After a morning session of meetings, Merv and I decided on a last minute session up north in the mangroves.
We thought of a couple of points to launch.. One behind the ITE at yishun which leads almost directly to the mangroves or take the harder way by Yishun Dam.
After recee’ing both sides we decided to head to Yishun Dam instead.. After carefully heading down the rocks, we proceeded towards Pulua Seletar and left into the mangroves…
Merv spotted a nice rock dam structure that had broken and hook up a prawn and cast towards it with his spinning rod. I, on the other hand was using my newly acquired rod and had a small sinker with my rig set up.
I decided I give it a test cast to see if I could reach the structure and barely did so.. So I just crank in as per norm!! Just then I felt a familiar take! ‘WHat The???’. The line was goig sideways!! Which stupid fish would just take a plain hook without bait at all???
The Heroric Tarpon
Turned out that it was a smal tarpon!! My first on a kayak!!
I’ve caught mullet with my bare hands before but this was just crazy!! Hook with no bait caught me a tarpon!
Up it came for a nice photo!! After a few mins, I saw some more tarpon rolling on the surface. So I clipped on my white strike pro minnow and worked it at different speeds.. Then I decided to do with 2 slow cranks – stops – 1 fast crank – stops – 3 slow cranks..
On my third cast, a sudden “Oommp” sound, water swirling just beneath the surface, my rod bent double! Line was pulling out, back and forth the fight lasted a good 5mins. With a few areo-displays, a nice barramundi appeared from the depths!! A good 4.5kg barra!! 9-10lb fish!!! The biggest on my yak!!
My Biggest Barramundi
After a few photos, Merv carried on casting towards that broken structure. And had a take!! A nice table size grouper came up.
The wind started picking up and fishing was hard. Merv had another grouper, tarpon and herring. Myself, just 1 more Barra weighing at 2.5kg!!! Lucky me!!
2nd of the day.
Overall it was another fantastic days out for a last min plan! I kinda regretted not launching from the ITE side as I could see it from where we were fishing! So it was another hard paddle back to the dam against the wind and off home we went!!
A day to remember!! One which caught me my biggest barra on lure and one that caught me a fish without bait!!