Papa Skate (Stingray)

Date: 18-10-2012    Time: 10pm     Rod: Penn Slammer 11.6ft      Reel: Penn TRQ 200     Line: 30lbs braided join with 30lbs mono     Rig: Long snood bottom feeder     Bait: Squid.

Tide was coming up…current was fast but smooth. I was catching squid on the right side while Weemin were fishing on the left side.

Around 10pm…Weemin reel alarm sounded…I see Rudi(another angler there) rush to the rod pickup n strike…The penn slammer rod make a fully bend…WOW…that is big….

The fish never fight much…but instead stay threading in the water along with the current….Rudi make a few hard pump on the rod to lift it higher..

The fish move along with the current…by now it already on the mid part of the T junction…Wee min come along with his fixed gaff..but the fish still refuse to surface….He took over the rod…With fresh energy…he manage to pump it higher but on a very slow pace…

After awhile…the fish manage to surface up about 20 meter away…Wow…my first sight it was a big thick back ray…It then dive down again…pulling line out on a faster pace….Weemin tired out and Rudi had to takeover again….After sometime of tug of war…it surface second time now at the right corner….but very fast it sink down again….Then it was on a slow pace of winding back…with Rudi n Weemin changing hand on the rod another one or two time…

Finally it was Weemin who manage to surface it up….I take the opportunity to gaff it….Yes…first gaff in….It struggle a little…but my gaff was fully in control…I pull it nearer and Convert take Weemin gaff to gaff it…Two gaff in…but I want another gaff so that to spread out the weight when pulling up. Rudi come with a rope gaff but it was not sharp enough so it fail…I try to get another gaff while Convert n Rudi try to pull it up….haha..but both fail as it was too heavy for two of them…They call for help so I and Weemin went to help…

We manage to pull it up….Wow…a whopping papa ray…estimate around 50kg…It had swallow the hook deep inside…two barb was remove from it tail…

They try on two 40kg digital scale fail to weigh it…haha…I had to go to my mobile home to take a 50kg scale.

It hit 43kg on the scale….a new record for this year (2012) bedok jetty biggest…

Here is how heavy the fish is..he can’t even able to lift it up


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