Thursday, December 29, 2016

Luring, jigging and baiting with Sam Law

There are so many options for fishing in Singapore now but there is so little time to do so. Add the myriad of techniques that one can pursue in fishing and you end up with a mix of expectations, worries and excitement. The best fishermen I know though, can navigate through all these and still come out victorious - either contented with a day's fishing or always getting a fish no matter the situation.

If you're like me and you're always trying to squeeze time for fishing, then I think versatility in your fishing expectations is important. You'll want your boatman or fishing captain to be able to do everything and to be flexible according to the water conditions. Sam Law is such a captain that I know of and he's not only versatile but very big on results.

It's tough to place what he really is good at - I used to think he was very good at bringing folks out for jigging and slow fall but it seems that he also knows his baiting stuff! He also knows his casting spots though and that coral trout by Ah Biao on the Duel Hardcore 110s will stick with us for quite awhile...

If you're going out on a fishing trip with Sam Law, I highly recommend to prepare for the following situations:
  1. Baiting (pure baiting) and Madai Baiting (baiting by putting a prawn on the Madai)
  2. Micro Jigging (6g to 20g) and Light Jigging (20g to 60g)
  3. Slow Fall Jigging and Medium Jigging (60g to 150g)
  4. Light Casting and Popping
Sharing some of our past few catch reports out with Sam Law.

Gold spot trevally!
Fat, decent snappers
So far I've always seen a red grouper on all of my trips with Sam
GT frenzy
Top water shuttling of jigs for trevally
A recent good gao landed on baktao pink tenya
Fat parrots quite common on Sam!
Gaos and gaos...
Gaos and gaos...
This eng ko put up a good fight and was hauled up
Coral trout on casting!
And of course this monster GT on Sam Law's boat...

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Recommendation for cheap Mookata at Bangkok – Family BBQ Mookata

Found them at Instagram!
Bangkok, the land of smiles, is one of the countries that we travel to and worry that at the end of the trip, we might not be able to button our clothes! This sounds exaggerating but it is true and I literally boarded the plane with my shorts unbuttoned but zipped. 

Today’s post will be a feature on a particular “restaurant” that didn’t seem to have much information on google and made me contemplate if I should give it a try. Thankfully I did. It was awesomely deliciously fantastic! I can’t classify this place as a restaurant as my definition of restaurant is one with air-con and nice, soft and fluffy carpet.

Introducing Family BBQ, my new found favourite place in Bangkok for Thai Mookata. As I got very excited and hungry upon reaching there, I missed out taking pictures of the spread.

We chose the seafood buffet which comprises of salmon fish head, mussels, clams, baktao, squid, crab, bamboo clams, prawns, and a lot more non-seafood item stuffs.  I’m zooming in just on the three items I enjoyed the most.

First up – prawns, I like the idea of how they had 2 options for their patrons.
  1.  Prawns laid on the counter like all usual buffets; 
  2. Live prawns swimming around in the tank and you have to catch it live yourself.
Of course, I went for the 2nd option and had a little fun using thongs to catch up my own dinner. 

Prawn and Scallops!
Second up – fish. Fish has been my favourite since young and I get really excited when Dad cooks an entire fish for me alone. Like, I don’t have to share the fish cheek with anyone. There was salmon fish head and a type of Barracuda fish known as Saury.

Saury is a nice oily fish!
Third – crabs. Lots of flower crabs and I like how we had a separate flat based metal which makes BBQ easier. Just remember, when you BBQ the crab, you will need to place the crab faced up so that the juiciness is kept within and flowing to the meat. Else, you will end up with a dry meat crab.

Yum! Whole bbq crabs!
Fresh flower crabs!
And you know, I love my baktao, so I ate lots of baktao there as well.

If you’re intending to try out this place, I would recommend you setting out early and to avoid the peak hour. We were caught in the peak hour rush as we left about 6.30-7pm, and we reached the location only at 8.45pm, a super late dinner, but still....

Bakgal endorsed!

Price (excluding drinks):
Seafood Buffet: 199 THB
Non-seafood Buffet: 399 THB

Without traffic jam: 15 minutes taxi ride from Platinum Mall
With traffic jam: 2 hours from Platinum Mall

Family หมูกระทะ แยกอโศก-เพชรบุรี
Soi New Phetchaburi, Bang Kapi, Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10310, Thailand

This blogpost is a guest post written by Bakgal. You can check out her Facebook page at
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