Thursday, May 31, 2012

HOOKED Magazine

A new local Singapore Fishing Magazine is coming our way guys... HOOKED! Visit the link to find out more. http://hooked-magazine.com/

In addition to the usual Rod and Line, Kingfisher and Fish on, this magazine will be a great addition to our local singapore fishing scene. Hopefully, my articles will be inside the magazine. Hahaha.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Desaru Jigging 12 May with Captain Badol

After the previous Desaru fishing trip with tekong Badol in which we had landed a few good sized coral trout (ang gao) or red grouper, we are very excited about this trip. After directing a few of our kakis on how to get to Desaru via the new highway (ulu Tiram), we finally got to the meeting point at the Desaru mini mart where they sell food and drinks. At the back is a place where you can get live prawns at Desaru. At desaru you can find boatman contacts like desaru ah long fishing, desaru ah hee fishing but i have only tried badol before... Usually they will do desaru jigging at TU lighthouse, tukun reef and of course unjam for batang...

On this trip, we are going for the Spanish Mackeral or Tengeri batang fish using jackson pintail and asari pinktails. On this trip, Clarence also proved that the Duel Hardcore 110S 38g (you can get it a Kaiser tackle) works as he lost 3 of them to the tengeri!

Boarding the boat at Desaru beach.. it's a great sunrise at Desaru... no suprise that many like to have Desaru beach evening wedding shoots...
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Fishing makes heroes out of everyone!
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Captain Badol with his usual coy and confident look!
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The crew
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The batang were around that day and they made the Chencaru aka hardtail scad vanish when they started hitting our lures. We lost quite alot of lures to the fishes!

Andrew with a Chencaru on jig on his favourite ripple fisher madai rod...
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Majorcraft go emotion 5-10lbs and certate 2500r castng 40g pinktails and pintails with ease. handling beautifully from setting hook to fighting. fight was over in seconds. needless to say, gotta lend some power from the reel and strike more than once...
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Shawn with the next one on eurpo salty fighter and daiwa freams 3000
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Clarence with a good sized tongkol or bonito with the Jackson hardcore 110s
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Frank with a chencaru on 50g pintail!
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I landed the last tengeri of the day.... there was a frenzy when i was bust off by a tengeri and i wasted no time and tied the pe1 braided mainline straight to the asari pinktail! What do u know... a mack took it and i landed it! Lucky? heehee...
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I used the asari pinktail with some success during this trip. The key to use it is to PLAY IT SLOWLY. Tip on how to work the pink tail... Cast out and make sure the minnow is swimming straight(you can gauge by the resistance). If not swimming straight, recast. Reel at moderate speed after sinking. U can reel twitch reel twitch so that the movement becomes erratic and so this will make the lousy action turn "good".

Tonic for our trip
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Finished off with a good meal at you kee char siew.... yumyum!
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Lol we are thinking of having kayak fishing at Desaru next time... don't know if that is possible for kayak fishing in singapore is already so popular!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

KTM Resort Eging!

It's been a long time since i went eging but the long wait is over! My family wanted a short getaway at KTM Resort, Batam over the weekends and i was glad to accomodate them and plan the trip. This time, we planned the trip with a local Singapore travel agent - Eng Seng Travel service since we could claim the fee. The trip came with a free tour on the second day and i mildly enjoyed myself. We visited Ralph Lauren polo tee shops, Golden Prawn Seafood, Kueh lapis batam factory and stuff like that. And of course if you go to KTM Resort, you have to visit Nagoya mall so we went there as well.

Food at KTM Resort was a little disappointing at KTM Resort as they didn't seem to have the old menu. There was no more kung bao chicken and the crab meat in the asparagus soup was the imitation type! Anyway, the Avocado juice is still good! They have also upgraded their fishing area with railings now and they have spruced up the whole place.

Some pictures of the spruced up areas!



I tried a little day eging but there was nothing much interested in my jigs. I brought a Blackhole Junior telescopic rod paired with my Daiwa Caldia Kix 2000 on this trip since i didn't want to complicate matters with a rod tube.





Come night, it was soon time for eging! There were lots of arrowhead squid although it had rained earlier in the day and i managed to get one for sashimi before i continued eging!

I was competing with the locals for squid and i didn't lose out. In fact, i probably pissed off the locals too much that they packed up and brought their squid lamp home! Gee.... but i carried on eging under the darkness and the squid are still biting. This proves that you don't need light to do eging. I proved the same theory at Sibu kelong and yup this theory is proven again at KTM Resort.

Squid and eging pictures at KTM Resort





I supposed i haven't lost my eging touch! I always get my squids!! :D

The highlight of the trip...



Sunday, May 20, 2012

Just a few weeks back i made a usual grocery shopping trip to Bukit Panjang NTUC and i would always check out the small fishing section that they have. It is always disappointment as the terminal tackles, reels and lures there are priced very steeply. But i was mildly pleased when i saw that NTUC has now brough in the Surecatch Flasher jigs at a steep but still affordable price. They are selling the 40g, 60g, 80g and they even have my favourite light blue colour!

The Surecatch flasher jig is a well known proven jig that has produced good resulst for the local and regional fishing scene. In fact, i think Sky Chong went on a recent New Zealand fishing trip and caught some Kingfish/Snapper with it! The jig may be popular and effective but it is still priced very cheaply. I used it as "fodder" when toothy fish like the spanish mackerals or batang are around as there is no point sacrificing your more expensive jigs like the Ima gune!




The jig can be worked flowly to flutter or it may be worked fast to attract fast hitting fish but i personally prefer moderate working with perfect consistency during repetition to get a hit. I find that if you work this jig consistently, you will feel that it is very easy to work. But change the stock hooks though as they are not very well made to stand big fishes!

They have also brought in the fake surecatch giron swimbait lure and the surecatch Gamma 3000 overhead reel. View the blur pictures for the prices and information.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sembawang Sampan Fishing with Dr Rod

I was just idling on Facebook one day when i came across "Jeffrey Tsen" via Mathew's profile. I browsed through a few of his fishing pictures and i realised he was a "Sampan Fishing" operator. The catches were off Sembawang which was an area i wanted to revisit after having portabote luring outings there a few years back. The usual fish to target were usually Barramundi, Barracuda, Mangrove Jacks and so on... So i had some chat with Jeffrey and yes his spots are full of sangoat/snags which is what i want.

Placed a deposit to secure a slot that someone cancelled and off we went! His sampan launched from SAFYC Sembawang but we met at Sincere tackles first anyways to get the bait. His sampan was the right type of setup to hit the waters. Just big enough so we can slowly approach the spot and he was using an electric trolling motor which is good as silence is golden in stalking the fish here.

The first spot was under some jetty and we could hear the KBL "Suckling" sound as it popped mullets from the surface. I could tell it was a new experience for Shawn and the ideas that were getting into his head were probably limitless. We tried a few potential spots but nothing took our bait yet. A pesky grouper came along too...

It was not until we reached the barra spot which i sort of knew where it was that Jeffrey or Dr Rod hit a good sized KBL around the 12lbs range. He was fighting the fish on 4lbs tackle which was sweet! He had another miss and then all went quiet... perhaps the fish just weren't biting then but me and Shawn will definitely be back to have some revenge!!!

Of course, how could I not pose with the fish? Don't tell anyone that i didnt catch that!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Pekan Fishing March 2012 Video by Frank

Here's a good video done by a friend Frank on fishing in Malaysia at Pekan Pahang with Rickey Tay.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Pekan Fishing On My Birthday!

It has been a very happening open season for my fishingkakis and me. It has been fishing trips all the way after the monsoon and Typhoon Pakhar had cleared. Every weekend saw us fishing various coasts in Malaysia like Pekan, Desaru etc. One kaki Shawn even went Rompin March and caught some decent Sailfish.

This was a a kind of new season for me in the sense that it was almost purely jigging and artificial baits for me during the few trips. The fishingkakis obliged as well and sometimes we did not even have baits. I think it shows that 4 anglers jigging together is definitely more effective than 2 jigging, 2 baiting. This may also be because that most of the time we will be drift fishing

This trip saw us head back to Pekan Pahang, a quiet sleepy fishing town which is 1 hour further than Rompin. We will be taking Rickey's boat again as he is my usual boatman and Pekan and i had been with him for many years. The last trip in March 2012 in Pekan was for the Ebeks and we had so much fun with jigs that we did not even buy live prawns for fishing. Back then the winds were very strong and we could not head to Karang Laus reef or Jubilee reef. But now... we can... hehehe...

And the best thing? Well it was my Birthday! So off to Pekan we went on Friday the 13 of April... And i guess it was really a black Friday because our group of 5 pax, 2 vehicles became 3 pax, 2 vehicles due to a minor accident while along Mersing. What to do... the rest of us push on... We reached Rickey's house at 5am in the morning and had an hour or two sleep before heading out to buy breakfast and lunch. It was always a sacrifice to drive up on Friday night, fish sat, sun and then drive back on Sunday night but for working people like us, this was the best arrangement. Always advisable to have at least two drivers in the car so one can take over if the other is feeling sleepy.

We brought live crabs and live prawns up as Rickey warned that the wind may still be there and that now is a good time for catching parrot fish or eng ko. But... as we cruised along the sea... NO WIND?! And it was off to Jubilee Reef, the main target being ang gao or coral trout...

Asari cast fighter 40g was the champion here as we drifted along the big jubilee reef. Whether you are doing casting and horizontal vertical jigging, action is fast when you passby a "hole". The usual pelagics like Golden Trevally also hit the jig.

Coral trout hitting the jigs
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Golden Trevally hitting the jigs as well
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The starting was lukewarm as we hit a few coral trout and the sorts. But as afternoon approached, hell broke loose as baitfish were pushed up from below. There were at least 5 big schools of baby rainbow runner being attacked by predator fish constantly. We could see the big fish go in from the side every few seconds and smash the baitfish! On certain occasions, even spanish mackeral could be seen fleeing. Cobia, big GTs were around!

A good decent spanish mackeral
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Great barracuda
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Ah Yong was leaning over the boat when an estimated 200kg Tiger shark swam right up to him! He backed away immediatley only to see the shark swim pass the boat over to the other side! What an experience!
Popping the baitfish schools was a fun experience and Rickey had many hits and misses. Very soon, we got the hang of it... You cannot cast the popper right on top of the school as it will scare the baitfish and predators. Rather, you must cast at the side of the bait ball and present your bait as "seperated" from the school. Big fish love this and takes are usually hard and fast.
We had fun with the big Rainbow runners, spotted trevally (Jembudok) as they came for our poppers. On one occasion we could see a school of GT including some black ones following the popper! Asari Pinktails and Jackson Pintail and Pintail Tune were also working and by day 1 we probably used up all our casting minnnows! We were undergunned and bullied most of the time with rogue GT taking us for a run. I had an unstoppable fish which took me from the front of the boat to the back in a matter of seconds. It was a one way ticket on max drag! Mind you, my Shimano Bassterra 10-20lbs, 6'6 paired with a Daiwa Certate 2500R Hyper Custom can dish out alot of firepower but it simply gave up with this beast on the line! It took away my Asari Pinktail as it went round the boat and the line got cut off by the propellor.

Rainbow runner on halco popper
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Spotted trevally aka cembudok on popper
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Spotted trevally aka cembudok on Asari Pinktail
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Empereror on jackson pintail tune
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We were so frustrated at one point of time with the Spanish Macks grabbing our jigs and slicing the leader that we trolled a few rounds with Rapala Magnum CD14... hit a few good macks... They were hit on the Calstar GF600XL 10-25lbs and Accurate 197 with YGK PE2.5. Crazy stuff if you ask me!
Day 2 was similar except that now we were more prepared and got bullied less often although there were one way tickets as well. A 100kg Tiger Shark followed Rickey's asari pink tail. At first, he thought it was a Cobia and reeled slowly so that the Cobia could grab the lure but afterawhile he panicked as he realised it was a shark! As he reeled faster, the shark also came in quick! Alas, it missed! And at that moment, you see the funny side when 4 anglers casted jigs towards the shark, looked at each other and then regretted it. Ball shrinking moment!

Day 2 also saw me finally get my birthday present with a beautiful rainbow runner after many missed and thrown attempts. The fight was awefully strong for such a small fish. Tackle used was Goldenmean Sabel Dance PE 1 version 2 with Daiwa Exist 2500 on max drag! Popper was a Chugbug and stockhooks! But this day also saw Ah Yong cast his popper into my favourite bassterra and smash it to pieces. A rod well used for 4 years finally retiring it seems...
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Terence landed a peach of a GT too on the jackson pintail tune... and some cute stuff as well...
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Well that's almost about all, next trip would be Desaru on 12 May... at a new place that i hope to introduce to all...

Thanks for reading

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Underwater Fishing Videos

Posting catch reports have always been done using pictures but the next generation of fishing catch reports will be no doubt in video. The joy of video is that we can have the sound (reel screaming), how the angler fights the fish and of course the whole environment. The smile of the angler fighting the fish is always one to be rememberd.

Recently, i have been doing more fishing video CRs although they are not so professionally done up because i probably have to juggle between fishing and video-ing during a trip! It's hard to get the video footage when the fish actually attacks the bait/jig and most footage is after during hookup.

There are a good number of authors/bloggers slowly moving onto video CRs but we definitely will see more video CRs soon...

Anyway, the next step of fishing video CRs is none other than underwater fishing videos where we capture the fishes in their own environment. My good friend Shawn had purchased a cheap underwater video camera sometime back and we had the good luck to use it on some of our trips. Let's hope he gets a better one soon! Here are the samples and shots that he took with the underwater video camera during our recent desaru trip... some beautiful shots i must say... but must fine tune a little. Hahaha!





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