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Native League 2014 – Day 3 (Finals)

Shawn/ January 6, 2015/ Bottom Fishing, Kayaking, Native League, Pasir Ris, saltwater/ 0 comments

On this, the last day of the competition, the offers of bribes were even more fervent, as were the friendly threats of sabotaging competitors’ kayaks.

I didn’t take part in that as much as before though as I was more concerned about staying in 3rd place.

We were informed that the competition would end at 2pm, to make time for the barbeque.

Statistically, I knew that we would either remain in 3rd or drop down to 4th by the slightest of margins. We also had the slightest of possibilities to move to 5th, pending a surprise performance from the other teams, but again I calculated that it was unlikely, though not highly unlikely. Additionally, we had the slightest possibility of moving up to 2nd if SGYakAttack could not perform on this last day, but it was highly unlikely due to the stellar performance from team Z Fighters and the consistent scoring of SGYakAttack – we could not hope to overtake team Z Fighters, even if SGYakAttack overtook them.

Realistically, I knew that team Emerge were our only real competition and on whom we had to focus on. They had put up a stunning and shocking performance on the 2nd day of the competition, despite missing the event on the first day. They were especially adept at half day fishing (as were SGYakAttack) whereas most of my catches came later in the day (even on non competition days –  when kayak fishing, I typically catch fish when other don’t, and don’t get anything when others do. I don’t know why this is so).

We had seen where they were fishing last week and though we knew there were fish there, they seemed to be landing them like they knew something we didn’t. I had never personally seen so many fish landed by just 2 guys in barely half a day of fishing at that place.

As you can probably tell by now, we decided to try fishing at the same place.

During the briefing, we were reminded that the event would end at 2pm, and that additional points (on top of CnR bonus points) would be awarded for fish selected to be cooked on the BBQ.

When it came time to launch, we made our way to the the spot but team Emerge was already there, so we manouevered around them. There was really plenty of space. ‘The A Team’ eventually joined us at the spot as well.

While luring the shore line, Nigel caught this guy.

Nigel caught this guy on a lure but it was below the minimum length for submission.

Now I cannot for the life of me remember if I had caught a KBL at this time but without photos, it’s difficult to tell. Even the Snapper that I caught later is something I only remember because it was selected for the BBQ. I definitely lost one KBL though, possibly 2 to 3 KG. It may have been larger but it’s hard to tell, seeing as how a lot of the KBLs caught lately have been really weak and/or unusual fighters, as reported by many.

I think I may have also caught a flathead here but again, without the photos, it’s difficult to tell.

Based on heuristics, which was something I had to do with some of the other posts too (checking whatsapp dates, file name order [especially with Nigel’s camera which doesn’t record the date!], position of the sun [I kid you not!], etc…), I think it was the KBL. My mom brought a KBL over to my auntie’s place for a BBQ a few weeks after I had caught the KBL. I remember the KBL and BBQ because my aunties were saying the meat was very nice and my mom shoved a video in my face that showed them saying exactly that. That BBQ was on the 5th of October so it couldn’t have been the KBL from the Raffles Marina competition, and etc…

Based on the table data, I did catch one KBL coming in at just under 1KG.

I remember looking over at team Emerge and doing mental arithmetic to determine if their 3rd fish, which they had just caught, would put them higher up in the points table but I felt that the chances were the same as before i.e. not definitive but very close. This would suggest that I had already caught a KBL at this time.

It is still also possible that I also caught a flathead though.

Encouraged by his success with the lure, Nigel kept on at it and eventually landed this “Tiger” Grouper.

Nigel’s “Tiger” Grouper

Quite contented. He was so contented he decided to risk losing the bonus CnR and BBQ points in favour of eating it.

It was quite funny, seeing as how only last week, we were talking about Tiger Groupers. I told him that I had not heard of such a thing and he insisted that I had caught one before. To the best of my recollection, the only unusual grouper that I had caught was a Sabah Grouper. When I showed him the photos, he said that that was not it but it looked similar.

When the fishing seemed to dry up, we moved on. Nigel went to his Kaci spot and I went to my grouper/snapper spot. When Nigel caught nothing, he came over to my spot and landed a small grouper.

I caught my snapper at this time but as previously mentioned, there are no photos.

We had witnessed team Emerge catch their quota and leave, and again, after mental calculations, we agreed that the chances were still the same as before though better, too close to call but with a decent chance of winning.

Then Nigel dropped the bomb by asking if I would be mad if he didn’t submit his Tiger grouper for the BBQ, meaning that we would lose the BBQ bonus points. Before I could make the link, he made it clearer by clarifying that he was considering not releasing it at all, but to bring it back home to cook, which meant we would also lose the CnR bonus points.

Being a good kaki, and since we were only vying for 3rd place, I was not too disappointed by his putting that option on the table. But I was. Ever so slightly. He offered to only exercise the option in a clear win scenario and I accepted but I could see it in his face that he really wanted to bring this fish home, so I made the silent decision that should it come down to the wire, I would not try to persuade him to release his fish or to submit it to the BBQ.

Quite frankly, I was really only disappointed at the chance of losing. I’ve known the guy for a very long time and neither faulted him nor blamed him for it. Not exactly at least. As we will find out later.

Still, I did the mental calculations again and determined the odds were still very close but now we only had a slight chance of maintaining the lead. (btw, this also suggests that I had caught a KBL). By this time, I had my calculator and the scoring sheet in hand. If I can remember correctly, I put the estimated point difference at approximately 1.3ish in our favour.

I tried asking about the current standings via WhatsApp but was subtly denied that request and was told to come back for the weigh in.

With the fishing dying off both in theory and practice, we lingered a little while longer before deciding to call it a day. We were only 10 or 15 minutes ahead of the time when we would need to start to head back.

Team Emerge reaching shore before us.

SGYakAttack in excitement mode, seemingly knowing something before the results were officially out.

 

Team Emerge

One of the KBLs that they caught. They sent this picture via WhatsApp in real time.

 

Team Lucky Strike

 

Team Sea Assasins

 

SGYakAttack

Don’s first KBL, also sent via WhatsApp.

One of Don’s KBLs

 

Team Z Fighters

Andy with his Caoxi (Sicklefish)

 

After the weigh in, I was very anxious to know what the results were. So I went up to Ivan to see the scoring sheet. From what he showed me, we had lost by the slimmest of margins. If I recall correctly, it was somewhere between half a point and 1. It was within expectations so I was not mad or disappointed or anything. During this time, Ivan kept talking about how we should have released the Tiger Grouper and how we could have won.

I reported the results back to Nigel who offered to release it but it was too late (I checked just to be sure) and also I (and probably he) didn’t really feel the need to waste the fish to make up such a tiny margin.

In the excitement, I almost immediately forgot what the difference in points were. I was very curious about the numbers, including determining how accurate our estimations were and if we had missed out any other factors. So I went back to the table to take a photograph of the numbers for later analysis. Nigel was curious as well so he followed me too.

Screenshot-ing the numbers.

This is where I suspect that Ivan thought I was mad at Nigel (my concentration face and annoyed face sometimes overlap) and that I was looking for evidence. So that’s when he revealed to me that we had won, by a decent margin of about 2 points. He explained that he had not yet entered the points for the Tiger Grouper.

I was extremely relieved. Nigel who was behind me could see I was excited and asked me: “What? What?”… and all I could do was smile, wag my finger at him and say “you.. you ah.. never release fish…. f***er…”. Again, I wasn’t really disappointed in him or angry at all, but I was slightly irritated by having my expectations toyed with like that, and Nigel was the one who put me in that position. For that, I may have been a bit annoyed.

For future competitions, I do hope they will have a live table (the organisers have said this would happen) though I hope that for the last day of competitions, all live tables will be withheld. This makes for a more exciting presentation ceremony.

Team FenOmMan put in a stellar performance, jumping more than 5 points. Had they performed as well or even similarly well on the first 2 days, or if Pochong had managed to land his large fish, they may very well have been pushed up to 3rd or even 2nd.

Had there been a fourth day of competitions or had team Emerge been present on the first day, we almost definitely would have lost 3rd place; although, based on the pattern, only by a slim margin of approximately 1 point. However based on the inconsistent, though at times stellar performance by team Z Fighters, had there been a fourth day, while Emerge may have overtaken us, both our teams would likely have overtaken team Z Fighters, ultimately keeping us in 3rd.

Teams that consistently and reliably performed included Emerge, SGYakAttack and Lucky Strike (us). All these teams roughly doubled their points from previous weeks. Team Z Fighters, if quite some liberty is taken with the interpretation of data, roughly increased their points at a high but linear rate. Team East Side Anglers were also on track to double their points each week but were not present for the final week of competitions. If they were, they may have climbed to 5th or remained 6th, instead of dropping to 7th.

 

Enjoying some cider sponsored by Nigel

 

The BBQ Preparations

Nordin, Fendy, and a few others cleaning the fish.

 

The larger one is the one I caught but there was an even larger one caught by Omar from team FenOmMan.

 

Don’s KBL being prepared.

 

The cleanup

 

The Trophies

The Trophies

 

Door Gifts for the first team to register

Omar from team FenOmMan, receiving his doorgift of a Balista LED lure for being the first team to register.

 

Fendy from team FenOmMan, receiving his doorgift of a Balista LED lure for being the first team to register.

 

Azman from team FenOmMan, receiving his doorgift of a Balista LED lure for being the first team to register.

 

Bingo side game winner

Nordin from team Sea Assasins, the winner of the Bingo side game.

 

Catch of the Day winner

The Catch of the Day winner, Mathew from SGYakAttack.

 

3rd Place – $200 (team Lucky Strike)

 

2nd Place – $300 (team Z Fighters)

Alton presenting the 2nd place prize to his teammate and himself

 

1st Place – $500 (SGYakAttack)

 

Individual Champion (side game) – Mathew

And the winner of an undeclared side game, the individual champion, Mathew from SGYakAttack

 

And so ended the inaugural Native League.


The points:

SGYakAttack 16.391
Z Fighters 14.999
Lucky Strike 12.570
Emerge 10.441
FenOmMan 5.716
Sea Assassins 3.664
East Side Anglers 2.255
Orca 0.797
Team Liquid Moly 0.016
The A Team 0.011


Check out SGYakAttack’s video of this day here or view it below:

Or check out a recap of all three days via SGYakAttack’s videos here.


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.

Native League 2014 – Day 2

Shawn/ January 2, 2015/ Bottom Fishing, Kayaking, Native League, Pasir Ris, saltwater/ 0 comments

Day 2 came hot off the heels of a tiring work week but luckily my work finished early on Friday. Still didn’t get enough sleep though.

The briefing was much shorter this day. Everyone save for one was on time so we didn’t wait for him. Sadly though, he was supposed to buy the prawns for his team mate so when time came for the launch, I passed a handful of prawns to his team mate who was looking quite frustrated and disappointed.

On this day, we wasted no time and headed straight to Nigel’s Kaci spot. Well, almost. I did try out my grouper spot first but had no luck.

Nigel kept up his unusual tempo of catching many fish, of which many were too small. The cheeky bugger didn’t even tell me about it till he sent me the photos, and by that I mean I only realised this fact when I saw the photos.

Nigel’s grouper, 4cm of the minimum length of 30cm.

Lol. Seriously? Nigel’s.

Nigel’s Catfish (Ah Seng / Duri), just under 10 cm short of the minimum length.

Many cuttlefish (I call them all sotong to make it easy; though if I understand it correctly, sotong = squid, sotong katak = cuttlefish) in Pasir Ris waters. If I recall correctly, this was Nigel’s first cuttlefish on a kayak.

Another grouper by Nigel. Way too small but very pretty.

Yet another grouper by Nigel. Only just shy of the 30cm mark; minimum length for submission was 30cm. If I recall correctly, it was 27 or 28cm.

Eventually though, he managed to hook up another Kaci.

Nigel’s Kaci and first submissible fish.

In the mean time, I managed to land this guy. Though small, he was longer than the minimum length allowed and as we needed the points, I kept it, though only for a little while. He eventually snagged himself in a crevice in the shallows I was fishing, while on my stringer.

Hopefully, it’s still alive as I would have eventually released him even before the weighing, due to the low points (it had the lowest points out of all the submissible fish we caught) and our being over quota. We would eventually catch a total of 6 submissible fish, out of which we could only submit 4. The rules only a maximum of 4 submissible fish per day and any shortfall does not carry over to the event day the next week.

My smaller flathead. It was past the minimum length of 20cm. It eventually snagged itself in a crevice.

Shortly after catching this guy, I caught his dad. Unfortunately, no photos of the fish were taken while on the kayak. While I had not decided whether or not to release his dad (for the bonus points vs my wanting to try eating a flathead), it eventually died just before I reached the shore.

Then the skies threatened us with rain again.

Rain? Again?

Just before the skies seemed they were about to open, oddly (for the location he was at), Nigel caught a Chermin (Diamond Trevally).

Nigel’s second submissible fish. Though small, the points awarded to this Chermin (Diamond Trevally) were greatly increased due to the category this fish was in.

Though the wind was crazy, it didn’t rain that day.

Nigel kept it coming with his 4th grouper. Though submissible, we eventually released it as it was the second lowest scoring fish of our 6 fish and we could only submit 4.

Nigel’s grouper. Though submissible, we eventually released this guy back into the water because out of the 6 submissible fish we caught, this was the second lowest scoring fish, a were over our quota of 4.

During a lull in the fishing, we ate. As one does. I don’t usually eat while on the water. I would say that 9.8 times out of 10, I don’t eat while kayaking. I don’t get hungry after all (sometimes even after smelling food from nearby kayaks). However, sometimes…. Hey! This is a competition! There’s no need to take risks!

I don’t always eat while kayaking. In fact I try not to, and I’m almost always successful. I don’t actually get hungry while on the water but sometimes, a Sausage McGriddles with Egg calls out to me. Then it invites its friends, Mr Milkshake, and if its free, Mr French Fries (unless he’s all dressed up to go out, then, Mr Shaker Fries). He wasn’t free this day. 🙁

An unusual manifestation of ‘hat hair’.

I eventually moved off from here and headed back to my grouper spot, the spot I had found last week. Then I saw white out on my fish finder.

I had experienced something like this before. On that trip, there was white out on the fish finder and I managed to land 7 fish (lost an additional 1 because I forgot to close the clip on my stringer) in barely half a day of kayak fishing, all decent sized and of decent quality, and I wasn’t the only one either. Don, from SGYakAttack landed well over 20 fish that day (and he went back before me). I don’t believe anyone went home that day without catching at least 1 fish.

I immediately dropped my line and like last week, within 30 seconds of my line hitting the water, I landed a small Snapper. Unfortunately, no pictures of the fish were taken while on my kayak either. I managed to follow the white out for about 2 minutes before I lost it. Unfortunately, I could not get the Snapper on the stringer in time so when I was finally ready, the fish had gone. Also, by the time I got back to shore, the fish had died, which was unfortunate both for me (the points) and the fish.

By that time, we had only about 45 minutes left to get back to shore and so we headed back for the weigh in.

My catches of the day (2.082 points). One small Flathead escaped before the weigh in. Both fish were submitted for the points and unfortunately, both fish died before I could get them weighed.

Nigel’s catches of the day (1.494 points). Many other fish were released before weigh in. Nigel wanted to eat the Flathead and unfortunately, the Chermin (Diamond Trevally) died shortly after being caught. Unfortunately, this is normal and we communicated this fact to the organisers.

Most of the other teams were having a fairly good day as well. In particular, team Emerge, who was absent last week, suddenly shot up to 4th with a bumper haul of quality fish. After that jump, they were only slightly behind us on the points and gave us a good fright.


Team Emerge

Gabriel from team Emerge with 1 of his 2 KBLs (Barramundi).

 

Snapper from Matthew, from team Emerge.

 

Matthew from team Emerge. Absent from the first day of the competition, they climbed very suddenly and dramatically to 4th place, only just behind us, which gave us a massive fright.



Team Orca

Hermann (wife Siti in background) from team Orca with his catfish (sembilang). Despite gaining a massive points boost, they dropped to 7th due to being overtaken by team Emerge.



Team Sea Assasins

Nordin’s flat head. Despite gaining a large increase in points since last week, they remained in 5th after being overtaken by team Emerge.



SGYakAttack

Mathew from SGYakAttack with his 2 KBLs (Barramundi). He was the only member to launch today. They remained in 2nd place and had increased their points advantage over us.



Team Z Fighters

Alton from team Z Fighters with his KBL (Barramundi).

 

David from team Z Fighter and his Snapper.

 

David from team Z Fighter and his OTHER Snapper.

 

David’s Gao Tun (large Grouper). For all the fish they caught today, they remained the undisputed leaders. The team in 2nd place (SGYakAttack) had just under half of their points.


The points:

Z Fighters 13.156
SGYakAttack 7.847
Lucky Strike 6.795
Emerge 5.293
Sea Assassins 3.174
East Side Anglers 2.255
Orca 0.797
FenOmMan 0.020
Team Liquid Moly 0.016
The A Team 0.011


Check out SGYakAttack’s video of this day here or view it below:

End of Day 2


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.

Native League 2014 – Day 1

Shawn/ December 31, 2014/ Bottom Fishing, Jigging, Kayaking, Luring, Native League, Pasir Ris, saltwater/ 0 comments

I remember vividly, all those times that Nigel had me wake up early while he slept in, just so that we could go fishing all the way in the west, to get the ‘first-light-fish’.

Today the tables were turned. Except for the fact that I still had to wake up early. So retribution it was not.

At 5.30am, I was up. At 6.10am, I was out the door and on the way to buy Prawns from Changi. Fortunately, Changi Pro was open.

The inaugural Native League is a multi day kayak fishing competition open only to Native kayaks and related brands. It has a novel point scoring system (including bonus points for Catch and Release) which takes the weight of the fish and multiplies that based on rarity and quality, giving the points for that catch. It also includes a maximum daily quota of submissible fish and includes side games such as Catch of the Day (among others).

Showing what the buttons do on my Kayak.

Most of us (read as ‘I, and some others’) arrived within the registration window, some were late, including one of the organisers.

We set up our gear (and nibbled on snacks and sipped on milkshakes from the McDonald’s drive through) before making the rounds to look at the competition’s kayaks, some socialising, and some occasional comments to try and psych the competition out. Something along the lines of: “Look at this weather! Sure cannot get fish. I think better to fish just in front of watercross.”; then you try to hide your sly grin.

Then someone else would say something like, “I think better not launch today. Risky and not safe.” and you respond with an “Ya. I agree. Come let’s all stay safe here.”, while quietly pulling your kayak closer to the shore.

Those with “initiative” get to hit the water first. They also have the “honour” of leading others to their secret spots. Those who aren’t in the picture were the clever ones.

When the missing organiser finally turned up, we pulled our kayaks to the launch site in front of watercross. A not so small amount of time elapsed before we could get the briefing started.

When it finally did get started, the briefing was peppered with various participants trying to find loopholes in the competition format. It had an interesting scoring format with additional incentives for catch and release.

It also allowed up to 3 members per team, with the stipulation that only 2 were allowed on the water at any one time. Nigel and I made up team Lucky Strike.

The briefing.

As most of us knew each other well, there were flagrant offers of bribery to the organisers. There were also friendly accusations of cheating (Kelong!) to the organisers (as one of them had taken part in the competition). It was all in good fun of course.

I asked the drive through guy if the ice cream machine was ready, then asked for a strawberry smoothie. I wanted a milkshake.

 

Some minor upgrades since this photo was taken…

After the not-exactly-brief briefing, we were all set to launch and the organisers made a final pass around the kayaks to make sure no one was cheating.

One of the “side games”, as they were called, was the Catch of the Day. The first person to catch a specified fish would win an additional prize. Today’s CotD was any grouper. Despite this, no one ran to their kayaks, or pushed their kayaks into the sea before jumping in (like bobsled racing).

It was all very casual with only the slightest hint of urgency. Competitors peddled to their favourite spots or followed those who they thought they could steal fish off, all at a fairly leisurely pace.

 

Mathew’s Grouper; Catch of the Day prize. This single fish also put them in 2nd place, only slightly behind the leaders, team Z Fighters.

Mathew from SGYakAttack caught the CotD barely half an hour into the competition. It was at a location that I was planning to drift by.

Seeing that, I started to expedite my drifting by peddling but it was not fast enough so I pulled my line out of the water and headed straight there.

When I arrived, I was shocked to see, on my fishfinder, so much debris on the floor bed. Dropping my line to the bottom and the subsequent snags as I kept moving around the area confirmed that there were many discarded nets laying around. The last time I had been here, there were only a few structures and no nets.

I did manage to land a small flathead but it was too small to satisfy the minimum length required for submission.

I gave up after my 2nd or 3rd snag and allowed myself to continue drifting west to eventually meet up with Nigel.

When I eventually linked up with Nigel, he had managed to land quite a few fish, but very unusually, there were a lot of small fish, some of which even the most ardent ‘tao-pao afficionado’ would probably not have bagged.

Nigel’s Kaci


As I was about to reach his spot, he also hooked up a 2nd Kaci.

Nigel caught 2 Kaci.

Then came the distant roll of thunder.

Once I saw the rain wall approaching, I immediately pulled my line up and made plans to shelter at the nearby beach. However, Nigel dropped his lunch overboard and I had to go pick it up (it can be a pain to lift up the anchor, even with a small kayak, and especially with strong winds and currents and fast approaching rain – so since I was on the move and Nigel was still anchored, I went to help him out).

Seemingly out of nowhere, a school of students (pun intended) started to kayak their way past us. They were headed to OBS and just before they reached us, the heavens opened. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t get the chance to deliver Nigel’s lunch to him before the downpour began.

OBS Kayakers attempting to paddle from Watercross to OBS. They had the wind to their advantage though.  They made it there safely. Also, this is me in the process of delivering Nigel’s rescued lunch back to him.

Started getting heavier

Whiteout…

Throughout all this, Pochong and Omar from team FenOmMan were in the middle of the channel, though as we later found out, it was because they were fighting a big fish. A big fishing boat later went alongside them then went off. Even the Police Coast Guard paid them a visit then went off.

Near the end of the storm, barely visible, Pochong and Omar, with the big fishing boat.

 Luckily it started to clear up. The wind died down and the rain becames ‘finer’.

If you haven’t noticed it yet, Nigel is teaching you how NOT to wear a disposable poncho.

How NOT to wear a poncho.

When the rain finally stopped, Nigel continued on at the same spot while I went in search of fish elsewhere. I headed to a nearby spot where I had seen some underwater structures before. That isn’t completely correct though. At the time, all I saw was one single stick.

I passed by Omar who told me what was happening with Pochong. Omar had stuck with Pochong throughout the fight, acting as lookout and cheerleader. Pochong was still fighting the fish. I wished them luck and continued on my way.

I couldn’t find my spot though so I began to drift back towards watercross. There was a cutoff time for the submission of catches for weighing.

Then I saw a small (height and area) underwater hill and decided to try my luck there.

My grouper, bringing in slightly over 1/3 of the day’s points for our team.

Within 30 seconds of my line touching the water, I caught this guy. He put up a decent fight too, all the way up to the surface.

After putting him on the stringer, I tried my luck around the area but caught nothing else, despite a few bites.

As I was manoeuvring around the area, I began to notice many more underwater sticks. I marked the positions of where the sticks were, creating a perimeter of digital markers on my fish finder.

I suspect it is a sunken kelong, or as some who use the more accurate term call it, a sunken marine farm. On the fishfinder, I also spotted what seemed to be some discarded netting, laying near the seabed.

When my line finally snapped from a snag, I called it a day and began to make my way back to watercross.

The weight of the fish was (suspiciously) exactly the average of Nigel’s 2 kaci (i.e. exactly 1/3 the total weight). Despite being in different categories, the points attributed to our fish were the same. However, because Nigel couldn’t release one of his kaci (due to it being dead), he missed out on the Catch and Release bonus so my fish accounted for 35.6% of the days points for our team.

We made our way back to shore for the weigh in. Each team took their turns to weigh their catch, and yell out their offers of bribery to the weighing officials, while standing right next to their competitors.

There was also a bit of a kerfuffle when I was releasing my grouper after the weigh in. Instead of swimming away, the grouper swam to the seabed, right next to our feet. Nordin tried to encourage it to leave by moving his foot close to it. While it did take the hint, it went in the wrong direction and swam circles around our feet, much to our horror. We had no choice but to dance a little and practise defensive kung fu. One of the officials whose feet were barely in the water also took a few steps back. Fortunately, after about 5 seconds, it got its bearings and swam to deeper waters.

Pictures were taken and the table of standings was updated and disseminated to the rest later that night. Though it was updated a few days after, giving team Z Fighters, already the leaders at the time, an even bigger lead. It was then updated again a few days after that to give them an even bigger advantage. *cough*kelong*cough.


Team Orca

Siti from team Orca with a Red Snapper. She was the only team member on the water this day. They were pushed up to 6th. She also had a massive haul of harvested Mussels but those were not submissible.


Team East Side Anglers

Daryl from East Side Anglers, catching the only fish for his team, with his Chermin, pushing them up to 4th.


Team Sea Assasins

Nordin from team Sea Assasins with the only fish of the day, a Parrot Fish. Because this fish was in it’s own category and had more points attributed to it, despite it’s small size, it pushed them up to 5th.


Team Z Fighters

Andy, from team Z Fighters, with the only fish for their team. This large fish pushed them up to 1st. Their points were modified twice before the next competition day, both times, enlarging their lead.

 

After the fish had been weighed and the day had been officially closed, Nordin relaunched his kayak out for more fishing. Within half an hour, and before we had even finished cleaning up our kayaks, he caught this guy.

Nordin’s ‘after hours’ catch.

The points:

Z Fighters 5.864
SGYakAttack 4.771
Lucky Strike 3.291
East Side Anglers 1.202
Sea Assassins 0.908
Orca 0.303
FenOmMan 0.020
Team Liquid Moly 0.016
Emerge 0.015
The A Team 0.011

 

Check out SGYakAttack’s video of this day here or view it below:

End of Day 1


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.