(Cont’d from “Help Me”)
Mat exclaimed: “Alamak1, not a monster la2. Sting ray, serjah3“.
“How you know, ah4?” asked Amy.
“From the way it fights, different fish, different fight. Just like different folks, different strokes”, chipped in Richard.
Richard continued to share that sting rays grab small baits together with the hook. Then it would try to dislodge the hook by “shaking” & running. To resist being reeled in, it would swim down to the seabed & adhere to it for traction. That was why, inexperienced angler, (me) deceived by apparent “heavy weight” at the end of the rod, would think that a big fish was hooked.
He added that we could expect a strong fight, from a small sting ray.
Richard’s information was echoed by Mat. He added that since I was fishing from the shore & didn’t cast the line far out, it was impossible for me to have baited & hooked a “monster”.
True to his words, Mat eventually brought in a sting ray of medium size. He skilfully clipped off the sting ray’s tail.
Mak Chik offered to “bakar”5 the sting ray with sambal6. She dexterously gutted & cleaned the sting ray. After that, she wrapped it in a banana leaf which she harvested nearby. She then placed it together with the other yields from the sea; onto the smouldering fire where the coffee was being warmed.
Soon, the air was filled with the aroma of the freshly brewed coffee & the fragrance of the barbequed sting ray, clams, prawns & fish which were earlier caught by us.
We had a feast on the sea food before setting home.
- Malay, similar to “oh gosh”
- Singlish, used at the end of sentence.
- Malay, meaning, “only”
- Singlish, used at the end of a question
- Malay, meaning, “barbeque”
- Malay, a paste made with chilly as the main ingredient. Used for seasoning.