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Alex
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Location: Singapore, South East Asia

Post by Alex » Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:16 am



Will be travelling overseas later in the week, so did a weekday evening session today.
The tide did not offer much current from a low of 1.6m to a high of only 2.1m, so I planned it to be a recce trip to a spot I have always watched only from afar.
Fine weather was the forecast and the weatherman got it all wrong, just after I was all set up, it rained cats and dogs.
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In the rain, I surveyed the new fishing area as there's no difference to the structure under water. Tested out my fish finder set up under the rain and the water-proofing measures worked!

After an hour or so, the rain stopped and I started to land a few bait fish, with which I landed a orange spotted grouper.
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Soon the sun started to set and I began to pack.
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I even caught a glimpse of a rainbow at last light.
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Then with one last rod left to pack, I decided to reach for my waterbottle to quench my thirst first before calling it the day and before I could even have a sip, my rod went down with a huge take.
Up came another orange spotted grouper.
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Not bad for a quick session that had rain, sunset and rainbow, not forgetting tomorrow's dinner!
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And with that, I've found yet another grouper spot. :)


Alex
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Joined: Wed Oct 21, 2009 10:23 pm
Location: Singapore, South East Asia

Post by Alex » Sat Mar 09, 2013 7:36 pm



Caught my first octopus on a kayak yesterday.
I thought I was gonna start a marine aquarium and name him Oscar as a pet, but being an escape artist the bugger managed to use its tentacles to undo my net fastener and free himself while I was busy fishing.
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I did land one good fish for dinner, a tiger tooth croaker.
Caught just after sunset.
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I still find it really odd that it has 3 "fangs" and not four, like a saber tooth.
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Sunset for the day, from the north.
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Oh, I did catch sunrise that morning as well, from the south. Awesome!
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Alex
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Post by Alex » Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:30 am


Someone asked me today:

Hi Alex...

So was yr AE10.5 flooded in the rain...?  :D 
How did you overcome the rain fall in AE10.5 ?



I used to zip up the bow and stern, use a simple poncho as a spray skirt.
Works pretty well, with some C-shaped clothes peg.
But that restricts me to luring with one rod only.

Then one day, as I was observing my sons play at the swimming pool,
drawing water with their pencil-shaped water rifles, an idea struck.

These days, I just continue fishing with 2-3 rids baiting without much worry about water inside,
because the "flood" can simply be drawn out by my "over-sized syringe" in a couple of minutes.
Reaching areas even under the inflatable mat.

A very heavy 30-minute storm can flood the kayak with about an inch of water.

Not sure if there's a better way, but it does work for my sons and me.

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Alex
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Post by Alex » Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:39 pm


It has been a long time since I took the old faithful kayak out camping.
Kayak voyage with light entertainment.
Background : Sister's Island
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Have had better conditions:
Dark clouds looming +
Headwind +
Unfavouable currents
We did see routine helicopter patrol circle us overhead at least 7 times, followed by a very polite gesture from the customs department's team of 5 speed boats.
"Are you alright, sir!"
After a mutual exchange of thumbs up, we went separate ways.
Good to know, _someone_ cares.  :)
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Made it just in time for some sunset fishing.
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Hermit crab harvest.
Found only at a secret location on the island.
Expensive pets.
Small ones cost S$33 a piece, locally.
To be studied and released at an opportune time.
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Unusual to have the island all to ourselves, when there are close to 6 million people on the tiny mainland.
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Heading back was really tough.
200-seater ferries here, there, everywhere!
Safety first, we waited for what must have been more than 30mins matching the head-on current before the "rush-hour" cleared.
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Father and son expedition 10
19-20 March 2013
Tanjong beach, Sentosa to Sister's Island
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Alex
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Post by Alex » Sat Mar 30, 2013 4:39 am


There's a rare 4-day break from school for the boys this Easter weekend. So, we headed out camping and kayak fishing again.
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It was a hazy day.
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With a full moon tide and favorable currents, we took a different route through Pulau Seringat and Lazarus Island.
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We did a little bit of recce and tested out new fishing spots before arriving at St. John's Island
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Sunrise.
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With kids, there is always exploring and finding new creatures.
Archaster typicus (Sand-sifting Star fishes), 4-legged, 5-legged and 6-legged!
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New skills, deploying and raising the anchor.
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In between the wave battles, beach walks, outdoor meals and father&sons bonding, we did find a couple of cozy spots suitable for kids during fullmoon receeding and incoming tides.
Next trip, we would know where to find, from this route, the baitfishes, followed by the grouper spots.
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Father and sons Expedition 11
Sentosa, Tanjong beach to St John's Island
29-30 March 2013
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joelchan
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Kayak adventures in Singapore

Post by joelchan » Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:22 am

Hi Alex,

still kayaking?? can't have enough of your adventures !!

Joel

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