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