Christmas present

Date: 25/12/2017      Time:0900hrs      Rod: Penn Powergraph Surf 12ft       Reel: Shimano Torium 20       Line: 30lbs braided with 50lbs mono leader       Rig: Cable car      Bait: Live herring

Its Christmas day and the weather is fine in the morning. Reach the jetty around 8am plus. Down tide was almost ended. I got some live bait and down it goes with two sets of tackles on cable car rig.

Was jigging for more live bait when my first rod reel alarm sounded. I waited awhile for it to pull again before I strike. Thinking is was a garfish but when I wind back, it come a nice spanish mackeral. Lifted it up with my rod. A nice gift from the sea for Christmas.

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Two fishes within an hour

Date: 08-12-2017      Time: 1800hrs      Rod: Penn Slammer 10.6ft White      Reel: Daiwa Saltist 40       Line: 30lbs Braided with mono leader      Rig: Cable car       Bait: Live herring

Went there early today for some live bait. Tide is going down and still have another two hours to change. Current flow is good and smooth. As usual, as the sun is still bright i will try surface fishing. Jig my first live bait and down it goes with the cable car rig.

While i was preparing my other tackle, my reel screech. I can see this wolf herring leaping out of the water surface and down again. I strike, wind back and lift it up. Good size wolf herring.

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Time 1840hrs down tide     Rig: Long snood bottom feeder       Bait: Fresh dead Mackeral

After landing the wolf herring, the sun already going down so I change my method to bottom fishing.

I choose my only freshly caught baby mackeral as my fish bait and cast it out. Reason is the mackeral is faster deteriorate than other bait fish once caught.

Within few minute, my reel alarm sound…zzzzzz…..zzzzz….zzzzi…it keep going out….woww!!!…..I pickup the rod and strike….zzzzi…still running…Only after awhile that it stop and I start gain back some line. Some tug of war started and it move along with the current flow. I had to follow it moving toward the left. It try a few time wanted to dive deeper but i keep putting pressure by thumping my reel spool. Upon success of controlling it, the fish already near the jetty. A first time jetty visitor who was talking with me earlier come along with my rope gaff and pole. I surface the fish and steady it before passing the rod to him to hold while I grab the gaff. The first gaff was a small one and not strong enough to bring the fish up. I tie the gaff rope on the jetty railing and went back to my bike to take the bigger gaff. With two gaff in, I clear the area first as by now a big crowd had gather to watch the show. I pull it up and break the two poisonous stings before allow any photo taking. The fish weigh 13kg.

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Grouper

Date: 05-12-2017       Time: 2130hrs      Method: Hand line spool       Bait: Frozen Cuttle fish strip

I had not use hand line fishing for quite sometime. As tonight up tide start at super low 00 meter, I decide to try some luck just below the jetty. I bring along two pcs of small frozen cuttle fish as bait. I cut it into small strip for the hand line and it head I cast it out with my tackle set. First result come around 1900hrs when I notice my line coil around the jetty pillar. I pull and up come a small grouper around 200g. I release it and lower down the same bait again. 2130hrs, I saw my hand line spool moving a little. I decide to check and up it come this nice plate size grouper.

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GarFish

Date: 02-12-2017      Time: 10.30am      Rod: Shoreangler Jetty surf 9ft.      Reel: Silstar AT80 Line: 30bls Braided with mono leader       Rig: Cable Car       Bait: Live Herring(Tamban)

Long time didn’t do day fishing. This morning see weather good go for a short trip. Reach there tide already full. Jig for a live bait and down it goes with the cable car rig. This is the first bait down and it come with a result at 10.30am. The fish took the bait and cause my reel alarm to sound. The rod even bounce up from the jetty railing when the fish do a surface jump. Wow!…I pickup the rod to strike and wind back. Up come a nice Garfish.

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