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AE1009-R Ultralite(2006)
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Alex
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Post by Alex » Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:38 am



In order to avoid the monsoon rain, I could only fish during the receeding tide today.
So I decided to do a recce trip for new spots.

First stop
Butterfly whiptail
Heaps of them (All released)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d97VOp_t ... ata_player

Second stop
Yellow-banded Damsel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVMizmnj ... ata_player

Third stop
Chocolate hinds
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMtSRtmR ... ata_player
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yrfbwmL ... ata_player
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sij0518b ... ata_player

Then the Hinds got bigger.
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And bigger. This bugger swallowed my baitfish!
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Fourth stop
Monogrammed
Monocle Bream
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Last stop, Tuskfish

This little Anchor Tuskfish came up to say hello.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znIJfu5k ... ata_player

Black-spot Tuskfish
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Not bad for a day of recce. Did have a couple of big hits that took off and broke my lines. Well, I will surely be better prepared on my next visit.

Seasons greetings and Merry Christmas to one and all.


Alex
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Post by Alex » Tue Dec 25, 2012 3:36 pm



To avoid the monsoon winds and currents, I decided to take a ferry to St.  John's Island, instead of paddling there.
The day started with thick and low hanging rain clouds, would it hold?
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On the ferry, I spotted another kayak! First I saw the tent, then the fishing rod, but the owner was no where in sight as the ferry was full and neither was I anywhere near my own kayak and stuff.
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First fish that came up, a Monogrammed Monocle Bream (MMB)
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Next was a black-dot Tuskfish
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By then, the winds and currents had picked up, my sinkers were no longer hitting the sea bed, had to change spot and fast. Or else I could end up in Batam Indonesia!

Went to calmer regions where boats sail leisurely and jetski towed people on banana inflatables.
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Landed another MMB
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Then the surprise catch of the day, a Malabar trevally!
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Just before I headed back, I went over to have a chat with Nyan from Burma, who was also fishing in an AE10.5!
Quite an avid fisherman, he landed a couple of huge Tuskfishes, he told me.
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It wasn't exactly a white Christmas, but blessed at it was, the sky held for the whole day without a single drop of rain at the island.
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Alex
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Post by Alex » Sun Dec 30, 2012 7:46 am



There was a small window of good weather today, so I took the kayak out for a quick session.
Was jigging for bait but felt a huge tug and my rod tip went into the water.
I was careful not to exert too much tension as the fish was no ordinary baitfish.
Played with it for a while then up it came with the help of my landing net.
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There was no bait today, but I am not complaining.
Orange spotted grouper.
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A switch of jigs and I landed an ornate threadfin bream.
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Well, this is the last trip for 2012, happy new year to you all. 
Wishing everyone tight lines for 2013!


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Post by Alex » Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:15 pm



Scored again....
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Longface Emperor
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Post by Alex » Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:34 am


Went to an entirely new spot today.
It was not long before I had a huge strike, but it was not meant to be as I had not set the hook properly and the fish, 2-3kg I guess, was off.
Being new to the area, it wasn't long before the coast guard came to say hello, oh well, although it was just a routine check, with the triple engines swirling, that was it for that spot.

Switched to deeper waters and landed a juvenile red snapper.
Thanks to Mr coast guard, I have found another spot for snappers.
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Then the current picked up tremendously, it was way too strong to fish for bottom dwellers. I figured that pelagics would probably take cover at a near by feeding ground.
Spanish mackerel and Brownback trevally
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The huge school was still there but after ten fishes, I thought I had enough for another week's supply of fresh fish.
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Until next week...

Pearly
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Post by Pearly » Sun Jan 13, 2013 5:39 am

Nice fish!!! Your getting pretty good at catching those Spanish Macks! Getting bigger too! Congrats!

Alex
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Post by Alex » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:46 am

Pearly wrote:Nice fish!!! Your getting pretty good at catching those Spanish Macks! Getting bigger too! Congrats!
Thanks Ian, I have a feeling I am gonna land a mama Mack soon.
Switching to wire line, the bigger ones and their razor sharp teeth tend to rip my line with a single strike.

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Post by Pearly » Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:20 am

30lb wire line - about 6 inches long. If you can get a good sized live bait with a size 5/0 circle hook. Tie about 6 to 10 feet of 40lb flouro carbon to the wire trace and use a balloon as a float! Rompin style!

If you use a circle hook - let the fish tke the bait, let it run for about 10 seconds and tighten up on the spool. Don't strike until you have the fish hooked! If you are using normal J hooks, just strike as soon as you have a take!

Good luck!!

Alex
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Post by Alex » Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:31 am

Pearly wrote:30lb wire line - about 6 inches long. If you can get a good sized live bait with a size 5/0 circle hook. Tie about 6 to 10 feet of 40lb flouro carbon to the wire trace and use a balloon as a float! Rompin style!

If you use a circle hook - let the fish tke the bait, let it run for about 10 seconds and tighten up on the spool. Don't strike until you have the fish hooked! If you are using normal J hooks, just strike as soon as you have a take!

Good luck!!
Thanks Ian, you're the pro! Can't wait!
Wonder what the local waters have to offer.

Alex
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Post by Alex » Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:08 am


Headed out looking for the mana Mackerel but landed Queenie instead.
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The second Queenie took some time to land as it refuse to surface. 
Being a 15-knot wind day with white caps, I soon drifted more than 100metres away.
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I did everything in the reverse of my previous trip, I went for pelagics first before heading for the bottom dwellers.
Went back to the spot where I lost the big hit last weekend and got the same big hit again!
This time the hook was set real good and up came a Orange-spotted grouper. Whoohoo!!
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Around 35cm, definitely a keeper.
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Final count for the day, twelve for yet another week of fresh fish supply.
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Post by Pearly » Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:55 pm

Were you using Tamban as bait? You will need a baitfish 6+ inches long for the bigger Macks. Big poppers will also work for big Queenies or Macks, but you need a stiff rod to get the POP!

Alex
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Post by Alex » Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:09 pm

Pearly wrote:Were you using Tamban as bait? You will need a baitfish 6+ inches long for the bigger Macks. Big poppers will also work for big Queenies or Macks, but you need a stiff rod to get the POP!
Thanks for the tips.
You are right, I should start using bigger baits.
6+ inches is surely gonna land a monster!

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Post by Alex » Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:55 am



For those who celebrate the Lunar New Year, Prosperous Greetings!

Took the kayak out in search for a festive fish feast.
Fishes that were coming up were really good size, better than I had expected.
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Then a bountiful harvest ensued. 年年有"鱼".
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Within 2 hours caught we "sashimi-ed" the fishes into slices for our reunion dinner. 鱼生.
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Sweetest slices of steamboat fish I have ever tasted.
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Post by Alex » Mon Feb 11, 2013 4:52 am



The fish tastes so good, I took my son out for round 2.
He has now taken over the fish finding duties and I just go whereever he leads me.
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Another harvest ensued. My son landing half of it.
We only stayed for 2 hours as dark clouds were looming.
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It was again bountiful as we were able to have crunchy fish cakes as snacks and more.
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My son even melted cheeze over it like what they do at Long John Silver's.
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The rest were fillet into fish slices and marinated.
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Fresh fish slices boiled as soup with rice vermicelli.
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My freshest ever, mouth watering, 鱼片米粉, or fish slices with rice vermicelli.
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A brand new experience for a brand new Lunar year.

Alex
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Post by Alex » Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:17 am


My new found bait well.
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Today we are in for some western cuisine, golden fish nuggets.
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The fish-nugget mountain.
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The resulting fish and chips dinner.
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Makes you wanna go fishing, doesn't it?

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