Skill Enhancers – Tiger Prawn Fishing: Paypond technicalities –Measuring Depth
By The Angler
Fishing for tiger prawns can be really thrilling or utterly boring. I remember my first time tiger prawn fishing inside a shop lot somewhere in Shah Alam. I did not catch anything while the people around me were doing a lot better. I did not know what I was doing. I rented one of the poles from the place, bought a hook, and a springy line that worked as the bite indicator.
Lost and not knowing what to do, I asked the guy beside me for tips and was told to just hold the rod and watch the spring. I did as advised. Christmas came, the cows came home, and I was seeing double (the effects of staring at a springy line for a long time); no prawns. To cut a long story short, I did not go home empty handed. I finally got so bored that I grabbed one of the prawns that swam (near the surface) near where I was seated. Subsequent trips there were a lot better after familiarizing myself with some of the technicalities. One of them is to setting up according to the depth of water.
Prawns are rather sensitive creatures. If they feel something amiss, they will drop the bait. One of the things I have learn is to allow the pole to stand on its own, with the hook and bait sitting at the bottom of the pond. Just let them be until a prawn takes the bait. To do this you must first measure the length of line needed in relative to the depth of the water.
Pole standing on its own horizontally, balanced by a sinker at the butt, and hook with sinker standing at the bottom of the pond.
Dip the pole into the water (butt first), straight down vertically. Mark the part of the pole that is just above the water. Also mark the section of the pole that is at the height of the pole support. The idea is this… When the pole is horizontal and resting on the support, it should be able to balance on its own with the line going straight to the bottom. The line between the tip of the pole and the hook must be taut.
Next, get your spool of line and secure your hook (used a hook that has weight fixed to it). Place the hook at the butt of the pole and measure the length from the butt to the second marking (the marking made to be used when the pole is placed horizontally and on the support). Remember to keep a little extra line, needed when tying the line to the rod tip.
These prawn hooks can stand at the bottom of the pond (flat surface).
This is great if you are fishing in a pond where the bottom is flat (same depth throughout). Not all ponds are like this. Some ponds have depths that are not the same. Some could be shallower on the sides and deeper towards the middle. In the next issue we will look at how to measure the depth of such ponds. Stay tuned.