Queen Fish on Bottom Feeder

Date: 16-01-2020      Time: 1900 hrs      Rod: Penn Power Stick 10 ft.       Reel: Shimano Torium 20        Rig: Long Snood Bottom Feeder       Bait: Fresh herring.

Went for a short trip again. Tide is going down and current is strong. Manage to jig for some fresh bait and set up two sets of tackles. As there is still day light left, I put both rods with top and bottom rig.

Bottom bait was lasting on this period of tide. No action until 1900 hrs. I saw my Penn power stick rod tip bend….I rush forward to grab the rod….the reel alarm goes off as well…I strike hard….YES…FISH ON….Here then I notice it was the bottom rig that is hook up…I can see the top rig live bait hanging around while i wind back the line. The fish gave some strong struggle moving left and right…It surface up just in front of the jetty…Haha…Queen fish….It didn’t make any surface jump at all. I lift it head above water to weaken it down. After a while, I ask a cyclist who is the only person there to hold the rod for me. I grab my ready gaff and bring it up. Estimate 2kg plus in weight. Haha.. My next fish n chip meal is secured.

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Barracuda

Date: 13-01-2020      Time: 2010 hrs      Rod: Penn Power Stick 10ft.      Reel: Shimano Torium 20       Rig: Long snood Bottom feeder        Bait: Fresh Tamban

This evening went for a short trip. Tide was near the end of downtide. Setup two sets of tackles all on bottom feeder rig. I started with frozen tamban i brought along and change to fresh one when i manage to jig some before last light. Bait was lasting at this period.

After 1900 hrs, Tide turn up but current was smooth. Bait is still lasting at this time. Around 2010 hrs, I was standing just beside my rod when I saw the tip rattle follow by the line gone slack. Without thinking, i strike the rod hard. Yes fish ON…It just make one surface jump and follow my winding in. When surface, it is a Barracuda about near to 2kg size. I shone my head light to see how the hook up. My hook was deeply hook on the side of the mouth so don’t need a gaff. I just use the rod to lift it up.

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My last fish for year 2019

Date: 31/12/2019     Time:1930 hrs      Rod: Penn Power Stick 10 ft.       Reel: Shimano Torium 20       Rig: Long Snood Bottom Feeder       Bait: Fresh Tamban

The past few night I had been fishing so I know that the bait is very lasting on this evening down tide period. Armed with this knowledge, I decided to go and try my luck for the last fish of the year.

With two sets of tackles, I go without bringing any bait. Just manage to jig three live herring before the day light ended. As the bait is limited, i just use it on cable car rig targeting surface predator.

Night fall…no action on surface rig. I decide to wind back to check. The live bait is still active. I decide to change it to bottom feeder as night time this rig is a better choice. My thinking is if this bait is finish, time to pack up and go home.

1930 hrs, I saw one of my line went slack. I went over wanted to pick up the rod….suddenly the line pull straight and my reel alarm sound…Zzeeeeezziiizzziii. Without thinking I strike hard….YES fish on.

The fish keep diving downward…I try hard to lift it up…I got a strange feeling…many type of fishes went through my mind…what fish is this ?…stingray..no….cobia…no….shovelnose shark….no…all the feeling is not match on this few fishes when caught.

After some struggle, I manage to bring it close to jetty. It make a last dive down before I win the battle. Once surface, I shone my head light…WOW! Big garoupa.

My friend ah An bring in the gaff. I get Simon to hold the rod and I gaff it. But it was not a firm gaff. I decide to get a second gaff to secure.

Once up, i weigh it. Almost 8kg. This could be a record on Garoupa caught by surf rod at this jetty.

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Wolf Herring

Date: 27-12-2019       Time: 1845 hrs       Rod: Alo Jetty surf 9ft.       Reel: Shimano Torium 20       Rig: Cable car       Bait: Live Tamban

Went for a short trip. Just wanted to fish on this tide turning period. Water is still lowering down. Current is coming to stop soon. Quickly jig for a live bait and lower down as still have  an hour of day light left.

Cast out two rods. One on bottom and the other on surface rig. Bottom bait is lasting at this period.

Around 1845 hrs while i was taking my dinner, I saw my rod tip rattle. I stop and go for the rod. I saw a fish jumping out on the water surface. Wolf Herring…a small one. Slowly wind back and use my rod to lift it up.

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Christmas Day Present

Date: 25 December 2019      Time: 1930 hrs       Rod: Penn Power stick 10ft.      Reel: Daiwa Saltist 40      Rig: Long Snood Bottom Feeder      Bait: Frozen Tamban

This morning went for a short day trip. Current was very strong. My cable car rig strike four times all end up missed hook. Thanks to the clever Gar fish or Todak. Eat without paying. End up no Christmas present for me.

This evening I go again. Both rods all on bottom bait. Tide already moving up but current was slow. Bait cast out was very lasting. I know I got great chances of hitting one.

Yes, night had fallen. Sky already turn dark. I was just beside my rod. Suddenly I saw my rod tip bend downward. I didn’t wait for the alarm to sound. Just strike it…YES…fish on…I can feel the size is big…. It make a acrobatic jump on the water surface. I thought barracuda. But when I shone my head light….Haha…wide body….barramundi..or Kim bak Lor….

I surface it and wait for it to slow down. A fellow angler come over to help hold the rod. I grab my pre set up gaff and gaff it up. Ya…5kg….What a nice Christmas present for year 2019.

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Gar Fish

Date: 26-11-2019      Time:1805 hrs      Rod: Alo Flexi surf 9ft.      Reel: Shimano Torium 20   Rig: Cable car       Bait: Live Tamban

Today the weather around eastern side was good and clear so I go for a early trip. Bring two sets of tackles one on surface rig and the other for bottom.

Tide was on the way up. Current was smooth at this time before the crescent moon rise. Tamban was rare i only got six after some hard work.

While i was jigging a distance away for my rod, the fish took my bait and cause the alarm to screech. I didn’t notice it. It was one of the jogger who heard it and shouted for me. When I back at my rod, the line was slack. I waited until the next pull then I strike.  The fish make a jump on the water surface. Gar Fish….BIG…slowly i wind back the line and it follow. When surface, it was too big to lift up by the rod as my rig line is only 30lbs. I get the jogger to help hold my rod and i get the gaff. Estimate it should be around near to 3kg in weight.

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Queen Fish by newly self built surf rod

Date: 23 November 2019      Time: 1255hrs       Rod: Alo Flexi surf 9ft.       Reel: Shimano Torium 20       Rig: Cable car       Bait: Live Herring

Back in jetty this morning. Brought along two rods. One newly made multiplyer and a spinning type. As tamban is very rare this morning, I only use cable car rig on both rods. Very thankful to the malay lady who offer me her live tamban. She is repaying me for I help gaff up her big travelly she caught some time back.

Nothing happen until 1245 hrs, The sky is getting dark and show sign of raining soon. I decided to start packup. After washing up my tamban jig and keep it, suddenly my reel alarm sound. The fish make a jump on the water surface. Queenie….I pick up the rod but didn’t strike as the line gone slack. I strike only after I wind and tighten the main line. Fish on…It make few dive downward and many acrobatic jump on the surface while i try to control it. It then swim inward and toward my left. I follow and wind back as many line as possible. Finally it surface and i take control. Once it show sign of weaken, I ask a angler there to hold the rod and i reach for the gaff. Up it come and it weight almost 4kg.

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My newly build rod: Alo flexi surf 9ft. When this rod is fully load, it will be in a crescent moon shape.

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South Perth WA Fishing Day 3

Date: 12 November 2019     Time: 8am to 10am      Rod: Shoreangler Jetty Surf 9ft.      Reel: Surfmaster 50     Rig: Long snood bottom feeder     Bait: Cut sadine

Go to the jetty this morning again after yesterday two missed catches. Same I jig for the sadine as bait. Cut part of it and cast out.

The reel scream and i strike…yes FISH ON..

 

Released it

Swim off

Bird ray or Eagle ray estimate 15-18kg.

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South Perth WA Fishing Day 2

Date: 11 November 2019     Time: Morning 8am to 11am & afternoon 4pm to 6pm.

Second day in this place so go for two period of fishing at the jetty.

Morning casted out two sets of tackles on long snood bottom feeder rig. Bait was part of cut sadine fish jig up from the jetty.

My rod with the Ajiking Pro reel go screaming and I strike it and fought it half way when the fish just manage to unhook it.

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In the late afternoon I went for the second session. Again I missed the fish half way when the main line was cut at the bottom.

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Date: 10 November 2019     Time: 4.30pm to 6pm

Reach this woodman point jetty in the afternoon after few hundred kilometer drive from the south in the morning.

Jig up this big size sadine fish by those Japanese make jigging rig sold by tackle shop.

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Another small Travelly by the same jig

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Caught this Blue Puffer fish by a live sadine bait on a Cable car rig. Released it after photo taking.

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This Pelican is always there waiting for fresh fish.

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