A surprise catch…


Date: 28-05-2005    Time: 0300am   Rod: Penn Powergraph Surf 12ft.    Reel: Penn Jigmaster 500L    Line: 30lbs mono.   Rig: Single hook long snood bottom feeder     Hook: Long Shank size 4/0     Bait: Fresh cut squid

Went there early around 8pm. Tide was comimg up and the current was smooth except the sea surface was abit choppy due to the surface wind. Only set up one rod as to left some space for two of my buddy who joint me later. It was getting more crowded as some regular angler started to arrived. Fresh squid was spotted but was at deep water level and not easy to catch. Instead, I used squid jig and manage to landed some. Bait casted out was quite lasting but no taker. After the tide started to turn down, a few small marine catfish was seen landed by some angler there. The down current begin to move faster and faster and line casted out has drifted to a 45 degree angle even with grip sinker. It was around 3am when my line was tangle by another angler line that I decided to wind in and also to check on the bait. Suddenly, I felt something was struggling at the end of my line. Without thinking, I striked and it started to take out some of my line that I realise I have hook up a stingray quietly. The fast flow current quickly push it down stream and made winding back line more difficult. But after a few hard pump on my rod, I bring it up to the surface and got one of my buddy to hold on to my rod while I get ready the gaff. Upon landed, it was a female long tail brown stingray weigh at 3.8kg. What a surprise catch. See catch photo above.

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