Fishing For A Good Cause
More than 600 avid anglers came together at the crack of dawn for the UTP Peacock Bass Daiwa Master Challenge 2018. They came from all over Malaysia, even as far as Australia, with one common mission, to catch as many peacock bass as possible at UTP Lake.
The competition was held in conjunction with UTP 18th Convocation Ceremony and is part of UTP's CSR effort to improve the native fish population by removing the peacock bass. The fish is a predator as it eats almost any small native fish, thus affecting the local fish ecosystem.
The event was organised by UTP Angling Society in collaboration with Persatuan Pemancing Perak with Daiwa, Silibin Tackle and the Perak Fisheries Department as the sponsors.
Present at the event were UTP Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib, UTP 18th Convocation Ceremony Organising Committee Chairman Associate Professor Dr Ku Zilati Ku Shaari, Daiwa Sports Malaysia General Manager Mr Soo Ngie Cheong, Daiwa Singapore General Manager Mr Mai Gawa, CEO Silibin Tackle Mr Leong Wai Loong and Chairman of the Peacock Bass Master Challenge 2018 En Imtias @ Amir Bahauddin.
Almost 100 peacock bass was caught. The fish was then replaced with 50,000 fishes donated by Perak Fisheries Department and released into one of UTP Lake.
Mohd Afendi Hanafi was announced as the grand prize winner as he caught the longest peacock bass at 43cm. He walked away with fishing items worth more than RM3,000.
For next year, the Peacock Bass Master Challenge will feature a fish exhibition apart from the peacock bass challenge to attract more anglers to participate in this event, especially from abroad. The Perak Fisheries Department has also shown a keen interest in donating more fish and research collaboration with UTP.