Catching fish fry as hobby provides pocket money to three friends

HULU TERENGGANU: Having a hobby of catching red mahseer fingerlings has helped three friends from Kampung Belukar Bukit, here, to earn pocket money thus easing their parents' financial burden.

Usually, Muhammad Syahrizal Aiman Abdullah, 14; Muhammad Sharil Hakim Mat Nawang, 12 and Muhammad Faizal Ikhwan Ismail, 11, will search for the wild freshwater fish species after school.

Muhammad Syahrizal Aiman said they used a small fishing net to catch the fingerlings along Sungai Belukar Bukit and each of them is sold between 30 sen and 40 sen depending on their size.

"Our 'income' depends on our total catch on that particular day...the most we ever got was RM200 a day.

"We have many repeat buyers who will come here to get the red mahseer fingerlings. They will resell them at higher prices," he said when met by Bernama here.

Muhammad Sharil Hakim said he would do his best to have a balance between his studies and his hobby.

"I will make sure to finish all my homework before going out to the river to catch the fish fingerlings. My parents always remind me not to spend too much time doing this hobby," said the Year Six student of Sekolah Kebangsaan Betong, here.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Faizal Ikhwan's mother, Hafidah Othman, 48, said being a supportive parent, she always reminded him to give priority to safety while doing the activity.

"It is good that his hobby can help him to generate income that can be used to buy whatever he wants. The amount earned is not important as long as he enjoys spending time with his friends.

"The hobby also keeps him busy and away from gadgets as well as educate him to appreciate nature," she said. -- BERNAMA

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