Fishing on a Friday is fantastic thrill

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Fishing on a Friday is fantastic thrill

In my native country, fish on a Friday is a term normally used by Christians to honor Jesus by eating that particular delicacy after a hard-working week. But for me fishing on a Friday is now my new hobby in Saigon.

Fishing on a Friday is fantastic thrill

By Derek Milroy in HCMC

Some locals revel in the ancient art of fi shing at Co Tam An Phu Dong in District 12 - Photo: Nga Phan
In my native country, fish on a Friday is a term normally used by Christians to honor Jesus by eating that particular delicacy after a hard-working week. But for me fishing on a Friday is now my new hobby in Saigon.

Not only that, I have the perfect spot just a 20-minute drive from my abode. A family friend invited our group to come to Co Tam An Phu Dong in District 12, just off Nguyen Thai Son in Go Vap District via a five minute detour and a two minute barge trip over to District 12, to take part in the ancient past-time last week.

I admit I was a bit rusty having not participated since I was in short trousers. But I have always had the luck of the Irish and lo and behold after just ten minutes I caught a belter. A huge ca chim was reeled in and by god it fought a battle for survival. I felt like Robert Shaw in Jaws trying to bring her home. It was a tough fight but thanks to my brother Thi, we managed to stick her in the back of the net for a great opener. It was 1.2 kilos, not bad for beginner’s luck.

I thought, this is easy meat that is until another 50 minutes had passed with nothing. I made a bet with my group and said: “Okay give me five minutes and I bet I can get another.” So I managed at the third attempt to get my line out in the little pond.

I was joking of course and was just bored by now and it was so hot. Lazy afternoon is one thing but I was dying in the heat and my request for a 333 beer was met with a stoney look from my better half.

But the gods were with me and two minutes later she was wriggling away and this time I gave the honor to Tuan to score the next one which he did with ease, making my previous struggle look exactly that. Well, he was the expert I was just the newcomer.

One more was caught as my girl and I tucked into a hotpot which has to be said was frankly rubbish but we knew we had bagged two ca chim and one ca tra for dinner later on.

We’d had enough, though, and it was off home for some air-con therapy.

And we had a feast to behold for dinner, washed down with some Saigon beer to celebrate a hard day’s work.

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