Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Madai Drift Fishing with Jimmy

I very seldom blog these days because it is so much faster to get people to engage with me directly on my Facebook but the blog can still serve as information to old relevant knowledge, trip reports with more photos and insights that can only be gathered from writing. So I guess, Jimmy from Punggol Marina must be so grateful to me that I am writing about him again!

Fishing with Jimmy and his baby
Behold! The best boatman/skipper/charter captain/RADM of the Singapore fishing scene.... but the truth is that for this Changi Offshore, we had a very stressful trip as we couldn't catch anything before late afternoon. The trip to Johor Shoal and Changi Naval Base proved fruitless as the wind got in our way and fishing was tough. We only managed an ang go li and puffer fish!

We started off with high spirits
But halfway through...
I guess if one can get a pufferfish on jig, that really means the sea is full of them!
Even a cast at the usual breakers for pelagics proved fruitless and here's a video of Ah Biao working the micro jig parallel to the breakers in search of GT.


Quite frankly speaking, we thought we were going to end up with zero as zero is quite common for fishing in Singapore waters...

Until I took out my secret ingredient for fishing. Dumplings! Dumplings are called ba zhang in chinese and some say it can be read as bao zhong which translates as sure get!

Yup, I brought these along
Biao was the first to eat and the first to get the fish!
After eating some dumplings, both Weiyee and Biao had awesome takes on their Madai! With the wind subsiding, we hit more groupers and called it a day at the floating kelong restaurant.

A handsome grouper on Baktao's exclusive green eye Madai!
Green big eyes for maximum visibility

And he's on!
A good sized specimen!
So when people ask me for tips, I say bring some dumplings!

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