Saturday, March 17, 2012

Tukun Perak, Penang Popping/Jigging 2011

I'm finally blogging about this trip after a few months. I'm not putting hopes on receiving the rest of the pictures anymore so i'll just blog with what i have. This is my virgin 'Popping for GT' trip and well what else can i say except i was DAMN EXCITED. Clarence was organising this trip and he was the solid kaki as usual, loaning me his reel and rods so i can try popping. He warned me that it's best to try first and get my own set afterwards.

Penang Airport
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Our boat GT Challenger
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With the famous pekan ricky
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Approaching Tukun Perak


Well, the start of the trip was very optimistic, we hit a good sized Wahoo on rapala magnum 14 red head. Calm weather was present when we approached Tukun Perak. On the first cast, a GT was lost on Popper and it was all silent.

Tackles
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EL Toro
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Wahoo
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Dorado
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Popping with Tom


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But action soon picked up with Jamie hitting GT on jig, Dorado being landed, and a GT of 16kg being landed.... Action died down after the current went off and after that the strong winds picked up and we were forced to hide behind the Island. Later when we got back, we heard that a Typhoon had picked up in Sumatra and that was the reason for the Typhoon.

Big GT
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Big strong winds


The next few days were hanging around at the Island and we couldn't move anywhere due to the strong winds. Sigh.... but there were periods of time when the current wasn't so strong and i was playing a light jig of 100g. Boy it was fun when you know what speed the fish wants the jig played at and what jigs to use! I landed a 9lbs Big Eyed Tuna (Not Skipjack!) on 100g Whiterabbit MJ 3000 on a PE 1-3 light tackle! This was apparently sashimi grade tuna and later ended up being sliced and diced and eaten!

The MJ 3000 and MJ 5000 was very effective. I hit a big Wahoo on the jigs with light tackle but later on failed to land it because the leader got cut off at boatside. Also managed to get stripped and cut off by unknown fishes. I got cut off by one which Jamie later landed! It was a great barracuda. My Varivas Casting PE blue line was stil in it's mouth! Amazing stuff!

Big eyed Tuna
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Skipjack
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Anyway, that's almost everything i guess. The deckie landed a 20lbs orange spotted gao tun or giant grouper when we stopped by to jig for baitfish.... he landed it with a 200g flat jig. Good stuff i guess. We also landed a good amount of ang cho or golden snapper at night on mantis prawns lol sorry no pictures. But they are around 4kg size around 10pcs landed.

Gao tun on jig. Tom posed.
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I'll be back for popping..... it does seem i will get my own set in the future hehehehe....

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End of the trip Sashimi.... Beats any restaurant Tuna hands down i can tell u....
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ALL GONE
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2 comments:

Paddy Pike said...

Some fantastic footage and pictures,
Great to see the all the fillets ready for the pan,
,,,Paddy,,,

S@M said...

Hi, you have any idea who i can contact to arrange for a trip like yours? i need the contact for boat mainly. going as a pair and don't mind joining others.

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