Thursday, July 2, 2009
Participating anglers are Tan, Maxx, Chin Long, Leong and one uncle friend of Tan.
Didn't expect much fish but boatman almost shocked me by not even having GPS.
First spot is spotless clean as we went to unjam, suspect there is nothing left underneath.
Had a nice time fishing at the edge of drop off near the Tinggi Island, juvenile Queenfish are chasing baitfishes in packs and there is abudance of boilling surface action observed.
Didnt get much fishes other than Selars and small Queenie with appollo.
Bottom fishes are emperor snapper and a species called ikan pasir, also some juvenile groupers.
Uncle caught a 7lbs pounder Parrot fish and my my that was a real beauty.
it was all fun as we enjoyed using light tackle.
Tinggi island looks pretty decent and I hope to come back and explore the island itself later this year.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
I wish to contribute this catch report to Cikgu Bwan, who had brought us out for such a fabulous fishing trip in Aug 2006. Ever since then, it has become an annual affair; We came back twice for fishing in 2007, and yet again in the recently concluded March 2008. Sabah has become a place where I will visit yearly, much to the dismay of my family members.They simply cannot understand why I need to disappear for 4-5 days every year.Let’s cut the story short by summarizing our catch this year.
We had a slow and disastrous start (usual something went wrong in the last min)There was a shortage of bait fish in the market, we managed to grab all we can, but it was in very bad shape.The Pasong was not fresh and very small in size. Only then the boatman informed us there is abundance of squids out there.Maybe we don’t need to use the rotten bait at all.So, with little hope for more baits we set off soon after lunch.It would soon appear that the catch rate was going to be very slow, maybe due to the rotten bait fishes.Well well, I told myself this was still the first day, not the time to get panicked yet.
Bite rate remained slow throughout the evening, and finally by night time we get some sporandic actions here and there. The fishes were in finicky mood this night. But the good news was squids were all over the place. The methods to catch the squids are either with squid jigs, or by just hooking a dead squid as bait and lure the other squids so we can scoop them with the net. We worked hard to collect more squids as baits as we knew our own bait suppliers are running short, nothing beats the fresh squids as baits.At this time the fish strikes were far and few, but some good size groupers, mangrove jacks, and some smaller species.Not a lot but it keeps us occupied. The fun part is still harvesting the squids, and that lasted well into the wee hours in the morning.
The second day morning saw the captain shifted to a spot quite some distance away, so many of us took the chance to catch a nap. The catch rate for the rest of the day remained slow, as the boat shifted from spots at 70m depth to 120m depth.We also noticed the current picked up significantly as the hours passed by.Well, there is no choice but the wait for the current to subsides or increases the numbers of sinkers.During day time, we saw the introduction of the Kerisi Bali or Ang Koli as locals fondly called.Some good sizes of them were landed, and they prove to a solid fighter, snatching the fresh squids we caught in the night.The sizes of the Kerisi caught ranging from 5-3kgs.
In between times we did some jigging but there were no takers. I was demonstrating my method of Slow Jigging, and out of blue moon, a fish hit on my 320gm Skill L Lumo Jig and was tamely brought up by me. It was a 2-3kg Skipjack Tuna or locally known as Tungkol. One more similar size Skipjack Tuna was caught using jigs by me again a few minutes later. Both were released unharmed after a quick photo session.
The actions picked up from 4-5pm onwards and this night proved to be better as we have some nice catch. A few 7-8kgs Green Job Fish were landed, and boy aren’t they tough fighter with brute force.But the prized catch was still the 18kg Grouper, who initially managed to get itself stuck somewhere on the seabed. As the angler dropped his head in despair, a couple of guys on board decides that in no way they are going to surrender and one of them starts man-handling the fish using gloves. He tugged and pulled with tender care as the PE line and leader might broke if the force applied is too much. After a tough and demanding 10-15mins, finally there is some movement from the fish down there. The lines were delicately handed back for the angler to continue his fight. And this time there is no escape for the fish and it tamely lost the battle. The titanic battle between the small angler and big fish was finally over in 30mins and it was a real team effort.
The bites gets slower after that, and at last I managed to hook up a nice 7kg Amberjack on my borrowed Daiwa LD50 on bait. It was released after a photo session. There is very slow current action and that affects the bite rate badly. Most of us went to rest after putting in a tough day.
The third day morning began earnestly as most of us had a good rest, but sadly the fishes are not cooperating. The weak and alternating current didn’t help at all, as we realized the there is 2 layer current underneath. We are getting badly entangled leaders and spreaders as times goes on.
Jigging is not effective as well, most fishes are feeding at bottom, and we are not able to produce any actions on the jigs at the bottom 20m. Our lines are badly affected by the top layer current and there is hardly any movement created by our jigging action throughout 100m. The reason being our lines were hit by top/mid layer current moving in opposite direction. Probably jigging with heavier jigs will be the solution but we do not have heavy equipment to try that. My PE3-6 rod max jig weigh is only about 300gm and the 320gm Skill Jig feels light as well.Somewhere in between these times, we did try out some new tools for jigging, eg. Hula-hula aka Madai Jig or Salty Rubber, and Inchiku. But maybe we do not have the skills to present them well enough to entice the fish. My friend got a hookup on a small Red Grouper on the Madai Jig, but that is all we had to show for.
It was until late afternoon my friend manage to hookup a Kerisi on jig. By this time, the bottom fishing kakis are having their hands full with the Kerisi. It was one drop one bite and the hit rate increased, and soon, before we can realize, our baits are running short. Eventually, the boatman decides it is enough and we moved on to our final night spot for the trip.
The last night which holds so much promise gradually turned ugly as winds and currents went into different direction. Every single swell which hit on the side of the boat caused it to tilled one side, making the boat so rocky we begin to find it tough to stay sober. Luckily the boat is quite huge in size and stabilizers are still working. However, many of us called it a day and in the end left a few hardcore anglers still harvesting the squids and trying to get something. I went to rest quite early and heard the guys had a few big takes but didn’t manage to hold on to it.
That marked the end of our March 2008 KK trip and yet it was another memorable trip. Once back on land, we went to visit Cikgu Bwan at his house.
We would like to wish him a speedy recovery from his current ailment and all the best for the future.
We might still meet again this year if there is a chance, and hopefully we will have another shot at the monster fish which resides in the deep water of Sabah again.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
2008年緬甸海山 - 鐵板狂舞篇
鐵板狂舞，可以這么形容這次的釣游，近13人在船邊所進行的鐵板之舞，如期盛況，還真是前所未見。這次的戰船是聞名遐邇的MV Polaris Gold，船長對鐵板釣的熱衷，已經進入可以說是瘋狂狀態了。這次他的武器是Stella 20000 配合 Carpenter PE 6 Jigging 釣竿，輕松熟練以大動作的Long Jerk法，晃起約400克鐵板，實在叫人佩服的五體投地。至于其余釣友的釣具組合，多數是PE 4 到 PE 5 之間，以Spinning 的橫式釣組居多。
白天的目標就是利用探魚器 Echo Sounder 在山巒起伏的海山地帶，尋找大魚的棲居之所。晚上則是停泊在一處小山丘也就是較淺的海域，以強光燈，希望能吸引深海掠奪魚類如金骨，犬齒鮪，黃鰭鮪等。
我們用的鐵板重量在于180和300克左右，體型不一，Shimano Butterfly Jig是其中一個較熱門的選擇，之中也有不少釣友選用比較經濟的OK Hooker 和 Dynamite Jig。小弟我則是白天多數用Bluefox Herring，晚上就是熒光的Skill Jig。
大概講講鐵板的不同釣法，大致上鐵板釣，很多釣友會把釣竿后座插在Gimbal Belt 上，然后拉竿向上揚，當然捲線器也配合收線，以做到鐵板在水中彈跳和飄舞的狀況。另一個做法就是把釣竿夾在手臂以及肩膀之間，以純手臂的力量來揮動釣竿，這樣的做法會比較吃力，需要去鍛煉才能勝任。
值得一提的釣友Zeck, 以很獨特的釣法，用長度達8尺的橫式Jigging 拋投竿，CB ONE Tuna Stick。他在空間廣闊的船尾，揮灑自如的把輕型鐵板拋出，目標設定在潛伏在較淺的魚群。這一招在晚上對上黃鰭鮪的時候特別有效。輕型鐵板如80-100克之間，目標水層是20-30米。輕型鐵板在水里停留的時間會較長，下墜的時間比較慢，這無疑就增加了被魚群盯上的機會。Zeck 是這次釣游的佼佼者，一個晚上幾個小時內就釣上接近20條黃鰭鮪，不愧是Tuna Stick的傳人。
這次最大的收獲是一只超過20公斤的金骨，是被釣友Dong Jie用Saurus 輕型Jigging竿配合Stella 3000 釣上的。只可惜由于博魚時間太長，最終回魂乏術。無法釣後放，實在是這次釣游的一大遺憾。Dong Jie之后還以Popping釣上一只體型不小的黃鰭鮪，成為了這次釣游的總冠軍。
總的來說，這次釣游的成績算是很差，白天在尋找魚群集中的地區時，成績是接近零。這都是沒有實行釣後放的結果嗎？這我就不得而知。船長以簡單的英文告訴我們，Polaris Gold 在緬甸海山是唯一一艘會鼓勵釣後放的釣魚船。他常常告誡其余船主，沒有節制的釣魚與捕魚，是不行的。我聽了不禁想搖頭，畢竟會有多少人會像我們這般，大老遠長途跋涉來釣魚，沒有帶冰箱拿魚回家的。