Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fishchaser Island Adventure

Stay tuned for the report guys as i get some photos from the rest...

It's a trip where Jamie landed his first... unknown species... What was it?!?!

It was the catch of a life time for Jamie... what fish is it?!?!




Monday, June 27, 2011

Tanjung Pinang 12 - 14 June With Dad and Gang

My dad and his kakis booked a trip to TP with Kansas 99 and i had to follow as my dad was clueless about what to bring and so on. I got ourselves a few "ah lau" cheap tackle for the trip and we were all set!

Catch was not fantastic but could have been so much better if we fished throughout! All of us went to sleep at around 11pm on both nights!!! Also, our gear cannot make it... as almost all of us were using ah lau setups some even with mono line... many big rays, shovel nose and cobia were lost... Day time was better as fishes were smaller and the gang could manage...

Loading freshwater!
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En route!
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Dinner!
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En route to the spot, i had a Rapala Magnum CD14 Firetiger running for a few hours but there were no takes at all. First spot was at the FAD and we got some baitfish for bait. The deckies got a few bonito and spanish macks on the sabiki so that was an eye opener!

Captain informed us that night time was going to be slow but if anything came by, it will be BIG.

He was certainly true about that... everything that came visiting was indeed big. We lost a few Cobias, Golden Snappers and others. We had a ray on the line for around 1 hour but we still couldn't bring it in! It got bust on the leader after 1 hour plus of taking turns. It was on 65lbs Tuff mainline and 100lbs leader!!!

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Of course, we landed some rays and the Cobia or two...

Little guy having a try!
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Come morning, the catch was better and i managed to bag a parrot fish, coral trout(which took stinky squid gut)! Catch was sporadic and not bad for the morning.
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Dinner!
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The second night was the best.... Here's the excerpt from FK!

Second night and i decided to take a risk...and got away with it. Put down a rangong rigger 5ft off the bottom(to try and avoid stingrays) with some smelly squid slice. Mainline was PE 2.5 YGK Power hunter on an accurate 197. Rod calstar 10-25lbs gf600xl. leader 40lbs trimpuh FC... hook were 2 x 3/0 owner aki twist. Swivel seahawk 100lbs.

We were catching some ah seng prior to this so when i got a bite i was skeptical lor... Strike the bugger and reel in... it was kinda light so just put it on the rod holder and reel in... around 5 seconds of reeling in, the fish realise it's being hooked and suddenly i felt the line tension go off.... oh no something is wrong... lots of loose line. Took up the rod and reeled in like mad(197 low speed @!$!@%). Oh no oh no this looks like a big one.

Got line tension back and gave it a few good japanese styls setting of hook. Next 20 seconds, hell broke loose. It was the first time i heard my 197 SCREAM high pitched without ratchet on... 20 seconds of non stop line peeling and even water was spray on my face by the reel. Captain was saying it's a china man fish. Kekekeke...

For the next 10 mins it was a massive tug of war... reel screaming and angler suffering. Everyone stop fishing and came over to look. Fight was easy at first but at 10mins, the fish surface.... the deckies went mad.

"PANJANG PANJANG PANJANG"... lol dun need to understand what they saying a long figure was in the water and it's name was mr shovelnose. captain was super cool just say relax.... i was not really cool coz i knew the fish was not tired yet... if it's one chance to get this fella, it's now ... when it realise its not in danger yet.

1st gaff went in... the fella got off the gaff, broke the gaff in two and next 2mins was 150m of line gone. I was at sunset drag from the start.... and this fella can pull.

Next 10 mins was another tug of war... u take line i take line. U run, i reel. Luckily, was using low speed version of 197. At times i just stick the rod against the railing and cranked...

At 20 mins, the fish surfaced again and this time no mistake by the deckie. 3 Gaff went in. During the hauling up, the fish dropped back into the water lol. Only 1 gaff left. Gaff were put in again but when hauling up, drop again. Fish was struggling against the railing... finally with 5 man, the fish was hauled up...

And the photo taking session begin... Landed the bugger in 30mins with the help of my trusty rod and reel... so many times i high sticked the rod and hoped the bugger won't run while i hi sticked.

It was a fish of a life time and everyone went home with happy faces as they have their own pictures for their reference next time... It was a special feeling to give those merlion heroes some laughter and something to talk about...


THE PHOTOS!!!
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Last morning suprise catch 2 x ang cho on smelly fish meat. If only we woke up earlier to fish!

Total catch!
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Well that's it guys... a report done up very fast... next quickie report will be a short trip to Pulau Tinggi!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Bucks Mini Reel

Another post as i prepare my long winded catch report on Tanjong Pinang, Bintan.

Here's a reel that i ordered in too. I'll have to get a super light but tough bc rod for this baby... I'm planning to use it for some light Changi offshore hahaha... I'll try loading it with 6lbs braided or mono line...

It's small, it doesn't have a smooth drag if i turn the drag on too fast. But it should suffice for some fun fishing. It's cheap and small.... Can't expect much!

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Rapala Lock N Hold Rod Holder

Here's a post on some stuff long overdue! I recently got my Rapala Rod Holder and it's a good secure system which can allow space for connecting more of the same rod holders so i can fit more rods. I definitely need to fit more rods!!! I love the secure inter locking system...

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Base
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For expansion...
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Whole view...
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

DIY Gimbal Seat

Just want to share with you guys this invention that my friend DIY himself. He was pissed off that gimbal belts cost so much and they are so bulky so he invented this version for himself. It's easy to use, easy to store and it works! Don't need to wear it even... just slot it in!

Great invention.... good on him...

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Bashing... A Day Out With My Camera...

Forging ahead... or so they say. My uncle asked me if i wanted to explore a certain place with him. It was prime Haruan spot according to him. Well, he was right... I think we got more than 10pcs but they were all pretty small. I brought the bigger scum frogs which resulted in lots of misses. my Uncle, the AH LAU did well with his AH LAU spinning technique with a spin blade. He even showed me his cheapo rubber lure. Nope, not Keitech not Javallon but just some rubber grub. It actually worked miracles for him!

Nothing beats exploring nature and taking photographs of the scenes around you. Every new water hole makes your heart go faster and to pause in your tracks... and listen to the crickets and birds do their thing will you are just a small little thing in their big world. Priceless!!! Below are some pictures of our exploration trip...

LOST!!!
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The better spots...

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Not enough time to take pics but we had fun lol...
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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Rapala Magnum CD14 and CD22 Trolling Lures

The Rapala lures i ordered are finally here! Behold the CD14 and CD22! I'll be using them on my upcoming trip... When the boat travels, I'll just drop on into the water and turn on the reel alarm...

These lures are proven and are being used years ago and even today. They're one of the best lures for trolling.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Preparing For Tanjung Pinang Trip

I was shocked when my dad expressed interest in going to TP(Tanjung Pinang) for some bottom fishing action. He said he was following his friend and asked me along too. Since it will be a trip that i won't be paying for, i agreed! Well that leaves the tackle preparation to me and i found the best and cheapest stuff around for us to get prepared. I got myself 2 overhead lever drag reels for bottom fishing. You always want overhead reels around as we have to crank the sinkers from a depth...

I got myself the Pioneer 10 trolling reel and Shimano Charter Special 2000 LD.

I was surprised with the two reels as i fully suspected that i needed to change the drags to HT drags... but both in both reels the drags were awfully strong. The charter special is definitely a workhorse but time will tell whether the Pioneer can stand up to abuse. Having good drag is one thing... whether the components can stand up to the abuse is another...

We'll be using both reels for trolling and bottom fishing! Here's the specs of the reels. You can get the Pioneer at Hong Guan.

Shimano charter special 2000LD
- Lightweight, dependable leverdrag reel, with levelwind
- Graphite frame and sideplates
- Aluminum spool
- Barrel handle grip
- 3 A-RB® (Anti-Rust Bearings)
- Counter balanced handle
- Clicker
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Pioneer 10 Trolling Reel
- 1 pc corrosion resistance graphite frame
- 4 s
- stainless steel gears
- Anodised machine cut aluminium spool
- Carbon disc water protected drag system
- Gear ratio 4.0:1
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That's all folks... I had a bashing trip for Haruan last weekend... I'll post it up next...
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