Friday, December 30, 2011

Shawn Finally Scores with the Temensis a.k.a Speckled Pavon

Shawn and me couldn't wake up that day but we still made it although first light was way behind us... It was going to be one of those wet wet days though and luckily for me, i brought my disposable poncho... Phew!

After around 40 minutes of trekking to our location, we set up a distance away from the spot as we knew that the fish here are very sensitive. When you stop fishing and just sit down to watch, they start surfacing and swimming around... So this time we casted behind some trees far away from the bank.... And you know what? First cast, first twitch on the pencil and BAM!! Fish on! A cute smallie to start the day... Shawn also had one take on his first cast but didn't land it...


Guess what... after that it was quiet... We could see fishes swim away from the spot as it's very shallow... The rain started pouring on us after that... out came the poncho and it was "fish in the rain" mode.

Rain mode...

That was when Shawn broke his rod tip when his rod got stuck with some overhanging vines... tough luck mate... but guess what? He hooked onto a good sized Temensis around the 6lbs mark and landed it! But but but... It jumped back into the water! Man... i can tell you that Shawn was feeling bollock-y now... ha ha ha...

Well, no matter... he got another one later one... Wow, he sure was doing every right when it came to making the fish come to papa...

A beautiful 6lb Temensis aka Speckled Pavon...

Notice the broken rod lol

Shawn lost a big Toman later too.... When it just took off with his lure and didn't return with it... Hahaha...

Well... Shouldn't laugh at Shawn too much,... I got own my own lesson later on when my Bomber Long A hit onto something big... I couldn't pull it back and it cut the water, jumped and spat my lure out... It was a Giant Gourami aka Kalui ... oh my god... it's one of my dream specie and i lost my virgin Kalui...

A happy and sad day for Shawn and a sad day for me... That's fishing in the wilderness... in the rain... hahaha

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

20 December Changi Trip With Uncle Fong/Pong

Uncle Fong from Changi is one of my favourite boatman in the area... Simply because he produces the results. His knowledge of the coral reefs is not bad and he knows where to start drifting from. He has good knowledge and estimation of the drop offs and reef areas. When i need a trip in where there is a good catch, i will definitely call Ah Fong... But sadly this trip was marred by bad weather... RAIN.... It has been raining for the past few weeks now and today was no exception...


On this trip was Ricky from Pekan... surprise surprise he was over in Singapore for holiday as he is here to try out micro jigging on ah ho's boat.... So we invited him over for a chance at Singapore Changi waters... well not that bad he landed a small snapper or two...

Beginning was bad but we still landed the fishes.... after 2pm was bad... there are ZERO fishes landed from 2pm/. The water quality is real bad and the fishes are simply not feeding. I guess it's time for freshwater fishing kekekeke...

Before lunch catch...

Alan, ricky and clarence all sleeping...

Total catch... luckily i landed a small 800g grouper at least im not a zero fighter... hahaha....

Monday, December 26, 2011

17 December Johor Shoals Offshore Trip

This trip was a total disaster. I haven't been with this boatman for a long long time now but i must say this will probably be my last time. People can change during a short time.

The moment we boarded the boat, i somehow knew that he was trying to be funny. I checked with him whether we are confirm going Mano Wreck but guess what he tell me? He told me the sinker size will be very big so not going there. I'm not a newbie when it comes to telling the sinker size at that spot during that lunar date. The current will only pick up after 11pm for that day.

Never mind i just kept quiet ... next we are going to jig for small baitfish to use as bait... Guess what he tell me... he said very little so just try awhile then move off already. I manage to get some baitfish at the buoy but there's indeed quite little of them but the impression i get from him is that he is half hearted just park his boat roughly and just wait...

By this time i knew that's it liao this trip is going to be bad.... with the recent rain also being very bad... Well, you know the rest... We caught over 10pcs of duri aka ah seng aka catfish as the water is cold... Some snapper here and there... around 3am the boatman went to sleep already lol...

Here are the pics...


Nick got a small Shark

I had a nice size Snapper too

Nick testing out his new setup... Eupro Exploder PE 3 - 6 and Daiwa Saltist 40H

Shawn's Tiburon and Hammer Jig rod...

This will be my last southern trip for a long long time....

Friday, December 23, 2011

Sabre Tackle Moving Location

Take note guys... Taken from Alan's blog...

The other day was talking to the lady boss in sabre tackle, she told me that they are moving to a new location soon. The new owner only gave them 2 months notice for them to move out.

Jean Yip will be talking over the whole building.

New location of sabre tackle will be still in beach rd area, will update you guys when the new location is confirm. 


Triumph Super Shock Leader ( Nylon and FC) and What are Fishing Leaders?

Okay guys, here's some general tackle talk. I have been fishing for a long time now to have seen the Dupont Leader in action but nowadays fishing leaders are very widespread and there are many different types like Fluorocarbon, Nylon and even hi stretch leaders... Here is some basic introduction which may come useful to beginners.

What is a leader?
A leader line is a length of fishing line (usually monofilament) which you attach to your main fishing line (usually braided). Anglers tie the leader to the lure they are using. In a baiting context, the leader may be your terminal rig like your Apollo Rig (Paternoster). Leaders are stiffer, stronger and can have different properties to suit the angler and terrain.

If you are using braided line, it is definitely a must to use monofilament leader as braided line is very visible, it is not abrasion resistant and it is not stretch resistant. Usually, i like to use an FG knot. Look at this video from Jigging Master... Great knot. Uni to Uni is also okay for me but the strength is tied to your leader poundage versus braided line poundage...

FG Knot

Fuorocarbon leader is believed to be invisible to fish, which will naturally help you get more hits. I was a little skeptical at first but eventually, i saw that this is true. But i only use FC line during clear water and day time. It's not really practical using FC line in the night or when the water is murky. Fluorocarbon line is also very abrasion resistant, so it is better used for tricky structures or toothy fish. Do note that it is a little stiffer than normal nylon leaders and hence is a little hard to tie your braided main line onto.

Leaders are often matched to the mainline class that anglers are using. You don't really want to use a 100lb nylon leader on 8lbs braided line!

Ok enough of Basic Introductions!!! Below are the FC leaders and Nylon leaders that i use.... I tend to use Dupont leaders for night fishing or casual fishing too... Only buy the stiffer version...!

I find Triumph Super Shock Leader Nylon and Triumph Super Shock Leader Fluorocarbon a very economical choice when it comes to leaders. I usually get the 30lbs, 40lbs for light jigging and 100lbs for Sailfish or bottom fishing...

To date it has landed me my first 35kg Shovelnose (40lbs FC), Sailfishes (60lbs FC and 100lbs Nylon)...

You can get Triumph Shockleaders at Sabre Tackle... I think the 40lbs FC is at $24 or something

Monday, December 19, 2011

GUSA 79XF 10 - 25lbs, 7"9, Spinning For Sale (SOLD!!!)

Model : GUSA 79XF 10 - 25lbs, 7"9, Spinning
Components: Fuji guides and reel seat
Sports handle seperated by a screw on nut. A very nice piece of design that is special.

Bought it from another kaki who didn't used it at all. I only used it once for casting some poppers.

Probably near mint condition. Guides are in mint condition. Almost no scratches on blank.

Viewing with no obligation is i believe that height of the rod is a stumbling block for some kakis.

Great for medium light popping at Rompin, Pekan or even shore casting. Toman popping may also be a great idea.

At the price i am selling, it's an unbeatable deal for a rod that beats factory made rods for the same price.

Price : $200 Cash n Carry non neg. Reserve only for kakis that place deposit.

Collect at Bukit Panjang. PM me with contact. Thanks!!!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

D.A.M or DAM fishing Electronic Line Stripper

I was shopping around Joe Tackle today and came across some interesting tackle tools...

Behold... the DAM fishing electronic line stripper that works on batteries! Well you're supposed to insert the line and press the button while the tool helps you to strip line. A nifty tool!

But god knows how fast it is...

Useful tool for anglers that love to strip their fishing lines after fishing trips. It's an important aspect in tackle servicing and maintenance...

Friday, December 16, 2011

Removal of Mano Wreck

Some of you might have heard the news but here's the official news for everyone. Mano Wreck is going to be removed sometime next year. MPA has already tendered the removal. You can see this here

It's a sad news for anglers out there as Mano Wreck has been producing wonderful giant grouper fishing results for fishing in Singapore.

Head to Mano Wreck soon to catch some deep sea grouper wreck fishing before it's gone...

Go to my CR for some pictures and report on mano wreck...

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Aftermath of Tukun Perak, Penang Popping Trip

This trip was a disaster due to the typhoon off sumatra.... but here's a pic for previews before i write the report!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Fishing Tackles For Sale (SOLD!!!)

Hi guys,

I have some fishing tackles for sale.... Leave me a mail or reply here if you're keen.

Light Jigging Spinning Set - Ryobi Artica 3000 spinning fishing reel and Eupro Salty Fighter fishing rod. Both items are well taken care of. Rod is only used twice while the Ryobi Artica is rated at 8/10. Comes with two spools that are loaded with powerpro and tuff lines.

Selling as a set at $150

Below jigs are also for sale... Crippled Herring, Skill L, Smith CBN etc etc...

Top left $12, Top right $12, Smith CBN $15, Skill L 220g $25

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Changi Offshore 3 December with Ah Long... The Smallies came out to play!

This post is somewhat dedicated to my dad...Different times, different strokes... It used to be my dad that brought me on an offshore trip or two in the past. I remember him bringing me to Bedok Jetty to fish for the tambans, i remembered him tying all the rigs for me during offshore trips and so on...

Look at how smug i was!!!

That was me... jigging for tambans with an old spinning setup... those were the days

Me at a slightly older age going southern island offshores with my dad...

Now, it's me that's doing all these... for him and my brother. It's kinda deja vu... but i guess it's how things should be! Nothing better than the guys in the family all going out for a day of fun and putting fishes on the table! Well one day i really dream of doing what my dad did... going to the deep seas of indonesia and malaysia and use a handline set to bring up a 10ft tiger shark.... i still have a photo of that somewhere that ill try to find...

So here i was bringing him on a changi offshore trip. We boarded the bumboat at Changi point ferry terminal... yes the ferry placce that people take bumboats to Pulau Ubin...

It rained cats and dogs the previous day so we weren't optimistic about the catch... the rain probably spoiled the water condition. We were half right.. the biggies did not come out to play and were probably not in the mood to feed but the smaller fishes were full of energy and each fish had a crab or squid in its mouth half digested!

Everyone managed to get some fish... The dad managed to bully some fish on my calstar 10-25lbs and accurate 197.... it's kinda shocking to see him just reeling in the fish... he's not used to rods as he always used to handline...

I did not manage to get any ang cho or golden snapper this time round but i still managed to get a few good sized groupers...

My dad, brother, uncle and my dad's friends and his son...

Going to the fish farms to buy some live prawns

Sigh my dad took a photo of me... and it doesnt look good!

Suppiah and son

A rather measly catch...

Friday, December 9, 2011

Deep Fried Cobia Cubes

Alright guys i'm new to this but some kakis asked me to share my recipe for Cobia so here it goes... It's part home made and part research but i've eventually made it my own. The thing with the recipe is i don't know exact quantities of ingredients used so it's better to make your own adjustments as well!

The taste of the Cobia will vary because i usually use fresh cobia that has been caught. Smaller Cobia from 2kg to 6kg will taste better than 20kg specimen. Cobia also taste better when bled.

Deep Fried Cobia Fish Cubes
You have to fillet the cobia and remove the skin. Remove any blood clots or blood from the meat. It will taste nicer this way. You can either cut cubes or even cut slabs and thickness is according to your preference.

- Flour (standby for frying and only use what you need)
- Oregano and Dill
- Lemon
- 1 Egg
- Salt
- Oyster Sauce and Light Sauce
- Black Pepper

Make the marinate with the oregano and dill. Maybe 1 tbsp each? Lemon only... 2 or 3 drops of the juice will do. Salt half a tbsp to 1 tbsp... Oyster sauce maybe 1 big spoon and light sauce 1 big spoon. Add the egg, give the marinate perhaps 5 spoons of water. Add maye half a spoon of black pepper. I use black crushed peppercorns. Beat and mix e whole thing.

Marinate the fish cubes for about 2 hrs. Make sure its soaked.

Make sure the heat of the fire is high enough so that the fish will be crispy... can test the oil by sprinking some flour... Meanwhile u can pour e flour into a bowl and use a chop sticks to coat the fish cubes with the flour. Make sure the fish cubes are all fully coated.

Then just fry the fish. Don't overcook the fish!

Below is the exact recipe that i used a few weeks ago... the Cobia tasted excellent!

I'll be doing up the recipe for the panfried Cobia soon! Stay tuned folks!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Effective Jigs For Desaru

Hi fishing kaki,

These are the effective jigs that i was using for Desaru this year.... some of the jigs are effective for other areas as well.

From left... Surecatch Flasher 40g and 60g, Deflector Jig from Angler Pals from Deep Sea Tackle, White Rabbit MJ1000 from Chop Hock Heng, Technic GT Jacks... Below jig is a Smith Metal Forcast copy from Asari termed the Asari cast fighter....