Barracuda and Fingermark Snapper

Date: 05-12-2020 Time: 1910 Rod: Penn Slammer 10.6ft white Reel: Shimano Torium 20 Rig: Long snood bottom feeder Bait: Frozen Tamban

Decide to go for a night trip after the Saturday rain stop. I bring along few tamban which i had jig during the day late morning trip. It was not crowded at the jetty as i think due to the strong cold wind blowing from the north east after the afternoon rain.

Tide was still on the way down with good current flow. Set up my tackle and cast out. About half n hour later while i was having my dinner, my reel screech a few time. I pickup the rod and strike..can see a fish jump up from the water surface. I slowly reel in the line and a good size barracuda appear on the water surface. Take a quick look at the fish and it was deeply hook on the conner of it mouth. I ask my friend Simon to grab hold of my line leader and haul it up. Estimate it weigh near to 3 kg.

Just few minutes later, we heard another reel screech…It was Daniel reel. He strike the rod and slowly wind back. Surface up was a good size fingermark snapper almost 1 kg. Again it was Simon who grab hold of the line and pull it up. Daniel bait used was also a fresh tamban.

Marine Cat fish

Date: 18-11-2020 Time: 2130 hrs Rod: Penn Slammer 9 ft. Fixed spool Reel: Pro Beros 12000 spinning Rig: Long snood bottom feeder Bait: Fresh Kunning fish

Went for a short trip for fishing n squid catching. Tide was on the way up when this fish took my bait. The bait was caught by a squid which i had scoop up together. As it is fresh, i decide to use it as bait. It is also the opening catch for this spinning tackles set that i had pair up.

Grouper

Date: 25-10-2020

Bernard Tan landed this almost 2kg Grouper with fresh squid as bait when the down tide is about to end. Rod is a three pcs joint Japanese surf rod pair with a Daiwa SL30H reel. Rig is long snood bottom feeder.

Cobia

Date: 24-10-2020

My friend Jamie Baba caught this 2kg cobia early morning today. He use a 10.6ft Penn Slammer pair with a Daiwa SL50H reel.

Queen Fish on first bait

Date: 18-08-2020 Time: 1930 hrs Rod: Penn Power stick 10ft. Reel: Shimano Torium 20 Rig: Long Snood Bottom Feeder Bait: fresh Herring(Tamban)

As usual went for a short trip. Tide is on the way up. Current is smooth and the bait is lasting. Tonight I only cast one rod out as i also catching arrow squid so don’t want to be too busy.

Before the last light manage to jig some fresh bait to use. Ah Boy come along to catch squid but didn’t fish. I told him the water is nice and the bait lasting so chances is great for fishing.

While chatting with him, suddenly my reel alarm sounded…I pickup the rod to strike…fish on…quite heavy but not that big…I ask him to prepare my gaff.

The fish was moving around so i know it is not a stingray but i can’t tell what fish is it. It just struggle hard and follow the current flow. I just keep gaining back line and the fish move close to the jetty. It try hard wanted to go below the jetty but I lift my rod upward to prevent it. Finally it surface up. Queen fish…It didn’t jump off the water surface due to my heavy sinker.

Ah Boy do a fast gaff on it and haul it up. It weigh 5.4 kg.

Pre National Day Reward

Date: 07-08-2020 Time: 2040 hrs Rod: Penn Powerstick 10.6ft Reel: Shimano Torium 20 Rig: Long snood Bottom Feeder Bait: Fresh Tamban

Tonight start the long weekend as this Sunday will be our National day and follow by Monday will be a public holiday.

Went there around 6pm and the place is already crowded as Singapore has lots of anglers. Our island are surrounded by water, so shore fishing is naturally become a common hobby. Fishing is also a survival skill and who know you might need it one day when time are bad and food are rare. Especially where most of our food depend on import.

Tide was on the way up when i cast down my bottom bait. It last quite awhile and this are sign of a likely chance of hitting a fish bite.

True enough, around 2040 hrs, my reel screech with the line slake. I pickup the rod and strike….Yes…fish on…you can feel a weight at the end of the line. I slowly wind in and it struggle along the way. When surface, a grouper was in sight. I ask my friend to grab hold of my squid net and scoop it up. Estimate it weigh around one kg plus.

80kg Honeycomb Whip Ray landed

Date: 30-07-2020 Time: 6pm to 9+pm Rod: Penn Slammer 10.6ft Reel: Surf Master 30 Line: 30 lbs braided joint with 60 lbs mono leader Rig: Long snood bottom feeder Bait: Fresh Tamban

Reach there around 5.30 pm. Tide was on the way up while current was smooth. Jig for some fresh bait and cast out two rods. One on bottom rig and the other on cable car rig for surface predator.

It was the second change of bait for the bottom feeder rig. While i was chatting with a friend, i saw my rod tip bend a bit. I thought it was sea weed that flow and tangle on my main line. It follow by another tip bend. I went to pickup the rod and strike. Wow…it just go off and strip my line out. The first run strip of half my spool line straight toward the deeper water. It stop for a while. I try to pump and gain line but it doesn’t allow. It was too heavy…then follow by another run out…stripping another half of the half spool. I balance only a quarter of line left on the spool. I thought i am going to have and empty spool. Luckily, it stop and i manage to gain cm by cm of line back.

With the help of few friends who help to take turn to fight, we manage to gain back half spool of line. It then move again the current flow. We fought hard and gain back cm by cm of line. After 3 hours plus of hard work, we are in control of the fish. By now the current start to pickup and strong.

Finally we able to surface it. Four gaffs was used to bring it up with few friends putting all their effort to help.

We had to cut up the fish and weigh it part by part to get the actual weight of the fish. Final weight add up to 80kg. The fish was share among many friends. This fish could be the second heaviest that have caught at bedok jetty since it open in 1974.

Look at the tail….just as it name…a whip
Size of a five person hawker table top
The rod that haul up this 80kg fish…Penn Slammer 10.6ft.
This reel bring up the fish…..Surf Master 30

Bull Tail Stingray

Date: 11-07-2020

Simon Yeo landed this bull tail stingray last night when the tide was on the way up. Person in picture is not Simon Yeo but his friend Ah Qiang. The fish estimate around 30kg. This bull tail stingray is rare as compare to other ray types like brown stingray and leopard ray. The back bone is thick n heavy as you can see the bulk. It got it name as the tail is just look like a bull tail.