Thursday, December 31, 2009

Back To The Basics For Peacock Bass

A trip with Mok was made and we decided to head out to a legal spot which housed a fairly good amount of Peacock Bass. The last few times we were there, they were there and took lures aggressively. However, this time we couldn't get them to bite although i missed one on my Pole rod. I was using Pole rod and sabiki just gliding the sabiki from side to side. After an unsuccessful stint, Mok N me were unsatisfied and proceeded to chill out first before going on to the next spot. I went home to get my rod and off we went.

First stop was the Haruan hole that i discovered a few days back. Upon casting a few rounds, i'm convinced i really spooked the Haruans and they have escaped through the drain into the reservoir. We went over to the other side of drain and as expected, they were there basking in the naked sun. Mok got itchy and made a few casts but misses were all he got. He ALMOST got one but on bringing it out of the water, it flew back. He ALMOST got his first fish on his new Gloomis rod. In fact, the Haruan broke his rod virgin but didn't pay and ran away.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I SPOOKED The Haruans!

After discovering the Haruan hole yesterday, i quickly got down to business this morning. I left my house early and reached the spot before first light. First few casts resulted in a hookup but the fella dived under the weeds and threw hook. How careless of me...

As the sun came up, i was aghast at the water level. It wasn't even half a meter! In fact, its only around ankle level. The place was brimming with Haruan and a few walking catfish. I got another Haruan which wanted to taste the Daiso mini pencil.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Haruan Restaurant

I was due to fish with the same old friend this evening at a highly classified spot. We were to go for big pacu and kalui. While waiting for him to arrive, i explore the surrounding area and found a small water hole around the size of a basketball court. Best of all, there are no "no fishing" signs around so this place was perfectly legal.

The area was weedy and water conditions were excellent for one of my favourite fish... The Haruan! I love the haruan because of the take and the way it takes the lure. It is a much more accurate shooter than the toman and once it grab your frog/lure, it will most likely be a direct hit. I'm sure many experienced anglers will have found out this fact. Best of all, if it is chasing your lure, it will make alot of "waves" and "swirls" until it finally go "BOOOOM"... But but but the fight of the Haruan is only average compared to the Toman.

I casted out my pumpkin Scumfrog along the weedy area and wow... A take on the first cast! It was a small one and i landed it easily. After i took the hooks off, it somehow managed to escape by "crawling" on the grass fast enough that i couldn't catch it. No pictures for this one!

I changed to a mini popper later on and played the popper slowly along the weeds. The action was to create a small tail wave behind the popper. The action is quite similar to a way a Monitor Lizard swims. Keke... The Haruans went crazy over this and almost every cast was a hit... But those that were hitting are the small ones and i didn't hook up any until the bigger ones came out to play.

Angler's Pal Swivels/Technic Lures

There have been lots of smart and effective copying of the premium brands by less prestigious brands. While not all of them are sure hits, occasionally something good comes out of all this. The result being cheap and good stuff which the consumers can have access to.

I've passed by many "strange" and funny brands... So far, these are some items i would recommend.

Angler's Pal Swivel
Firstly is this type of "Rolling Swivel with Snap" Anglers Pal Swivels which i've used at Sibu Kelong and my recent freshwater bash. I use the 24lbs and 61lbs according to the type of fishing. I've not tested it at 24lbs but it would not be realistic in normal luring/general fishing to use up till 24lbs.

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So far it didn't fail me yet if not i wouldn't be able to land my baktao or my Toman. If you need a general purpose swivel for luring or jigging baitfish, this will be an ideal cheap choice. Test the swivel by opening and closing it a few times before using if you want to make sure. Mass produced cheap swivels are not 100% uniform in quality in the whole batch.

I found this Swivel at Joe's Tackle or Sincere Tackle. Surprisingly, stocks are running out fast. The last time i went to Joe's, they only had 24lbs and 80lbs. Kekeke...


Technic River Dancer
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Technic has been producing some cheap and good entry level stuff. It looks like they have been doing some hard work on learning from some of the major brands. On my recent trip to Sincere, i got myself the Technic River Dancer. I was attracted to it because of the EXTREMELY loud rattle it made. Every lurer will want to have a rattling vibe in his lure box but this Technic rattling lure was even louder than the Rapala Rattling. Kekeke...

I tested it today and the casting was not bad for a 16g lure. The action was good too but you need to do some tuning if it doesn't swim straight. If i'm not wrong they have a lighter version i think its 8g or 12g. They have some interesting colours including one colour which resemble a small kekek fish(purple patch on body with silvery tone). The 16g one is at $5.70 shelf price while the lighter one is at $5 shelf price.

I've yet to get any fish on this lure but the loud rattling noise will attract(or spook) many fishes... Hehe

Technic Squid Jig
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I've got a few of these squid jigs at Deep Sea for only $1.70 and i've yet to land any squid on it but the action and casting is quite similar to a Yamashita Squid Jig. This is because of the very sharp head design(similar to Yamashita Egi Oh) that Technic has used on this squid jig. Colour wise is still pretty normal but they have very decent and distinct colours being Pink, Orange etc.

At Sibu, an Ah Lau was using this squid jig and he landed a few squids with it. He also got a big Baktao with it...

At $1.70, it's a steal and ideal for "suicide" missions.

Surecatch Squid Jig
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This squid jig has hit our shelves quite some time back. I got some more yesterday. The price is even more affordable than the Technic Squid Jig and the design is awfully similar to the Yamashita. Colour Scheme, Body Design and Nose Shape all match the Yamashitas... Casting wise and sinking rate it's a little disappointing. But for Sibu missions, we normally attach sinkers so no problem on the sinking rate.

I'll be doing a writeup on another cheap squid jig soon... This was the jig that landed most of my squid at Sibu day or night... Hehe.

Until then, please leave some cheap and good stuff for me... Don't sapu everything.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Curing The Frogging Itch

After a bloody disastrous trip at Southern Island on Christmas Day, i was determined to fight the itch and get my Christmas fish. It so happens that an old kaki of mine happened to be free this few days so we arranged to go fishing. We were to go for big Peacock Bass at one of the old spot which we haven't been to for a long time.

Early in the morning, the plan was changed and we headed somewhere else. We walked fast up the hill and into the forest to bash into our spot. Upon arrival, i was amazed at how "pristine" the spot was. Not that there were no signs of netters but the terrain of the place was fantastic. There were lily pads among tall grass but the water condition was bad. It was very muddy and there were bubbles in the water.

While we were setting up, we already heard the big splashes being made outside. We split up to cover a bigger area and both of us fish silently until my friend had the first hit. It was a small Temensis. He was fishing hard at the more open area and casting his poppers and minnows. I concentrated on the weedy muddy and patchy area. According to my friend, the fishes here take the lures slowly and gently so it was best to work the lures slow.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Sibu Kelong Eging Catch Report

The mothership must have had sent a distress call to her servants! Hotboys is under alien attack! Other than two that Jake's group got, our side landed a few spaceships too... But... It was a loooong loooong ride to Sibu alright.

Day 1
We had set out early at 0500 hrs since we had to be at Tanjung Leman Jetty at 0930 hrs. The mini van had arrived on time at the first pickup and proceeded on to the second pickup. That's when a minor blip occurred. The vehicle had not enough "Engine Oil" and was marooned at the second pickup. The driver went out to buy "Engine Oil" and after the slight delay, we were on our way to the causeway! We could still have breakfast and make it on time.

We got across the causeway without delay but... the van halted to a stop and couldn't start no more. This time, it looked to be much more serious than just "Engine Oil". Thankfully, the van was stranded just beside the petrol kiosk and the driver went to get the cure.

Waiting anxiously...
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The driver with the cure!
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BUT BUT... a few seconds later, it seemed that the cure wouldnt work and...

Sibu Kelong Eging Catch Report 2

Day 2
I woke up the next morning with a heavy heart wondering why i was on a kelong doing fishing but i fished anyway. There were Selars around but not as much as yesterday. The sun was out bright today and eging was back to its usual standards.
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Monday, December 21, 2009

We're BACK!

We're back from Sibu! Caught more spaceships and squids! A SUPER HILARIOUS GIF to keep you guys laughing first... can't stop laughing myself!

It's a squid changing colour in the mini van!!! Ahhhh!
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There's also a cookie monster in the van?!?!
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Reef Squid Egg Sacs at Ah Ngan's!

I have to feature this... It was really amazing when i chanced upon MFF and found out about Squid Egg Sacs being fished up. Of course, they were put back to grow bigger but it simply is wonderful discovery. In fact, i can feel the excitement here on my PC!

Visit MFF for more information!

Could it mean the squid spawning season has just passed? A 2.4kg baktao was landed at Ah Ngan's too. Baktao mania!

Meetup With Some Old Friends

Yesterday was a very nostalgic night for me as i met up with some old friends that i knew when i just started fishing regularly. Back then, we are known as the "Lorry Gang" because we used to go fishing with the lorry. Now, everyone and everything has changed but the old laughter and banter lives on. We had a good time exchanging stories, having a good laugh and we planned our next fishing trip too. It sure feels great to be together again with some good old friends.

After the kopi sesson, some of us went out for some light fishing. We visited some spots but we didnt catch anything. Weiyee and me decided to go for round 2 and 3. Round 2 we caught some Peacock bass... quite a hardcore spot to be... taking into account that we can't use our torches and were stumbling around in the dark on the rocky breakwater. Hehehe... We even bashed in the dark forest for quite some time and found a good spot near the zoo.

I caught a PB :) My first fish on hard lure for don't know how many months. hahahaha
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Round 3 we went to a spot that i was scared to even step on during the day time. We tried for around 30 minutes only before giving up. During the walking towards the spot, i smelt the famous frangipiani scent but we just continue walking... In fact later while slowly crawling to the spot like bangla workers, i dropped inside a deep hole and i was shocked because i heard something moving below me. I was quite scared it was a snake but end up a few frog jump out and "reebeet" at me. Phew

Anyway, seems like most of the fish here are Toman... Somehow they are not active during the night and we do not know how to target them. I read in rod and line once how Malaysians target the toman at night with bait but we are not using bait. I tried hard lure, popper, rubber but they show no interest at all.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

KTM Resort Eging Catch Review

A last minute KTM Resort trip was on the cards and within a few days, it happened. This was the one thing i liked about KTM. Last minute trips were always possible.

It was another chance to test one of the latest batch of fast sinking Yamashita Natural colours. It was fairly effective at Sibu, but here, i will put it up against stiff competition. I will pit it with my trusty Yamashita Egi O Purple Pink.

The view...
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Friday, December 4, 2009

Lifelong Souvenir

I just finished doing up my baktao shell for my baktao fishing memories. I used a few layers of 1/2 water 1/2 white glue solution. It looks pretty okay. My biggest baktao shell to date!

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Will aim to break the record this coming Sibu trip... May the force be with me.
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