Friday, March 27, 2009

Expedition Spratlys 2009

At 3.20AM, I've just finished packing for the Spratlys trip tomorrow. I am so going to pay for excess baggage. The culprit, clothings as this is a 9 days trip, and since we'll be out at sea for almost 8 days, I dare not imagine what if ALL my jigs are all sunk to the seabed. Bringing less jigs is a risky move. So all in all, I have 27kgs worth of check in luggages ! Hopefully MAS will be able to grant me 25kg allowance.

Will be back on 4th April and stay tune for the trip report !

Rod tube, Shout Expedition box, Baju bag and backpack ...HERE I COME SPRATLYS !

My Fishy Tales is on MalayMail 24 March 2009

Received this message on my Facebook a few days before My Fishy Tales was published in Malay Mail on 24th March 2009, featured under their Cyberspot section.
"dude, can we feature your blog in Malay Mail? my colleague Gabey will send over some questions.ok ok ok?can i have your blog add and also email? i'll pass it to her.thanks!"

And the outcome ? ...

As I couldn't get a clearer scan of the papers, the article is readable here. Thanks to Gabey and Angie for your effort :)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Garyukobo - Black Force

Finally, I've some new toys to be posted in here. This is one of the latest lure to hit the market, and according to its manufacturer, its supposed to be a Tuna killer ! More information could be found here if you could read Japanese and also here, for the translated version via Google.
Some facts n figures of the lures
Black Force 195
Length: 195 mm
Weight: 85 gm
Recommended hook sizes: 3/0 - 4/0
Black Force 160
Length: 160mm
Weight: 45 gm
Recommended hook size: 2/0
These babes are handcrafted and the finishings are so cool, you dont feel like putting them into the air and water at all! Bought them at my regular tackle haunt, and since it is soo limited, i bought myself TWO of them. A Black Force 190 and a Black Force 160 !! Right now, I am still contemplating to bring one of them to Spratly to see some action as these little babes are extremely the pricey.

Top to bottom: BlackForce 195, BlackForce160
Serial number of Black Force 195 - #0152 Black Force head in detail Black Force 195 standing by
Black Force 160 - reporting for duty
Front perspective
Black Force 160 #0169

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Pulau Jarak February 2009

Okay peeps, IM BACK !! Its been quite some time since I've logged into blogger hahaha. Apologize for missing from the scene. Been busy with changes in the office and whatmore, with the worsening economy situation, I was not at my 100% during this trip.

Anyways, there will not be any report for this trip on my blog as I seriously couldn't find time to publish a longer post. However, Daniel of Team Rapala Singapore had posted an awesome write up of the trip on his blog. It was a fun fishing with the folks from Team Rapala and they're a bunch of nice fellas. The trip report is seperated into Part 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Hope to fish again with you guys again.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Pulau Jarak Grouper Galore

On the first day out towards Pulau Jarak, the boatman will usually stop by at one of the sea mount or pinnacles en route to Pulau Jarak to anchor down for the night or some late evening popping.

As I've mentioned in the earlier posting, the wind and waves were pretty strong, pushed back everybody's confidence a little for the day. Little that everyone know, we were in for some awesome time for the trip ! The boatman have indicated that the Golden Snappers are really biting at this spot but our expectations was overthrown with a big surprise.

Boon Cheng started the day off with a young fella looking for lunch on IMA RO
Trophy catch of the trip, Khoon hit a 11kg scaled on Boga grip using Duel Tamentai jig
Mister Beginner's luck only manage to land an `Arumugam` after losing 2 battles with the groupersGT King first good table sized grouper on Sevenseas HookerWeighing in at 6.5kg on Boga, My grouper taken on Bassday Quicker 250gm, Tenryu Jigzam and Stella 8000FA setupKevin's first grouper on his maiden jigging trip !! A 4kg`ish specimen. Good jobDecomposed fish which came out from Kevin's groupers guts ..big eater !!Another 6.5kg grumpy grouper specimen hauled up by Jason using Duel Ailemetal TBBoon Cheng had his fair share of the grouper fiesta by landing a 2kg`ish grumpy grouperGT King's second grouper, a good table sized grouper landed with an Inchiku jig

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Pulau Jarak January 10th-12th 2009

Yes, the first offshore trip for the year of 2009! I've been laying low since the Makassar trip in end October and I think any other hardcore fisherman would understand how the itch level is like being grounded for 2 months.
Lets cut the pathetic story short and get to the point. Although my previous catch results at Pulau Jarak was average most of the time, but I couldn't think of a place to fish while waiting for east coast season to start. When I was on the trip in September to Pulau Jarak, I've managed to secure a booking in January, 2 weeks before Chinese New Year to try to buy my luck at hitting a good catch for Chinese New year dinner.
4 hardcore jiggernauts and 3 newbie jiggers was on this trip. Darren, Marcus, Jason, Khoon, Kevin, Boon Cheng and myself were enduring a rough sea on the first day, a calmy current on the second day and a crazy strong current on the last day. We were very skeptical whether we were able to reach Pulau Jarak on the morning we board as the wind was blowing strong and chilly but our captain said its harmless and it would die down by noon. Let the pictures roll.
GT Chaser logo infront of the cabin
First blood of the trip, 4kg`ish Spanish Mackerel
Rod: Tenryu Jigzam PE3-5
Reel: Shimano Stella 8000FA
Jig: Bassday Quicker 250gm
Darren hits a 2kg`ish Sagai
Rod: Evergreen Poseidon Slow Jerker Pe3
Reel: Shimano Ocea Jigger 1500NR
Jig; Bassday Quicker 180gm
Marcus getting the 1st big hookup in his jigging careerUp comes a 8kg Spanish Mackerel weighed on Boga
Rod: Evergreen Poseidon Slow Jerker PE3
Reel: Shimano Ocea Jigger 1500P
Jig: Evergreen Javeline JetJigging at sunset time, the biting hourGT by Darren
Rod: Evergreen Poseidon Slow Jerker Pe3
Reel: Shimano Ocea Jigger 1500NR
Jig; Sevenseas Hooker 160gm
Boon Cheng's share of Giant Trevally
Marcus holding on dearly to his rod for his first GT on jig A very happy owner of a good size GT Last call of the day from the bottom, Golden Snapper landed by Jason on IMA RO 120gm People say `The early bird catches the worm`. It sure did for being the first person to pop in the morning to land a 10kg Giant Trevally Later in the morning, another sizeable GTRod: Poseidon Spin Jerker PE4
Reel: Shimano Stella 08 SW8000PG
Jig: Fisherman Andaman
GT King's 80% taxed Golden SnapperKevin also with his first Trevally on jig, IMA RO 120gmDarren a.k.a GT King hits another GT
Rod: Poseidon Spin Jerker PE4
Reel: Shimano Stella 08 SW8000PG
Jig: Evergreen Caprice
Kevin hitting his 2nd trevally an hour afterA Golden Snapper landed by ME !
Rod: Tenryu Jigzam PE3-5
Reel: Shimano Stella 8000FA
Jig: Sevenseas Revolver 200gm
Double hookup of Golden Snapper with Boon Cheng 8kg`ish Blacktip shark taken my jig on the sea bed meant for the Golden Snappers :( Landed with Sevenseas Revolver 200gm. Noticing a school of boiling skipjacks just meters beside the boat, Darren casted a small jig and landed one of them Marcus with his 3rd Giant Trevally ..this guy really have all the beginners luck he needs Baby grouper on Evergreen Spin Jerker Pe2.5, Shimano Stella 5000FA and Sevenseas Revolver 150gm I caught a ribbonfish in Malaysian waters !!! on Sevenseas Revolver 150gm All hell breaks loose when 7 anglers get too bored. 2 angchors on bait :P

On the last day, we woke up beside White Rock Island, one of the islands of Pulau Sembilan archipelago. Sadly the current for the day was too strong for us to do anything be it jigging, casting or bottom. Letting 100gram jigs down into 90 feet of waters resulted flying the jig like a kite, watching them drift far far ahead.

Darren's cencaru landed on his Sabel Dance Pe1 and customed Abu reel

Boon Cheng landed a baby QueenfishLast fish landed on the trip using Inchiku jigs

Friday, January 2, 2009

Shopping list 2009 - Lures


During the long holidays, I made a visit to my local haunt place and the place was stocked in with some new stuff. Some interesting lures came in from Mangrove Studios and Megabass. Hopefully I'll be getting the Megabass Or Poi in time for my Pulau Jarak trip next coming weekend !

There were also new weights in for Fisherman Andaman as well as Sevenseas Revolver. Will also be stocking up more of 250gram Andaman jigs as I've been waiting for ages for them to arrive. So far I've only got 1 for myself.

As for Mangrove studios, I was looking forward for the new colours of their stickbait `Searoom` to add into my Mangrove Studio stickbait collection. I have tested out the `Flying fish` model of `Searoom` on the Luconia trip and had a good time learning to work the lure . The owner only brought in the 2 lighter colours though I would love to own the one with the darkest colour. To cure my dissapointment, the boss introduced me to Awaumi chuggers also from Mangrove Studio. It would be good to add this model into my collection of popping lures. But for now, I would be looking for stickbaits/chuggers in the range of 70-100gms to go with my new Gipang :P

Mangrove Studio Searoom
Weight: 115gm +-5gm

Mangrove Studio Awaumi
Length: 200mm
Weight: 130gm +-5gmMegabass Or Poi
Length: 148.5mm
Weight: 56gramSevenseas Revolver, can some one please prove they're useless so i can save money :PFisherman Andaman
Fumio Suzuki's face telling you it works :D