Friday, June 10, 2016

An overview of adventure fishing trip to Meemu Mulah, Maldives

With the famous boatman Shawn
Maldives still is one of the best fishing destinations that all anglers dream of. The crystal clear waters, the pristine beaches and the occasional catch report from the fishing forums all scream to us. A few weeks back, when a chance to go for a fishing trip (with some exploration of course) came knocking, I knew there was no turning back. I grabbed the famous Shawn from and he too said yes without any hesitation.

He asked me, “So what’s the fishing like and what’s going to happen?” My reply was, “I really don’t know. We hear stories from our friends but those are from the big game charters, luxury fishing boats and people pay thousands to fish from these. I think we’ll just go with local fishing boats and cast our lines from the island. Should be decent fishing but light tackle is okay.”

So both of us just packed lightly, did some research and at the end of the day, our main fishing gears weren’t really what one would call “big-game fishing tackle”. On my own end, I packed some micro jigging, light jigging and lure casting tackle. I also brought along my slow fall fishing setup for novelty – a Shimano OCEA Jigger Infiniti paired with the Ocea jigger 1500. It felt alright then but after the trip, it felt foolish because we simply got out-gunned by the fishes in the Maldives and after the trip I set about finding a Shimano Twinpower SWPG 10000.

Our trip lasted about 5 days in Maldives (we took night flights) and during the trip, we didn’t engage any luxurious fishing boats but rather, we explored a rather quaint island name Meemu in the Mulah (Mulaku) atoll. We made some brief arrangements for some local fishermen to take us boat fishing (on their traditional dhoni) and would (try to) spend the rest of the time casting from the beach. I was apprehensive about the fishing and I thought, well either it would be super good but we would lose many fish or we would be thoroughly disappointed.  
We took the Maldivian pick up and a ferry to Meemu
After we touched down at the airport, we took a 2 hour 45 minutes ferry ride to island and I was quite excited at the raw potential because the waters around the island were teeming with life. The waters were crystal clear. One could see giant trevally, blue spot trevally, and hump head wrasse patrolling the waters.

We got our accommodation at a guesthouse at the island and what really got my blood boiling with anticipation was that there was a little jetty just behind the guesthouse. This jetty extended all the way to the drop off and like all enthusiastic fishermen, I quickly put my things down at the guesthouse, unpacked and went fishing.

Accommodation was clean and spacious but most importantly, outside was a decent jetty where you could fish from!
Tried fishing at the jetty for awhile. Many chases but zero big fish. Popping was better at night where I got a massive take but it didn't hook up.
The "top-view" of Meemu Mulah. Apparently the jetty is one of the deepest points.

I’ll have to stop here though and will talk more about the fishing in the next few blog posts but first, I’ll write down my takeaways from this “adventure cum fishing trip” to the Maldives. This takeaway would serve as an overview to the fishing action which would otherwise be void of any useful context.
  1. Such a fishing trip involves an island and a community. Over the next few days, we were exposed to the people of the island which was pretty cool. Curious boys, men, women all came to see us and they were happy to share with us their local culture and fishing spots. It gave a different angle to the fishing.
  2. The island was for many parts, quite rustic and deserted. Most locals didn’t see a lure before and there’s massive potential just fishing off the beach. I landed a few small fishes doing this although there were huge misses and chases. Other than that, we landed no substantial fishes by beach fishing but that’s mainly just laziness on our part.
  3. Boat fishing with the locals was an eye opener. While they didn’t have specific “sport fishing” spots, they definitely had local fishing spots which they fished with baits and hand lines. I lost some of the biggest fishes of my life fishing such spots and almost all of them were probably double digit (above 10kg) GTs.
  4. Cuisine and culture became part of the experience as our hosts cooked some traditional meals for us. There were no “American breakfasts” but traditional Maldivian curry, fried rice with tuna, bread, fish dishes and so on. It felt like a home away from home for the most part and money usually can’t buy you such experiences.
  5. I’m a certified PADI diver and an avid snorkeler so I was thrilled when I had the whole beach to myself. Our hosts even brought us out to private “special spots” using their boats and I was the only one snorkeling in the area. No other tourists, boats, divers or anyone came to snorkel. It was like I owned the island.
  6. Don’t underestimate the fishing at Maldives. I was brought down to earth by the GTs there. It’s not like in Singapore or Malaysia where light tackle lets you get away with things. The fishes here play hard and dirty. All the GTs I hooked onto reefed me within seconds or busted my hooks no matter what trick I used.
Experiencing the community was truly an eye opener
We had authentic Maldivian food. My favourite dish was the tuna fried rice!
Nothing like snorkeling alone in calm clear waters.
My next few posts will be on being well beaten by the monster GTs and also a light jigging round up of the place so do stay tuned!

I got into many big monster fish but couldn't land any due to light tackle limitations!
Like they say... you win some and lose some but you live to fight another day.
If you’re interested in joining such a rustic fishing trip, I can arrange one for you and although there are certain packages available, such trips are purely exploratory and still at an infancy phase. If you have good fishing finesse skills though, you’ll probably do very well. Contact me at

Monday, June 6, 2016

Pink Tenya for Fishing 100g and 120g available

If you're looking for some Pink Tenya for fishing in Singapore waters, you might want to consider some Pink Tenya from Bakgal's shop.


Friday, June 3, 2016

10 benefits of why you should let your boyfriend or husband go fishing

The things of the world keep changing all the time. We see numerous technological advances, the rise and fall of civilizations and no human being is spared from change. One thing however, will not change and that is men will always be men. Man caves will always exist and fishing is one popular man activity that will continue to exist as long there are still fishes to be caught. My boyfriend, the shy Baktao is such a man. I’ve seen men get shackled by their wives and “banned” from fishing and I wonder, why can’t some women or girls see the benefits of letting their boys go out for fish or two? Baktao has been going fishing quite often and there are certainly more positives than negatives. Below are 10 of them.

1. The woman will always have fish to eat 

Not all men catch and release their prized catches. Some bring all sorts of tasty fishes like groupers, snappers, stingray back to their home. These fishes, prepared the right way, give you a culinary experience you won’t forget. The fish is usually very fresh (duh) and the flesh melts in your mouth. Let’s not kid ourselves, fishes from the market or sold by fish stalls will never be as fresh as those that your man catches. Fishes that your man catch are wild fishes (proven to taste better) and are presented to you at the dinner table, with love and honour. Also, I like to eat fish :)

2. It's a survival skill that makes a man, a man

Hunting and gathering has been an activity that man has done since the old days. To hunt down, catch and finally kill a fish is the hallmark of a great man because it shows he can provide for you. Your man probably knows how to gut the fish and he is not squeamish about it. This survival skill also is applicable in real life because your man turns into a real life fish expert. He can name any fish that’s available in the market and can check if the fish is fresh. He turns into your 24/7 fish consultant. Also, if you happened to be stranded on a deserted island like Meemu Mulah in the Maldives, you can be certain that you won’t go hungry.

3. It is easy to buy presents for him

Everyone knows that it sometimes isn’t easy to buy presents for men. It may be his birthday or it may be father’s day but don’t women always ask, “What do I get for him? He already has everything!” Men are like that. They are very functional creatures who only need logical things like normal clothes, a pair of socks and maybe a bag or two. The thing is that most women do not realise that men will never get enough of quality fishing tackle. Men don’t care about the latest Prada bags but you can be certain they’ll be eyeing the latest Shimano reels. Men don’t care about fancy colourful desserts but you can be certain, they’ll want that cute, shiny popper that’s imported from Japan. If your man fishes, buy him fishing gear and you will never go wrong.

4. Fishing is inexpensive

Those who know the prices we pay for quality fishing tackle like the Shimano Stella ($1000) will not be unconvinced but here’s the thing – Men also play golf, drive luxury sports cars and indulge in other ridiculous man hobbies. Fishing trips will never ever be on par with these hobbies dollar for dollar. Fishing gear and types also range from low budget to high budget so it is very flexible. Whatever fishing you do, it’s still fishing. Compare that to luxury sports cars because if your man say’s buying a Cherry QQ is the same as buying a Ferrari, then you have to bring him for a checkup.

5. Fishing is a man infested hobby and it has minimal chance of hanky panky

This is one point that should stick out to women because it really is true. Ask your boyfriend or husband about any fishing trip, check his photos or join him on the trips because you will notice that 99% of the times, his kakis are dirty, smelly fellow men who pose no danger to your man whatsoever. Fishing boats are also usually not very women friendly because of toilets and all. If your man is going on a golf trip to a resort, you never know what will happen there but if he’s on a smelly fishing boat with 8 other man, it’s safe to say that it’s all good.

6. Fishing trains character – patience and caring for others

Yes, yes everyone says that if you go fishing, you must be patient and although that is true for many a man, you’ll find that fishing also trains the softer side of him. A boat full of excited, competitive men can sometimes mean that your man is all out to get the prized fish and show that he is the best fisherman. What if he doesn’t get the fish or what if his fishing pal ends up eating “ice cream”? That’s when fellow anglers care for one another and share fish with one another. It’s also common for anglers to share fishing tips with one another and have good natured relationships with each other.

7. Fishing is healthy

Fishing is one of the few hobbies that combine sports with fun and is usually safe (unless you are fishing illegally or at high risk areas). Your man drops his line in the water, gets a little sun on his face and feels the breeze course through his hair on a lazy day. Be grateful that he’s not into body building, cycling and other more high risk sports.

8. Fishing allows room for couple activity

Baktao says he seldom meets men who don’t want their girlfriend to be into fishing and that is true. Fishing has the capacity for a couple to get involved together. Some men bring their women on exclusive, romantic fishing trips to the Maldives. Some invite them along for a fishing trip with their male kakis. It just takes another pair of fishing equipment and you’re settled for a fishing date. If your man invites you to a fishing trip, go with him and see him gleam when you catch a fish or two.

9. Fishing is an excellent man cave activity

Women don’t need to see their man every single day. Sometimes, women need free time too and like men, we have woman caves. We go for our spas, manicures, high tea and shopping. Isn’t it wonderful that your man has an activity that he can do without you? I know I said fishing is a good couple activity but when your man needs time off, you can be sure he’s busy fishing and not somewhere indulging in alcohol!

10. Fishing is cost effective in bribing men

I’ve saved the best point for the last one and this is a tip that many women actually don’t know about fishing. Fishing is cost effective when it comes to bargaining with your man and it’s almost always your winning chip. Couples always make compromises with each other and this is where the men always lose out when it comes to fishing. When men want to fish, they will do anything to get the “license” to go fishing. For example, when Baktao wants to go fishing, he will do anything to get this license. He will agree to all sorts of trade and compromises that I put on the table. Try the usual, “If you want to go fishing, perhaps you can pay for my manicure” or “Sure, you can go fishing, just don’t forget that family trip to Europe or my LV bag”. Also, if you’re giving your man this license, always say it with authority and as if you’re the one that decides his “fishing annual leave”. Try it out the next time but don’t say I say one!

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