Tuesday, May 20, 2008

One Fathom Bank : 18 - 19 May 2008

Things has been quite quiet for myself for the past one month. Been quite busy with work and I have another passion now. I am slowing learning photography. That explains why I haven't been blogging much. I have a separate blog for my photography escapades. Please pay a visit to my photography site as well.

My last trip fishing was last month, with Navin and George. Last weekend was a long weekend due to the Wesak Day celebration here in Malaysia. George managed to get a boat that would take us fishing to One Fathom Bank (OFB). This would be my seventh trip to OFB.

We left KL on Sunday morning at about 7.00 am. We stopped at Bestari Jaya (formerly known as Batang Berjuntai) for breakfast. We arrived at the jetty at about 9.15 am and after unloading our stuff onto the boat. We were soon on our way to OFB.

:::... Mr. George the Cowboy, our organizer for this trip ...:::

:::... Navin making sure the beers are well chilled ...:::

:::... Me posing for the camera ...:::

The journey to OFB would take about 3 hours. The past trips I had to OFB, we would embark from the Tanjung Harapan Jetty in Port Klang. The journey would take about 1 hour 30 minutes using a fibre boat. This time however, we used the jetty in Sasaran as our departure point and we would be traveling in a wooden boat is is must slower compared to a fibre boat. During the journey, Mr. George our organizer was feeling a bit woozy from all the rocking motion and became seasick.

Below is a picture of the after effect. A bit gross so some of you might want to skip this picture.

:::... Mr. George the Cowboy, is knocked out by the waves in the sea ...:::

After about 3 hours of travelling, we finally reach OFB. The first thing that we did was to do some appolo jigging for bait. The main bait here is the yellow tail scad also known as selar kuning. After obtaining enough life bait, we then had our lunch on the lighthouse. After lunch, we were back on the boat and headed of towards the ship wreck. This would be our main spot for fishing.

:::... One Fathom Bank Lighthouse ...:::

Navin had the first hit of the day at about 6.00 pm in the evening. It was a strong take but unfortunately the fish managed to head towards the sunken wreck and managed to cut the leader line. Soon after that, the boatman rod, received a strike. Navin, who was standing close to the rod, gave it a solid jerk to set the hook. Unfortunately, the hook didn't set properly and the fish was lost. About 15 minutes later, Navin had another strike, and yet again, the hook didn't set in properly and the fish was also lost.

Things became quiet after that. Then at about 9.30 pm, Navin had a strong take again. This time he never gave the fish any chance to head towards the ship wreck. Inch by inch, he reeled in in line until the fish finally surfaced. It was a golden snapper. Navin was all smiles after that. The golden snapper weighed in at about 2.4 kg. Not bad....

:::... Navin with his 2.4kg Golden Snapper ...:::

The action died down after that. For the next six hours, only 2 strikes were register. One was on the boatman's rod, and one was on Navin's rod. Navin had the honours of striking both the rods, but too bad the hook didn't set in properly. As such, the fish was lost.....

At about 5.00 am, it was George's turn to register a hit on his rod. The fight was brief as the fish didn't put up much resistance. It was a baby golden snapper weighing in at about 700 grams.

:::... George with his baby golden snapper ...:::

Everything went silent after that catch by George. At about 8.00 am Monday morning, the boatman moved his boat towards the old lighthouse. As soon as he had anchored the boat, Navin quickly rigged his squid bait. About 2 minutes after he had dropped his bait, he was rewarded with a strong take. After a brief fight, a 2.9 kg batfish or locally known as telinga gajah was successfully landed. Navin had a big smile on his face. This would be the last and biggest catch of the day.

:::... 2.9 kg batfish, also known as telinga gajah ...:::

:::... Navin with his prized catch ...:::

We left OFB at about 9.00 am and headed back towards Sasaran. I would say that this trip was quite disappointing. We only had 3 fishes for one whole day of fishing. Too bad we were not able to get more. If only we had managed to land the 5 fish that Navin lost, the results would have been much different.

Previous Catch Report on OFB
  1. One Fathom Bank – Catch Report
  2. Unexpected Offer..!! - OFB Part II
  3. Catch Report : One Fathom Bank Ep. 3
  4. One Fathom Bank : 30 Sept - 1 Oct - Catch Report
  5. Fishing During Chinese New Year Holidays - Part 2

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