Sunday, August 30, 2009

29 August 2009 Southern Island Trip

Actually, its quite lucky for me that i went on this trip as Ah Don could not make it for this trip so my dear friend Clarence called me and i took over the slot. It was yet another Southern Island trip. I told myself to give the place one last chance and well after this trip i think i havent gave up on it yet.

We reached RSYC at 1830hrs but boatman was abit late so we wait for him. He was a young malay boatman who is quite young and very friendly. He even offered us his food. Anyway, when we got to the boat i was like oh my god because it was like abit longer than a sampan only and although there is some shelter, i thought we were in for a rocky time.

BUT BUT BUT... somehow, when we board the boat, the boat wasnt like that all the time. The very stable and low design(the boat was not very high up) plus the rectangular design made the boat rock very little... It was super stable... hehe...


About the boatman, my friend books this boat for his trips. The boatman is not commercial but just a private charter only weekends go out to fish once in awhile. According to him, Team 7 approach him for many boat trips during their offshore.

We reached Botak Hill after sunrise to catch squid and wow... That place looks very suitable for eging but i had not bring any squid jigs. There are quite a number of squid surfacing and we managed to scoop up our squids. At around 11pm, armed with around 40 pcs of fresh squid, we head to our first grounds... A spot off labrador park rumoured for ang kueys and ang chos... Kekeke...

We shifted abit here and there for quite sometime before the boatman got the right spot. We are just off a drop off zig zag pattern sand mound... We started fishing first but not many bites... Only a sizeable ang cho was landed at the spot... around 2kg...

Next spot, we moved on to Bukom already. This boatman was fierce... fishing at all the shipping line. We even got honked at by MPA...

At Bukom, the current was crazy. I was glad i brought my GUSA. Clipped on a size 25 sinker and it managed to just reach above the bottom but it was okay as i was using quite long leader line.

At our first few spots, we are damn demoralised as we got nothing but Kaci and Deep Sea KBL which meant the water was cold. We even brought up a few of the bamboo shark so everyone was like damn no mood.

Suddenly at the second last spot, we began to bring in some good sized Ang Cho. I landed a medium sized ang cho plus a ray... But we still have not met the mother ang chos... We shifted a few more times before coming to the last spot... A good 36m rocky mound beside a buoy... AND THAT was it!

CHUTTT SUAH! After a fucking good fight, a 5kg mama was brought onboard and it really put a smile on our faces.

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After the fish, we tried awhile more but no more bites and decided to call it a day because the ships are moving around already and the MPA pass by us also.. Kekeke...

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I learnt many things from this trip including how to present your bait properly for ang cho...

Baiting for Ang Cho is different because presentation is important. The most important thing is the that bait must by "fluttering" in the water. Imagine a flapping flag...

If your bait is dead and you drop your rig all the way down to the bottom during slow current, your bait will not be presented properly as it will be just lying down on the seabed. This will greatly lower your chances of hooking up an ang cho and also greatly increase your chances of sangoat.

If your bait is alive, you can drop to the bottom but live baits dont last long too. The best way to target ang cho during dead current is to drop all the way to the bottom and reel up a few cranks. The idea is that the sinker is off the bottom and the rangong with leaderline is hanging up above the seabed so your squid will be dangling in mid air...

Sometimes, the ang cho can be quite a distance from the bottom like 4-5 siams. Try different depths if you are not getting them. Also, during dead current, ang cho can be very picky and nibble at the bait... only taking off when you strike them or when you provoke them with a little lift with the bait. Most of the time, ang chos will only take when current is on the change.

IF there is strong current, you can drop all the way to the bottom because the current will make the bait "flap" above the seabed. During strong current, the ang cho will tend to just take the bait and go... rods bending no holds bar.

This is something i learnt and when i applied it, i found myself suddenly getting my ang chos... less small fish, less sangoat too.

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