Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Changi Offshore Fishing with Dad 2020: GRATEFUL

Offshore Fishing in Changi has sort of seen a revival in recent times and it isn't entirely due to fish stocks recovering. Released fishes due to religious groups and escapees from extensive fish farming have led to snapper and grouper populations being elevated. There is some recovery though and we have seen migrating fish such as some Threadfin Salmon, Cobia, Jewfish returning to Changi waters. These kinda fishes were non existent in the early 2000s when Changi was still recovering from land reclamation. It's weird but it's fairly certain that the current fishing fun we are having at Changi is mostly man made. If we just relied on wild fish, we wouldn't have much to show for!

Anyway, fishing with Dad is getting rarer these days and I'm very grateful to be able to go fishing with him this day. He had all the luck today as he landed three very good sized fishes and out fished me. He even lost one very huge fish and all this while insisting that he use a mono line overhead setup. His rig for the whole day was a single hook paternoster (apollo) rig that I pre-tied for him.

It was unbelievable because most of the time he was just sitting down and holding his rod.

Tackle that Dad used: Zenaq Jigger Trust 59-3 and Shimano Tekota 500

It wasn't easy fishing though as the water conditions were poor. There was heavy sediment in the water indicating lots of freshwater run off from inshore and the wind wasn't in our favour. Makes it extra special though and I am grateful that Dad made the most of his time :)

Dad landed his very first hybrid grouper!
Good sized fish!
He also rather nonchalantly landed a golden snapper
And then a very nice specimen of an orange spotted grouper!
Beautiful fish!
Deformed Vesak Day Mangrove Jack landed by Dad's friend
Tough day! I caught the bigger ang cho, flathead and another ang cho. The rest of the fish by my dad's friends.
Very healthy and fat grouper
Hybrid grouper still the fattiest. No fight!
My new tool for chopping up fish... very easy and clean

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