It’s going to be a bit of a challenge to write this report, as we head into the main part of the season with the month of January almost done. So much happened fishing-wise and so much did not happen as well. It had all the potential to be a great trip but ended on an average note. For this week we had we had Joakim Lind – returning with friends Alexander and Martin and joined by Frederik – on the 37ft Reef Raider, while the other two boats were booked by Tobias and his group from Germany.
The first thing we noted was that the weather was hazy and cloudy. There was even a cool breeze around noon, which is pretty unusual, and it looked like it was raining in more than a few places. Activity like this normally brings the water temperature down which also slows down the fishing activity, as the fish go off the feed. We would need to deal with this.
On our way out to a farther fishing spot Reef Raider came to halt as we reached the destination, only to run into a school of jumping squid that were spraying ink everywhere. We had never seen anything like this before. At another fishing spot that have not visited since October, we were having a really slow session with few bites but when Alexander was just lifting his lure out of the shallow water to cast again, a wahoo came flying out of the water after the lure and landed straight in the boat. It took a moment for us to realize what had just happened with the 10 kilo fish and while everyone was trying desperately to keep away from the razor sharp teeth of a very green and angry wahoo, it was dispatched into the cooler. We are sure it must have been as surprised as we were; either way it came off worse, luckily for us.
Onto the fishing. Well, it was not really a hot week fishing-wise but we did have more than a few chances. We converted some but not half as many as we should have, the most notable of which were the dogtooth that annihilated Martin on top-water and the monster GT that even the big man Alexander could not manage to stop before it bust him off. Andreas had just hooked a small GT in skinny water when a 50 kilo plus grouper came in and inhaled it whole into its great big bucket mouth and headed back to its hiding place. Luckily, Andreas is a big guy and he managed by brute force – no mean feat!! – to get the grouper out, and finally onto deck, for a few pictures before it was released.
Otherwise we had to work for every fish we put on deck and in this effort we were supported by all the anglers who gave it their all and continued to keep going even when the action was slow. We found fish at times in the most unlikely of places, when the best spots turned off.
The good thing is we also managed a few laughs in between as well which is how fishing should be. Frederik, who was the smallest guy of the group, was into a good GT and tried to put pressure on the fish, which pulled back hard and he fell over trying to hold on. Captain Rama asked him “Why you fall down, huh??”, which, after a good laugh resulted in us nicknaming him “Why you fall down Frederik”.
Enjoy the pictures of this trip and stay tuned for our next catch report.
Popping Rods: Saltywater Racepoint, Ripple Fisher, Westin, Smith Amami, Hots, Abu Garcia, Penn, Hots Gipang 79XH
Popping Reels: Daiwa Saltiga, Daiwa Dogfight, Shimano Stella, Penn, Daiwa Saltist
Lures: HammerHead, Kokari Popper, Heru, Amegari, Carpenter, Napalm, Seven Seas, FC Labo, Tailwalk Gunz
Jigging Rods: Jigging Master, Hots, Ocean Revolution, Saltywater Tackle OBX
Jigging Reels: Jigging Shimano Stella, Daiwa Saltiga, Jigging Master, Shimano Saragosa
Jigs: Seven Seas, Flutter, Knife Jigs
Species Landed: Giant Trevally, Wahoo, Bluefin Trevally, Grouper, Bohar Snapper, Green Jobfish, Barracuda, Coronation Trout, Spanish Mackerel