Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Shame On Shimano

Chanced across this site while surfing the net... no chance to read up on it yet but here's the link if you're interested...

http://shameonshimano.com/site/

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Fishing Areas Are Dying Off...

It's no fishing for some time now for me... I'm too caught up with work and studies that time often does not present itself to me. Whatever time i can squeeze out is used for sleeping... Well, i spent my weekend cleaning up my computer and putting photos into new folders etc. I found a few old photos that kept me thinking when i could go back to fishing at these kinda places again.

For anglers, the wild pristine fishing spots are the ones which really keeps us on our toes whenever we make a cast. The air around such places is different and this is especially true if you're fishing alone. All anglers know that such spots do not last forever... Be it over fishing, land reclamation or even the clearing out of the forests. It's just a matter of time before a great spot which takes years of building up, just perishes like that.

I had censored such photos then while i posted my CRs but i deem the spots dead now so I'll release some for memories sake... Most are from my Haruan fishing adventures...

A favourite hole which lost me countless lures and frogs...
Photobucket

One of the unexplored holes..


Another favourite hole to get the Jungle Snakehead...
Photobucket
Photobucket

A hole in which i lost a really big one...

Another Haruan hole...

And my most favourite Haruan hole of all... the Haruans here are big... and are so unused to frog fishing that it's easy...

A hole in which me and Weiyee found while trekking... I guess it's surely closed now...
Photobucket
Photobucket

Great weekend everyone... Sometimes it's good to take a break from fishing... to store up your luck and optimism...

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Amazing Catch On Lure

I went with a short mid night trip with Weiyee yesterday. The 7 month did not keep us from bashing to a number of spots although it was pitch dark and with many trees. We settled at one of the spot where the water was super calm but it was a little shallow but we'll try our luck anyway. It seems that when the Lions have woken up for their sexy time that the fishes woke up too. Weiyee caught two fish on 2 cast. He caught a beautiful 1-1.5lbs Toman with coloration that resembled a Budjuk but a better way to describe the coloration was the Rapala Skitter Pop green patchy colour... No pics were taken of the Toman...

On another cast, he landed this! This little fella grabbed the lure!

Photobucket

It was an amazing outing although i caught nothing and well he caught only two small fishes...

All fishes were released...

It's a lazy weekend for fishing...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Noodle Rod For Marine Catfish(Duri)

I went for some noodle rod exercise with my uncles and his million friends last weekend. I've always wanted to test my Silstar Teal noodle rod against the catfishes at the spot and so i brought along prawn meat to cast out and some live prawns for another rod...

It was a long walk in and i could see it's just a matter of time before the spot is closed. Although the bangla workers there are very friendly... We can only go in to fish there because they are friendly! If they are not friendly, they have all the right to chase us out of there.

Anyway, we arrived just when the tide is starting to rise. It's an excellent time for fishing as the water is calm, water column is low and you can see big fishes when they expose themselves. We saw a few great rushes at bait fishes by Barras and what i suspect were Giant Herrings.

My uncle friend got a hit as soon as he lowered his live prawn into the water! The fight was over in less than 20 seconds and i helped him pull in the fish. It was a decent size Diamond Trevally(Chermin) for the dinner plate. It's an excellent size for steaming or baking!

We were quite busy as the wind and rain were picking up. These were dead on conditions for the Catfish as they love warm waters. Peeled dead prawns worked wonders for them and one could expect a hit as fast as a few seconds on letting the bait down! I took my time and had my fun with my noodle rod. The fight was not as i expected as the catfish didn't feel the pressure(light drag used) so the fish swam in and only fought while i was about to pull it up. I still got mine fun though... How i wish i get a 4 or 5 kg Catfish next time...

A short video on small catfishes on noodle rods...  With andy a.k.a punggol boy making a small appearance!


Hell broke loose when the tide shifted and the current picked up. We had no time to react as Giant Herrings took our bait and all sorts of fish acrobatics were in front of our eyes. Catfishes were also landed and lost while i myself lost a Barra because i was too far away from my rod!!! The action stopped though as the tide peaked and stabilized. The bites were slow after that and we waited for down going tide in which the current would slow down to a zilch. That would be the next "feeding timing".

We waited and waited but the next feeding time was slow and sporadic. Small nibblers were aplenty and we only got a few catfishes. We packed up before sundown and left while there was still light... Feeling contented that we had something to pull and shout about... Hahaha...

Total catch pic...
Photobucket

Hopefully can get a Diamond Trevally, Barra or Giant Herring on the next trip... Hehehe...

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Fishing With Pungol Boy

I finally met up with Punggol Boy also known as Andy for a trip last weekend. It was a tiring weekend for me as i was at auntie pond the previous day. I called Weiyee along and we went early to get live prawns and meet up with Andy and even IBR at the spot. It was pretty quiet but we can see that the dam has made the place like a sort of washing machine. The fish will keep swimming around in circles and cannot get out... That's why it's so productive.. There were lots of by catch... but the best catch of the day was by ibr... He had a 11lbs barramundi on live prawns... The strangest catch was a squid on lure by me and an octopus by SH...... I had zero catch on my noodle rod though... Will be visiting the place with my noodle rod again before it closes...

Pictures...
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Auntie Pond On National Day's Eve

CR by Alan
http://acfishing.blogspot.com/2010/08/auntie-pond-080810.html

This trip was planned way in advance by Alan Chan. It's a great idea and i hopped on the train immediately as i haven't been fishing in any saltwater pay pond for almost 1 year plus already. If you fish pay ponds often, fishing at such ponds would be routine for such people but since our group of friends that are going today(Roger, Momok, AG etc...) don't really do pay-ponds, i guess we had some new experiences. But what can be certain is that it's damn exciting holding onto your rod when it's fish release timing...

Getting all excited...
Photobucket

A fish?
Photobucket

My first impression of the pond was that it was pretty compact and small but i found out that it was quite a "complete" pond because there were suitable areas for luring/baiting. This is good as there will not be many entangled lines this way. Since we are booking the whole pond, almost everyone knew each other so it was more relaxing than the usual public pay ponds where its hustle and bustle and all about business.

Alan doing some stunt to get his bait back... from the land snags...
Photobucket
Photobucket

The bites were slow the whole day and the first fish was landed by Momok. It's a milk fish on fish meat! It gave him some good runs so he was a happy man from the start. Everyone including me were casting rubbers fervently. These are white rabbit rubber lures that are effective for pond fishing. There were no takes and we waited for the fish release. I was using dead fish meat when the cages opened and i landed my first fish of the day... A decent sized Red Snapper... More red snappers were landed but the takes were slow...

First fish...
Photobucket

Momok getting his Milk Fish and Jarret with a Red/Gold Snapper...
Photobucket

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Ang Mo Spot - Freshwater Fishing

After a brief visit to the Ang Mo spot last week with Weiyee, me and Momok got all fired up about going back again to visit the Peacock Bass there. Last week was bad as the water condition was very dirty and reminded me of Milk Tea. It seemed like last week's condition was better because today's condition was like caramel sauce! The water had a pungent smell to it and it was so muddy that the once "Amazon" River had become Nee Soon drain!

Nevertheless, we continued on and did not stop to fish at the Peacock holes... We proceeded straight to the Ang Mo spot knowing that such water might permit the huge Tomans to feed more actively. We loved the Ang Mo spot because it was just too pristine and untouched. We could hear the birds and monkeys call... no rumble of urban life here...

Momok had a baby landed almost instantly... it was a pretty fat one...
Photobucket

But...After casting for around 1 hr... we had no more fish and were wondering what was wrong. Could it be that the water is really too dirty or are the fish simply not feeding? In the past, we would have landed a number of fish by now. Momok borrowed my scumfrog and had a few good takes including a small mama but none was landed.

Well, no matter because while we were fishing, i heard little splashes below some submerged bushes... and lo and behold... A big school of Toman fry emerged to cruise right below us! Momok came right away with his scum frog and by then i had a few bites on my crawdad rubber. Knowing it was a good chance for a video, i took out my camera to capture the moment... Keke...

There was an error in this gadget