Monday, April 19, 2010

Part II: Your Group Luck IS NOT Sufficient!

The crew was wide awake after dinner although the ride to the spot was quite fairly put - epic.

The current was excellent and was peaking at size 14. There were no squids to be scooped though and we were banking everything on our dead cut squid bait. A little tap... a little nibble and Sim went on to bully something out of the water. He brought the fish up like it was not even there and oh my... It was a sweet little Red Snapper! Perfect for the dinner table. I latched onto my rod and felt for nibbles too...

Tap tap tap... tap tap... *Nibble Nibble*.

Arrggh... Come on... take it! Take the bait!!! I went for broke out of desperation and stroked upward. NOTHING!

And that was it. Were the fish really there? Were they picky? Were they doubting our cut bait? We wouldn't find out as we were whisked to the next spot soon. And then, the real fun begun. The first to experience the seng-zation was Sim! Salmon Catfish or more commonly known as Kim Chu Seng/Jahan took our baits readily and all hell broke loose. I was using an Alan Louis 15-60lbs and a Accuplate while Momok was on an Extreme Excalibur paired with a Daiwa Tournament Ishidai.


The fish were not easy feat to bring up even for FS...
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ZY fighting his first big catty
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I put out a Calstar 10 - 25 to see if i can get lucky but the frenzy did not last long. During this period, almost everyone landed a catfish with the Cousin topping the list with a possible 15 pounder.

Okay and that was it.

Yes read on. That's it.

Are you confused? Shocked? Thinking this is a joke? Yea, the only other fish that was landed in the night was a nicely sized Spanish Mack by yours truly. It took my cut bait a few metres above the bottom and ran towards me. I reeled in all the loose line and stroked up like the wind. Lucky me... the hook caught the outer jaw.

Anyway, you did not read wrong. That was the only other fish for the night. Don't ask me what happened. Till this very second, i'm trying to ask myself the same question. I have come at the same conclusion over and over again... The spots away from the Island were devoid of fish that night.

We moved another few hours to the open sea in which the Red Snappers were hiding at. Anchored down at the first spot and the perfect storm came. The rain blew, the wind blew and the crew shivered.

Still Cheery
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ZY was having a hard time
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The waves continued even after the rain. Hell even i was suffering! I went to retire a few times!
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The crew tried hard though but the Red Snapper were simply not around. Instead Threadfin Bream(Ang Go Li) were around in the dozens. The Captain was at a loss and he changed the spots so many times that i lost count. The spots were supposedly good and i liked the terrain that i saw from the echo-sounder. It was still small fishes and fake reddies throughout the day.

Hard at work but no target fish
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A little light tackle fun
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WHY!
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Still must eat...
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Still trying...
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Still sober...
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We gave up around sundown and moved back to the island cover as the sea was still choppy. We only reached the Island after midnight but we found some well needed respite. We tried around in the morning and we were greeted by small Pompanos, Emperors, Sweetlips and even a few big burst offs. It was sooo much better.

The island view was great too...
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One of the most funny Deckies... A hat made out of a maggi box. Would you believe that?
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CONCLUSION: Fish at the Island next time. Total catch? Sorry we didn't even take any. Haha...

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