Vikram, Port Dickson – 11 Apr 2015
After a successful trip in Port Dickson last weekend, a mission in helping Andrew finishing his assignment for Hooked Magazine Singapore. I’ve returned again with Doug and Salihin for another round of Port Dickson fishing trip. Water tide are expected to be slow throughout the day, makes it ideal for jigging rather than casting. This would be Salihin and Doug first ever trip to Port Dickson and hopefully we can repeat our feat last weekend.
Today we are joined by Pak Din and his gang of 4 angler’s haha. We begin our journey as early as 8.30am and travel to our usual playground. Vikram site is ideal for casting and jigging but this time our jigging spot is located outside Vikram point. Last weekend I’ve lost all the best selection of jigs which really annoyed me haha. Today, I’ve packed some great selection of jigs and will be ready to even the score.
All set and ready to go!
Closely joined by Pak Din boat, and a Gang of 4 Anglers 🙂
Coastal scenery of Teluk Kemang, Port Dickson
2 greenhorn for today’s trip, we anticipate a great fishing trip!
Morning session begins at our first jigging spot. As usual, early morning the wind was really fast and the sea was very choppy, making it tough for Doug and Salihin to adapt to the demanding condition. I too sometimes would feel sea sick of the condition continues and the only way to get my team back into the game was to land a fish. I guess when adrenalin kicks-in, we can reduce sea sickness and divert our mind in focusing in our fishing session.
After a few drifts, finally I manage to score a Striped Snapper or local would called it Mentimun. At was a decent size and hopefully it will fuel my team to continue their fishing session. A few drifts later, we hooked by an unknown species and the way it fights back was undoubtedly it was a huge specimen. After 10 gruelling minutes of managing the tension and retrieving the line, finally we landed a beautiful Diamond Trevally, Super!! What an amazing feeling!!
First catch of the day, a Mentimun, or I called it Stripped Snapper.
Battling an unknown pelagic species 🙂
Prominent silver appears on the surface!
Diamond Trevally in Port Dickson, 15lb Trophy!! Speechless!!
We put our joy behind and continue on. Right after Capt. Halim reposition his boat for another drift, my jig was taken by another species and this time was a brief battle. After the fish surface on top of the water, I was surprised that this time I landed a Red Snapper!! This is pretty cool as such species are a rarity in these waters. All the sudden, I felt like there is a sudden boost of morale and determination to continue sending my jig to depth hoping that I can have a chance in landing more fish.
A beautiful Red Snapper, keeper size. Another trophy catch in Port Dickson!
Be honest, I probably lost my touch in SW Jigging over the past few months. It all changed after Pulau Sembilan Trip when I feel like I found my Mojo with my new Rod, Major Craft Solpara LJ. It is not really new but I started to like the rhythm of my rod and reel when I worked my 40g-60g jigs. A revelation and the mechanics of jigging finally worked harmoniously. I found a sweet spot in my Jigging setting, light lines and shock leaders plus narrow, sharp and hard Hooks such as Decoy Pike R really suit my jigging style. Finding that right balance takes time and overtime we will found our best settings.
Doug first score in Port Dickson, you have done well my Padawan haha
Towards mid-day it all went quite. We changes our jigging spot hoping to improve our luck. This time it was Doug turn battling an unknown pelagic species. The fight was brief and he landed a baby Bludger Trevally. Capt. Halim jig were once again bitten off by a Spanish Mackerel. With jigging, we can only have a slight chance in hooking a Spanish Mackerel via vertical jigging. Most of the time it would bite of the shock-leader or even tear its mouth when we over forced it to stopped.
Salihin battle with a Queenie on UL tackle was the last action of the day, however that Queenie manage to set free for the hook. Since today was low tide activity, no Queenies can be spotted at Vikram point. However, Spanish Mackerel were still around, swarming and attacking baitfish mercilessly. They started to play on the surface, and we can see a sudden dash like a torpedo hammering baitfish. It was an amazing site, I lost one jig after a brief battle at the area. Its either a Queenfish or a Mackerel, since I did not land it we will never know.
We ended the day with a good tally of Pelagic species. Pak Din was the best boat that day scoring a staggering 12 Red Snapper, 2 Grouper, 1 GT, 1 Spanish Mack and 3 Queenfish. It was a great introductory trip for Doug and Salihin and hopefully we can get better result result next time 🙂
Doug with the Diamond Trevally, a trophy catch in Port Dickson.