These are photos from my first ever trip to Pekan for fishing and my first ever Sailfish trip in October 2011. This was with Nigel, Weiyee and Cindy on the famous Pekan Ricky’s boat.
I’m posting this for posterity.
I had brought a my brand new Tiburon Smart Shift reel for the Sailfish. In fact, I saw the guy who sold it to me also staying at the same place as us. I found that it was a bit too uncomfortable to fight a sailfish. I was not used to it and the ergonomic handle was not really ergonomic. The drag was awesome though. I later used this reel to fight a ~50lb Stingray in Singapore and found it quite good. Nevertheless, at the time I was not very happy with the reel.
The fishing was quite slow with only 2 sailfish being caught the first day and because of that, we dedicated the second day to sailfish as well. We also caught 2 sailfish this second day. Everyone shared their rods so that all 4 of us had a chance to fight a sailfish.
The guys (and gal) were very nice to me and Nigel passed me his rod and reel for the very first sailfish on the first day just so I could get a chance to fight the monster. Aside from the setting of the hook by the deckie, no one took the rod away from me. There were a lot of pointers and directions flying towards me but having fished with Icebomb and Weiyee before, I managed to filter in only the good stuff quite well.
I am very grateful for that as it is hard to find kaki like that. I am emphasising this point both because I am quite appreciative of their acts, but also because I recently went on a trip to Rompin with a friend, who’s friend kept taking away the rod from yet another guy to fight a sailfish. I know people like that.
Anyway, back to this trip. As far as sailfishing goes, this was not a really good trip and according to Nigel, it was a disaster. But in terms of the experience, for me, it was awesome.
So anyway, here are the photos.
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.