Last Light Bite

Date: 13-08-2019      Time:1905 hrs      Rod: Shoreangler Jetty Surf 9ft.      Reel: Shimano Torium 20      Rig: Cable car      Bait: Live herring

Reach there around 1800 hrs and the day light still bright. Tide is on the way up and the current is smooth. Quickly jig my fresh bait and decide to go for a cable car rig before the sky turn dark.

It turn out having a last light bite by a wolf herring. The sky already dim down and I was about to gave up on this rig method when I saw my rod tip rattle. It is the live bait down below struggling to run away. This is a sign that something is near to it or chasing it. I keep my eye on the rod tip and sure enough, my reel alarm just go off.

I strike the rod and a fish jump off the water surface. Wolf herring at the end of the line. I slowly wind back and use the rod to lift it up.

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National Day Reward

Date: 09-08-2019     Time: 1920 hrs      Rod: Shoreangler Jetty Surf  9ft.      Reel: Shimano Torium 20       Rig: Long Snood bottom Feeder       Bait: Fresh Dead Tamban

Reach there around 5pm plus. It is very windy and the tide is about to full and already turning around. As it is a public holiday here today, the jetty is crowded so I just cast out one rod after getting my fresh bait.

Bait is very lasting and around 1920 hrs, after having my dinner, I was chatting with friends, suddenly I heard my friend shouting for me. Turn around and I saw Ah An already went to strike my rod. Fish ON…I took over the fight and saw the fish did a acrobatic jump on the water surface. Barracuda…yes…slowly I wind back and one of them grab hold of my line leader and lift it up. The fish is around 3 kg in weight.

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Time: 2330 hrs       Rod: Century Kompressor 13ft.     Reel: Shimano Torium 30      Rig: Long snood bottom feeder.      Bait: Fresh squid

It was almost near to the end of the down tide. Some of them already grumbling why no fish bite and wanted to pack up. Suddenly Ah An reel alarm screech…Yes.. fish ON…He wind it back and another barracuda surface and was haul up. It also near to 3kg size.

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Just fifteen minute later, Ah An was fighting another fish on his shorter rod. The fish took his fresh squid on his apollo rig and gave him a good fight. It took some time before he able to surface it. Wow!…rare catch…a 3 kg Gerut or golden snapper at the end of the line. A angler there used his squid net to scoop it up.

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Flat Head

Date: 17-07-2019      Time:2210 hrs      Rod: Penn Slammer 10.6ft      Reel: Daiwa Saltist 40    Rig: Long snood bottom feeder      Bait: Fresh Tamban

Tonight went for another trip. Tide is on the way up. Bait is lasting. Beside the choppy water, I manage to land this table size flat head. Although this fish is not a common eating fish here, it is very favour in Australia. The meat is as nice as a grouper fish. I ever saw some live seafood restaurant here selling at S$ 40.00 per kilo including cooking.

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Barracuda & Fingermark Snapper

Date: 16-07-2019     Time: 1940 hrs     Rod: Shoreangler Jetty Surf 9ft.     Reel: Shimano Torium 20       Rig: Long snood bottom Feeder      Bait: Fresh Tamban

I had just self built a two pcs joint 9ft Jetty big game rod. Reason for building this rod is to comply within the limited length of 158cm for travel flight check in. Rod tip is 148cm and the butt part is 127cm long. I will be using this rod for my future travel fishing. So tonight trip is to test out this rod.

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Reach there around 5.30pm. Tide is on the way up. Current is not strong but water is choppy due to the strong southern wind. After jig my fresh bait i set up two sets of tackle and cast out. Bait was lasting after initial check.

Around 1940hrs, my Torium reel screech. I pickup and strike. Feel some struggling at the end of the line. Slowly wind in and a Fingermark snapper surface. I use the rod to lift it up. What a good start for a newly rod.

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Time: 2150 hrs      Rod: Penn Slammer white 10.6ft      Reel: Daiwa Saltist 40      Rig: Long snood bottom feeder       Bait: Fresh Tamban

I just finish cleaning up the fingermark snapper and about to pack up. Suddenly my Saltist reel alarm sound. Strike and can feel this fish is much bigger. It make a acrobatic jump on the water surface before i bring it in. It was too heavy to lift up by the rod so I had to grab my leader line and bring it up. Barracuda is about 3kg plus.

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Double for a night trip. Fish had no choice but had to take my bait as I am the only angler there at that time.

Stingray n Barracuda

Date: 05-07-2019      Time: 2125hrs-2200hrs       Rod: Penn Slammer 10.6ft       Reel: Daiwa Saltist 40      Rig: Long Snood bottom feeder      Bait: Fresh herring

Had not been fishing for the past four week. Tonight trip is the first after the long rest. Went there late in the evening so missed out the last light to jig for fresh bait. Luckily my friend Simon was there and he got extra to spare me.

Set up one set of tackle and cast out. Tide is moving up and the water is very choppy due to the southern wind blowing endlessly. This had badly affected the surface of squid. None had been spotted. Bait casted out is not lasting. So i had to change it often.

Around 2125hrs, during changing bait that I notice a small barracuda was at the end of the line. It was almost dead when i lift it up.

2200hrs, I was talking to friends then suddenly my reel alarm sounded. I pickup the rod and strike. The fish put up a initial fight but quickly lost and swim toward my direction. I wind back as fast as possible and just enough time to surface it when it reach below the jetty. A long tail  male stingray around 4-5kg. My friend help to hold the rod and I gaff it up.

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Fingermark Snapper

Date: 24-05-2019       Time: 1925hrs       Rod: Shoreangler spinning surf 9ft.      Reel: Silstar AT80       Rig: Long snood bottom feeder      Bait: fresh herring

Reach the jetty around 6pm. Tide was on the lower end and the sea is choppy due to the strong southern wind. The water is full of rubbish floating on the slow current.

Manage to jig enough fresh bait and setup two sets of tackles both on bottom feeder rig. Bait is not lasting so every ten minute I had to change the bait.

Was lucky enough around 1925hrs i saw my spinning rod bend forward and back. I immediately grab hold and strike.  Feel some weight at the end of the line. Slowly wind back and this fingermark snapper surface up. It was deeply hook and i use the rod to lift it up.

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Holiday Night Bonus

Date: 20-05-2019      Time: 2110hrs      Rod: Shoreangler spinning surf 9ft.       Reel: Silstar AT 80 spinning       Line: 30lbs mono line      Rig: Long snood bottom feeder      Bait: Fresh Tamban

Headed down to the jetty around 1730hrs as the hot sun had dim down. Purposely go early so that still got daylight to jig for some fresh bait.

By now the tide had already turn up. After having fresh bait, I set up two sets of tackles all on bottom feeder. Baits was lasting after few check. The waiting game is on.

Around 2110 hrs, while I was talking with a friend, I saw my rod tip bend forward and bounce back. I pickup the rod and strike. Fish ON…Immediately I got the feeling of a threadfin fish at the end of the line. I told my friend to grab my squid net to standby.

True enough, when the fish surface, it is a threadfin and its bigger than my two previous catches early this month. It fought quite well during the surface part before my friend able to scoop it up. It weigh 2.4kg. Another score on my self made rod from scratch.

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Holiday Gift

Date: 20-05-2019      Time: 1110hrs      Rod: Penn Power Stick 10ft.      Reel: Shimano Torium 20       Rig: Cable Car       Bait: Fresh Tamban

It is a public holiday here today. So fishing is always better than working. As the tide full around 1300hrs, I make a early trip down at 0900hrs. Jig my live bait and set up two sets of tackles. Today I arrange one rod on surface and the other on bottom. Much easy to change the bottom bait as it always not as lasting.

The sea was calm and the current smooth flow as its not windy. Except that a dark cloud gather on top of batam island.

Around 1110hrs, as i was changing my bottom bait, the other rod on surface rig the reel start screaming. It continue for a few time before I strike it. Yes, a queen fish seen jumping out on the water surface. Easily I wind back and use the rod to lift it up.

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Ya…another fresh fish n chip meat on the way.

 

 

Mixed Catches

Date: 14-05-2019

Three fishes is landed today by me and Simon

Fish 1: Brown Sting ray 6Kg    Time: Early morning around 0030hrs.      Rod: Century Tip Tornado      Reel: Daiwa SL 50H       Rig: Long snood bottom feeder       Bait: Fresh squid

It was his last cast before packing up for the trip. When he was ready to pickup the rod after packing up all his barang(things), suddenly he reel alarm start screaming. Easily he won the battle and with the help of two anglers there who gaff it up for him.

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Fish 2: Flat head    Time: 2040hrs      Rod: Shoreangler spinning surf       Reel: Silstar AT 80      Rig: Long snood bottom feeder       Bait: Spotted kat kat

This evening the bait fish was rare. Just manage to get few tamban. So i keep all the few pieces kat kat that I caught also as spare bait. Bait tonight also not lasting. So for this rod I use kat kat as bait. To my surprise, it did caught this flat head.

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Fish 3: Spotted Snapper or Kachi      Time: 2145hrs      Rod: Loomis Franklin President 11ft.      Reel: Spinning      Rig: Two hook Apollo      Bait: Prawn meat

Simon bring his squid lamp along but it can’t light up due to part damage. So he just do fishing. While we were chatting, his rod tip rattle and he strike it. The fish did put up a good struggle before he surface it. It was a Kachi fish or spotted snapper near to a kilo in weight. I use my squid net to scoop it up for him.

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Red Snapper

Date: 13-05-2019     Time: 2000hrs      Rod: Penn Slammer 10.6ft      Reel: Shimano Torium 20       Rig: Long Snood bottom feeder       Bait: Fresh Tamban

Another short trip tonight and landed this palm size red snapper. The fish took the bait when the tide is full. I only notice it when I wanted to change bait. Knowing some weight at the end of the line, I slowly wind it back. It did struggle a little before surface. Got my friend Simon to scoop it up using my squid net.

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