMER infinity rod (6-12, 5′, Blue) was rigged with the Shakespeare Sigma. The rear drag reel had its drag set to its lowest point which is zero. The smallest fish tend to seem like big PBs in these settings.

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Bait caught from the lake. If you have a bait net and live in PJ need not buy these already. Just come to Taman Aman.
Bait caught from the lake. If you have a bait net and live in PJ need not buy these already. Just come to Taman Aman.

Of the two fish above the lampams are the hardiest fighters. The Mayan chiclids tend to give one powerful run but give up shortly.

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This is by far the most beautiful Mayan ever caught. Mating season coloration perhaps?

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There were plenty of red-fanged crayfish that came on the net. These were either disposed except for two that were used for bait. These waters are infested with them and these crayfish can be likened to cockroaches.

Do take note all the fishes were released back very quickly as there would be other anglers who’d come and ask for the fish. One chap was very displeased when the two larger Gobys were released.

There is still a disturbing feeling that the larger ones lurk in the depths. This would mean getting the bait right. We will persevere again in the future.

-SK-

 

15 thoughts on “Hunting for a big Marble Goby @ Soon Hock @ Haruan Bodoh @ Ketutu @ Ikan Ubi

  • July 26, 2013 at 15:42
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    Where is this???? Is it beside the lrt station in paramount??? Can give map??

     

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    • July 26, 2013 at 20:08
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      Yes you are right. This is the park next to Taman Paramount.

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  • July 31, 2013 at 17:42
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    Do u use floats??? U mean u use nets to scoop them out of the water??

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    • July 31, 2013 at 19:30
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      I have a net that i use to catch bait. wht happens is these fish go into the net trying to sneak a quick bite.

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  • July 31, 2013 at 20:16
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    U mean as ur scooping the bait they go in????? How u fish them using rod n line

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    • July 31, 2013 at 21:24
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      using live bait. the small prawns and fishes you catch in the net. 

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  • August 1, 2013 at 18:42
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    Do u use a float to indicate a bite as soon hock r silent takers???

    when u use the net to scoop live bait do the soon hock go in to eat or what?

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    • August 1, 2013 at 20:44
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      You can use that too for SH. The net is a bait net where some bread is put in a pouch in the middle and dropped down. When we lift it after awhile the soon hock will be on it.

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    • August 1, 2013 at 20:45
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      Please bear in mind that the MBPJ are rounding these days and they are looking to take action.

       

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  • August 2, 2013 at 07:33
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    Ok tks…. Hoping to go there for some peacock. Bass during the hari raya season …. Should have less problems…….

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  • April 19, 2014 at 23:31
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    hi, where did you buy the bait net and how much? thanks

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    • April 20, 2014 at 10:28
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      Hi Jason, 

      We got the net in Telok Panglima Garang.

      At an aquarium that sells tackle too.

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  • April 20, 2014 at 20:23
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    Ok. thanks.

    Will check out a few LFS.

     

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  • July 19, 2014 at 21:25
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    still fishable there ? is there still have those plenty of gobies ? 

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