Mangrove Jack

Date: 31-03-2021 Time: 2100 hrs Rod: Penn PowerStick 10 ft. Reel: Reelsking 10000

Rig: Long snood bottom feeder Bait: Fresh big Tamban(herring)

Another weekday short trip. Two sets of Fixed spool tackles with bottom feeder rig. Tide was going down went I started

Bait initially was not lasting as I use frozen tamban. Before sunset I only able to jig two big tamban.

When tide turn, I quickly change to the two fresh tamban. Fifteen minute later I go and check my line that I notice one line a bit slack. I decide to wind up and check. I pump the rod and feel some weight at the end follow by little struggle. I know I got a small hookup. Slowly I wind back. Midway, this fellow decide to make a run. It cause the reel to screech which alarm one of my friend who standing nearby to ask me is it a hook up.

When surface it was a table size Mangrove Jack around 500g. I use my rod to lift it up.

Shovelnose Shark

Date: 29-03-2021 Time: 1945 hrs Rod: Penn Slammer 9.6ft Brown Reel: CTS 12000 Spinning

Rig: Long Snood Bottom Feeder Bait: Small Frozen Cuttle Fish on a size 6/0 SS hook

Weekday went for a short trip. I now use two sets of cheap fixed spool reel and put my multiplier reel to rest for awhile. I wanted to test out how good is this China make reel. So far so good.

Tide had just started to turn up. Current flow is slow. I had just change to a cuttle fish bait awhile ago. I was searching for squid below my lamp when I heard my reel start screaming. The rod tip was bend and line is running out at high speed from the spool. Rush over, pickup the rod and strike hard. Yes, fish on….Fish keep stripping line..I tighten my drag more. It stop and turn right…go again running….no no…this is not stingray…suspect could be a shovelnose shark.

I turn cautious. Water level is low. Must be very careful if it is a shovelnose. It can easily go under the jetty and cut the line if I careless. I decide to put more pressure on the fish and keep the fight shorten. Even with this, it still put up a very strong fight. It manage to swim inward toward the shore. I had to get my rod pass a jetty lamp post to continue control the fish. At one stage it almost wanted to go under. I press my spool and pump the rod hard to surface it. Yes…shovelnose good size now surface on the water. I steer my rod tip to bring it closer to the jetty.

By now four youngster who was here already got my gaff ready. First gaff caught it just near to the mouth. A angler there bring in his triple hook gaff and hook it just below it left fin. I get a youngster to hold the rod and I bring in the third gaff which I gaff it on the right fin. We slowly lift it up. A quick photo taking and we released it back. Thanks to the four youngster who offer to help.

Estimate 28kg Shovelnose Shark.
Compare it to the jetty stone bench.
The four youngster who help to bring it up.
The fixed spool reel and rod that land it.

Stingray and Parrot fish.

Date: 14-03-2021 Time: 0145 hrs Rod: Century Kompressor 13ft. Reel: Shimano Torium 30

Rig: Long Snood Bottom Feeder Bait: Defrost squid

Its already early Sunday morning. He had already pack up almost everything except his surf rod which is still casted out. Tide is already going down but current is smooth. Suddenly a reel screech got him excited. It was his reel. He grab his surf rod and strike hard. Yes fish on….The bend on his rod tip part tell that the fish is in good size. I started to prepare my gaff. He slowly fought it back. After some struggle, the fish is no match and surface up. Bernard volunteer to gaff it. I passed him the gaff. He did it on the third try and bring it up. It is a long tail brown stingray weight around 11 kg plus.

In the earlier day time, Simon Yeo landed a 2.8kg Parrot fish just below the jetty on a light spinning set with live prawn as bait. He also caught a palm size red snapper with green eye squid strip as bait on his surf rod on last Friday night. Both fishes was keep alive on oxygen pump to stay fresh.

Brown Eel

Date: 05-03-2021 Time: 1910 hrs Rod: Penn Slammer 9ft. Reel: CTS 12000

Rig: Long Snood Bottom Feeder Bait: Defrost Herring

As usual went for a short trip. I just brought four pieces of defrost tamban along as bait. Current flow was one way and fresh bait was totally zero caught. Anyway this few days the bait was quite lasting so the four baits should be able to last me for the short period.

True enough and it even reward me with a six foot length brown eel just after my second cast. I saw the rod tip rattle just after I park the rod. I waited for awhile before I strike. It feel heavy at the end of my fixed spool set and it jerk along the way when I slowly wind back.

It was too heavy to lift up by the rod so I grab hold of my leader and pull it up. A quick taken of photos and the fish was released back.

Barracuda

Date: 27-02-2021 Time: 0000 hrs Rod: Penn Power stick 10 ft. Reel: Silstar AT 80 Fixed Spool Rig: Long Snood Bottom Feeder Bait: Defrost Herring(Tamban)

Past days I tried fishing on the beginning up tide end with no result. Tonight I decided to fish on the last three hours of the up tide. This mean no fresh herring to use as bait as the high tide is late at night. Decide to use my frozen herring instead.

Setup two sets of tackles all on fixed spool and leave my multiplier reel to rest. Defrost bait was not as lasting as fresh one as it will get tear easily when casting out and winding back. So need to change bait more often.

Around 0000 hrs when the tide is fully up, I heard a reel screech. Quickly went to check on both rods and end up grapping the wrong rod. Instead it was the other rod that have hookup as the rod tip now shaking. I strike hard and feel a weight at the end. Easily wind back and a small barracuda surface. It was deeply hook and I use the rod to lift it up.

Two trip two Gar Fish

Still on lunar new year holiday so go for two day trip. Only two Gar fish caught on each day by a slide down rig with live bait.

15-02-2021 Live bait is a baby coral fish as herring is totally unfound.

16-02-2021 Live bait is a big herring (tamban)

Gar Fish n Spotted Mackerel

Date: 27-12-2020 Time: 1310-1325 hrs Rig: Cable car/ Slide down live bait Bait: Live herring

Last evening I skip the night trip. This morning weather was good so headed down. Tide was on it way down and current was strong. Jig for live bait and only got few. So decide both rods all go on cable car rig to save short of live bait.

Around 1.10pm…I saw my fixed spool set rod tip rattle…knowing that it could be a gar fish taking, I wait until it tug hard on the rod then i strike. Wind it back and use the rod to lift it up.

Few minutes later after unhook the Gar fish n take picture, my multiplier set reel alarm screech…I strike hard and feel some weight. Wind back slowly and up come a Spanish Mackerel. It was just slightly hook below the jaw. So I use a gaff to bring it up.

Early Christmas Present.

Date: 21-12-2020 Time: 2230hrs Rod: Penn Slammer 9 ft. Brown Reel: CTS 12000

Rig: Long Snood Bottom Feeder Bait: Fresh Herring

The evening weather was good. I decided to go for a short trip hoping to meet Santa Clause to get my Christmas present earlier.

Reach there the jetty was empty so I setup two sets of tackles. One on spinning and the other on multiplier. Quickly jigged for some live bait and casted out. Tide was on its way down with smooth current flow.

My friend Johnny Kor joined me awhile later. He used squid as bait and it always finish when wound up to check. I used fresh herring as bait and was quite lasting.

Nothing happen until around 10.30pm. When we were chatting, I heard sound of something rubbing against the jetty railing. I turned around to look at my rod and the tip was bending downward with my line running out. Quickly I rushed forward pickup the rod and strike…Yes fish on…It keep taking my line out with the reel spool spinning at high speed. I had to few time adjust and tighten the drag to slow down the spool rotating. The fish stopped for awhile and I quickly pump n pump to lift it off the seabed. After some hard struggle, I was on the winning side. I slowly get it up to the water surface when it was nearer to the jetty. Johnny was ready with the gaff and he brought it up. Almost 11kg when we weighed it.

Queen Fish

Date: 13-12-2020 Time:1225 hrs Rod: Penn Slammer 9 ft. Brown Spinning Reel: CTS 12000

Rig: Cable car or Slide down rig. Bait: Live herring

Last night raining so didn’t fish. This morning weather look good so headed down. Tide was almost full and current already start change direction. Set up a spinning set on cable car rig and another multiplier set for bottom rig.

Jig hard for live bait and only got one in the beginning. Quickly slide it down on the spinning set. Manage to jig another two for the bottom rig. After this can’t get any live bait no matter how hard i try.

No choice stop for awhile and take my early lunch. Finish and while i was resting ….I saw my spinning rod the tip ripple…went forward and before i able to take the rod, the reel scream….fish took the bait and run out..I strike hard…yes fish on…It keep running for awhile and it really excited me especially you see the spinning spool spin.

It stop and i start gain line back. I manage to surface it while almost near the jetty. Queen fish..Haha..it didn’t do any surface jump this time. A regular angler there come over to help hold my rod and I grab hold of my ready gaff and bring it up. Almost 3 kg in weight.