Monthly Archives: March 2012

Fishing with Abang

Shawn/ March 7, 2012/ Bottom Fishing, Night, saltwater/ 11 comments

The first time I went fishing with Abang in August 2011 was with the Lorry Gang namely Malau, Oldman, Nick, Nigel and me.

The catch rate was surprisingly good relative to our track record in Singapore waters. While we were busy netting fresh sotong, I accidentally stood on some of them when I tried to go pee. I caught no fish that day and the running joke was that stepping on sotong was bad luck.

 

The second time I went fishing with Abang (September 2011) was also with the Lorry Gang sans Malau. Nigel’s friend, Clarence, who was the one who introduced Nigel to the boatman, took Malau’s place.

Again, the catch was relatively good.

Catching fresh sotong.

Attacked when reeling this guy in

Nigel and his fish

Clarence and his Gao He

Nick and his Ang Cho

Clarence and his fish

Total catch

 

The third time I went fishing with Abang (October 2011) was when after some “feeling” (iirc), Icebomb decided to abandon the trip and left me to take over. Sans one person, I asked a colleague/friend to join us for the trip. But he pulled out 2 days prior to the trip (after flopping about with excuses for days). A replacement was needed so I turned to FK and a random stranger came along. The trip now consisted of Oldman, Malau, Malau’s Friend, the random stranger and me.

After no bites for quite some time, it started to rain heavily at about 3am and we dashed back to the docks, with some of us chilled to the bone.

Care needs to be taken when inviting random strangers to your fishing trips. While I thought that this guy was okay and only one of my friend did not like him from the start, this guy later appeared to be quite rude. Requesting information and never saying thank you or even responding and things like that. It could be a misunderstanding but it has happened too many times so you should always apply due diligence when meeting random people in any case.

 

The fourth time I went fishing with Abang (December 2011) was with Clarence, Jamie, Tom and me. I had fished with Jamie at Desaru only a week earlier and he managed to land a Cobia on fresh sotong before it even hit bottom using my Angler’s Pal 8/0 hook (there are many types – this beak hook model appears to no longer be in stock) that I snelled with 100lb American Steel Fishing Wire.

I reused the hook and managed to land most of the fish shown in the pictures below.

The night started with rain and I was a bit late to arrive. The boatman was even later.

After a long period of silence, I let the line drift estimated 300 yds away from us, a style I use when the fish seem to not be biting.

Suddenly the rod started bending and the ratchet started screaming. Gave one hell of a fight. One way ticket style of fighting due to the strong current. Had to use a gimble to not damage my jewels.

My biggest stingray caught.

Based on Jamie’s boga, and if memory serves me well, the fish weighed in at about 52lbs (after adding 2 lbs for estimated “weight loss” from the stingray partially resting on its tail when weighing)

Because I wrote this post so long after the fact, because I received the photos quite late, I cannot recall who’s fish is whose. I seem to remember catching all the fish that day (including one small shark that was released). Yet I do not recall catching the small stingray and the small gao he nor the smallest “parrot fish” (?). This was my biggest bottom fishing haul to date with the stingray and the Ang Cho and the “Ang Kuey” (?) being the biggest I’ve caught!

Half of one wing was given to Jamie and I took the other half. The boatman took the other wing.


Shawn started fishing in 1994. He caught his first fish (an Ah Seng) on that very first trip to Changi Carpark 4 (before it was barricaded). He built up his fishing knowledge and gear over the years but still keeps his old gear, just like the memories.

Gary’s Tackle has moved

Shawn/ March 6, 2012/ Tackle Store/ 0 comments

Gary’s Tackle has moved from the market to the row of shops with the existing tackle shops.

Click here to find out more.


Shawn started fishing in 1994. He caught his first fish (an Ah Seng) on that very first trip to Changi Carpark 4 (before it was barricaded). He built up his fishing knowledge and gear over the years but still keeps his old gear, just like the memories.

Desaru Jigging

Shawn/ March 5, 2012/ Desaru, saltwater, TU Lighthouse/ 0 comments

The first time I went to Desaru was on the 5th of November 2011 with Nigel, Cindy, Tommy and Darren.

It was my first jigging trip and to top it off, the jigging method was extreme (not extreme jigging).

I only managed to get 1 fish (although it was the biggest that day and my biggest Queenie) when I started getting the hang of it towards the end of the jigging. We later went bottom fishing and I did manage to get a few other fish.

One of the guys even managed to get a wind knot on his line and had to reel in his line and still managed to hit a queenie. The fishing was that good.

Photos from period before this blog so faces are masked. Literally.

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Video courtesy of Nigel.

The second time I went to Desaru (22nd December 2011), I was more prepared but the weather threw a spanner in the works with extremely choppy water and high waves which delayed the fish biting for a few hours. I managed to get 3 fish on jigs in the span of an hour (including fighting, landing and resting time). After the 3 fish, I surrendered and had a short rest. Throughout this time, Nigel, Tommy, Darren and Jamie had landed countless fish. By the time I had recovered, the fish were gone again and the waves were dreadful.

We moved to bottom fishing again and managed to land a large number of table sized fish on sabiki and Jamie managed to land a cobia on fresh sotong before it even hit the bottom.

Photos courtesy of Nigel.

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Video courtesy of Nigel.

Jamie also killed a bird on the drive up to Desaru.

Desaru is only an hours drive away (excluding causeway time) and the fishing is so good. If I had a car, I’d be up there at least once a month.


Shawn started fishing in 1994. He caught his first fish (an Ah Seng) on that very first trip to Changi Carpark 4 (before it was barricaded). He built up his fishing knowledge and gear over the years but still keeps his old gear, just like the memories.