Still remember one of the year before 2000. I went alone to the now changi naval base wharf to fish as my team mate are all busy. The place was about to start the building for the navy n some construction equitment has already arrived. It was already passed mid night n the weather is cold. There is a very strong wind blowing endlessly. I was tired by now n decided to take a rest. i place a ground sheet n sleep on it with my back pack as pillow. Cover my self with another canvas. Half way through my sleep, I feel something hairy rubbing againts my face n neck. I got shock n immediatly use my hand to brush it away. Quickly sit up n look….hahaha….I saw three doggy puppy running away…..Hehe….this are wild puppy dog around there. Think because the weather is cold so they try to take cover under my canvas. Haha… it really gave me a scare of my life….
It happened quite a number of years back, me n my team went to a breakwater stone at east coast for a overnight trip. Nothing much on that night except some small fishes. It was already early morning but the sun haven’t rise. We change our bait n went to rest. 6.20am suddenly one of my team mate reel alarm was screaming. It was Hwee rod n Pau was the one laying close to it.. He immediatly pick up the rod n strike…Wow!…line keep on running out.. He fought it for about fifteen minute n yet we still can’t see the fish…I took over….another ten to fifteen minute gone n the fish was still fighting strong…We know that it was a big ray but it just refuse to surface…It didn’t really run much except the initially run but when we manage to gain some line in, it will strip it out again. This thing has been repeating again n again. Then it was Chwee turn to fight n follow by Hwee the rod owner..After that Pau take it over again…We keep on rotate to take turn to put pressure on the monster but just can’t able to bring it up. The rod was test to the maximun n the line also. Two over hour gone n still the fish fight on. Into the third hour, four of us was already shaken. We were hungry , tired as lack of sleep. That place was deserted n no others around for help. We decided to team up. That is one holding the rod n another standing infront of the rod with his hand supporting the rod n push up whenever needed to pump. This way the guy holding the rod will not be tired easily. This method help us a bit but didn’t affect the fish. It still fight very strongly whenever some line we gain. At the last minute, we bring it very close n almost surface it but line was cut when it rub again the stone. It was 9.20am when it burst. Exactly three hours. Phew ! what a waste..
Few year ago, I went alone to a breakwater stone at east coast for a night fishing. After setup my tackles n casting out the bait, its a waiting game. Nothing to do just look around. I saw a man casting net near the water edge. Not long after this, he walk over to my place with all his barangs. He show me two small sand eel n ask me what fish can be catch with this bait. I told him it the stingray favorite. He told me he didn’t caught any stingray before n don’t know how to go about. I help him to tie a bottom feeder rig n also gave him a hook with wire trace. After he set up his rod n reel, I tie the rig into his mainline n bait up for him. Then I told him to cast out. We sit down n chat along after this. About fifteen minute later, suddenly his rod bend n reel alarm sound. He quickly pick up the rod n strike. Wah! bersar(big in malay) he shouted. I told him to go steady with it. After fighting it for awhile he say he cannot stand it anymore as he never fight such big fish before n ask me to took over the rod. After I took over the rod than I realise it is a ten feet rod. Reel is mediun size spinning reel. But his reel seat is spoilt n everytime you turn the reel handle, the reel will be rocking left n right. On no! I ask him what is the poundage of his line, he reply 20lbs. With the reel rocking n the fish pulling, no choice I have to use my hand to grip tight onto the reel seat n fight the fish. Haha.. what a new way. Luckily the fish not very strong fighter n after sometime with all the hardwork, I manage to bring the fish close to the breakwater n surface it. Wow it a nice stingray. As we don’t have any gaff, I told him to go down slowly to the water edge n use his thumb n index finger to grab onto the fish nose n bring it up. Wow! finally landed. He was so please n keep on saying thankyou to me. I weigh the fish n it tip the scale at 9kg. Phew! exactly the same as his line breaking strenght. Wonderful! n I never forget the rocking reel seat.
Date: 03-02-2007 Time: 0845am Rod: Penn Powergraph Surf 12ft. Reel: Penn 500L Jigmaster. Line: 30lbs mono join with 40lbs leader. Rig: Long snood bottom feeder Hook: Long Shank Stainless steel size 5/0 Bait: Fresh dead tamban
It all started on yesterday night 02-02-07 around 8.30pm. I was just back from work when I recieved a call from Budgeye, a member of fishingnewsroom. He was interested to join me on tonight fishing. I told him I hasn’t decide where to go. I quickly took a bath n after this I gave him a call that I wanted to headed down to bedok jetty. The tide was coming up n the north east wind was blowing endlessly. Quickly set up my two rods n casted out. About twenty minute later budgeye joined me. He casted out a heavy tackle set n a lighter spinning one. It was his lighter set that perform well tonight. Within two hour n only four cast, he landed a 2kg conger eel, a white strip eel type catfish, a guramah n a small little marine catfish. Our heavy sets got nothing. It was quite cold after midnight n we decide to packup around 2am. He headed home while I went to take a rest on my multi purpose van.
Wakeup around 7.30am n headed in to the jetty. The T-juntion front was quite occupied n only left the right side end have some space. Decide to take it as the tide is coming up. This morning the current is smooth but the sea is quite choppy as the surface wind is strong. After setting up, went to jig for tamban. Not even one caught after sometime. The old men(Ah Meng) who sell tamban jig was ready to go back n offer me his only one tua bak n five tamban he got it earlier. With this baits, I quickly went to cast it out.
I was about to go n jig for more tamban when my Penn 500L Jigmaster reel alarm went off. Quickly turn back pickup the rod n strike. From far I saw a huge shadow jump up from the water surface n went down again. My mind was thinking I got a big queenie. The fish didn’t do any more jumping again n the fight become tougher n stronger. After some tug of war, I manage to bring the fish closer but it still under water. It swim inward to my left side n entangle another fishing line. I told the owner to release his line n the fish wanted to headed straight under the jetty. But by this time my 40lbs leader already a few round turn in my spool n I quickly climb up the jetty railing n steer the fish out. By now it has already surface n all who present there can see it was a huge cobia. Upon seeing this, I get my self mentally prepare for a tough fight by keeping the line tight n short. The fish make a quick dash toward my right side by stripping some line out n headed again for the under of the jetty. I have to climb up the railing again to steer it out. With my 40lbs leader in the spool, I am very comfident of controlling it.
But to my surprise, when I saw my hook was just about one centimetre hook inside the upper jaw of the fish, my heart is worried. It mean with any loosen of the line between me n the fish, with just a shake of the head, the hook can be easily come out. By now a malay uncle has bring along his rope gaff n try to gaff it for me. After a few try, he manage to just hook up alittle on the side of the fish. He try to pull it n the fresh tear. The fish make a dash n the rope gaff got entangle with my rig body. I started to shout for another gaff. A father n son team has it but take sometime to fixed up. Meanwhile I manage to bring the fish head above the water while it still struggling around. It take about five minute for the gaff to fixed up n within this time is really a torture n stressful for me due to the weak hookup. I have bring my own gaff but I can’t hand the rod to someone else as any mistake mean the fish will be gone n I just don’t like to take the risk. It took about 11 years for me to hookup such a big one after my team landed a 20kg one years back.
The gaff finally ready n come along. A good gaff on the belly of the fish n it was pull up by two guys. Wow! finally I can relaxed. Many photos were taken n I thanks all who come n help. I took out my 22kg weigh but the fish was too heavy for it. Many present there guess it was above 30kg but to my experience, I will put it at 25kg. An hour later, I was on the floor cutting out the fish. I divide it into 9 pieces n pass it to those who help landing it. All are smiling n deep inside my heart I was so happy as I just broke my personal best record on cobia by surf fishing.
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Woorrrrr….It is very heavy…..
This monster is just as long as the jetty stone bench.
This is how it look when just landed. It will turn darker after it die.
Look at the big eye n mouth.
The Penn Powergraph Surf- A rod that are tested for big game shore fishing. It handle anything along our shoreline with ease.
This is the reel that landed it. The Old Penn Jigmaster 500L.
Look at the half open up hook.
Date: 01-01-2007 Time: 11.20am.
Caught this garfish late morning today on a cable car rig.
Date: 31-12-2006 Time: 10.10am
It was the last day of the year. Was hopping to catch something before the year end but after some hard work still not result, Those queenie gang that turn up yesterday has been gone. But with some luck, I still manage to fight this golden travelly on other people rod. hahaha… It all happen like this. This middle age man just shifted his rod to where I am n rig a live tamban down. He then goes to jig for tamban leaving his rod unattended.
Suddenly his rod bended n line was running out. I look around for him but just couldn’t find. Without thinking, I pick up the rod n fight. The fish didn’t make a acrobatic jump so I know it cannot be a queenie or garfish. It keep at the bottom all the while when I reel in. Was thinking it could be a grouper but it turn out to be a GT. Quite suprise to me actually. I ask another guy to help to hold the rod as I went to get my gaff to bring it up. The rod owner was very surprise when he return to find the fish on the floor.
Date: 30-12-2006 Time: 9pm plus Rod: Penn PPT Groundcast 14.3ft Reel: Daiwa Grandwave Bait: Dead Tamban.
Adam the thai angler caught this ray after about 10 minute fight. He n his friends didn’t bring gaff to land it n request me to gaff it for them.
Date: 30-12-2006 Time: Morning.
That the result of this morning catch. Lots of bait fish around n it attract a gang of small queenfish chasing after them. I use cable car rig with live tamban as bait to target this surface predator. But the disadvantage of this rig is the auto hook set is not deep as the tension on the main line between the rod tip n the sinker is not very tight. Once the queenie do a acrobatic jump before U strike they will be able to throw out the hook.
Date: 25-12-2006 Time: 11.00am Rod: Penn Powergraph surf 12ft. Reel: Penn Jigmaster 500L. Line: 30lbs mono. Rig: Cable car Bait: Live tamban.
Wakeup at around 6.20am. After washup it started to rain. Wait till about 8am when the rain stop n proceed down to the jetty. It was already too late for targeting the selar. After setting up my rod, started to do jigging. After some hard work still able to hit three selar hiding at those jetty pillar. Only one tamban was caught n quickly hookup on the cable car rig. Current was slow on the uptide n bait was lasting. It was waiting game now as bait fish was also rare.
Around 11am, I saw my rod tip was shaking. Without waiting I strike n it was hookup. Without much problem, a small queenie was seen at the end of the line. I use the rod to flip it up. Ya..my chrismas present has finally arrived. My wife who was also with me manage to caught her small little present promfet with her ultra light spinning tackle with tiny little shrimp as bait. The rig was a set of tamban rig. We packed up around 1.00pm when the sun is too hot to bare n it was also getting abit too crowded.
My Wife’s Christmas Present