Monday, May 26, 2008

Pulau 9 - Revisit - 17th &18th May 08

This report is written by CK from MFN. For more details, please got to the link below.

Pulau 9 - Revisit - 17th &18th May 08

Thank you CK for allowing me to post your report here.


The past 17th and 18th of May mark some very important dates for me (No, it got nothing to do with pre-planning for Wesak celebration). I have been constantly checking my electronic calendars (both laptop outlook and on my PDA – when I’m away from my PC) counting down to the much anticipated trip planned.

The desire to ‘catch something’ has been driven more so by the recent P.Jarak trip which was a ZERO TAKE HOME trip, not by choice.

My wishes for this trip (of which I think, have been fulfilled): -
- Catch my first ever fish on jig
- Pop the cherry of my new jigging set.
- Getting myself jigging-fit for the upcoming Karang Luas trip.

While browsing through the forum admiring some of the successful trips, I quickly notice a topic: Pulau 9 1st Mei 2008. A very well written article which what I would categorize as a successful fishing trip to P9. So without further a due, a request for the boatman number was made on the 5th May 2007 to akashah_6lb , the original poster of the above-mentioned topic. Akashah_6lb replied almost immediately (a Big Thank you here!) and calls were made for the necessary arrangement.

Now that I have the boatman, what about the participants? After shooting out a few SMS’es, 2 more participants confirmed (my brother - CS and his friend – Ah Wah). The next 2 weeks prior to the trip, we ensure that all “necessary” preparations were made which includes multiple trips to tackle shop, countless number of jigs, poppers, kevlar, jigs again, jigging hooks, jigs again (the Sykt.Kepong sales girl upon seeing me after x number of earlier trip said: “Wah, you lagi kah? Mahu beli berapa jig oh???”)… purchased not to mentioned another new set of rod and reel. (Hmm..).

We left Subang at around 11pm or so and reached Lumut at around 2.00am (with a short stop over at Sekinchan for supper). We were quickly greeted with a friendly smile and a salam handshake from the cabin-keeper, Pak Adi (I think, couldn’t really recall, we are already groggy and tired). We asked Pak Adi: “Pak, esok pukul berapa keluar?”. He replied with a smile “Ohh.. korang bangun la pukul 6, pegi kat gerai sana tu, makan bekfest dulu, tapau nasi tengah hari, pastu boatman datang 6.30”.

We quickly unpack and prepare our arsenals while the clock is ticking away. Double, triple check on the inventories again, making sure we bring enough hooks, poppers and jigs to last us a whole year on board..

Even the rods and reels have a comfortable good-night rest on the upper double decker-bed!

“Damn, its almost 3.30am.. hmm.. 2 ½ hours of sleep, where got enough lor….”. We quickly settle in and dozed-off, in the comfortable super cold air-conditioned cabin. What felt like a mere 5 minutes eye-shut was abruptly disrupted with a loud bang on the door. Half asleep, I woke up and look at my phone.. “Huh.. only 5am, who is outside at this hour??”. Dragging myself to the door, I open and saw the boatman; Mr.Rosli already fully dressed and has started the boat engine waiting for us. “Aiks, belum bangun? cepat oh.. air mahu turun dah…5-10 minit kita kena keluar!”.. I press the panic button (a loud shout waking up the rest, including myself =) ) dashing to the toilet and emptying last night supper.. ahem.. I swear some of us even forgot to brush their teeth that morning.

The first popper was chug to a suspected-hideout of GTs and was quickly rewarded with a fiercely taken bite! Hook-on! The fight however was short and intense as Ah Wah’s popping set I suspect was meant for a much much larger specimen. The 2-3kg’ish (sorry, we didn’t bring any weighing EQs) was quickly tamed and brought on-board.

The all time favorite ‘Hung Tau Peng’ translates to ‘Red Head Army’. A must have for all jiggers and poppers.

Being curious of how a GT taste like, we vowed only to keep 1 and C&R the rest. We kept to our word and somehow regretted. We should have C&R even the first fish because it tasted funny – even on TIGA RASA.

What we kept for Day 1 of our trip. Since we are short of sleep the day before, the first day was very much spent resting on beach-island and sleeping in-between spots changing by the rest of the fishos. I was the only one going strong though I can feel the effect late in the afternoon.

The second day was more productive as we were ‘rested’ and much more prepared both mentally and physically. The second day was spent mostly on jigging as we were not really a fan of sea-popping.

A few of those spots we visited for the entire day, some of those were very very productive with constant strikes, albeit not always a solid hook-up.

This pink White Rabbit is their favorite. A back-to-back 3 hook-ups on the same spot.

One of the many Talang. This one strikes the green version of White Rabbit!

Here are the catch results of Day 2. We could have added another few more if not for some silly mistake and one cut-off Kevlar (by a tenggiri / barracuda).

Look at the size of the biggest Talang we tapau. It sure put up a good fight but was no match for a PE3 rod. =) And those mini-groupers – mostly caught on apollo. It tasted superb, however you cook it. =)

The boat we use. Good for 4-5 pax max.

Pardon me for the randomly snapped blurred picture and sub-standard analysis as this is
my first ever fishing report. Keeping a steady hand on a rocking boat while emphasizing on the quality of shots taken (angle, lighting, clarity…etc) takes more than a ‘man with a camera’ to do it. Bravos to KK, Krazie Fishie and the likes for the often entertaining and professionally-captured shots.

Verdict: -
  1. Get enough of rest prior to boarding. Else, you will end up falling asleep (or worst still, sea-sick = vomiting) on the boat. That defeats the purpose of going fishing in the first place.
  2. Hardwork pays! Jig jig and jig. (Ok, for those jiggers only) Don’t stop even if your arms felt like dropping-off and your scalp start scalding under the sun.
  3. Keep changing the color of jig and rhythm of jigging. I notice that takes are more frequent on fast-pace jigging @ P9.
  4. Boatman – This boatman of ours is super-hardworking. Changing spots every 5 minutes or so if no-take. A hardworking boatman and a hardworking jigger is the recipe for a successful trip; catch-wise.
  5. Grouper. This very much sought after price-catch demand a special attention in this post. When the boatman said “Ok, turun.. sini ada kerapu, drag kasi ketat sikit, kalau kena, kasi pump kuat-kuat naik sebelum dia masuk dalam lobang”, take his word for it. We anticipated at least 2 groupers was lost because we let it race back to the hideout.
  6. Ok, confession. ALL our (3 of us) takes (talang, GT, groupers, barracuda/tenggiri) are on White Rabbit jigs – pink, purple and green. CapriceKids, IMA, Jazz of various colours doesn’t seem to entice any strikes. Seems like they prefer “mamak food” than Ah Yat Abalone!
- CK NG -

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

For Sale : Rod and Reel (1 set)

I was going thru my rod and reel collections, and came to realize that over the years, I have accumulated quite a number of rods and reels. Most of them are seldom used and some have not even touched water yet.

With this in mind, I am selling my ATC VX Max Saltwater Rod and my Daiwa Opus Bull OPB 5500 Reel.

More information and the picture of the above mentioned items can be view at the links below.
  1. ATC VX Max Saltwater Rod
  2. Daiwa Opus Bull OPB 5500 Reel
The rod comes with a rod bag and the reel has a spare spool as well. As an added bonus, I will be loading both the main spool and the spare spool with 50 lb braided lines.

I would like to sell them as a pair and my opening price is RM 550.00. Please drop me an e-mail at if you have further inquiries.

Thank you.

:::... Daiwa Opus Bull OPB 5500 ...:::

:::... ATC VX Max Saltwater Rod ...:::

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