Cau tom or shrimp angling is now a popular activity for locals when they hang out with friends or family at weekends.
But don’t worry if you are not a fishing guru, because with the presence of many indoor pools in town, shrimp angling is now both interesting and easy for amateurs.
Angling shrimp at natural pools and rivers is quite difficult as they usually hide in the mud base below, so it’s an easier task for people to angle shrimp at an indoor pool facilitated by white enameled tiles at the bottom of the pool. Some say angling shrimp is more difficult than fishing as the shrimp will flip backwards. However, indoor shrimp in pools are greedy so they will easily take the bait.
Normally, owners of indoor pools will pour some more shrimp, including giant prawn (with long nippers in blue) and su shrimp inside, depending on the amount of guests.
Some pools have their own ways to excite guests as they put a huge shrimp weighing around 300 grams and above into the pool every hour.
The price for shrimp angling varies from VND90,000 to VND100,000 per hour (inclusive of fishing rod and bait) but this can be reduced from VND20,000 to VND30,000 for guests who stay from three hours or more.
Although it’s not cheap, people still love this activity as it gives them time to relax and enjoy the happy moment of catching shrimp by themselves, even if it is just one shrimp. Guests can bring their catch to share with friends and families or even ask the pool owners to cook the shrimp to their favorite taste such as grilled shrimp with chili salt, shrimp hot pot or steamed shrimp with coconut juice with reasonable fees varying from VND20,000 to VND150,000 per dish.
Peeling off a tom nuong muoi ot or grilled shrimp with chili salt and dipping it into a sauce of lemon, salt and chili to savor the sweet juice of shrimp flesh and swallow together with some cool beer is sheer heaven.
Some tips for beginners is to adjust your fishing float higher than the pool’s depth by around 20-30 centimeters. If you want to measure the pool’s depth you have to drop the fishing rod vertically to the bottom. Since shrimp eat food at the bottom of the pool, you have to dip the bait as deep as possible to lure them. For small shrimp you have to pull the rod quickly. For big shrimp, once noticing the float slightly move and plunge into the water surface, you have to wait around ten seconds to pull up the rod. What you should do next is both pull and pause to catch the shrimp.
Some indoor shrimp angling pools are:
- Kieu Dam Pool, 793/35/4 Tran Xuan Soon, Tan Hung Ward, District 7, tel: 08 3775 3282.
- Ky Anh Quan, near Binh Quoi 1 Tourist Site in Binh Thanh District.
- Dong Dieu pool, 33/2 Cao Lo Street, Ward 4, District 8.
By Kieu Giang in HCMC
Source Saigon Times