Friday, September 30, 2011

Super Frog Rat Lure

I just got a gift from Alan Chan at www.acfishing,.blogspot.com...

It's a nice frog lure that is on sale at his shop now. It's named Mr Tanaka ... It's very cheap only $4.50 and will be great for local snakehead like Toman, Haruan, Budjuk... These are for luring and fishing in Singapore...

Love the rat tail design...hehehe...

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I'm still busy and can't write about the New Zealand Fishing and Other Singapore fishing trips... will do so soon....

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Changi Offshore With Ah Fong 3188 On 6 September 2011: I got them to SMILE!

This trip was booked a few months in advanced as i wanted to plan an offshore in which my uncle, father and brother could come. So we had to book a weekday during the school holidays.

On the trip was Shawn, Nick and son... my dad's friend and his kid was also on the trip.

Our merry gang made our way to Changi Village to board the fishing boat. I had booked Uncle fong or ah pong boat's for the fishing gang. We boarded the boat at Changi Point Ferry Terminal. This was the place that people board the ferry to Pulau Ubin.

We bought 2kg of live prawns and i bought some live Milk fishes too. The fishes were firing for this trip although sizes were pretty small. At 1000 hrs, i was pretty scared that we had not bought enough prawns! We had landed a mix of fishes and i caught a decent Ang Cho around 1kg

My brother's second time fishing but he landed 5 fishes in the morning including one very handsome Ang Kuey or Red Snapper. Lunch time was not so good and i only landed two Chermins... hehe...

My brother with an Ang Kuey!
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Come afternoon, the fishes started feeding again and everyone had some fun... I got good fun with a big grouper around 5lbs which took my live milk fish... i had another one around 2lbs which also took the milkfish! This proves that live milk fishes work wonders!

Me with a nice grouper on milkfish...
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Hehehe... My dad also got his fair of fishes and landed this beauty... i got him to smile!!! Miracle!

My dad smiling....
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My uncle also got some nice grouper....
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Nick was seasick but his son Joel still had some fishes and kind Ah Pong passed him the rod to experience the fight! So nice of him!

Ah pong teaching Joel
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I caught one!
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Towards the end, Joel even got a nice Ang Cho on handline!

Joel thrasing his dad with an ang cho!
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Our total catch was quite good for Changi offshore.... it's a good day for everyone who brought back fishes...
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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Water Bottle Popper!

Ok guys i guess i'll be trying to go into the art of lure making lol so today i had some free time i thought why not make a popper for Sailfish and Toman... so i grabbed a water bottle to make a fishing lure called a popper. It was done in 5 mins... And cost less than a dollar.

Can't wait to test this thing out... Don't laugh at me... Will make improvements like wiring, cuphead, rattles etc etc in future lol it will be version 2... The good thing about the water bottle is that you can just adjust any weight you want by adding weight into the water bottle via the cap... hehe



Any suggested names for the water bottle popper???

Right not it's WBP Version 1 hahaha!!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fishing At Tutukaka, Auckland, New Zealand

Tutukaka was actually our third and last day fishing at New Zealand but i have enough time for only a short article so i'll start from here!

Tutukaka was actually not planned in our itinery but we were loving New Zealand so much that we extended our stay for another 2 days! Thankfully, Tony over at Yeehaa Tackle arranged a trip at short notice for us with Alan. Alan is our guide for the day and he is from Beijing.

At Yeehaa
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The boat cost was $800 NZD for the day and Alan's fee was 100 NZD. We felt it was pretty reasonable as Alan drove all the way to Tutukaka from Auckland. It was a few hours night drive! Petrol was split at the end of the day.

Tutukaka!
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We finally reached our boarding destination. I saw that our skipper was a good old skipper who looked very experienced. He had the looks of a good ol sea salt! He may be old but he knew jigging alright!

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Our boat!
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The Skipper brought us in the "World's Largest Seacave" to have a look. How nice of him!
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The Skipper got us to the reefs and made us jig in no time! Alan immedietly hooked up a Giant Kingfish but he lost it to the reefs! Jamie and me were only getting Barracouta! Well, Jamie eventually got his small king but i was still hitting Barracouta! The Barracouta loved the Skill Ls!

A baby!
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Damn! Lost it!
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Alan hit a good sized keeper! Oh man this guy was good!
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Well, it was soon getting choppy and we went to do some Snapper/Hapuka fishing. The experience of the skipper was shown here. He actually knew the size of the reef and parked at the very edge, telling us that the current will bring the scent of the bait down to the Snappers and they will come readily! He shifted a few time just to get it right.

Verdict? If you used bait, you will get a snapper in NO TIME. It was THAT effective! But we tried jigs and we got hits too! It so was choppy that when we left our rod on the holders with the jigs at the bottom of the sea, the waves helped us to "Auto Jig" and we actually had hits on the jigs and landed some snapper! Talk about "baitless" baiting!

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves using light tackle for the Snapper!

Auto Jigging
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Snapper fishing pictures! Ima gun, crippled herring and Williamsom jigs with skirts!
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A pesky Barracouta!
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Saturday, September 17, 2011

The FOOD At New Zealand!!!

I was might lucky to travel to many places in Auckland and i miss the food there already. What we cannot get here, we get loads there and in a way it's vice versa for them! Beef and pork were very cheap... visits to the butcher would make us happy!

We had booked service apartments for most of the trip and the meat was done DIY style. I loved the BBQ Porterhouse!!! Simply wonderful. Kingfish sashimi and grilled was great too!

We tried a number of places like Shells in Tairua, Japanese restaurants in Auckland and the Orbit Cafe at Auckland Sky Tower which was like a revolving restaurant!

Sashimi was great in Auckland! I enjoyed the King Salmon Sashimi! Awesome grade 1 Salmon! FYI There is only grade 2 and below Salmon in Singapore as shared with me by our fish expert Ivan! And of course the Snapper, Golden Snapper, Kingfish we caught were also turned into Sashimi. Wonderfully yummy!

I'll stop short of the descriptions here and post a couple of pictures now! If you are hungry now, tough luck!

The all important shop... Butcher!
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Preparing our pork chops
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Grillin time!
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This is breakfast! Ok photos are not really in order...
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Can you spot Sashimi?
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Some more grilling shots
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This was dinner at shells. Awesome place with awesome prices!
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Snapper with Risotto
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After fishing at Tutukaka, we had sashimi and peking duck with this wonderful chinese chef... great stuff and awesome guy.
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Dinner at Grand Mecure somewhere near Tairua...
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Kingfish done 3 ways. Blue cheese, pan fried and poached. SIMPLY WONDERFUL. Best fish meal ever!
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Roadside newspaper fish n chips at whitiangia
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Korean and Japanese Restaurants... my best sashimi ever...
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Dennis fast food...
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Lastly... Dinner at Orbit Cafe Auckland... It's a revolving cafe!

Scallops
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Tuna Loins
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Beef
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Kumara Soup
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King Salmon
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Some duck
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Snapper with rice
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Steak with funny sauces
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Plavore or what? Flavore? I can't remember! Pavlova?
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Fondue!
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Alright guys, thanks for bearing with this lengthy post.... the fishes will be up next!!!
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