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Speargun Fishing

It was a quiet morning in Semporna. I setup my camera and tripod, and waited for the magic moment of Semporna sunrise. Due to the cloudy sky, the sunrise was not particularly impressive. Then I saw a sea Bajau paddling a canoe and headed to my direction.

Spear Fishing

Being focus in the sunrise shots that I wanted to get, I just ignored this common scene in the sea of Semporna.

Spear Fishing
But what this fisherman did next stimulated my curiosity. He submerged his head into the water and maneuver the boat with one foot, as if he was looking for something.

Spear Fishing
Then I noticed he carried a speargun.

Spear Fishing
But no worry. He was hunting for fishes under the stilt houses of a sea resort.

Spear Fishing
As the sunrise was over, I just observed him from a distance. He had a fruitful day, he got a fish every few minutes, even better than fishing.

Spear Fishing
He seemed happy with his caught too. After getting 6 or 7 fishes. He gave me a friendly smile and left. The morning was back to silence again.

You may watch the 30-sec video below to see him fished:

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My mom was an expert in speargun fishing too. She made her own speargun with umbrella metal stretcher, rubber tyre, wood, string and iron wires. Then she would catch a lot of fishes and prawns in river with her brothers. Every time she told me this same old childhood stories, her eyes sparkled, like she was recalling a happy past, though her family was so poor that time. Fish is a vital source of protein for poor men.

From that fisherman, I saw how my mother lived.

Photos taken in Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

Crab Fishing

Crab fishing

As part of the training in Miki Survival Camp, Mike, our guide, introduces a fun way to fish crabs without hook and fishing line.

briefing before crab fishing
bait for crab fishing

All you need is a bamboo stick with split end to hold a pieces of unwanted meat such as chicken skin or fat. Later we learn that earthworm works the best but you need to tie the worm to the string so it won’t break apart.

crab fishing in river
Then we go to a small stream nearby to fish for crabs. Though we don’t see any crab in the water, we know they are hiding under the rocks and in the holes.

crab fishing in small stream
What we need to do is to place the bait near the possible hidden spot of crabs. The crab will be attracted by the bait and come to pinch it. Once you feel the pulling force from the crab, just slowly withdraw the stick.

crab taking bait
You will see crab being lured out of the hole, follows the bait and try to get a hold of the meat. Once you are sure that the crab pinches the meat firm enough, you can pull it out of the water.

Mike got a crab
See! Mike got a greedy and stupid crab! However, it’s not as easy as it looks. I try a few times but the crab escapes. If you fail to fish it in first time, the crab will become cautious and may not dare to hold onto the bait.

Mike and Jimmy got 4 or 5 crabs in less than half an hour. The crabs are in bright orange color, very beautiful but quite small.

crab as food
All freshwater crabs in Sabah are edible. Mike cooked these crabs with oyster sauce. The smell is so nice. The meat tastes good too though it’s not much.

dog enjoying crab
Gontong, our dog, also enjoys the crab shells left over by us, so funny.

You may watch the 90-sec video of crab fishing below:

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Photos taken in Kota Belud, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo