Thursday, December 20, 2012

Anglers Work's Shikyo 3000

I'm not much of a technical person when it comes to reels but I stumbled upon this reel the other day when cleaning out my closet. It highly resembles the Daiwa reel design from the handle to the body! I personally thought it was a Daiwa Caldia Kix from afar!

Anyway, this cheap $10 reel intrigued me and although I'm not a competent person when it comes to opening and servicing fishing reels, I gave it a go... The internals of this reel was damn bad. Rust was all over everywhere the drag pads, handle, spool... but surprisingly, the gears of the reel were spotless and still had some grease on it. I brushed and washed the rusty parts down with lighter fluid and applied some penn reel grease to the metal parts.

The drag pads were alright but probably need replacement as they are worn out when the reel was stored and the drag was set to max.

The handle is similar to the Daiwa handle although the shaft seems a little longer. I managed to fit in my Daiwa Tierra handle to the Shikyo's Body!

If you're looking for oils and greases for your fishing reels, most tackle makers have reel oil/greases. From the Quantum Hot sauce to the Penn, Shimano, Daiwa performance, Abu Garcia reel oil and greases....

All prepared for normal usage pending carbontex drag upgrades, handle upgrades, stainless steel bearings or boca bearings upgrades.... hehehe...

Monday, December 17, 2012

Fishing For Grouper with Boatman Shawn At Sembawang Park

One of the lonely weekends, the gang of 3 kakis took to the water again. With our odd combination of Kiat in his Hobie i9S and Boatman Shawn's Kairos Kaboat, we once again proved that finding good fish while kayak fshing in Singapore is definitely possible. With Kayak fishing, fishing spots are unlimited and you do not need a fishing charter or paypond to plan your fishing trip.

We launched from Sembawang Park again which is a popular launching area now due to the beach being very close to the parking area. There is even some stairs down to the beach which solo kayakers can make use of.

kiat and Hobie i9s fully rigged with mirage drive and hobie life jacket

Shawn with his customized rod holder and kaboat

Kiat impressed all the newbie kayakers taking their one star kayak course at sembawang again with his Hobie mirage drive which uses leg power! I think by now all the surfcasters fishing at the beach are so used to seeing kayakers launch from sembawang beach that we don't usually get "checked out" anymore!

Thats what we live for
Fishing with Boatman Shawn. Always great easy going company
Bundaberg Root Beer and the Water
I had a plan for today's tide and the plan worked out fine although we made a slow start. We drifted around some reefs and dropoffs. Kiat was first rewarded and he called us to report the catch. We went over promptly to find him smiling and making funny gestures. He caught himself a grouper which was about 1.5kg... But he lost his kayak anchor while he was fighting the fish! The grouper took a live prawn.

Later on, we anchored at one of the spots which I identified when boatman shawn and me were drift fishing. I identified the spot with much coral and dropoffs using madai jig and decided to head back there for a try. It was a good move as the moment my live prawn hit the bottom, i got a hit! Up came a 1kg grouper!

Kiat also had a good take and the fish dashed into the rocks! Thankfully, the fish gave up and came out of the hole... a 2kg plus green eyed orange spotted malabar grouper!

We brought back all the fishes for dinner and had a funny moment when our fish keeper was floating away from the kayak.... hahahaha luckily someone's mainline was snagged onto the fish keeper....

Anyway, we had a great day and even saw friends from Yak Attack out on the sea... Mathew as usual with his gopro.... they had a good catch with some sicklefish aka chao xi and giant guhood aka grunter landed near sembawang kelong....

That's all for now! Oh yea.... Grouper Hong Kong steamed at Kimly Seafood at Bukit Panjang Block 163

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Invitation: 5 - 7 January 2012 Sibu Kelong

Dear all,

I'll be organizing a Sibu Kelong trip to Ah Ngan's on the above date. Feel free to come along. Please drop me a mail at if you are keen and I will give you more details.

Please note that a deposit will be collected and is non refundable if you back out last minute (i.e a few days).

Only easy going kakis allowed! Note that this is not a profit making trip for me and I am organizing this FOC.