Thursday, December 20, 2012

Anglers Work's Shikyo 3000

I'm not much of a technical person when it comes to reels but I stumbled upon this reel the other day when cleaning out my closet. It highly resembles the Daiwa reel design from the handle to the body! I personally thought it was a Daiwa Caldia Kix from afar!

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Anyway, this cheap $10 reel intrigued me and although I'm not a competent person when it comes to opening and servicing fishing reels, I gave it a go... The internals of this reel was damn bad. Rust was all over everywhere the drag pads, handle, spool... but surprisingly, the gears of the reel were spotless and still had some grease on it. I brushed and washed the rusty parts down with lighter fluid and applied some penn reel grease to the metal parts.

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The drag pads were alright but probably need replacement as they are worn out when the reel was stored and the drag was set to max.

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The handle is similar to the Daiwa handle although the shaft seems a little longer. I managed to fit in my Daiwa Tierra handle to the Shikyo's Body!

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If you're looking for oils and greases for your fishing reels, most tackle makers have reel oil/greases. From the Quantum Hot sauce to the Penn, Shimano, Daiwa performance, Abu Garcia reel oil and greases....

All prepared for normal usage pending carbontex drag upgrades, handle upgrades, stainless steel bearings or boca bearings upgrades.... hehehe...
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Monday, December 17, 2012

Fishing For Grouper with Boatman Shawn At Sembawang Park

One of the lonely weekends, the gang of 3 kakis took to the water again. With our odd combination of Kiat in his Hobie i9S and Boatman Shawn's Kairos Kaboat, we once again proved that finding good fish while kayak fshing in Singapore is definitely possible. With Kayak fishing, fishing spots are unlimited and you do not need a fishing charter or paypond to plan your fishing trip.

We launched from Sembawang Park again which is a popular launching area now due to the beach being very close to the parking area. There is even some stairs down to the beach which solo kayakers can make use of.

kiat and Hobie i9s fully rigged with mirage drive and hobie life jacket

Shawn with his customized rod holder and kaboat

Kiat impressed all the newbie kayakers taking their one star kayak course at sembawang again with his Hobie mirage drive which uses leg power! I think by now all the surfcasters fishing at the beach are so used to seeing kayakers launch from sembawang beach that we don't usually get "checked out" anymore!

Thats what we live for
Fishing with Boatman Shawn. Always great easy going company
Bundaberg Root Beer and the Water
I had a plan for today's tide and the plan worked out fine although we made a slow start. We drifted around some reefs and dropoffs. Kiat was first rewarded and he called us to report the catch. We went over promptly to find him smiling and making funny gestures. He caught himself a grouper which was about 1.5kg... But he lost his kayak anchor while he was fighting the fish! The grouper took a live prawn.


Later on, we anchored at one of the spots which I identified when boatman shawn and me were drift fishing. I identified the spot with much coral and dropoffs using madai jig and decided to head back there for a try. It was a good move as the moment my live prawn hit the bottom, i got a hit! Up came a 1kg grouper!


Kiat also had a good take and the fish dashed into the rocks! Thankfully, the fish gave up and came out of the hole... a 2kg plus green eyed orange spotted malabar grouper!


We brought back all the fishes for dinner and had a funny moment when our fish keeper was floating away from the kayak.... hahahaha luckily someone's mainline was snagged onto the fish keeper....

Anyway, we had a great day and even saw friends from Yak Attack out on the sea... Mathew as usual with his gopro.... they had a good catch with some sicklefish aka chao xi and giant guhood aka grunter landed near sembawang kelong....

That's all for now! Oh yea.... Grouper Hong Kong steamed at Kimly Seafood at Bukit Panjang Block 163
 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Invitation: 5 - 7 January 2012 Sibu Kelong

Dear all,

I'll be organizing a Sibu Kelong trip to Ah Ngan's on the above date. Feel free to come along. Please drop me a mail at nigel.lian@gmail.com if you are keen and I will give you more details.

Please note that a deposit will be collected and is non refundable if you back out last minute (i.e a few days).

Only easy going kakis allowed! Note that this is not a profit making trip for me and I am organizing this FOC.

Cheers!
Nigel

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Soon Hock on Asari Pinktail 40g

After a harrowing experience at Pekan in which I fell sick for 2 weeks, I stopped fishing for nearly a month to focus on studies and work. It was a move which paid back as I managed to snag a rare fish during a quickie freshwater trip today.

Weiyee and me bashed in around 3pm only to reach the spot at around 345pm as the dark clouds started homing in on us. I took out my all terrain umbrella and poncho to wait out the storm. Weiyee and me looked at each other with blank faces but I constantly assured him once the rain was gone, action would commence!

This area held a good number of Peacock Bass and Toman but from the surface action and ripples, it looked that most of the Toman are gone. We found out the reason later as multiple baited hooks were set and tied to a rope along the grass shore line. It was so disgusting...

Anyway, I didn't have much freshwater lures left as I was focusing on Saltwater Fishing this year..... I clipped on a Duel Hardcore 110s 38g and started cranking.... Strangely no takes... It was almost fish on every first 2 casts at this spot. On the third cast, I reeled in like how I would reel in for Tengerri.... and BAM! Peacock on!!! Weiyee was stunned.... This happened a few more times as the fish were laying low due to the downpour... But no worries, they were aggravated by erratic lure action.


 Weiyee was using a Storm Chugbug and the moment the popper hit the water, a Peacock Bass took it but alas, he was busy with his bail arm. I had constant hits and landed many Peacocks but eventually, my lure caught onto a snag and out came the Asari Pinktail 40g. I made many casts using fast crank to attract surrounding predatory fishes and my dream came true when upon landing on the water, my lure was taken by a Toman.... It kept diving down and was massive as I tried to control it.... Hook off though and all I got was a piece of scale....

This happened again but the fish did not get hooked up.... I casted again and again refusing to change to smaller minnows for the PB and then, on super fast crank, something hit my lure with force and this time I made sure it set in well. The fish was heavy but not putting up a fight.... I suspected local Snakehead aka Haruan as I saw the fish was slightly brown from far...

"SOON HOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" was all I shouted as the massive fish came closer and I could clearly see the head. The next few seconds of scrambling was expected as I quickly passed my Boga Grip to Weiyee... The fish made a last dash to the weeds but the hooks held and Weiyee successfully gripped ;the fish.... It weighed 6lbs on the weighing scale...





We continued bashing into another lagoon after that and Toman fries were being attacked by Peacock Bass... We could see the mama toman hard at work but as we started a few casts, the mossies came out to play and I even managed to inhale one! It was exercise cut for us as dengue is a big worry... But no problem.... We had Soon Hock to look forward to!

The Soon Hock was still alive as I gutted it at home.... I said a prayer as I ended its life and Weiyee brought down his family to 163 Kimly Seafood at Bukit Panjang as they prepared for us "Hong Kong Steam" Soon Hock and also Yao Zam Soon Hock.... It was good stuff as the meat of the Soon Hock was comparable to Coral Trout but not as sweet.




And that... is the renewal of my fishing this year. Good luck all!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Pekan Popping for GT and Jigging for Coral Trout

It was old tradition to have an end of the season Sailfish trip at Pekan and this year was no different except that we went for the GTs (Giant Trevally) and Coral Trouts! We had a few groups of friends going up this trip but instead of more fun, it turn out to be a bad trip for me as I got seriously sick on the second day of the trip!

The first day of the trip was better for me as I only had slight flu and cough. The first day was pretty bad though in terms of fishing and I landed the few coral trouts of the group while I had a good Spanish Mack that got off the hook after a breathtaking first burst! It took a 40g Jackson Pintail.

Taken on Asari 60g Inchiku via bottom horizontal bouncing
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Taken on Agoo 30g
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Terence though was not so lucky as his 120g Popper was bitten away by the Spanish Mack. It even gave him a good jump with the Popper in the mouth before swimming away hehehe.... And to think that Terence was popping for GT!

The first day of the trip also saw the HOOKED team with Alan Chan, Jamie, Rachel and gang having some mean Sailfishes... I'm hoping to see some good pics in the upcoming Hooked fishing mag! Hehe....

Ice cold ROOT BEER FLOAT on the first day after fishing!
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Dinner on the first day.... Scary 100pcs satay
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The second day of the trip though was hell for me as I felt the effects of the first night's calamari dinner at Sri Pekan. I had some serious fever and only managed to sporadically jig fishes here and there. Well done to the other team on Ah Long's boat as they managed to land a big GT on Popper. Our side did well too as Terence got a good Gold Spotted Trevally aka Jembudok on El Toro 150g.

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The funny moment came when Ah Yong who was popping actually had a big GT chase his Popper and missed it several times because Ah Yong said he WAS SCARED that the fish WILL EAT THE POPPER so he reeled faster! Hahaha! Good stuff that one!

I hibernated in the car and broke out with cold sweat on the drive back to Singapore.... High fever... And the sickness lasted 2 weeks... I guess I brought something bad back... Hmmmm...

Something to end the post.... It's always fun when you have kakis that pull your shorts when you're getting fish!
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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Chevron's Auntie Pond Fishing

Chevrons event team organizes pond fishing competition... Look out for the details on the picture.


Friday, November 2, 2012

Lucky Diamond Trevally (Chermin) On Lucky Umbrella Hat

Another busy patch gone and another few weeks of rain passed me by pretty quickly. I havent had the time to fish for a long long time now and I even lost my tan - which is good! But as my exams draw near and work is getting cleared up, it's back to the sea...

This trip was some time back during mid autumn festival in which we got totally drenched in the rain but I still managed to hook onto a Chermin right at the end...

Still sunny as we set up...
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On this trip was Kiat with his new Kayak - An inflatable Hobie i9S Kayak!
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We started off right at our favourite spot but there were no bites. The funny thing with fishing on an inflatable boat (Kairos) was that time seems to pass slowly and that was bad as you need to have patience when feeding for Chermin as you pinpoint the correct tide to target them. We later found out that some music from the radio can help in "stretching" the time so that we linger around the area longer! Hahahaha!

Anyway, we soon ran into a massive storm that had me take cover with my all terrain tactical umbrella hat! We beached up and waited till the storm passed. Everyone was shivering after this and going back to fish was a test of our will!

Out of the rain!
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After that we had not much luck except Kiat in his Kayak who casted into a school of baitfish and had a Catfish took his live prawn! Haha!
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Thankfully, during the ebbing low downgoing tide, lady luck smiled on me as my Zeus Inox 4 - 8lbs took a mean beating and up came a decent sized Chermin or Diamond Trevally. Finally! My first decent catch on Boatman Shawn's boat!

A Mid Autumn Chermin! Hehe!
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Tioman Dive Trip and Some Jigging!

It has always been my dream to do both diving and fishing. It has been something I have been able to do recently ever since I took the plunge to that blue world below the surface. Never in my wildest dreams I dared to contemplate being able to afford the blue world below. The closest I got to that world was probably on the TV... but as I started to get more financially stable, dreams still pull you back to the beginning. And they say as long as you have a wild dream, it will never escape you and you had to have it no matter what.

Imagine the feeling of doing both together in the same trip. Well, I did that... and convinced myself that fishing and diving compliments each other. That very mutual feeling when you see a coral trout slouching at the bottom of the seabed or resting above some fern coral. You can picture the very technique to get the fish on jig because you know it's like that. That humble sense of belonging when you see a school of Jacks above you who amazingly are studying you like how you study them!

I have never been able to picture the fishes and their curiosity but throughout the various wildlife I have seen during the trip, I have been able to sniff out pockets of curious marina animals and the colours - Life has never been so blue...

Anyway, here's some fishes I caught on a dive trip recently. All fishes and squids were not wasted. The fishes were caught before a dive at around 7am and at night for the squids... Here's to a deeper appreciation to the blue world ;)



 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Changi Offshore with Ah Chong 681

I'm finding it tough to blog this few weeks because of studies and work. I must say that after blogging for so long, it's really passion that keeps us going on to share what we catch and to open this up to the public.

Anyways, here's one to update what I have been fishing up this past few weeks. Fishing has been rather lukewarm other than the red drum trip and a trip with Ah Chong wasn't too good either....

The day started with rain and strong winds that will probably kill off any trip at Changi waters because this means the water will turn into some teh tarik colour and the fishes will be put off the bite. Nevertheless, we hit some good fishes with ah chong drifting here, there and everywhere...


It'll probably be some time before I head back to Changi again... I will be visiting Pekan in October and Desaru in November before doing some Changi Offshore in December....

Here's the total catch...


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Yak Attack!

Kayak Fishing needs no introduction nowadays with the niche sport being so popular that it was featured on the inaugural issue of Hooked Magazine, Fish ON Magazine and on Fishingkaki etc.

Popular areas that these Kayakers launch from are no surprise as Kayak fishing has no boundaries - Whenever, Wherever and Whatever places these guys can launch from, they will launch! Areas like the Pulau Ubin Mangroves, Yishun ITE (Khatib Bongsu) Mangroves, Simpang Mangroves, Punggol Barat, Seletar Island are all accessible to the humble little Kayak and these areas prove to be a hotspot where kbls, mangrove jacks, groupers, giant herring (ladyfish) are found!

Check out the Yak Attack Videos which are done by Mathew and Don - a crazy Kayak angler himself! Find out how these Kayak anglers do it on their Hobies and Emotion Kayaks! Check out their regular episodes in which they explain the basics and techniques of Kayak fishing... useful stuff for budding kayak anglers!
 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Our Very First Inflatable Self Boating Fishing Trip

This Was the beginning... the beginning of a new golden era of self boating trips. This was where legends cement themselves on the muddy ground. This was where a small piece of prawn meat could launch a thousand belukangs (catfish). This was where we were bled... This was our very first fishing trip on a cute inflatable boat!

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Fishing is getting tougher all the time in Singapore and when Boatman Shawn invested in his inflatable boat fleet, things were always going to get interesting although understandably noone wanted to do any investing except while Boatman Shawn himself. We knew we were going to be in for some wacky and extreme fishing (a fishing shoutout now made popular by Robson Green)!

And so, it happened... armed with some live prawns, live milkfish and two oars... We paddled on our ridiculously long banana shaped inflatable boat to our fishing spot! Some broken down jetty which we knew would hold some fishes was our top fishing spot (It was later on proven on another trip that this was a good spot for Chermin!)

Paddling an inflatable was always going to be more difficult than a kayak as it has less tracking. As we battled the wind and current, we were probably half regretting coming out in the middle of the night to torture ourselves with some arm roasting.

The strategy used in this spot of 5m of sand dunes and various debris which was flanked by broken jetty pillars was simple. A single hook tied to the leader with a small splitshot to weigh the live milkfish down. The live milk fish was cast against the current and allowed to free swim. The strategy provoked an instant response and Weiyee got his mainline snapped by a big pull in less than 5 minutes! This got our blood hot and everyone was in their deadly killer assasin mode... well except me I guess!

The look of killers...
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Weiyee let another milk fish down and it was just a split second before something big took the bait and Weiyee's reel was screaming! We were all thinking KBL (Barramundi) here as the fish gave strong bursts and took us for a ride. We were all waiting for it to jump but it never jumped at all during the whole fight. We were spinning in our boat while the fish fought ... till we saw a glimpse of silver as the fin breached the water surface... My first thoughts were Jewfish?!??!?!

The thought of the famous Jewfish on the end of the line was a bummer! Weiyee passed the rod to me as the fish went under my side of the boat and I battled the fish with minimal drag now as we were not sure how badly damaged the lines were since abrasion may have taken place. I slowly coaxed the fish near to the boat and adjusted the rod angle to accomodate any strong bursts under the boat...

Till it was finally... into the net... and we then got a huge shock... A wild Red Drum aka Taiwan Ngor was thrashing in the net. This fish was much more rarer than the Kbl and although there were reports here and there that the Red Drum existed in our waters, I didn't really research extensively into these.... but now... the Red Drum is more of a pond fish in Singapore with various payponds stocking their pond with these dirty fighters. The red drum we saw now might have escaped from fish farms to now call our waters it's own. The fish was not an escapee so it must have been offspring from an escapee or perhaps it has been naturalised after a long time in the wild! Beautiful red hues and a prominent spot on the tail. It was even confirmed later on that the fish had roe in its belly!

A good photo with Weiyee in Happy Style
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The beautiful Red Drum...
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And after a few photos, we were on our way back to our launch point as the tide made it unsuitable to fish because of the downgoing tide pushing murky water to the spot... But it was a good outing and boatman Shawn's very first Red Drum spot... hehehe....

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Pasir Ris Event Pond - Private Booking

A booking for the Pasir Ris Event Pond (Pasir Ris Pond Fishing) at Pasir Ris Town Park for Shell Fishing Club was made with my Uncle being a contractor to Shell and of course Clarence who was a Shell staff. I popped by to help Clarence's kids with the fishing and of course also to introduce my brother to some pay pond fishing.

According to the organizers, there were 150kg of fish released and they were already released into the pond which is good because if not everyone will be crowding around the cage area. Golden Snapper (Ang Cho), Barramundi (KBL), Mangrove Jacks (Cia Zho) were released and everyone was excited because 150kg was a large amount!

There was a mini competition going on and there will also be buffet lunch served afterwards. After getting some terminal tackles from Tackle 2000 (a tackle shop near Pasir Ris Fishing Pond), we got down to the fishing business!

The most effective bait for pond fishing at Pasir Ris fishing pond so far is fillet tiaow keng (batu scad) and this didn't change during this time! Kelong sotong was also a good bait which brought in quite a bit of fishes. Live prawns worked too but were fairly ineffective compared to the better baits that we had.

Bites were fast and furious during the first 2 hours with the fishes spread out over the pond. Everyone managed to get in on some action... and I even got bullied on my mini paypond setup with a big fish deciding to pull me all over the pond and eventually got itself snagged on the famous crocodile...


 


It was great to introduce Clarence's kids to fishing and the joy on their faces gave us a warm feeling. All of them caught their first pond fishes and had a good time.


My uncle though was not to be outdone and got himself a 2.46kg Ang Cho which won the first prize! Great stuff.... from the look of the Ang Cho, it's quite skinny... probably a survivor from the last event!

 
Weighing In

It was great to be doing pond fishing after awhile although Pasir Ris Pond seems like a dead places nowadays with the Main Pond and even Prawn fishing being fairly empty as well. Although some may argue it will not beat wild fishing but the camaraderie with fellow kakis are some things that I value lots and at the end of the day, to bring my brother fishing and to see him get some fishes warms my heart...
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