Big Garfish

Date: 24-02-2012     Time: 6.30pm      Rod: Penn Slammer 10ft      Reel; Shimano Torium 20      Line: 30lbs braided join with 50lbs mono leader      Rig: Cable car       Bait: Live tamban

Reach there around 6pm. Tide was still going down. Casted out two set of rods with frozen tamban as bait. One added with a cable car rig with live bait after I manage to jig one.

While I continue to jig for tamban….I saw my cable car rig was straighten out just below the water surface….this show that something had grab hold of my live bait as my rod tip rattle also. I keep watch but didn’t make my move….After about 30 sec later..haha…it pull hard and the reel alarm scream…pause…then scream again as the fish move…

I grab hold of the rod and strike…Yes…fish on….The fish jump out of the water surface and those who was there watching…WOW!!!!!!!!….hahha….

After some struggle….it gave up and I wind it in….It was too heavy to lift up by the rod so I ask another angler to hold my rod so that I can haul it up with my hand…

Once on the floor…those peoples there watching already clicking away with their phone camera… It hit the scale at 2.5kg….YES…It is another record for myself on Garfish( Todak) caught by a cable car rig.

My personal record for shore fishing on Garfish is 3kg but it was caught on a long snood bottom feeder rig.

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Cobia

Date:19-02-2012     Time: 8am      Rod; Centuary Kompressor Super sport 13ft      Reel: Daiwa Saitiga 40     Line: 30lbs mono      Rig: Long snood bottom feeder       Bait: Dead Tamban

We had spent the night there fishing….but only few small fishes caught…I left at 3am this early morning to take a rest in my mobile home and rejoin them again at 7.30am.

Tide was about to full…I had just change my bait as this morning it didn’t last….while washing my hand…I heard reel alarm went off….It was Ah Lai rod…..Ah Hong was beside it and he pickup and strike….YES..IT IS ON….Ah Lai didn’t put cable car rig….so it is a fish that take the bottom bait…Wow…I was thinking could it be a cobia again…

Truly…I saw the fish was swimming inward after the initial run….I straight away fixed up my gaff….Before my gaff was ready…the fish already reach infront of the jetty railing….It then make deep dive downward….luckily…Ah Hong was able to hold it up….By now Ah An is ready with his gaff….He try one but missed….I went over and Ah Hong had reposition the fish…I gaff it and bring it up….WOW…another Cobia landed within a week….It hit the scale at 7kg.

Finally…I got it

Date: 11-02-2012      Time: 12.05pm      Rod: Shoreangler Big Game 10.2ft      Reel: Shimano Torium 20      Line: 30lbs braided joint with 50lbs mono      Rig: Long snood bottom feeder      Bait: Dead Tamban(herring)

Since 2007 when I caught one……every year I had been waiting to caught one again….Year 2008 saw two was lost within two weeks by two different angler…2009 n 2010 none this fish turn up. Even last year never heard of anyone caught it.

This morning I reach jetty around 8am plus….I used two set of rods….one is multiplyer and the other a spinning. After casting out with frozen tamban which I brought along….I went to jig for fresh tamban….It was very rare….but still manage to get two for my cable car rig. After this none at all….Luckily…two anglers who was there earlier wanted to go back and pass me some of their balance.

But today the bottom bait was very lasting. I hardly need to change bait. Water was very nice and the current was smooth but only no action. When near to 12pm….My stomach already start calling…..I decided to packup….I first wind back the spinning set….My live bait on the cable car rig was still very alive…..As usual…wash the rig, sinker and the rod…and leave it to dry…

Then I went to my multiplyer set…I was about to pickup when suddenly….the alarm screammmmm…….natually I pickup and strike….YES it ON…..The fellow strip my line and go…..I take alook at my line on the sea surface ……It slowly floating up…..Eh….could it be a bird ray ???? I was wondering…Bird ray will surface when it was hookup….But it never surface up….It turn to the right n move along the current flow……After some distance…it turn inward to the jetty…..Then It surface….COBIA….I shouted…I quickly wind my line faster, tighten my drag alittle and move toward nearer to the fish….I am preparing to fight hard with this fish if it wanted to go under… Yes…this fellow once near to the jetty….It DIVE down and move under…..But I gave no chance……I use my rod to steer it out….not one….but three time to prevent it from go under the jetty….Finnally it tired out…..I shouted for gaff…I got a young angler there to help me get my gaff from my bike….but before he does….another angler come along with his fixed gaff…First try was missed…..I had to steer the fish to reposition again…before he do a second try and it was successful. He haul it up alone…..Thank YOU gentleman for your help.

Once on the floor…..I get someone to weigh it….It tip the scale at 12kg…..YES….I had waited four year for this fish….and I got it again today…THANK U SEA DRAGON KING for releasing this fish for me.

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Grey Barramundi

My friend BC caught this KBL at a east coast breakwater stone last night around 11pm. Rod is a Loomis Franklin Big game 12ft pair with a Abu 6500 Elite reel. Bait is live prawn on a two hooks pasternoster rig.

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