Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Deep Blue - Come On A Journey Into Liquid Space


Filmed by the BBC Natural History Unit, 'Deep Blue' plunges you into the spectacle of the seas and takes you on a journey from shallow coral reefs to the barren shores of the Antartic, from vast stretches of open ocean to the nocturnal landscapes of the ocean's deepest chasms. The film was shot in more than 200 locations around the world over five years. 'Deep Blue' transcends the genre of nature documentary to become something entirely new.

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Deep Blue Part 1
Deep Blue Part 2
Deep Blue Part 3
Deep Blue Part 4
Deep Blue Part 5
Deep Blue Part 6
Deep Blue Part 7
Deep Blue Part 8
Deep Blue Part 9

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Deep Blue front and back cover, and disk labels

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Monday, January 29, 2007

Wild Patin at Rawang (unused pond)

This report was prepared by Mr. Navin Panicker aka Fish4Big

Date: 27 Jan 2007
Location: Rawang - Batang Berjuntai Road (wild pond)
Target Fish: Patin, Tongsan, Baung, African Catfish, etc.
Bait: Home made (special brew hong/dedak)
Rod: Abu Garcia Conolon 10-17lb
Reel: Shimano Ultegra XT4000
Line: Spider 20lb
Angler: (1) Navin Panicker a.k.a fish4big
Time: 6:00pm – 7:25pm

This weekend due to work constraints and other commitments faced by my usual kaki pancing’s, I was left alone to plan and execute my fishing desires. Having a good rest I woke late Saturday morning and completed some personal chores. During this I was also thinking of where I could head to cast my line and catch some fish. So as thoughts played on my mind, I decided to drive to an abandoned pond somewhere in Rawang where I had fished before on several occasions.

Running late after having serviced my car, I rushed back to my house at 4:45pm and without wasting time proceeded to make a special hong mix for bait. Then I packed my gear and speed off heading for the North South highway. After exiting the Rawang toll, I took the Batang Berjuntai road and arrived at the fishing grounds sharp 6:00pm.

Without wasting time I got my gear out from the car, geared up and had both my rods in the water just nice at 6:12pm. It was windy and a very pleasant evening and I was enjoying the peace and tranquility of the surroundings. Minutes passed without a single action. I was getting restless as it will soon be getting dark and I will have to pack up and leave as this area is interior and very lonely. Hope was slowly draining out as my watched ticked 6:50pm.

At about 7:05pm my Shimano Ultegra gave a sudden scream and after some line taken out, it stopped. As fast as my excitement had risen as fast did it fade when the line slacked. I did not touch my rod at all and left it as it was thinking that whatever had taken the bait would come back. I was looking at packing my other rod that I had in the water but decided not to. Instead I sat patiently and concentrated on the rod, which had showed signs of reward.

In less than two minutes passing by, a second long screech registered and the line was peeling out, this time fast. Without hesitation I grabbed hold of my rod from the rod holder and gave it a good jerk and YES!! I was now engaged with my unknown opponent. I tightened the drag but the line was still oozing of my reel. At this point I thought, Oh No!! … this is something big! and the best part is I was alone with no assistance and time was also running out as the place got darker. With this in mind I locked in my drag further and cranked trying to recover as much line as I could while managing the fish slowly away from the weedy banks and submerged structures in the water.

I got the fish close to the bank after an exciting tussle of over 5 minutes but was still not able to see what it was. As I slowly tried to grab hold of my landing net, the fish made a sudden turn towards the weeds and the line got caught among the vegetation. A feeling of sheer disappointment was building into me as I wondered how am I going to share a story of the one that got away. None of my fishing kakis would buy my story of having a big hookup at an old pond in Rawang and then losing the fish due to some snag. Wanting an one’s-up with some evidence to show-off I focused at landing this smart fellow.

I slowly released the tension, and waited. The fish pulled and this time took off the opposite direction. I managed to get a glimpse of a handsome “Patin” trying to swim for freedom. As the Patin swam away from the snags, I locked the tension on my reel and carefully maneuvered the fish towards me. A few minute later, as the fish tired I scooped it up with my landing net.

YES!!! OH YES!!! I shouted out loud in the open lake. What a feeling of accomplishment and fulfillment. I had a beautiful wild Patin of 2.9kgs in my hands, which had fallen for my offerings of a special home made dedak concoction. Knowing no story was good without evidence I took out my camera and snapped a few pictures for keep. As I got what I had come for, I gathered all my gear and rushed towards the car as daylight was almost gone and the watch registered 7:25pm.

As I was driving back, I made a few phone calls to my regulars and shared with them my great fishing adventure. This was indeed another great day of fishing for me!

:::... Where the bait was presented. Notice the tree trunk. I had cast the bait about 10 feet towards it’s left ...:::

:::... Beautiful scenery….and a pleasant evening ...:::

:::... Big lake indeed… I guess it has much more to offer ...:::

:::... Finally, the handsome Patin is landed! ...:::

:::... View of the pond ...:::

:::... Beautiful…. Weiging in at 2.9kg !! All wild power!!! ...:::

:::... Tackle used, Abu Conolon and Shimano Ultegra Reel withSpider 20lb braided line ...:::

:::... Picture of yours truly…sorry could not get the fish in the pic together ...:::

:::... My Car – evidence of me being there!! ...:::

:::... Again evidence, fish in my kitchen just before we took it to the restaurant ...:::

Monday, January 15, 2007


Went fishing with Navin last Saturday (13 January 2007).

Results : ZERO..!!!!!

Enough Said....!!!!!!

Points so far
Sharma : 0 Points.
Danny : 3.5 points.


Thursday, January 04, 2007

Danny Draws First Blood

Received a mail fromDanny aka mangrooveDan yesterday. Guess what??? He has drawn first blood. I am sure some of you might have read about the friendly wager that is going on between us. If you are not sure, read about it here.

:::... Danny proudly posing with his cigar size haruan ...:::

:::... Haruan caught using float fishing technique ...:::

The weight of both the fish was estimated to be roughly 500g. This translates to 1 point under the point system in our friendly wager.

Danny has also started his own blog. Good job Danny boy. Looks like this old man has still got a few tricks up his sleeves. Hehehehe......

Danny's rants and raveS can be read at THECHRONICLESOFMYITHCHYS-ING.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Friendly Fishing Wager Between Sharma & Danny for Year 2007

Salt Water Category

top class fish
parrot fish (ketarap), threadfin salmon (senangin & kurau), spanish mackerel (tenggiri), tuna (tongkol), coral trout (kerapu bara, kerapu pisang), eron (ibu gelama), sailfish (layaran),

middle class fish
red snapper (tanda/jenahak), mangrovejack (siakap merah), barramundi (siakap), grouper (kerapu), trevallies (gerepoh, cermin, etc), queenfish (talang), grunters (tebal pipi), sweetlips (kaci), barracudda (alu-alu), cobia (haruan tasik),

bottom class fish
(gelama), whiting (bebolos), garfish (todak), stingray (pari), shark (yu),

special class
prawn (udang galah), crabs (ketam), squid (sotong), octopus (sotong kurita)

Fresh Water Category

top class fish
marble goby (ketutu), mahseer (kelah, empurau, semah), jungle perch (sebarau)

middle class fish
channas (toman, haruan, bujuks), mekong catfish (patin, baung), kalasoma (pacu), giant gouramy (kaloi), knife fish (belida), carp (grass carp, tongsan, lee koh, rohu, sultan)

bottom class fish
catfish (keli), cichlids (tilapia, peacock bass)

Point System
  1. top class fish (3 points per kg)
  2. middle class fish (2 points per kg)
  3. lowest class fish (1 point per kg)
  4. special class (2 points per kg)

Terms and Conditions
  1. fish caught with lures, the points will be multiplied with a factor of 2.0
  2. fish caught but not weighted, will be determined it's weight by rough estimate by opponent. (pictures are necessary!!!)
RM100 worth of fishing tackle or RM100 cash/cheque!!!