Saturday, September 29, 2012

Changi Offshore with Ah Chong 681

I'm finding it tough to blog this few weeks because of studies and work. I must say that after blogging for so long, it's really passion that keeps us going on to share what we catch and to open this up to the public.

Anyways, here's one to update what I have been fishing up this past few weeks. Fishing has been rather lukewarm other than the red drum trip and a trip with Ah Chong wasn't too good either....

The day started with rain and strong winds that will probably kill off any trip at Changi waters because this means the water will turn into some teh tarik colour and the fishes will be put off the bite. Nevertheless, we hit some good fishes with ah chong drifting here, there and everywhere...

It'll probably be some time before I head back to Changi again... I will be visiting Pekan in October and Desaru in November before doing some Changi Offshore in December....

Here's the total catch...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Yak Attack!

Kayak Fishing needs no introduction nowadays with the niche sport being so popular that it was featured on the inaugural issue of Hooked Magazine, Fish ON Magazine and on Fishingkaki etc.

Popular areas that these Kayakers launch from are no surprise as Kayak fishing has no boundaries - Whenever, Wherever and Whatever places these guys can launch from, they will launch! Areas like the Pulau Ubin Mangroves, Yishun ITE (Khatib Bongsu) Mangroves, Simpang Mangroves, Punggol Barat, Seletar Island are all accessible to the humble little Kayak and these areas prove to be a hotspot where kbls, mangrove jacks, groupers, giant herring (ladyfish) are found!

Check out the Yak Attack Videos which are done by Mathew and Don - a crazy Kayak angler himself! Find out how these Kayak anglers do it on their Hobies and Emotion Kayaks! Check out their regular episodes in which they explain the basics and techniques of Kayak fishing... useful stuff for budding kayak anglers!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Our Very First Inflatable Self Boating Fishing Trip

This Was the beginning... the beginning of a new golden era of self boating trips. This was where legends cement themselves on the muddy ground. This was where a small piece of prawn meat could launch a thousand belukangs (catfish). This was where we were bled... This was our very first fishing trip on a cute inflatable boat!

Fishing is getting tougher all the time in Singapore and when Boatman Shawn invested in his inflatable boat fleet, things were always going to get interesting although understandably noone wanted to do any investing except while Boatman Shawn himself. We knew we were going to be in for some wacky and extreme fishing (a fishing shoutout now made popular by Robson Green)!

And so, it happened... armed with some live prawns, live milkfish and two oars... We paddled on our ridiculously long banana shaped inflatable boat to our fishing spot! Some broken down jetty which we knew would hold some fishes was our top fishing spot (It was later on proven on another trip that this was a good spot for Chermin!)

Paddling an inflatable was always going to be more difficult than a kayak as it has less tracking. As we battled the wind and current, we were probably half regretting coming out in the middle of the night to torture ourselves with some arm roasting.

The strategy used in this spot of 5m of sand dunes and various debris which was flanked by broken jetty pillars was simple. A single hook tied to the leader with a small splitshot to weigh the live milkfish down. The live milk fish was cast against the current and allowed to free swim. The strategy provoked an instant response and Weiyee got his mainline snapped by a big pull in less than 5 minutes! This got our blood hot and everyone was in their deadly killer assasin mode... well except me I guess!

The look of killers...

Weiyee let another milk fish down and it was just a split second before something big took the bait and Weiyee's reel was screaming! We were all thinking KBL (Barramundi) here as the fish gave strong bursts and took us for a ride. We were all waiting for it to jump but it never jumped at all during the whole fight. We were spinning in our boat while the fish fought ... till we saw a glimpse of silver as the fin breached the water surface... My first thoughts were Jewfish?!??!?!

The thought of the famous Jewfish on the end of the line was a bummer! Weiyee passed the rod to me as the fish went under my side of the boat and I battled the fish with minimal drag now as we were not sure how badly damaged the lines were since abrasion may have taken place. I slowly coaxed the fish near to the boat and adjusted the rod angle to accomodate any strong bursts under the boat...

Till it was finally... into the net... and we then got a huge shock... A wild Red Drum aka Taiwan Ngor was thrashing in the net. This fish was much more rarer than the Kbl and although there were reports here and there that the Red Drum existed in our waters, I didn't really research extensively into these.... but now... the Red Drum is more of a pond fish in Singapore with various payponds stocking their pond with these dirty fighters. The red drum we saw now might have escaped from fish farms to now call our waters it's own. The fish was not an escapee so it must have been offspring from an escapee or perhaps it has been naturalised after a long time in the wild! Beautiful red hues and a prominent spot on the tail. It was even confirmed later on that the fish had roe in its belly!

A good photo with Weiyee in Happy Style
The beautiful Red Drum...
And after a few photos, we were on our way back to our launch point as the tide made it unsuitable to fish because of the downgoing tide pushing murky water to the spot... But it was a good outing and boatman Shawn's very first Red Drum spot... hehehe....

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Pasir Ris Event Pond - Private Booking

A booking for the Pasir Ris Event Pond (Pasir Ris Pond Fishing) at Pasir Ris Town Park for Shell Fishing Club was made with my Uncle being a contractor to Shell and of course Clarence who was a Shell staff. I popped by to help Clarence's kids with the fishing and of course also to introduce my brother to some pay pond fishing.

According to the organizers, there were 150kg of fish released and they were already released into the pond which is good because if not everyone will be crowding around the cage area. Golden Snapper (Ang Cho), Barramundi (KBL), Mangrove Jacks (Cia Zho) were released and everyone was excited because 150kg was a large amount!

There was a mini competition going on and there will also be buffet lunch served afterwards. After getting some terminal tackles from Tackle 2000 (a tackle shop near Pasir Ris Fishing Pond), we got down to the fishing business!

The most effective bait for pond fishing at Pasir Ris fishing pond so far is fillet tiaow keng (batu scad) and this didn't change during this time! Kelong sotong was also a good bait which brought in quite a bit of fishes. Live prawns worked too but were fairly ineffective compared to the better baits that we had.

Bites were fast and furious during the first 2 hours with the fishes spread out over the pond. Everyone managed to get in on some action... and I even got bullied on my mini paypond setup with a big fish deciding to pull me all over the pond and eventually got itself snagged on the famous crocodile...


It was great to introduce Clarence's kids to fishing and the joy on their faces gave us a warm feeling. All of them caught their first pond fishes and had a good time.

My uncle though was not to be outdone and got himself a 2.46kg Ang Cho which won the first prize! Great stuff.... from the look of the Ang Cho, it's quite skinny... probably a survivor from the last event!

Weighing In

It was great to be doing pond fishing after awhile although Pasir Ris Pond seems like a dead places nowadays with the Main Pond and even Prawn fishing being fairly empty as well. Although some may argue it will not beat wild fishing but the camaraderie with fellow kakis are some things that I value lots and at the end of the day, to bring my brother fishing and to see him get some fishes warms my heart...

Friday, September 7, 2012

Pasir Ris Farmway 3 Iwarna Catch and Release! Red Tail Cat Bully!

It was the festive long weekend so I bought some guys out to their first trip to Pasir Ris Farmway 3 for the big catch! It was a freshwater catch and release pond but boasted some very big fishes like the Chao Phrya Catfish, Red Tail Catfish, Pacu, Alligator Gar, Patin and recently I saw Kelah there lol... It's quite amazing you can find all these fishes at Singapore and you don't need to go to Bangkok Bungsamram or even IT Monsters Lake to catch these monster fishes...

We caught the night shift after buying some baits but we couldn't get cockles aka sea hum which is a very good bait! Instead we stuck with some chicken liver and kembong... We set 4 rods out which will guarantee some action and I was right! We had a slow start but once the fish were biting, we had a good time but we bust our first 7 fishes! The Red Tail Catfish getting the best of Fengshan when it took the bait directly below him and he was still laughing when the fish pulled into the structures hahahahaha....

We finally starting landing some fishes.... mostly or rather all Chao Phyra....I was quite suprised that they were responding late in the night!

Kiat landed one with chicken mcnugget!! Yes! Nuggets!

We had more burst offs with red tail cat... a huge one getting the better of Kiat and his salty fighter.... turning his swivel into a piece of wire.... hahaha... It took him into the fish rearing area with the red tail cat splashing like mad at that end! Hahaha!

Fs with a greedy tilapia!

Come morning, we were looking forward to fish feeding timing when the fish will respond to baits easily but the fish were shy... and we only managed to land two fish.

Kiat with another CPC... getting the hang of it!

No matter! The guys looked very excited and we will definitely be back... they were like.... "I didn't know pond fishing is so fun!" Hahaha....

Monday, September 3, 2012

Singapore Madai/Tai Kabura Southern Island Fishing Trip with Ah Ho

At first I wanted to bring my dad and brother along to our Singapore Southern Islands for some fishing as they hadn't really done any fishing there. That would probably have to be a baiting trip as they are not familiar with madai or jigs. But they were unable to make it so I found some kakis to go on the trip instead.

The boatman was no other than the famous ah ho with The Best Bet from RSYC. He is a knowledgable boatman who has good understanding of the various spots but he can be a little bit stubborn hahaha....

Anyway, ah ho advised us to get some live prawns as the recent wind may build up again and that will make fishing with artificials difficult. We set off early at 7am after grabbing our live prawns from Dash Fishing Tackle. As usual, I met ah ho near my place and we set off together with the very spaced out expression of setting off at 5.15am! I have immense respect for him in that sense since you have to imagine him waking up every morning at 5am and preparing for every day's trip! Crazy stuff I tell ya!

We went to a couple of spots in search of the fishes but they were not really biting today... The giant grouper aka gao tun was not around at the big grouper spot but ah ho had a good miss though. But at the gao tun spot, I got a shock when I was reeling in my Madai and a big Giant Trevally over 10kg followed it up! I panicked and reeled my madai up to the boat and the fish turned away at the last instance! Whoa!!! Awesome! The majestic sight of that fish coming so close was enough for me....

We hit red snapper, parrot fishes on baits and a couple of groupers etc. We had hit quite alot of small parrot fishes on baits hahaha no doubt these fishes will be good for the dinner table! Spanish flags or teeboon were also present. During lunch, we headed for sheltered waters to have a quick lunch and some fun with sagai. I had some fishes on sabiki rig while ah ho landed some on his micro jig hahaha..... and I also had a bonus sight when I spotted a shark threshing some baitfish at the reef areas...

Red snapper on the baiting rounds...

I also had some fun at one of the spots were queenfish were hiding below a red buoy... lol the queenfish took my inchiku jig but missed! I could see it! There were a school of them! Instead, i changed to storm gomuku jig but hit a chocolate hind instead of the queen....hahahhahaha...

After that was really the highlight when the current started moving and we had some fun madai action. Clarence was madai-ing and hit some grouper and small parrot but I suddenly hit a big fish with my 80g purple madai and the first burst was crazy lol... but the fish was no match for my setup and soon brought to the boat.... a 4+ lbs tusk fish aka eng ko! Quick photo was taken but the fish managed to flip around and the hook landed in my fingers and in a split second was torn out when the fish flipped again...omg... hahaha i was spraying blood all over the boat...

My first big tusk fish on madai jig!

Anyway, put some plaster to cover the big hole and it's back to fishing... missed another big one that hit the jig because I couldn't use my left hand to control the rod due to my big cut.... This was one definitely big as It managed to hit the jig hard enough for the line on the accurate 197 to peel out slightly! What a waste!

Anyway, there was no picture of the total catch but we had around 5 small eng ko, 1 big eng ko, 4 pcs table sized grouper, the red snapper, some teeboon, 5pcs Sagai.... Lousy catch it seems according to our boatman but it was enough for us since the wind is crazy past few days....hahahaha... Fishing in Singapore continues to be productive in using artificial jigs! Hehehe....

Total catch pic... 1 x big hole in the finger...