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NaturalPath
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Post by NaturalPath » Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:59 am

I gotta tell ya Alex, if nothing else, you're pretty inventive. Let me know when you've figured out how to put a solar powered motor in one of those kayaks. :-)

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Post by Alex » Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:15 pm

NaturalPath wrote:I gotta tell ya Alex, if nothing else, you're pretty inventive. Let me know when you've figured out how to put a solar powered motor in one of those kayaks. :-)
Google for it, someone already figured it out!

Solar powered kayak
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Post by NaturalPath » Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:23 pm

Son of a gun! Is nothing sacred? :-)

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Post by Alex » Fri Oct 26, 2012 1:12 am

Another dream come true


At 72-yrs old, he is probably one of the oldest to attempt kayak fishing.
After watching my dad's 5 months of twice weekly visits to the gym,
I decided to take my dad kayak fishing last weekend.


Was at the launch site very early to set up everything.
By the time my dad arrived, I was happy to have the chance to serve him.
After all, it was he who took me fishing when I was a kid more than 30yrs ago.


Headed out slowly to a Dori spot for some non-stop hits.
After an hour of catch-and-release, we chatted about family,
old times and almost any thing under the sky.
Though it was an entirely new experience for the both of us out at sea,
yet we felt paradoxically familiar with the setting.


We had lunch back at my place discussing about our next trip, probably to a grouper spot.
Printed hard copies of the priceless photos of his maiden kayak fishing trip for him and we went on with our own lives knowing that very soon we will meet up again for another session of our favourite passion, fishing!


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Post by Alex » Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:02 am

The recent weather has been cloudy and rainy.

Reached the launch site with white caps, strong current and a brewing storm.
My son and I paddled to the hot spot and within minutes my son yelled, "Daddy, behind you!"
I turned and immediately recognised the "boiling" ripples of a huge school of fish.
We stopped paddling and started to rig up with jigs.

First cycle towards the school had immediate multiple hits.
As I lifted the jigs, there were one, two, three, four, five, six palm-sized Selars!
The strong wind and current were in the same direction,
so by the time I had removed the fishes, I was a good 50metres from the hit zone.

The next few cycles were "full houses" again!
Only 3 Selars were small enough for bait.

The last two cycles were both one fish hits,
a bonus Snub-nose dart and the largest Selar of the pack.

Then, as mysterously as they appeared, they disappeared.

My son and I then anchored as fatigue was setting in after the many paddle-hit-retrieve cycles.

We did hit and released some other fishes and sat through a passing storm before heading back.

Our dinner treat, fragrant coconut rice with deep fried fresh fish and golden wings.

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Post by Alex » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:38 am

Took the kayak for the first overseas trip to a Malaysian lake.
Needed it for its potability to get to spots only accessable by walking and bashing through thick vegetation.
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Today is Day One of my attempt to land a Toman using a kayak.

Spotted a group of nursing Toman babies, I lured with a weedless frog and followed it around from a distance for quite some time without a single hit.
My conclusion is that both the parents have been captured and not released.

VIDEO: TOMAN BABIES
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xic9RuA7 ... ata_player

The rest of the evening was spent surveying (managed to cover only less than 10% of the lake) and familiarising myself with the fishing options for Day Two.

Spotted an unexpected plant amongst the cat-tails. 
Pitcher plants.
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My kayak bottom had a hitch-hiker. 
I had better keep my feet in the kayak for my subsequent launches here.
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Post by Alex » Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:30 am

Today is the last day of my overseas kayak-fishing expedition for the year.
A personal record, 6 launches in 8 days. 
(Including back to back launches for 4 consecutive days)


The Toman fish continues to elude me.
So I switched to target my other fresh water interest, Marble Goby.
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Catch and release Marble Goby (Small size)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T17AY2hK ... ata_player

Catch and release Marble Goby (Medium size)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4CickPj ... ata_player

Other catches include Melida and Terrapin
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I do get regular hitch-hikers every now and then.
Other than a brief attachment on my shin, I am lucky to end the whole expedition without any loss of blood.
Though I have yet to try it, I was told "Axe oil" is a good repellent.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9L3uVYsG ... ata_player

On my rest day (Sunday), I did head to the coast to recce for launch spots next year.
Spotted this really unique kind of traditional fishing method.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBWFWvML ... ata_player

Exploration was another major part of the kayaking experience besides fishing.
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Post by Alex » Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:05 pm


Father and sons camping expedition 9

Took my boys on another overnight camping trip at the Southern Islands.
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Paddling into the sunset to begin the expedition was a new experience for us all.
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We did make it in time before nightfall, it was with this panoramic view of the city's night lights and the sea breeze that we fell asleep to, in our hammocks.
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As the tide was at its extreme low for the month, the main activity was crabbing.
Good father and sons bonding session, as we went around teaming up to flank and  surround the scavenging crabs.
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All caught and release before we returned to the mainland.
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Roaming rooster, a rare sight on urban mainland Singapore.
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We had expected a quiet, eventless return to Tanjong beach as it was a weekday,
but as we beached, we were caught on camera by an Australian camera crew.
They were filming a cooking session on our local "Prawn noodle" by the beach.
The crew cordially invited the boys and myself to be featured in their episode for a taste and interview session.
A DVD will be sent to us once the episode is aired in Australia.
What a pleasantly surprising end to our little overnight trip!
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Post by Alex » Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:54 pm



The monsoon period has began and it has been really a difficult decision to head out.
So I decided to do a wet weather safety drill, assuming that I _will_ be caught in a storm and countering every "what if" situation with carefully thought through precautions, rigging and weather proofing for worst case scenerio.
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Apart from the usual catches, amidst the difficult conditions, I chanced upon a pair of Tenggiri or Spanish Mackerel, right here in Singapore waters. A rare occurance, I was told.
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Then a hook-on did this, before the fish that I did not see tore the line and took off with my lure. 
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Switched to handline, had two strikes but no more hook-ons.

A precaution that came to good use was my anti-septic spray.
I had a slip just before launching and sustained a couple of cuts from the some very sharp barnicles. The spray which I always carry with me in my life-vest, allowed me to continue with little to worry about.
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The conditions are more slippery than ever, a good pair of sand- shoes will probably be added precuation during the monsoon period.

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Post by Alex » Tue Dec 11, 2012 7:32 pm

To add to the mishaps, the sea swallowed my old landing net on that very same day.
Bought a new one the next day.
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Here is something fishos will be glad to see, amidst all the corrosive nature of our passion.
Guaranteed to last 10 years, or so the manufacturers claims.
In our era that things are built to last till just after one-year-warrantee,
I found this refreshing.
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My son was the first to land a fish with it the same day we bought it.
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A timely good buy, I reckon.

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Post by Alex » Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:38 pm



Another storm-brewing day.
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Decided to head out for thunder storm practice drill part 2.
Expecting to put both kayaks through 20-knot winds and rain.
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My son has taken up luring lately and likes it very much.
Achieved a personal best for himself yesterday, in terms of length, 60cm Todak.
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The rest of the evening was spent carrying out the thunderstorm procedures that we had discussed back at home. 
With not much left of last light due to thick rain clouds, it rained with strong winds. 
Switching on the safety light, detaching kayaks from an anchored pair, hooking up his bow to my stern, detaching the anchor line from his kayak, retrieving the anchor, paddling back against the head wind, step by step we teamed up calmly in response to an actual thunderstorm.

On the way back, we spotted a sampan with a dead engine.
I had settled my son in a shelter and went back with an empty kayak in tow.
The man, alone, had no light and no phone, I can't imagine him sitting out the rain in the by then, pitch dark, till what comes may.
I have been helped by passerby boats many times, now is a good time to return in kind.

Experiences to be remembered.



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Post by Pearly » Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:17 pm

Alex, I am concerned. Are you saying you deliberatley went out, knowing a thunderstorm was coming?

Rods, net, paddles and even a human above the waterline is a target for lightening strikes! If a thunderstorm is coming, the responsible thing to do is DON"T GO OUT!!

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Post by Alex » Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:19 pm

Pearly wrote:Alex, I am concerned. Are you saying you deliberatley went out, knowing a thunderstorm was coming?

Rods, net, paddles and even a human above the waterline is a target for lightening strikes! If a thunderstorm is coming, the responsible thing to do is DON"T GO OUT!!
Hi Ian,

Thanks a million for your concern.
I was expecting rain but was not able to predict presence of lightning.

The sky looked somewhat less threatening than the one you told me to fish in, with a poncho, a little over a year ago.



Saturday, 16 April 2011

To fish or not to fish


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Pearly wrote:FISH - With a poncho!

Welcome back Alex!
Nonetheless, you are absolutely right about the thunderstorm risks.
Thanks for the timely reminder, lest our passion for kayak fishing gets the better of me!

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Post by Alex » Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:08 am



We had a guest fishing buddy yesterday.
The weather had sporadic showers and a little sunshine.
The umbrella hats, from Taiwan, someone bought as gifts for me, knowing my passion for kayak fishing, were put to good use during this monsoon period.
Hands-free while paddling and fishing, keeps our heads dry during storms and prevents sun burns.
There is even a wind proof chin-strap.
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Before our launch, the weather was kind enough for this dude to do a proposal stunt with his videocam-ing buddy.
Right in front of the promenade, it's something we don't see very often in conservative Singapore.
Not sure if she had said yes, she looked more embarrassed than overjoyed.
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Here is a yes couple! Spotted before our launch too.
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The current was at its peak, so we fished anchored at the shallows.
An area infested with tripotfish, we had non-stop hook ups till we ran out of bait.
A good spot for guests and newbies.
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Post by Alex » Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:19 pm



An amazing mobile pouch that connects to an ear piece for jukebox music and hands-free emergency calls during wet weather.

Comes with velcro arm strap.

It also allows for photo and video capturing as it is transparent all round.
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Too windy to paddle and with poor visibility, we stayed anchored well away from shipping lanes with a safety beacon light on.
100% waterproof.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTZp5_vK ... ata_player

No problem with lens fogging up or fuzzy images, droplets simply flows off the material. Here's a video of us heading back to safety.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VPw-pk5 ... ata_player

I am sure there are equally good or better ones out there, just sharing waterproofing ideas that has worked well for me.


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