Merv, along with friends Raislin and Bernard, was joined on this trip by Wee Lee from the Lure Connection in Singapore. Last time around the guys had missed out and were back this time to try and make up for it. The weather forecast looked ok for the first few days of the trip but looked like it could turn on us the last few days. Changing weather at this time of the year is expected as the summer heat builds up in the tropics. We have had flat, calm seas for the last week or so. Rain and a bit of wind could be a double-edged sword that could temporarily put the fish off feeding, but the benefit could be that they would turn on again once the weather abated.
We started off with some jigging action and were immediately into fish – plenty of small dogtooth and GT’s. We were all using lighter jigging gear and it was great fun to hook up on the PE 3-4 and have some blistering runs. There were a few substantial fish that we had to follow but they all managed to bust off, one even after we managed to follow it for over a quarter of a mile. We moved over to a popping spot for the last fishing hour of the day and had three hits that were converted, with Bernard getting his PB on day one.
Following the weather closely, we tried to get out to our best spots so that we would could get in as much action as possible. This was a good call as Raislin managed to connect with a proper monster that smacked his popper and took off. It was a short thick fish that pulled scale down to 53 kilos! We managed to raise another two big GT’s; one bust the PE 10 line on the take and another burst onto the lure but failed to connect and did not come back. There was plenty of action through the day, with some fun-sized GT’s to keep everyone going.
Over the next two days we had lots of action, along with some double and triple hook-ups. Wee Lee showed us some jigging techniques which worked very well here. He also got a really nice fish estimated at 38 kilos – by the formula – on topwater casting. The action however was in short sessions and it could be from the fact that fish were moving, so that each time we caught up with them we would have hits in quick succession. The jigging also resulted in solid fish hooking up, that screamed off even on PE 4-5 but dropped the hooks shortly after.
As predicted, the weather started to turn and on the last day we had to cancel our intended fishing area and dodge lightning and thunder storms as the skies blackened and the heavens opened up and dumped some torrential rain around the islands. The changing weather put the fish off for the rest of the day and we found the going tough and we resorted to trying everything. Our efforts paid off, with a dogtooth tuna on a mackerel live bait to call the trip done. A big congratulations again to Raislin for putting big mama on deck; it’s going to be a tough one to top.
Till our next report,
Popping Rods: Carpenter, Ripple Fisher, FCL
Popping Reels: Shimano Stella,
Popping Lures: FCL, Carpenter, Hammer Head, GPC, Amegari, Pin 150
Jigging Rods: Poseidon, Yamaga Blanks, Major Craft
Jigging Reels: Shimano Stella, Accurate
Jigs: Shout, Fisherman Andaman, Seven Seas Hooker, Yo-Zuri
Species Caught: Giant Trevally, Coral Trout, Grouper, Bohar Snapper, Dogtooth Tuna, Gold Spot Trevally, Green Jobfish, Sweetlips