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Ops Kilo Tango. 2nd Luring Trip of the year.

Shawn/ August 9, 2013/ freshwater, Luring, Singapore/ 0 comments

My second luring trip of the year happened at the end of April.

As usual, the usual spot, with the usual lure caught the usual fish. The only unusual thing was that any semblance of a trail had disappeared. Nigel and me had been through this before but this time, the weeds had really grown out and both Nigel and me were way out of shape for this.

Weiyee joined us this time.

I used to never ever fall down while treking. This time though, there were a number of falls. None serious of course. Only damaged pride.

I believe the final tally of the day was 3 landed, 3 missed, 4 lost (of which I contributed 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.

24th January 2012 – Ops Kilo Tango

Shawn/ January 24, 2012/ freshwater, Singapore/ 0 comments

With the poor performance at E2 yesterday, we just walked to E1 at the end.

I once again tried my spot while Nigel went to the end after about 5 minutes.

There was a massive fish hiding just in front of me. At the end of my first cast, when I was about to pick the lure out of the water, I saw him between me and my lure. We both paused for a second, before he dashed off to Nigel’s side. I couldn’t tell if it was a PB or a Toman.

Nigel left shortly after. I then saw another fish, this time swimming in from the left to hide under the overgrowth of grasses that hid the shore line. I estimated it as a 7-8Kg Toman.

I tried everything to lure him out of his cover and to get him at least interested in the bait. Frogs, rodents, sasuke 105, sasuke 125 clone, berkley powertail, surecatch twintail grub, sinking lures, wide tail lures, basically everything that I had on me… and with every method I knew. Slow, fast, jigging, etc and any combination of those. It was not interested.

About a half hour later, it swam out but almost instantly, another estimated 3Kg toman came to take its place. This one was more curious and swam out to inspect my frog. But alas, it was not interested in biting it. I retried my entire arsenal but it too proved fruitless.

I gave up after a while and went over to the end of E1 where Nigel was. I did not fish much.

When we were about to leave (but still fishing), 2 PBs estimated at about 1 and 1.5Kg swam up to us, stopped and stared, then swam off.

WTF?!

Tally: Big Fat Kosong.


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.

23rd January 2012 – CNY Mission and Leech Bite!

Shawn/ January 24, 2012/ freshwater, Singapore/ 0 comments

Today was CNY so our fishing trip started pretty late.

By the time we reached the spot, it was close to 5pm.

We skipped E2 and walked all the way to E1. I fished at the first spot while Nigel went to the end.

I was fishing diligently when all of a sudden I thought I heard someone cry out “Shawn!”. I stood up straight and strained my ears to hear it again when I heard a frantic cry for “Shawn!”.

I slung my bag across my back and picked up my fishing rod and dashed in the direction of the scream.

On the way to the source of the cry it called out again and I shouted back “I’m on the way!”

Imagine my surprise when all I saw was Nigel holding his rod with his lure in the water. I figured a fish was still on the hook (and beneath the weeds) but I mean the way he was shouting I thought he broke a leg or hooked himself in the nose or something.

So anyway, I went into the water to free the lure/fish from some of the thickest weeds/algae I’ve ever seen. When it became apparent that the fish was no longer there, I stepped out when all of a sudden I felt a sharp pain on my left hand. As I rotated my hand to investigate the site, I felt another sharp pain on my hand. It was a leech and it felt like the fucker was a really green nurse cleaning out an open wound (scraping all the way down) with a pen knife. All those idiots who tell you definitively that you will never feel leeches bite are either lying or ignorant.

The pain was very noticeable and very uncomfortable but was still well within my tolerance. Nevertheless, after taking a short video of the fucker, I was keen to get it off.

After burning it off with a cigarette, finding another one crawling up my rain pants, and fishing for another half hour, we left.


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.