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Boat Fishing. It’s been a while.

Shawn/ August 18, 2015/ Boating, Bottom Fishing, Changi, Live Baiting (Floating), saltwater/ 4 comments

A friend’s birthday was around the corner so he decided to treat us all to a boat fishing trip. It’s not that unusual. Men have been paying for the pleasure of other people’s company since the dawn of time itself. Lol. Sorry bro. I couldn’t help it.

I was late. It didn’t help that I parked at the opposite end of the carpark and that I had to lug my gear along. It wasn’t that much. Just a small tacklebox, a water bottle, a small ice box and my fishing rod, and some gear that I that I had to pass to some of the guys. But the odd handles didn’t go well together.

I wasn’t the latest to arrive though. Another dude arrived just after me.

In attendance were Along, Fendy, Han, Hendrik, Hermann, Mael, Omar (the birthday boy), Titi, and naturally, myself.

With everyone ready to go and a few people sporting surprisingly heavy gear, we boarded the boat.

The boatman was friendly and assertive, stating that we were going to the South China Sea area and that our sinkers should be no less than size 6. We all looked around at each other as most of us had brought light tackle only. That was the plan after all.

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The boatman looked around at us, gave a wry smile then headed to the wheelhouse and began to move off.

We were barely 6 metres from the docks when the boatman suddenly stopped the boat and began to re-berth.

He struggled to shout out from the wheelhouse as he was laughing, “You guys are on the wrong boat!”.

We disembarked from the boat to an audience of somewhat bewildered fellow anglers, the ones who had chartered this boat.

Just to confuse them, we shouted out loudly about what a great trip we had had.

Eventually, we found our boat, the Ocean Jumanji.

The boatman was more friendly and more accomodating and we were relieved when he confirmed that we were going to Changi, where light tackle works brilliantly.

We made way at a decent speed to our first spot where I very quickly hooked up this snapper.

With the pictures taken, I rebaited and recast out my line, suddenly realising that my little corner of the boat had suddenly become more crowded.

Barely 10 minutes had passed before I caught this guy.

My spot suddenly become much more crowded and in line with protocol, I made way for them although I stuck close by.

We drifted for about an hour before we started getting hits again.

5 minutes later:

10 minutes after Omar caught his flounder, my rod took a sudden dive and my Shimano Twinpower started to scream.

I fought what seemed to be a very strong fish for a few minutes before I brought him close enough for Mael to net him up.

My little corner of the boat was now full, because between the rod holders, there were people holding their rods and gingerly casting between the lines. I was inched out of my spot. I didn’t even have the opportunity to give up my spot.

15 minutes later, while crossing my line (but not tangling it up), Fendy hooked up this little guy with his tiny rod.

There were a few hits and a few misses but nothing that looked substantial and so we shifted spots.

About an hour later, while some were eating their lunch – Spaghetti Bolognese prepared and packaged by Titi, Hendrik hooked up this guy on a maprawn setup.

Barely a minute later, Hermann hooked up this fingermark.

And barely a minute after that, Hendrik caught this small Kaci (Sweetlips) on his other rod.

The fish were coming thick and fast, small though they were.

In the next minute, 3 more people got hookups.

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Me and my little fingermark.

Han and his fish caught via jigging with prawns stuck on his hook.

We continued drifting for about 10 minutes but with no hits, the hardworking boatman moved us to a new drifting line.

Eventually, Hermann caught this pretty coral trout.

Shortly after that, Omar caught this small but pretty Orange Spotted Malabar.

Despite already paying for the boat, Omar had also brought along some snacks. He had also brought along a box of 5 Alpen strawberry bars. I was already hooked on them and since no one was taking any, I may have singlehandedly finished it. Possibly.

Just shy of 1pm, Fendy’s rod suddenly took a nose dive and he struggled a little to pull it out of the holder.

Before the cameras could start rolling, the fish had swum from the back of the boat to somwhere off the port bow.

He skillfully played with his baitcaster and kept tension on the line. I personally find baitcasters hard to use so I don’t really use them. It may be the other way around.

He struggled to reel the fish in as it started to turn around and head straight for him.

After a few muted arobatics, it eventually came close enough for Mael to net the guy and then we could clearly see that it was a Tek Ngor (a.k.a Giant Herring, a.k.a Tenpounder).

Fendy beaming with pride

While fendy was still glowing from the excitement and busy trying to get everything in order, I took the opportunity to slide my rod back in my corner holder.

10 minutes later, and with the boat now drifting to our right, Omar caught this small but feisty Queenfish.

But there were no more hits after that so the boatman brought us further out.

Which is where Along caught this little trout.

Half an hour later, and finding myself out of the corner spot again, I caught this little Kaci.

And a half hour after that, Fendy caught this little guy.

They were a handful of hits and misses after this but nothing was landed.

The wind was picking up and the currents were getting weird as by now we were along the East Coast Area. We tried our luck for the next 3 hours, with the boatman trying his best to put us on the fish but eventually we had to call it a day.

It was a great day of fishing with great company. I found myself reacquainted with the conveniences of fishing on a proper boat but still prefer a kayak, except for the ‘getting to the spot’ part.

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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 2d1n – 7th to 8th April 2012

Shawn/ June 16, 2012/ Bottom Fishing, Desaru, Jigging, Live Baiting (Floating), Live Baiting (Free Running), TU Lighthouse/ 0 comments

We met up at 5.30am. It was freaking early but it wasn’t bright.

We arrived at the usual start point at around 7am and were joined shortly after by Terence and his brother Ah Yong. Whether they were blood brothers or actual blood brothers I did not and still do not know.

Badok led us to the launching point but we were surprised to find that his boat was still the trailer. After we parked behind his house, the guys loaded up the boat while I stayed behind to help the him.

He launched the boat as per the normal way of sliding a boat off its trailer.

As we were setting off, Badok informed us that the Tengirris were biting and that that should be our top priority. Keen to relive our past successes with Queenies at TU Lighthouse, we asked him if we could go there. He said that TU lighthouse could be done later as the Tengirris were only biting in the morning. Having seen the photos of Tengirris on his facebook page only the day before, we silently agreed to set off for the Tengirri spot.

Upon reaching the spot, Badok strongly suggested that we use Jackson Pin Tails only. Only Terence and Ah Yong had brought Pin Tails with them so they were the first to hook up. Those of us who had bought the Asari Pink Tails were sorely disappointed as we caught nothing.


Terence with the first Tengirri of the day caught on a Pin Tail.


And then his second.

He invited his brother to join him at the bow of the boat, a place commonly referred to as the spot with no fish. On most boats, the echo sounder is angled towards the stern and coupled with the fact that most of the anglers usually hang around that area, most boatman park their boats so that fishing at the back will land you on the fish.


Third.

Terence then hooked up a fourth fish but lost it halfway through the fight. By that time, he had lost all 4 of his Pin Tails to the Tengirris’ sharp teeth. According to him, he also had a total of 4 misses. Now while I don’t believe in numerology, that sequence was curiously intriguing.

Clarence then took his place and managed to hook up a Tengirri on his only Pin Tail but lost it to the anchor rope.

I then took his place and tried my Jackson Pin Tail Tune but had no luck. But I was not the only one. Another boat that had anchored just in front of us also stopped getting hits around this time.

We stayed there for quite a while more before Badok told us to bring up our lines to move off. We initially thought that we were finally going to TU Lighthouse to fight the tackle bursting queenies but alas when the boat stopped moving, we were parked over a bottom fishing spot.

Nigel tried out his inchiku and managed to land this coral trout. It gave Nigel quite a good fight.

I took the opportunity to test out my new digital weighing scale.

Not long after that, Ah Yong landed this beautiful Bumpnose Trevally.

We hopped from spot to spot until Nigel landed this tiny thing.


Some baitfish. Selar. or because the markings are not so visible, sometimes known as Kuning (Malay for yellow).


Blue Spotted Hind


Taking a break from the hot sun.

At one of our last spots, Terence managed to hook up and land a Todak.

Clarence and me still had not landed any fish (although I did catch some baitfish).

As we reparked the boat for the final time, I spotted some surface action and immediately casted out my Pin Tail Tune and almost instantly a fish tried to hit it but it missed. Undeterred, I kept reeling on the line and the fish hit the lure again but it fell out of its mouth. I continued reeling it in and I finally felt a solid connect with the fish’s teeth. I moved to strike but at that exact moment, the fish opened its mouth and the lure flew right out of it.

There were no more fish caught that day.

As I jumped from the boat into the ocean to keep the boat facing forwards (while the rest of the guys pretended to look the other way), badok went to retrieve his trailer.

We arrived at the accommodations later.

We were mildly disappointed with the place especially since we had requested separate beds.

As our room had 3 men to a bed, I eventually took the initiative and slept on the floor.

The toilet had no hooks of any sort to hang clothes so I had to move the fire extinguisher case inside so that I had somewhere to put my clothes. There was no water heater, the sink was extremely small, the shower head could not be moved at all and the flush didn’t work.

A river runs through it.

The walls were so thin that I managed to receive a GPS signal even in the toilet!

Dinner, freshly caught.

The next morning, on advice of our boatman, we headed out to buy prawns.

Unfortunately, the prawns were quite small and others had misgivings about “river prawns” so we gave it a miss.

I was looking forward to fishing the tackle busting queenies at TU and the rest had been built up on the stories of TU so there was some mild disappointment when we didn’t go there on the first day. Taking the cues, Badok brought us out to try for queenies there.

When Nigel saw this boat while on the way to TU, he immediately cut his pre-tied leader to prepare for what he thought was more Tengirris. When we simply side stepped the boat, he gave that sian look and proceeded to retie the leader that he had just cut.

He was eventually rewarded with this queenie.

Ah Yong also connected with another queenie.

There were a two more Queenies lost by Clarence and Nigel but the water totally dead after all but 10 minutes so we moved on.

We scouted out the new oil rig but left shortly after.

We headed back to the Tengirri spots.

Terence with a 500 gram red snapper.

A boat in a boat.

 

Nigel with a baby cobia.

Ah Yong with another.

Clarence had a cobia this size as well but was unable to land it because there was no gaff available. A second cobia of similar size was swimming right beside it.

Nigel with baby queenies.

Clarence with some kind of coral trout.

Terence with a good sized queenie. not at TU!

Nigel with a good sized coral trout.

Ah Yong hooked up with a dorado, a fish that I had never seen in real life before while on the other side of the boat, a barrucuda (probably) played with Clarence.

Ah Yong and his beautiful dorado!

A dorado quickly loses its colour when dying and is almost completely drained when it has died, before finally settling on a dark brownish colour.

Second ang kuey.

The following is a video excerpt of the highlights of the day.

End of Catch Report.


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.