KOTA KINABALU: There is a mini aquaculture park in a suburban residential area off Tuaran, some 30km from here and it is actually quite a catch.
Families, especially those with an enthusiasm for fishing and seasoned anglers make this place – Laya-Laya mini aquaculture park – their go-to venue when they feel like fishing and spending time with their families the same time.
The Laya-Laya mini aquaculture park operated by the Sabah Fisheries and Fishermen Development corporation (Ko-Nelayan) offers several ponds for anglers to fish.
Reared with various types of fish including the giant (goliath) grouper, hybrid groupers, Barramundi, mangrove jacks and even the almost extinct black bass, this place is perfect for those just starting to learn to fish.
Three ponds are available for fishing – Pond A for catch and release, Pond B for catch and carry, and river rig also for catch and carry purposes.
Park project manager Mohd Shah Hime Awang said their specially bred fish weighed between 1kg and 40kg.
“It depends on the type of fish and here, we make sure that our fish are at their most healthy state always,” he said.
For children, they even provide a special children’s fishing pond on a catch and release basis.
The lodges, home stays and cabins available for rent are constructed with traditional infused designs.
Barbeque spots, resting huts, cycling areas, lakeside stalls along a boardwalk surrounding a pond and other attractions are also available in the mini park.
Catering services are also available for those wanting to have a hassle-free getaway.
Since its official opening in July last year, the park had managed to get an almost full occupancy and visitation every week.
On occasions where fishing tournaments are held, the place would be packed to the bursting point with cars lined up until the outside dirt and gravel roads leading to villages.
The park management are also planning to get more attraction, such as banana boats, river cruise and pedal boats to draw in more visitors.
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