2016 - Tasik Temenggor Fishing Adventure day 2

3 Days Temenggor Lake Fishing Adventure, 19th to 21st August 2016
Our second day fishing trophy in Tasik Temenggor - a 2.5kg Toman fish.



Day 02 (20.08.2016) – Temenggor Lake Fishing Adventure

The 2nd day was full of activities as we had to go to the lake 3 times. In the afternoon we attended the annual Orang Asli fruit festival at their prayer hall on top a hill. Evening was the overnight dive fishing by the Orang Asli boys with their homemade spear-guns.

After breakfast we headed towards the lake 4km away to take the boat out to retrieve the fishing trot-line we placed the previous day. When we retrieved the trot-rope, we were very surprised to note that the hooks were all empty, some hooks were broken and branch lines cut. We strongly believed that these were big fishes that had taken away our live baits. So what we did was to quickly replaced the snoods with stronger lines and hooks. We hope that this time the fishes will not get away.

Back at Liman’s house, we had durian for lunch and we then made our way to visit the Orang Asli prayer hall on top of a hill for the fruit festival. At 3.30pm we made our 2nd trip of the day to the lake to collect our line. This time we were successful in getting a 2.5kg Toman fish. With this successful catch, we decided to get back and prepare for the overnight dive fishing with the homemade spear gun.
Liman Cama Kawei's house has a very big compound fit for 10 vehicles.

It was a coincidence that two of our vehicles have the number of 9636.

The ACL9636 belongs to Tan Yoke Tian and AHB9636 belongs to  Francis Choong Ah Fatt.

7.50am - Nescafe coffee is a must or die, fried rice and corn for breakfast.

The newly renovated kitchen of Liman Cama Kawei's house.

A participant brought this real Cameron sweet maize from shop 88 in Kg. Raja Cameron Highlands - 3 for RM10.

The typical Orang Asli house in Kampung Kemar.


The typical Orang Asli house in Kampung Kemar.

These are some of the modern houses built by the government, but, most of the Orang Asli prefer the wooden or bamboo houses.

After breakfast we headed towards the lake 4km away to take the boat out to where we had laid the fishing trot-line.

It was a 20 minutes drive on 4km dirt road to the lake.

This is the Temenggor River that eventually join up to Perak River.

Noticed the very low water level in Temenggor River.

At high water level, you can't see the sandbank in the Temenggor River.

At the southernmost point of Temenggor Lake in Gerik, Perak.


At 9am we took the boat out from the Temenggor Lake jetty (N5.24003 E101.38962).

The Temenggor Lake located approximately 35km to the north-east of Gerik and covering an area of 15,200 hectares, is the largest man-made lake in the state of Perak.

Tan Yoke Tian the boat driver, Cheah Bee Tiek in cowboy hat and Boss Ng holding his camera.

Ah Thai (章凯) was looking out for any dead wood below the water level which we would not want to run over.


When we retrieved the trot-rope, we were very surprised to note that the hooks were all empty, some hooks were broken and branch lines cut. We strongly believed that these were big fishes that had taken away our live baits. So what we did was to quickly replaced the snoods with stronger lines and hooks. We hope that this time the fishes will not get away.

Cheah Bee Tiek was rowing the boat for us to release the trot-rope.

This is how you hook the palm oil fruit.

A 5” live catfish being hooked through the upper back dorsal fin as bait is most effective for snake-head fishing which always attack from behind, hence the hooking position on the live bait.

Temenggor Lake. We noticed a rare insect on the dead tree.

After having laid the trot-line we drove around the Temenggor lake shore.




10.50am – With this morning disappointment, we decided to buy some fish from the Temenggor Orang Asli for dinner - very sad indeed.

The Temenggor Orang Asli boys came to meet us. I always wonder why they all have curly hair. Do they have DNA from Africa? 

The Orang Asli boy rowed over to the net to collect their catch for sale.

11.11am - We managed to buy 4 Baung Catfish (Pak Suk Kong) - about 4kgs for RM40.

11.20am - Visited another Orang Asli settlement in Temenggor Lake shore.

The typical Orang Asli floating bamboo house by the Temenggor Lake shore.

Orang Asli floating bamboo house by the Temenggor Lake shore.

The abandon Orang Asli floating house in Temenggor Lake

Showing off the fish that we bought from the Orang Asli boys.

Boss Ng and Ah Thai (章凯) seen cutting and washing the fish for dinner.

Ah Hoong (战强) bought this durian at RM1 per fruit from the Orang Asli farmers.








12.40pm – Well! We had durian for lunch. Some had gone to a nearby stream to cool down.


After lunch we visited the Orang Asli Kemar Village nearby.


A rambutan tree full of rambutan fruit.

A large hornet bee hive at Orang Asli Kemar Village.

The Orang Asli bamboo house with zinc roof .

The Orang Asli boys at Kemar Village.

A public water tap for washing at Orang Asli Kemar Village.

01.28pm – We all made our way to visit the Orang Asli prayer hall on top of a hill for the fruit festival.

Walking up the hill to the Kemar Orang Asli prayer hall. 

Elephant dung was seen on the path up the hill.

1.34pm - Arrived at the Kemar Orang Asli prayer hall. It was built by the villagers using hands and small tools available.

Liman told me that elephants used to sleep here below the prayer hall.

Aboriginal worship in a prayer hall with no candles, no idol, no table. August 20th is their fruit festival. You only see a hall with hanging fruit leaves, boys with grass-head wearing braces, girls head with floral and leaf. Everyone sitting on bamboo floor and a man holding smoke dishes standing in front of the oracle and another man to read the spiritual sacrifice in Temiar language.

The fruit festival began immediately after their spiritual prayers recited in Temiar language. Orang Asli are traditionally animists, where they believe in the presence of spirits in various objects.

After the prayer ceremony, everyone be sitting around eating the fruits. Men and women sat separately. Worshiping in the house can only eat fruits, can't eat meat. After lunch, everyone go out of the house and then to a family house for meal.


The Kemar Orang Asli ladies head gear of floral and leaf.



Wong Kee Leng (启莲) taking a photo with the Kemar Orang Asli boys.

An Orang Asli boy at the hall
After the fruit festival we were distributing junk food to the village children while I was busy taking some photos.





An elderly Kemar Orang Asli with his head-grass.


Another elderly Kemar Orang Asli with his head-grass.

The top view of an elderly Kemar Orang Asli with his head-grass.

2.30pm - Lunch was at an Orang Asli house at the foot hill with so many dishes to taste. Wow, look at the display of food.

Look at Cheah Bee Teik so excited! Beh Jun Han was the first to eat and the last to finish.

The meal was to celebrate their annual fruit festival.

Bamboos were used to cooked most of the food by Orang Asli.




This is again the popular monkey meat.

Kemar Orang Asli children in the village.



This is my favorite photo of the Kemar Orang Asli children.

I was very happy to have taken a photo with these Kemar Orang Asli children.

A group photo taken with the Kemar Orang Asli after the fruit festival.

Our 2nd trip of the day to the Temenggor Lake.

4.20pm – Yes! We were successful in getting a 2.5kg Toman fish. With this successful catch, we decided to get back and prepare for the overnight dive fishing with the homemade spear gun.


Our second day fishing trophy in Tasik Temenggor - a 2.5kg Toman fish.

Yes, it was confirmed a 2.5kg Toman fish.

Tan Yoke Tian checking the safety measures of the homemade spear gun for the night dive fishing. There were three of them in the car.


Our 3rd and last trip of the day to the southernmost Temenggor Lake.

On the way we gave a lift to this young Orang Asli family (wife not in the picture) to the boat jetty. I then gave my old clothing and some food to them. I wish I could meet them again on my next trip and present him a printed photo for remembrance. Look at the child staring at Boss Ng the camera man.

6.09pm - The four of us: Boss Ng, Francis Choong, Ah Thai and yours truly Ching Neng Bin together with 5 Orang Asli boys were at the jetty in two boats.

It was an hour boat ride out northward to point A (N5.49154 E101.31734). We then moved to point B (N5.47769 E101.31282). The last point was at C (N5.45466 E101.31846). It was here at 2am that we slept on an island nearby.





7.09pm - The sunset view at Temenggor Lake.

One of the several islands in Temenggor Lake.

Boss Ng was very busy with his camera.

We landed here at point A (N5.49154 E101.31734) Temenggor Lake.

7.32pm - Dinner was on the boat. We had durian for dinner and the boys made hot coffee for us and gave us some boiled tapioca.

7.42pm - We started a fire upon landing on the shore.




8.14pm - The start of the night dive fishing with the homemade spear gun at point A (N5.49154 E101.31734). We then moved to point B (N5.47769 E101.31282) and later at C (N5.45466 E101.31846).

At 2am the next morning we ended our night-dive fishing and having speared 2 large Kaloi fish and many smaller Tilapia fish, we all went to sleep on an island at point 3 (N5.45466 E101.31846).


Click below to view:
Day 1 (19.08.2016) – Sitiawan to Temenggor Lake Gerik
Day 2 (20.08.2016) – Temenggor Lake Fishing Adventure
Day 3 (21.08.2016) – Temenggor Lake back to Sitiawan
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