Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Fishing Paradise at Bottle Tree Village

Recently, we managed to do a trip to Fishing Paradise at Bottle Tree. It was my first time here and i don't know anything... What baits to use and what to target...

Ivan brought us there and we used some of his remaining fishing time that he bought there. No luck for us at the main fishing area... Interesting thing was that they don't allow baits like Chicken Liver but the bait they provide was taiwanese sausages!

More interestingly is that while we were fishing, people were paddling with the self paddled boats in the middle of the pond! Imagine a taiwan sausage hitting their face!


Anyway, there was totally no bite so we went to the kids pond for a try at the fish to cure our itch. $5 per fish landed.... and we only got 1... and called it a day...

I don't know if we'll be back... Hahaha....

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I lost it.... The Chinese New Year Auspicious Fish... Gone....

I am so disheartened by this day that i still believe that it's going to affect my fishing for the year...

It all began when Shawn and me explored a somewhat dry spot of ours... It was pretty dry... But we managed to land a few nice Temensis... including dropping two decent sized ones as we were careless...

First cast into our favourite submerged tree... and this beautiful monster tribal Arowana swam out lightning fast ... to grab the lure... FISH ON i shouted...seeing that it was an arowana, i set 3 times... but i forgot i was on high drag... next 10 seconds of fight was exciting as the fish swam around trying to throw the hook but the two trebles were firmly secured... not for long. After a few jumps, the treble got off and i was left to my own disappointment....

Lesson... never fight an Arowana on high drag settings.... It will probably mean the hook will dig in and create a big hole in the jaw and the Arowana easily dislodges itself....

Well, here's the pictures for the consolation fishes though...

Shawn and his Rapala did it again
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My lure wasn't even moving when this fella brought it down...
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Shawn got himself one too
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Guess what happened after i lost the arowana? Bad luck boy... bad luck...
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Monday, February 20, 2012

Chinese New Year Fish... Lost...

Well, it's auspicious to have fishes for the Chinese New Year because of the popular saying... Nian Nian You Yu (Year Year got fish).... So me and Shawn headed for a Chinese New Year fishing trip on the second day of chinese new year...

Bad move.... it was drizzling with moderate rain throughout the whole trip and the Peacock Bass were not even active. I moved in to target the weedy patches while Shawn stayed on the open area.

Whenever i approached the weedy patch, big fishes will swim away at the sight of me... yes they are that sensitive. But this time round there was no movement as i'm pretty sure the rain somehow masked my prescence... A few casts and my scumfrog was directly in the centre of the weedy patch... 1, 2, 3... BOOF! Holy shit... Something huge made a big gap in the weeds and pulled my frog down. Set Set Set! It is important to make sure that hook is set in deep as i knew it's going to be a tough tug of war and maybe weed pulling...lol...

I was right... The fish took out some line but it was in the middle of all those weeds.... It was impossible to pull further without breaking my line and rod... So i did the easiest thing...

"SHAWN!"...."Shawn!!!!"...

And helpful Shawn came bumbling by.... a quick explanation was done and off into the water he went.... But as he went down the line went out again and there was a slight ripple in the weeds. I thought it was just the fish getting spooked by Shawn's entrance into the water...

Well, after 10 minutes of pulling weeds, it was disappointment... The fish had already got off the hook.... A battered but still usable scumfrog was all that was left... We got nothing.. Except that Shawn found himself some leeches!!!Yup.... one had attached itself to Shawn's palm... next few seconds was man shouting and lighter out...

An exerpt from Shawn's blog(www.singaporefishing.org)...
So anyway, I went into the water to free the lure/fish from some of the thickest weeds/algae I’ve ever seen. When it became apparent that the fish was no longer there, I stepped out when all of a sudden I felt a sharp pain on my left hand. As I rotated my hand to investigate the site, I felt another sharp pain on my hand. It was a leech and it felt like the fucker was a really green nurse cleaning out an open wound (scraping all the way down) with a pen knife. All those idiots who tell you definitively that you will never feel leeches bite are either lying or ignorant.

Well... after that it was almost dark so we went home.... not after i landed myself my true chinese new year fish.... a small Toman....


Consolation
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Next report will see me lose an auspicious fish.... on the 4th day of CNY.... man oh man...

Friday, February 17, 2012

Pre Chinese New Year Changi Offshore

Under top secret directives from the family, I was despatched on an offshore fishing mission to procure top secret items for the Chinese New Year Eve Reunion Dinner... Well to keep things simple, Ah Chong had an open slot as someone cancelled the booking... So I had to take it right? The previous day saw 30 over fish and Threadfin Salmon but luck was not with us this time and we managed just an average catch...

Joining us on this trip was Momok sister and beginner's luck was well with her!

Current was lacklustre and a little late so I was thinking that the bite may pick up around 3pm... well it certainly did but after the bites started coming in, so did the thunderstorm!!!

Terence with a good sized chor
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This trip was extremely boring for me and I only managed to get two ang chors aka golden snappers... Ah Chong managed a beautiful Ang Kuey aka red snapper... Somewhere towards the end of the trip, Momok sister's rod bent all the way and the line kept going out. She thought that she might have snagged onto a rock while we were drift fishing.... She called to momok and momok went over to save her from the snag... or so we thought...

As momok reeled in, he found out that it was not a snag at all but a grouper!!!! A grouper close to 4lbs was brought in admist the cheers of the crowd... Well done well done i would say...
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Well, below is the total catch... All of us had some fishes to bring back the chinese new year... and like they say.. nian nian you yu... and it's a red beginning to the new year for us!
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tom's First Peacock Bass

This is yet another Peacock Bass report. There seems to be nothing else that is easier to catch than these aggressive fish. This trip, we brought Tom along and he is raring to go as it's his first time luring for Peacock Bass outside the US...

When we were into the fishing grounds, I waited for awhile while Tom and Shawn set up. I wanted Tom to get the first cast as the fish would be unshy. But they took quite awhile so i gingerly made the proverbial first cast and BANG! I got a hit on the first cast! A good sized Peacock Bass which was well over 2lbs gave me some fun... but alas it threw hooks. Now Shawn was next and on his first cast as well... BANG! Tom was peeking over now and all of us were soon casting our lures out.

The fish were noticeably more fiesty perhaps due to the hot weather. Small ones were chasing our lures and hitting them constantly. This may have put the bigger ones off.

Shawn's Peacock
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Tom finally got his first Peacok Bass but it almost dropped back into the water! Awesome stuff! We were getting hits and misses and the glaring sun... Tom and me worked the weedy patch at some point with our frogs and both of us registered good hits but the fish were totally blind! I made a mental mode of the weedy area as we called it a day... I will be exploring it further in another trip... Monster Tomans and Haruans were sure to be lurking... Hehehe...

Tom's first few Peacock...
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I managed to get a crazy bugger...
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Friday, February 10, 2012

Malaysia Desaru Johor Freshwater Luring

Catch reports are coming up slowly due to the Chinese New Year period having a massive slowing effect on the author. Hahaha. This was a trip we were very excited about but disappointed as a whole. Freshwater fishing for Toman in natural rivers in Malaysia or Thailand is very different from Singapore as water bodies are extensive and have more natural vegetation. The Toman here are more "natural" and one must go during the "season" to get more hits.

Luring in this kind of environments is an instant draw for many toman anglers simply because it is wilder and much more challenging. Weedless lures like frogs, spoons are much more popular than what we use in Singapore as weedy terrain is common. Diving lures are popular as the Tomans can lay deep. Trolling lures like the Rapala Deep Tail Dancer is one of my favourite lures when slow trolling for the Toman.

So much for the background... Now for the actual report...

During our trip, the first thing we notice is that it took a long time to actually get out on the water as the boatman need to fetch the boat one by one.. Zzz... That was pretty not exciting.. When we finally got out onto the water it was already 9am... dawn timing is over by this time and looks like it's going to be a hard time luring those Toman and getting them to bite...

Launching boat 1... then driving out to get another boat...
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Boat 1 with another group launched out
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Finally launching our own boat...
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A video of the launching...


Pushing the boat out into open water


It's our first time on the boat and the first thing i noticed about the boatman is that he is very quiet and doesn't seem excited at all hahahaa.... but as we started fishing, he show us that he know a thing or two by offing the engine once we got near to the strike zone and paddling. He was quite hardworking and never stop exploring spots for us so it was up to us to perform lol....

We're finally on the water!
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Fishing in the natural environment...
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Weedy...
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But sadly, either we weren't up to the mark or the fishes weren't keen... We only had one big hit on Shawn's scumfrog the moment the lure hit the water but the fish totally missed the lure! I had also lost a fish after it threw the hooks... after casting my Komatsu Frog from sincere tackle right at the fish.... looking at the abrasion marks on the 60lbs leader, this looked to be a good sized Toman at least above 4kg.... Tommy landed a smallie on Rapala lure....

Tommy with his first Toman ever
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No shelter means you must protect your face with cloth... rendering yourself to become darth vader fisher
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Around lunch time we headed to the floating house to cool down, talk about our morning fishing and have some drinks... lol this is a nice part of the trip as it brings back kampong memories and made me feel like a man in the wild hahaha....

Relaxing....
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Mr snake at the house...
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The guys had a good rest
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A good relaxing day out of work
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After that we set off again in part two to find our Toman.... And yup Shawn got a big hit... good sized Toman again as you can see in the video.... But the landing was a little rushed and rod angle was not correct... thus the Toman managed to get away... "AIYAHHHH" hahahaha....

Shawn losing his good sized Toman


Shawn landed one small one later...
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I was also given a very good chance to land a fish later on when a toman around 3kg took my white scumfrog.... all of us were looking elsewhere and i actually striked the fish out of reaction lol... it was a good hookup and i quickly bring the fish in BUT... just as i was about to land it... it got away... as i forgot to close my snap swivel... OMG...... That was it.... We called it a day and started our long journey back as it started pouring...

No matter what, we still love doing this!


We'll be back for another trip to check out the place again;.... Hopefully this time we can launch earlier... hahaha....

Monday, February 6, 2012

Shawn's First Fish of 2012!

Shawn finally got his first fish of 2012 during one of our freshwater luring trips to our now favourite Peacock Bass spot. That place was crawling with Peacock Bass... We won't return empty handed each trip...

The water was very low compared to last time and early in the afternoon the Peacock Bass were holding out in deeper far waters but as the sun set, the fish had come in for a few snacks... We got a few mating pairs out of the water for a good photo shoot...

Shawn did himself proud with the Ima Sasuke... landing the biggest of the trip at 4.5lbs...
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Shawn also cam whored with a baby
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I was testing out a few lures including the storm flutterstick madflash... excellent casting distance and great concept. The lure can be worked like an underwater pencil, you can let pause the let it flutter while on fast jig or twitch. Quite a number of the takes were on the flutter so mono main line is discouraged.... Hooks must also be sharp and you must be ready to strike when line is taut... this will result in a larger number of foul hook as the fish turns around after grabbing your lure...

Storm flutterstick hitting some good fish
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Aggressive PB grabbed the pencil
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Shawn with another one
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Zerek 120...
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We moved to another spot later and spotted a school of baby toman fry... a few casts and BAM... something big took my Zerek 120mm minnow and paused. Gave it a few strikes and zip zip zip... It went steam rolling away!!! It was taking out line at no mercy although i was already at about 4-5kg drag... I hoped the stock hooks would hold... It was dashing all the way to the sunken trees and i was just saying NOOooo Noooo Nooooo with Shawn in the background laughing away...

Then the unthinkable happened just as i steered the fish clear of the danger zone... Not piak not hook bend... but the hook got off the fish! DAMN IT! This was one scary 20 second tug of war... with the fish getting the better of me... Damn!

We'll be back for revenge!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Preparing for Malaysia Desaru Johor Freshwater Luring Trip

Ok guys i'll have a freshwater luring trip to Malaysia Desaru on one of the Johor river coming up soon. I'm kinda excited about it. It will be my first freshwater luring trip on a boat. The main attraction of doing this would be that we can access many spots in the river and that the type of weeds and natural environment is breath taking...

I bought many weedless frogs and some spinnerbaits etc in anticipation of the trip... Hehehe...

Soft and sharp hooks komatsu frog from sincere tackles... Scumfrog... Hinomiya...


A cute squirrel lure from Sincere...


Frogs and spinner baits from TCE Tackle




Barbless hook concept.... not sure it will work lol


of course im bringing up the rest of my freshwater lures as well ... hehehe


Did this for fun... the BAKTAO COLLECTIOn... for men only... lol


Wish me luck!
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