Saturday, April 20, 2019

Daiwa Ishidai Genpaoh 40 Fishing Reel Unboxing

I've never really done and unboxing before as I saw no need for most reels found in the market. There was always some resource on them whether in the form of tackle reviews, videos and so on. That was not true for the Daiwa Ishidai Genpaoh 40 though. There were only bits and pieces on the Internet and not even any promotional videos and information.

I'm going to be using the Genpao for night bottom fishing (cracking heavy sinkers) so don't ask me about using this reel for conventional jigging or slow fall jigging. You might wanna take a look at the Reel Spa (Calvin) video in which an Ishidai Genpaoh is being tuned up to do those. The reel should also be an excellent choice for wreck fishing due to its drag (15kg) and also very high retrieve per crank (111 cm).

Reel specifications for Genpao 40
Line retrieve per crank 111cm
Weight 705g
Drag 15kg
PE10-200m, PE20-150m
Handle length 85mm
Gear ration 5:9

For official reel specifications:
http://www.daiwa.com/jp/fishing/item/reel/ishi_rl/genpao_ishidai/index.html

And so below goes my amateurish attempt at an unboxing! I've included the reel specifications in the video as well.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Fishing with Seacharter (Daniel) around Tuas waters, Singapore



The last time that I fish Tuas waters on an offshore trip was 10 years back. Back then, I went with this fishing charter boatman called “Ah Poh”. The boat was small and only for four passengers and had no toilet. I was very impressed by the snappers that we were hauling up though!

Recently, we tried this fishing charter which was very literally named as “Seacharter”. The fishing charter has three boats to choose from (full details below) and we chose SC-01 which was skippered by Daniel. First thought was when I boarded the boat was that this was a very low boat and was perfect for some light offshore baiting.

As for the fishing action, spots were mostly rocky and coral patches near breakers, channels and near docks/jetties/wharves. Action was quite consistent and the species that seemed to appear more were groupers. I caught four groupers that day (3 on Kurau Deep 150g jig and 1 on bait) and I was pretty surprised that when aggressive, groupers will hit jigs that are even 10m away from the bottom. I had two fish that hit way above the bottom and even hit the jig when it was stationary (I was busy talking and paused). In my opinion, when the grouper are being very aggressive, action is not the most important aspect and the most effective thing you can do is to constantly keep covering ground as the boat drifts. Another important aspect is using big jigs or baits to ensure that your presentation gets noticed by the fish.

5kg on the scale
An awesome 5kg specimen taken on CTS custom 12-25lbs, 2011 OJ1500PG, Kurau Deep 150g. Technique used was long fall pitching and direct bottom pitching. Not much skill needed to apply this technique. Just reel up and drop the jig back down.
Slow jigging was very effective too and Ah Biao landed some groupers and barracudas.

Total catch
All in all, quite a comfortable boat, nice berthing/launching place and a very friendly charter captain. Will surely go again.

Details of three Seacharter vessels berthed at Raffles Marina (10 Tuas West drive, Singapore 638404), Singapore:

Boat name: SC-01   
Details: 38ft length, wide 7ft fiberglass hull open deck with shelter and built in toilet, twin Suzuki 140hp.

Boat name: SC-02
Details: 28ft length, 6ft wide inboard engine 200hp.

Boat name: SC-03
Details: 26ft length, 6ft wide outboard motor 140hp.

Note: Live prawns, cooler boxes and mineral water are included. Please check latest costs with Daniel at +65 9232 1688. 

Seacharter Facebook.

Seacharter Facebook post for our trip:

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Running a Contest Giveaway for complimentary 3 qty of 1 hour of pole fishing at Ah Hua Fishing!

Hello all readers, in case you don't know, I'm running this giveaway right now till end of the month.

To participate, simply go to https://www.facebook.com/baktao/videos/1233846943438497/ and follow the instructions! May the prawns of good luck be with you :)

Abang Southern Island Singapore "Snapper" Fishing Trip March 2019

The last "Abang" southern island night offshore fishing trip? 17 September 2011 (See here). I remembered good old Shawn of Singaporefishing.org catching a fish head and nothing more. Not sure why I didn’t go night fishing for the last 8 years but I like to tell people that night fishing was for young folks and that I wasn’t getting younger.

It all changed one evening as the usual kakis were dreading the heat during the day Southern Island/Tuas offshore fishing and casual conversations about the myths of 12kg golden snappers during night trips got to us. All too soon, we were gathering up our dusty gear and our old night fishing terminal tackles (rangongs, giant swivels and big sinkers up to size 24) to go on a somewhat “refresher” night offshore fishing trip.

We only had 20 bullets or so...
We weren’t rusty though and Abang didn’t disappoint with his astute as always attitude towards night fishing. It simply was a matter of letting time pass (and the fish to get on the bite) when we’re with him. We were the opposite of unlucky that night though and we scored some very decent golden snappers (ang chors) and deep sea mangrove jacks. Chin, who was a first timer to night offshores, caught a pretty decent deep sea mangrove jack and we were all pretty jealous (especially when he didn’t know how rare it was). The biggest ang chor was around 4kg by Biao and that really gave him a good run for his money on his Penn 12T. Joshua too was having the time of his life with the trip being one of his most successful ones for the time being. Grown men (yours included) were pretty much reduced to moaning when the snappers hit us. All of us managed at least 3 to 4 pieces of good fish. We even had the luxury of letting a few go either through hooks coming off or bust lines. The frenzy lasted an hour or so gave us 15 pieces of assorted snappers of mixed sizes (mostly at the 1.5kg to 3kg range) and we picked up another 3 pieces of snapper on the way back to RSYC.

Brilliant 4kg specimen!

Filling up fast!
Chin scores his first decent sized chor!
Biao posing with the MJ. Hehe!
We reached land just as the rains were about to have a go at us and this reminded me yet again of the legend of Abang (heck, this guy is a fish and rain machine; Abang told us rain coming, better go).

Really decent haul for Singapore waters!
Fishing in Singapore dead? Nah, that’s something that we want everyone to think.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Ah Hua Fishing and Prawning at Neo Tiew Lane 2, Gallop Kranji Farm Resort (formerly D Kranji Resort) visit



I’ve always loved pole fishing ever since I tried it years ago at Pasir Ris Pro fishing pond (PRPP). Back then at the pole fishing pond, they stocked golden pomfret (kim chio), snappers, groupers, red drum (taiwan ngor) and even barramundi (KBL). So, when I heard that Ah Hua Fishing has a catch and keep pole fishing pond, I knew I just had to go and see for myself. It just took a few minutes to gather some kakis and we visited one weekday afternoon. In my heart, I knew, “where got so easy to land a lot of fishes one…”. But I suppose we convinced ourselves that even if have no fish, we could also do some prawning and have a good prawn BBQ dinner.

So fast forward to the trip… the first thing that we noticed when we arrived at Ah Hua Fishing and Prawning pond was that the water was crystal clear! We could see the fishes in the fishing pond clearly and even count how many there were. Likewise, for the prawning pond, we could see orange yabbies’, blue yabbies’ and blue mountain prawns all crawling around below. Well, I don’t know if it’s going to be this clear but clear water always signals that the pond operator/owner (Ah Hua) has nothing to hide since it would be pretty clear if there are fishes or prawns in the pond just by looking around.

Biao and David quickly collected the fishing rods from Ah Hua at the counter and we went to the fishing pond. We could see barramundi, patin, pacu, tilapia (black and red) in the pond and I suppose we were a little too complacent since we could see them. Even as I was filming, I expected bites instantly but that was not the case. Bites were hard to come by and the fishes were very smart and avoided our baits. That was when we sat down and just watched our floaters. Oddly though, that was when the bite rates improved. Biao and David managed to get a few tilapias in quick succession and hooked up with a couple of barramundis (we only landed one for dinner eventually). Oh well, I would have given anything to see them battle the huge patin and pacu in the pond! Still good fun though.

After fishing, we moved on to the prawning ponds and were pleasantly surprised that it was quite productive. The average time to get one prawn was definitely less than fie minutes. Take note that there are yabbies’ in the pond though. One thing I can tell you though that do not try the “spot the prawn and drop the bait there” thing. It didn’t really work at all and the prawns wouldn’t be interested. The usual techniques still work well.

After prawning, we then went to prepare the fish and some of the prawns for dinner. One observation was that the prawns here looked clean and vibrant. Experienced prawning folks will know – the bright colours on the prawns and bright orange/red/blue hues told us that the prawns were very health and I was not squeamish about eating them. The star of the show though, was the freshwater barramundi (KBL). It was a little unbelievable because it tasted as good or better than seawater ones. Of course, we had good seasoning with a mix of herbs (dill, garlic powder, salt, black pepper) and lemon for the BBQ but it was really sweet and the flesh was fairly firm (not the “hu-hu” kind of flesh that you expect from such fishes). It will probably also taste good if we foiled it up, added some ginger, soy sauce, Chinese wine and BBQ-steam the fish.

That brings us to the conclusion of our visit there. I’ve appended some tips in point form and all the other information that you may need before heading there. The verdict on Ah Hua Fishing and Prawning? Well, I’d definitely go there again!

Image summary of tips (if you want to send your friends) 

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Tips for pole fishing (Summary)
  • Use a variety of baits if the fishes aren’t responding to the house bait which is prawn meat. You can try live mollies or freshwater shrimps. 
  • Water is very clear so any movement or walking around will scare fish since they can see you too. The best is to play around the middle, middle left or middle right, especially in dark corners. Be tactful!
  • Sit down and wait if the bite is not hot. This will calm the fish down and enable them to focus on the bait that is in the water. 
  • Since the water is so clear, have a look and see if the pond is stocked up. If you see schools of barramundi in the pond, it should be good to go. 

Tips for prawning (Summary)
  • Water is super clear but doing the see prawn here and put bait there really doesn’t do anything special. Save your energy better.
  • The usual techniques apply and looks like slowly dragging the bait works well too. Both prawning ponds have yabbies’ stocked in FYI so if you feel something very heavy, take the fight slowly and also read this tip.
  • Some corners of the pond have many mollies. They’ll nibble on your bait on the way down (especially if your'e using worms) so get your bait down quick.
  • There are many prawns in the pond and that means you will hit lots of small to medium ones. Be wary of hitting a big one though. That may catch you off guard!
  • Need more tips? Read Basic Introduction to Prawning: Simple Tips and Tricks.

Ah Hua Fishing and Prawning also has the below activities that you can try
  • Fish feeding of koi (they allow hand feeding and the pond is stocked with lots of koi) through handfed milk bottles. Very different from just throwing the fish feed and looking since there’s an element of touch involved. Quite a novel way of providing a child with the experience of touch.
  • Longkang fishing. This is a little small since it’s just a rectangular enlarged tank but seems more hygienic or safe since your child doesn’t need to like wade or stand around water.
  • Corporate bookings for teambuilding purposes for the prawning ponds. Prices are very competitive and there are some team building games built into the packages.

How to get there
  • Take the shuttle bus (weekend and weekday)
  • Here's a guide provided by Ah Hua Fishing and Prawning
  • By cab (duh)
  • If you drive, parking is per entry and there is an hourly charge. We can’t remember the hourly one but it’s $3.50 per entry.
  • It’s near the previous D Kranji Farm Resort (now called Gallop Kranji Farm Resort)
  • Address: 10 Neo Tiew Lane 2, Singapore 718813, Email: ahhuafishing@gmail.com, Contact number: +65 91252088
  • Note prawning cost is 1 hour $20, 3 hours $36 or $100 for 10 hours (limited to 2 rods per card). Fishing cost is 1 hour $25, additional hours $15. Koi feeding is 1 bottle/pack at $1.

Note by author: The fishing and prawning bite rates were not rigged in any way. We used the house bait they provided and the operator also did not release dozens of fish or kilograms of prawns for us. In other words, this catch report is not a kelong and bluff people one although we did seek Ah Hua’s permission to film the fun and work together for a giveaway contest.