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2012-01-07 – Ops Enter Exeunt

Shawn/ January 7, 2012/ freshwater, Singapore/ 0 comments

This trip almost didn’t happen due to differences of opinion on landing site (I wanted to go to Spot Choco while Nigel wanted to go to Spot Kilo Tango) but the night before , we came up with a compromise location.

This time round, we hit the location bright and early. Once again, at about 5am, we called each other up to confirm if we wanted to go and as per usual, none of us wanted to be the one to cancel the op so we went ahead. Lol!

When we arrived there were many other people there doing their morning rituals.

Today’s mission was only going to last 4 hours due to Nigel’s schedule. We did our usual thing but we found the situation to be fairly drastic as he water level at the location had dropped dramatically since the last time we had been here.

We casted our lures out but each time we came up with nothing. The path had a few more obstructions than we remembered but nevertheless we pressed on.

About 3 hours in, we reached the final spot before the terrain upped its difficulty again. Tired and sleepy, we both declared this spot to be the final one.

As I was casting, I shouted to Nigel that there were 2 fishes that were swimming within his casting distance. He casted his lure out a few times but the fish seemed uninterested.

Despondent, I just carried on. I still had not landed any fish in 2012.

3 minutes later, Nigel excitedly shouted “Tio!”. I rushed over as fast as I could and when I arrived, I saw that he had caught a small Peacock Bass which I currently believe is a Cichla ocellaris or the real Butterfly Peacock Bass.

Nigel with pb, Cichlas ocellaris

We took a few photos and I squeezed myself into that tiny spot before releasing the fish. The fish was unbelievably smelly.

Unlike Nigel, I had a tree right in front of my face so I was literally blind casting. After a while, Nigel changed his lure to a weighted fly in a manner not dissimilar to squid jigging with weights. He hooked up a similar sized PB but lost it halfway through the fight.

After another half hour at this place, seeing toman fry but not hooking up, and a certain someone performing actions that could have landed that certain someone an 80Kg human, multiple times, we decided to leave. We were so tired and disappointed with that spot that we totally packed up everything and didn’t even bother to fish back.

Tally: 2 misses, 1 lost, 1 landed PB by Nigel. 0 for me.

 


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.

1st January 2012 – First fish/miss of the New Year (Ops Enter Exeunt)

Shawn/ January 3, 2012/ freshwater, Singapore/ 1 comments

We were originally scheduled for Operations Choco but since last night inevitably ended late (New Year’s Eve), we postponed our 5am wake up time to something more reasonable… like 12pm… ish…. So after lunch, we arrived at the spot at about 2.

Overall feeling of the place was that it was beautiful but dead.

Nigel Fishing

Be wary of all plants in your way. Sometimes the most innocent looking plants can give you nasty scratches. Casually tried to brush aside vine that was in the way but the vine stuck to my hand. Not realising that it was sticking because all the tiny claspers on that vine were already under my skin, I pulled my hand away roughly.

The soft vine that scratched me

Scratched by a soft vine

Nigel borrowed all my small lures and had some success with them. I lost one small Temensis on a Yozuri Tobimaru.

Nigel and his baby Temensis

Nigel with another baby Temensis

Videoing floating bag

Overboard floating bag (@ 10Kg)

Overboard floating bag (@ 10Kg)

Despite weighing 10kg on the boga/lip grip, the bag still floated fairly easily. Investment totally worth it!

Called it a day at about 6pm.

Fishing

Nigel fishing

Known lures used:
Yozuri Tobimaru (Floating) – Orange

Setup:
Eupro X-Power 6Ft ($77) + Ryobi Zauber loaded with 15lbs Tuffline – Green.
Nigel: Unknown rod with unknown reel using 6lb mono line with 8lb mono leader

Terminal:
xZoga 30lb FC leader with a knot that I appear to have made up (can’t seem to find this supposedly common knot online) at swivel and snap ends.
Sasami 47Kg swivel to join main line and leader and Angler’s Pal Snap at the end of the leader.

Tally: 2 small Temensis + 1 decent and 1 huge Temensis lost (Nigel), 1decent Temensis lost by me


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.