Outer Vikram, Port Dickson – 25 Oct 2015
It has been a great ride in 2015. I have travelled across Malaysia, expanding Fishyology’s content and my angling experience. I’ve met a lot of people, that come from across the globe and it was fun to share some tid bits of Malaysian Angling Scene. As usual some are great outing, some days are bad. Some turns out to be great friends and some walk away. What ever the changes over 2015, each step has been a great learning process for me and hopefully for all my readers.
Getting ready, it was low tide and bit challenging to walk 10 yard off the beach as the coast line is muddy
It has been a while since I have my very own fishing trip with someone who I’ve not been fishing with for a long, long time.. After weeks of countless persuasion and occasional “racun” of Port Dickson fishing photos, finally I manage to set a trip with Azfar Anuar, Hafiz Azmi and Fauzan Ariffin. Over 2 years without touching the fishing rods seems long enough for these guys and hopefully this trip ignites some of the much needed adrenaline to boost their interest again haha 🙂
We took our breakfast in Kajang, and head down to Port Dickson. We took our time to gear up and set sail for our fishing outing. It was a bit late as we leave our base around 10.00am, but it was ok as this should be stress free fishing haha. The weather was perfect and the haze was not as bad in KL. We blast off to our fishing ground and this time it took less then 30 minutes, thanks to our brand new 90HP engine Muahahaha!
We begin our fishing session once we reach our first jigging spot, it was further out from Vikram. Boat will drift along the dropoff situated right at the middle of the Straits of Malacca international shipping lane. To watch huge ship sail pass us was an awesome sight and intimidating for some people. The area was quite deep and usually pelagic species would feed on the drop off. That is where we want to send our metal Jig. Slow Jig or Fast Jig does not matter, as long your jig hits the correct zone that would be the deciding factor of today’s fishing outing.
The problem with Port Dickson usually is due to the strong wind, as our boat will drift fast and targeting jig at the right drop spot is going to be a challenge. Today, we were blessed with calm sea, although a bit hot but at least the boys can enjoy their fishing trip without spilling their breakfast for chum haha.
Its fishing time boys 🙂
Slow start to our morning session. At first it was only three of us fishing while Fauzan join in just to enjoy the hazy condition of Port Dickson water. As time goes by, Hafiz decided to take a nap and Fauzan for the first time starting to learn how to fished with a metal jig. It was quite easy to learn and jerk the metal bait slowly. It was not long when I heard a confusing statement from Fauzan.
Fauzan: Oh!! What should I do??? What should I do??
Me: What do you mean? “Fauzan was behind me and I couldn’t see what happend”
He was on! The drag screams as the fish take more line and swim deeper and the rod seems like it was going to break into 3 haha. An anglers have split second to set in the hooked properly, after 3 seconds the fish earn its freedom as the hook were not set in properly. What a waste hahaha, but that fires things up.
Azfar also has his moment with his Madai Jig, again he was all too rusted after almost 2 years without any single fishing outing. Hooked the fish quite late and pull it too strong. On the other hand however, the sharp teeth of an unknown species severed the assist line with ease. It could have been a Tenggiri or even a Snapper. 2 hits but 0% conversion rate, well we had our chance but giving up was not an option.
We continue on to drift along the ridge hoping to land our first fish of the day. At least we are doing it right compared to another boat close to us. Fauzan slow jigging technique yet again proves to be the best technique as this time another fish took his metal jig. This time he was ready to set in the hook and its Game ON! Minutes of intense battle between the two, the fish has a strong will to fight, pulling and taking lines take place for minutes and finally we had our first glimpse of his opponent. A Cobia!! First timer luck!
Cobia on his first outing, Awesome! Some is hooked for life haha!
Can still smile even without a single fish 🙂
Capt Halim, we head a great 2015 and hopefully more to come in the future
Farewell! A huge ship just pass us.. Staits of Malacca is one of the busiest shipping lane in the world, and in the middle of it is our fishing spot haha.
After Fauzan’s fish, then it was a quite day. The wind starts to pickup and it was getting a bit choppy. As I said before, once were in this condition it was hard to continue our fishing as it is physically challenging for some people and the jig just could not reach the target zone perfectly. We give it another 45 minutes before we head back to the base.
Right in the end, Fish On! For Capt Halim. Our last and final fish of the day. The battle though was not brief, I thought it could have been an Ebek or GT as it was hard to pull the fish up. If its a Queenfish it would surface and jump out of the water to release the hook. After few minutes finally we landed a huge Queenfish! The biggest queenfish I’ve ever seen. It has to be more than 5KG!
After that, we head back straight to jetty and prepare to head back home. It was busy at port as now we have 6 jigging boat! This is turning out to be a good sign for the community. It feels good to back and to say hi to all the usual faces of Teluk Kemang fishing community. The water condition was not good and some boat came back empty. We are lucky to have 2 onboard and Apek Kecik with a massive Ebek! We say good bye for now, look forward in NOV as we have more fishing outing here in Port Dickson.
Fat and Massive Queenfish! Good bye for now and we will be back soon 🙂