The booking was done almost 4 months before for this trip out with Jimmy. As a angler, what I and most of my friends look into when chartering a boat for fishing. Is the captain. Jimmy from my years of boat fishing has proven himself as a “One of a kind”. He will produce the goods and will assist you at anytime when you require assistance.
Anyway this trip was special because, Sharon my wife was following us. Along with her long time friend and fishing buddy Peili and her brother Chee Yong. We met up early and proceeded down to the meeting point for some breakfast and to stock up the rations before we went for our 10-11 hours boat trip.
After awhile we arrived at our first spot.. We took our time to set up and loaded up our suicidal prawns that would scout the seabed for any lazy buggers that would need coaxing to swallow them. First into the first was myself, the human fish finder with a smallish grouper that was released for another day. A few mins, later I was in again with a decent grouper for the family!
Then it started all the smallish fishes were stripping our baits dry. Sharon prawn was an exceptional and was trained in ‘Stealth’. From start till now it was untouched. So I advised her to try my spot in hopes for a bite. So I swapped places with her and let down my KamaKazei Prawn. Just as it hit the bottom, there was a light tug.. followed by another. Waiting for the 3rd light tug, I struck into it swiftly.
This fish was different and had weight behind it. Not wanting to anticipate that it’s a good fish, I just kept quiet. The fight was so similar to a huge catfish… but alas it turned up to be a 6lb grouper for the keeps!
Then it went quiet.. and off to a new spot we went. This spot looks promising and was crying out BARRAMUNDI!!! We took it slow, ate our lunch and re-position the anchor when we were ready. Within 5mins, I had a take even before I locked down my reel. Up came, true enough the first barramundi of the day.
Then it happened.. CheeYong again had a massive take, almost instantaneously breaking his 35lb Shock leader at a go. It was explained that based on the feeling he was getting from his sinker, there was a small hole at one area and asked me to try.
So down went my prawn and it hit hard bottom. I lifted up and moved it abit more.. this time, it went deeper down. I found the hole. I lifted up the rod again.. but just as the prawn was going away from the hole, something took it hard!! This fish really fought hard! However, this time round I was on my birthday Setup, which was slightly stiffer due to a rod tip break LOL.
Up came this beauty!
As we went deep into night, Peili and myself both missed one each while trolling. Unfortunately then it was time to call it a day. We headed back to the Marina, happy with the day’s experience.
Thanks Jimmy for the great day out. Plus Peili and Brother for the company. Sharon for allowing me to share my passion of fishing with you. Not forgetting the family that made those fantastic satay at the clubhouse + DoubleBlack J.Walker that accompanied us throughout the trip.
Tight lines all!!