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.


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.



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.


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.


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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Two Rods Two Fishes

Date: 03-05-2019

Fish one: 1.5kg Threadfin.      Time: 1835hrs      Rod: Penn Slammer 10.6ft white      Reel: Daiwa Saltist 40      Rig: Long snood bottom feeder      Bait: Fresh Tamban

Tide just turn up. After jigging my bait fish, setup two sets of tackles on bottom feeder rig and casted out.

1835hrs, rod tip movement follow by a screech on my reel. Strike and fish on. It surface up quickly and I easy wind in. Threadfin on the line. Saw the hookup just on the mouth. Decided not to lift it up by the rod. Quickly I get my wife to take over the rod and I grab my squid net to scoop it up.


Fish Two: Palm size Fingermark Snapper      Time: 1936hrs      Rod: Penn Power Stick 10ft.       Reel: Shimano Torium 20       Rig: Long Snood bottom feeder      Bait: Fresh Tamban

Wanted to change bait. Find my line loosen. Pump up the rod and feel some weight at the end. Slowly wind back and found this palm size fingermark snapper tag along. Get my friend Yousof to get my squid net to scoop it up.

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Double hit to celebrate my 62 birthday.



Labour Day Award 2019

Date: 01-05-2019      Time: 12.00pm      Rod: Penn Power stick 10ft.      Reel: Daiwa Saltist 40       Rig: Long snood bottom feeder       Bait: Fresh dead Tamban


Reach there around 9 plus am. Tide already full and current start turning. As it is a public holiday, jetty is full of peoples and rods. Manage to get a place and set up two rods.

I decided to fish only the surface live bait cable car method and skip the bottom rig as to avoid changing bait and line tangle.

For three hours, no action at all…not even others anglers rod. Only a man got a big baramundi around 4kg on a handline.

Then come 12pm, I decide to change one rod to bottom feeder as by now more space around and many anglers had gone back.

First cast down and only eight minute later…my rod tip start to rattle. I keep my eye on it and only when the fish pull hard cause the reel alarm to screech that i strike the rod.

Easily wind in and can see a threadfin on the end of the line. I saw it was deeply hook so decide to use my rod to lift it up. Estimate near to two kg in weight.


A short video on my rod tip rattle before i pick it up to strike.



Wolf Herring

Date: 27-04-2019       Time: 1850hrs

Simon caught this big wolf herring on a bottom feeder rig with a dead tamban as bait. Fish estimate about a kg in weight. His tackle is a small spinning sets.


Fish Won…I lost at the last minute.

Date: 17-04-2019      Time: 2030hrs      Rod: Penn Slammer white 10.6ft       Reel: Daiwa Saltist 40       Rig: Long snood bottom feeder     Bait: Fresh Tamban

Went there around 6 plus….Tide was on the way up….Current is strong with a powerful eastern wind blowing endlessly.

Setup two sets of tackle on bottom feeder rig. Bait was quite lasting. Just waiting for my alarm to sound.

Then come 2030hrs…The alarm sounded….I strike hard….Fish ON….it taking out line for the first run…..about 100 meter line out with the assist of the strong current flow. I manage to stop it and able to gain inch and inch of line back. My mind was thinking shouldn’t be too big. But with the strong current, it take me about 30 minutes to bring it back close to the jetty.

But after so much hard workout, it just refused to surface up…By now then I realise it is much bigger than i thought. The very moment when it almost surface, it dive back down.

After much struggle, I finally able to surface it….Wow…It is a leopard ray…with a size of about three feet in diameter. Estimate should be around 30-40kg in weight as a leopard ray body is much thicker than a brown ray. No wonder so hard to surface it.

My friend ah wee try two time to gaff it while it surface but fail. Then the fish try going under the jetty…I had no choice but to stop it at all cost. My main line snap on the part near the rig swivel. The fish won on his last fight for freedom.

Overall, I am very happy to see the fish although I didn’t land it. It gave me such a wonderful workout and I think this is what the sea dragon king present me for my coming 62 birthday.

Queen Fish

Date: 06-04-2019      Time:0920am      Rod: Penn Power Stick 10ft.       Reel: Shimano Torium 20       Rig: Cable Car       Bait: Live Herring


Went there early around 9am. Tide is coming up and the current flow is smooth. Live bait is easily available so I set up two sets of tackle. Both on bottom and surface bait.

The bottom bait is not lasting. But i didn’t intend to change it as i wanted to concentrate on the surface live bait under this type of water condition.

True enough….the reward come around 0920hrs. I was fixing up my sun shade tent when my reel alarm go screaming….ZZZeee..zzeee..zzzeee…I drop everything just grab the rod and strike…Yes….fish on….One acrobatic jump…another one….as the fish try to unhook on the water surface…then…it dive deep down…swimming toward my direction…I had to wind in fast to catch up with it.

After some struggle….I surface it…once i saw it had weaken, I use my rod to lift it up.