Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sole Chermin at Changi Offshore 11 December 2010

And so our stream of not so lucky fishing adventure continues… This time the crew is on a day trip to the sunny, calm and bountiful Changi seas. The downpour last night did not dampen our spirits. It can be said that we brought up a buffet to the boat! There were 8 of us so that boat was rocking its way along.

8 well endowed orangs
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It was spring tide today and I wasn’t that sure about the quantity of fishes landed today. Spring tides usually bring about fishes like the Diamond Trevally and Giant Herring in these waters.

Off to the fish farm to buy the live prawns...
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Captain Chong ventured all the way out to the CNB area to drift for the DTs. We spent quite a lot of time there but no hits! We went near to shore around lunch time at a new spot which was supposedly hot. We were drifting along some pontoons that were marooned at the beach. The area around the pontoons was extremely rocky. I got a mini grouper by bouncing off those rocks. The fish were just below the pontoon.

Already stoning before lunch...
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Where's the fish?!
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Nothing much yielded though. Everyone could not believe that it was already 3pm and only 1 small grouper had been landed. The weather was hot and sunny. I felt it made the water bad because it was already quite dirty due to the freshwater runoff last night.

Buffet lunch!
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At 4pm, we began drifting near Ubin Chek Jawa. Giant herrings were rife here. Spring tides usually promised them. In fact, there were a few landed yesterday as pointed out by Chong. At another day, the haul was 12 White Threadfins.

We began drifting…. Drifting… drifting… nothing caught yet. A storm was brewing… We still drifted drifted drifted… And a double bite! Weiyee and FS had some action but FS did not manage to hook his fish up. A surprised Weiyee brought in the fish. It was a mini sized red emperor. Very tasty but well not very big… More were brought in… We had 3 – 4 pcs towards the end…

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I was trying my best spinning live prawns at the back of the boat… I felt a tug… and then it went off. It was taking off with my line even before I manage to set the hook. I set the hook anyway but it soon slowed down. The initial thought was that the Giant Herring had finally come… but nope it was fighting deep… This fish kept taking out line although the water was very shallow and it tired itself out eventually…

It surfaced… gleaming and beaming… And there you have it. Another confirmation that DTs feed aggressively during Spring tides.

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It wasn’t all rosy after that… the fish took the bait near a 5m drop off at a sandy bar area. We were drifting in 2m of shallows when the depth suddenly changed to around 8m… We went back to that exact area to drift but no more fishes were landed… except for a small one here and there…

The storm finally came so we headed home… feeling a very heavy fishing jinx on us yet again…

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